VFA works within “the 10/40 Window.”
The 10/40 Window” is the area stretching from West Africa across Asia between the 10 and 40 degree north latitudes. Most of the unreached people groups of the world are geographically located within this “window”.
Of the 16,439 total people groups in the world, 7,062 are identified as unreached using Joshua Project criteria. Of these 7,062 groups, 6,077 are in 10/40 Window countries. That means 86% of all unreached people groups are found in the 10/40 Window.
Within this 10/40 Window are:
- most – not all – of the world´s unreached peoples;
- two-thirds of the world´s population, although only one-third of the earth’s land area;
- the heart of the Islamic, Hindu and Buddhist religions;
- eight out of ten of the poorest of the world´s poor, enduring the world´s lowest quality of living.
VFA works in the following 10/40 Window countries: Afghanistan, Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Israel, Kurdistan, Mongolia, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Thailand.
VFA partners with ministries in Gujurat, Varanasi U.P., and in North Bengal.
96% of its population of 150 million is Muslim. An Islamic Republic, the government has been pursuing a policy of Islamization of the legal system, taxation and public life, despite widespread popular misgivings. This has resulted in extreme excesses in the persecution of Christians under the infamous “Blasphemy Law”. According to this law it is forbidden to speak against the Koran or the Prophet Mohammed, under the sentence of death.
VFA´s partner organisation in Lahore is active throughout the country with a preaching and teaching ministry. In their center Bible and discipleship training and counseling is offered.
In Peshawar our partner organisations are active in relief help for refugees, flood and earthquake victims. In the Northwest Frontier Province VFA supports the local Christian church.
Once a peaceful island paradise, this country (20 milllion inhabitants) has suffered 25 years of civil war between terribly embittered Tamils (Hindus or Muslims) and Singhalese (Buddhists) from 1982 til 2009. In the midst of the break-down of order, the Buddhist clergy have been making moves to strengthen its influence on the government, by introducing changes in the constitution that favour Buddhism as a religion. Since then persecution of Christians and other minorities has drastically increased.
VFA partners with church-planting movements in Sri Lanka.
This Buddhist nation (75 million inhabitants) is dedicated to the peacock god, Siam, and the city Bangkok has been labelled “the sin capital of Asia” with every second person involved in some way in the sex trade. Even though churches and missionaries enjoy relative freedom, the Thai church has remained small and weak.
VFA´s activity in Thailand involves intercession, evangelisation in the marketplaces, on the streets and through house visitations, establishing groups of witnessing believers, producing dramas and songs specially adapted to Thai culture.
VFA Needs: church workers who preach, teach, evangelize and worship.
Since 1975 Afghanistan (25 million inhabitants) has been at war. This nation needs Forgiveness, Reconciliation, Restoration and Rehabilitation. All are wondering what will become of the country after 2014 – the deadline for the withdrawal of international troops. But His Body is Salt and Light!
VFA needs engineers, doctors, dentists, project managers, office administrators, accountants, etc.
A tiny Buddhist Kingdom of about 1 million, very slowly but surely it has begun to open up to more outside influence. There is an old prophecy that the present 13th Dalai Lama will be the last, many Tibetan Buddhists are very uncertain about their future.
VFA needs teachers, intercessors, business ideas, participants in motorcyle tours inside the country.
(75 million inhabitants) The Philippines became a Republic in the beginning of the 90´s, once the dictator Marcos was ousted. There are many Christians in this country, and many are willing to go to countries where there are unreached peoples. They generally have a high level of education and many are highly qualified. This nation has a great potential for sending out workers to the Harvest.
VFA´s partner organistion “Bethesda”, has diverse project work in the slums of Manilla, working to break the cycle of poverty AND is “Mobilizing for Missions”!
From 1975- 1978 this Buddhist country (11 million inhabitants) suffered one of the worst mass murders of this past century under the extreme marxist Red Khmer regime. After the Vietnamese army defeated the Red Khmer, there still continued a civil war between 4 warring factions until 1991. Only after 1993 the situation in this politically unstable country calmed down.
VFA´s Partner Organisation is: www.samaritan-project-cambodia.org
Childrens Home, Family Help Projects
We need staff for the children´s home, English teachers, social workers, administrative help.
The 2.8 million Mongols live in an independent democracy only since 1992 and they are doing their best to catch up! There are many churches in the capital, Ulaan Bataar and Mongolia is already a “sending nation.” VFA’s work is concentrated on the unreached Reindeer People who live in the remote northern border areas. There is a Bible in the Tuvan language but no church.
VFA needs outreach participants who can ride horse, don´t mind camping in tents and who have a heart for pioneer work among the unreached.
Kurdistan is a broadly defined geographic, cultural area which has a majority population of Kurds. In this geo-cultural area the culture and language which forms the Kurdish national identity has been practiced for ages. Kurds are found in North Iraq, Syria, Turkey and Iran. It is the biggest people group of the world that has no nation of its own. Iraqi Kurdistan was granted a measure of autonomy in 1970 and enjoys relative stability. There is also a province in Iran called Kurdistan.
VFA needs Bible teachers, church planters, intercessors.