The 10/40 Widow, stretching from northern Africa into the Middle East and Asia, is home to two-thirds of the world’s population, most of the world’s least-reached countries and people groups, and the fewest Christians.
ake a look at the list below of the world’s 10 largest urban metropolitan areas.* Many things could be said about them, but one of the most notable points for someone interested in mission is that 7 of them are in the 10/40 Window, which is where a huge majority of the world’s unreached people live.
While 6.5 of 10 people on the planet live in this window, only 1.5 out of 10 Adventists are in that same window. We have work to do!
The good news about cities is that due to their diversity, those who live there are often more open to new ideas, including new ideas about God. So these top 10 metropolitan areas, with more than 20 million people each, represent a tremendous opportunity for mission. With so many people in these places, we know that God’s heart is drawn out to them. Is yours?
Will you pray or maybe even go? Will you give to support urban mission? Will you stake a claim for Christ where the need and opportunity are greatest?
Guangzhou metro area Country: China
Adventist members: 28,492†
Mission challenge: Each church must reach 332,877 people.
Source: “Beijing-Guangzhou High Speed Train,” TravelChinaGuide,travelchinaguide.com/china-trains/beijing-guangzhou.
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Tokyo metro area
Adventist members: 2,385
Mission challenge: Each church must reach 3,618,182 people.
Source: Craig Fryer, “Shibuya Crossing,” GoJapanGo.com, gojapango.com/places/tokyo/tokyo/landmarks/shibuya-crossing.
[Photo credit] istock/SeanPavonePhoto
Shanghai metro area
Adventist members: 7,531
Each church must reach 840,541 people.
Source: “Fastest lift (elevator),” Guinness World Records, guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/fastest-lift-(elevator).
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Jakarta metro area
Adventist members: 21,742
Mission challenge: Each church must reach 326,744 people.
Source: Joe Cochrane, “Gridlocked Jakarta Becomes Even Worse, at Least for a Week,” The New York Times, April 10, 2016, nytimes.com/2016/04/11/world/asia/gridlocked-jakarta-becomes-even-worse-at-least-for-a-week.html.
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Adventist members: 3,520
Mission challenge: Each church must reach 628,571 people.
Source: Imamul Hassan, “What Are the Mind Blowing Fact About New Delhi?” September 24, 2015, Quora, quora.com/What-are-the-mind-blowing-fact-about-new-delhi.
[Photo credit] IndiaPicture/Alamy Stock Photo
Seoul metro area
Country: South Korea
Adventist members: 78,375
Mission challenge: Each church must reach 210,345 people.
Source: “Which City Has the World’s Fastest Internet in 2016?” Dospeedtest, May 26, 2016, dospeedtest.com/blog/which-city-has-the-worlds-fastest-internet-in-2016.
[Photo credit] istock/AsianDream
Karachi metro area
Adventist members: 2,899
Mission challenge: Each church must reach 373,846 people.
Source: “Karachi,” wiki voyage, last updated February 28, 2017, en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Karachi.
[Photo credit] istock/PPI-Images
Manila metro area
Adventist members: 11,552
Mission challenge: Each church must reach 184,921 people.
Source: Dhiram, “World’s Ten Largest Shopping Malls,” Luxuryaunches, July 8, 2008, luxurylaunches.com/travel/worlds_top10_largest_shopping_malls.php.
[Photo credit] istock/Simon Podgorsek
Mumbai metro area
Adventist members: 10,000
Mission challenge: Each church must reach 313,514 people.
Source: “Facts About Mumbai,” Fact 4 All, August 16, 2016, facts4allblog.wordpress.com/2016/08/17/facts-about-mumbai-bombay.
[Photo credit] istock/Extreme-Photographer
Mexico City metro area
Adventist members: 58,629
Each church must reach 125,568 people.
[Photo credit] istock/erlucho
* Source for metropolitan populations: Thomas Brinkhoff, “Major Agglomerations of the World,” Internet Archive, accessed February 21, 2017, https://www.citypopulation.de/world/Agglomerations.html.
† Source for Adventist church statistics: “It’s Time!” GC Urban Conference 2013 and the Seventh-day Adventist Church world division “Mission to the Cities” reports, 2015-2017. copy