Elementary Lesson for Sunday June 3rd: Intro to the 10/40 Window

Lesson Sneak Preview 

On Sunday children in both elementary classrooms will learn about God’s desire for all people to know and worship Him. They learned about the 10/40 Window, a term used to describe a part of the world that extends from a latitude of 10 to 40 degrees north of the equator. Within this rectangular “window” are North Africa, the Middle East, India, Asia, and some parts of the former Soviet Union. This region of the world is crowded with two-thirds of the world’s population, but most people follow other religions. Children learned the acronym THUMB as a way to remember the major non-Christian religious beliefs found in the 10/40 Window:

  • Tribal
  • Hindu
  • Unreligious
  • Muslim
  • Buddhist

People in the 10/40 Window have little or no opportunity to learn about the true God. Many people groups are considered “unreached”. Unreached people groups have not been exposed to the gospel in a significant way. Many unreached people do not have Bibles in their own language. Most do not have Christian churches, Christian media, or contact with Christians in their culture or missionaries.

Your child will see a DVD about the 10/40 Window and THUMB. They also will participate in cultural activities, sing songs, and pray for THUMB peoples. Children will be challenged to pray at home for some of the children they learned about in their lesson.

Home Follow-Up 

Here are some ideas that you can implement to help give your child a heart for the world:

  • Ask your child something that they learned about the 10/40 Window or Thumb peoples
  • Read Malachi 1:11. Discuss how far God’s greatness will stretch.
  • Pray for people in the 10/40 Window who enjoy the same hobbies and sports as you.
  • Display a globe or map somewhere in your home to remind you to pray for the world.

May God Bless you as we partner together!



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