December: 10/40 Diaspora
Who They Are
The diaspora from the 10/40 Window is estimated to be at least 150 million people. They are refugees, asylum seekers, university students, laborers and skilled professionals. They represent at least 500 ethnic groups, and probably many more yet undocumented peoples. Most tend to concentrate in particular cities and neighboorhoods. Many work hard to retain their language, identity and connections from where they came. At the same time, the forces of assimilation are great, and eventually within two or three generations it is often complete. Many are being influenced by the secularism and materialism of the West. This has created inter-generational tensions that have resulted in such tragedies as "honor-killings" by male members of Muslim families who feel compelled to remove the shame of promiscuity.
About half of the diaspora are Muslims. The other half are Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish and other ethnic-religions. It is often the case that these religious diasporas become even more serious about their faith in the first generation than they were in their country of origin. This is caused by a desire to retain their culture and to build community within a majority host culture. It has also resulted in significant influence in their host cultures, such as the Black Muslim movement in the United States, which was begun by a Pakistani Muslim immigrant. In a similar way Buddhist and Hindu immigrants were major factors to the New Age movement gaining traction in the United States and influencing much of the film and music content in Hollywood.
What God Is Doing
Diaspora peoples have proven to be incredibly responsive to the gospel in the last thirty years. This is especially true among young people such as university students. The most responsive diaspora groups right now in the West are among the Chinese and Iranians. A significant movement among God's people is emerging to reach diaspora peoples, and to open their doors and facilities to this ministry. As a result, some of the fastest growing churches in the West are among immigrant communities.
How To Pray:
-Intercede for efforts underway to identify and engage diaspora communities in every city in the West.
-Pray for God's blessing on the new agencies and church programs that have launched new initiatives to reach diaspora populations, and pray that many more would catch the vision for this.
-Pray that those who hear and respond to the gospel among the diaspora would have a vision for reaching their people all over the world.
-Ask God to raise up indigenous pastors and evangelists among each of the diaspora communities from the 10/40 Window.
|Day||Prayer Focus||Hub Country||Population|
|3||Arab Muslim Diaspora||France||12,000,000|
|4||Indonesian Muslim Diaspora||Netherlands||8,000,000|
|6||Pakistani Muslim Diaspora||Saudi Arabia||7,000,000|
|10||Bangladeshi Diaspora||Saudi Arabia||4,000,000|
|12||Sri Lankan Diaspora||Saudi Arabia||3,000,000|
|14||African Muslim Diaspora||France||3,000,000|
|16||Japanese Buddhist Diaspora||USA||2,500,000|
|24||Lebanese Muslim Diaspora||Argentina||1,500,000|
|27||Palestinian Muslim Diaspora||Chile||1,200,000|