Political and Spiritual Leaders

Begin Praying October 2003 and continue into next year

DAY 1 --

India, South Asia*
Pop: 1,045,845,226
P.M. Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Federal Republic
Predominantly Hindu, some Muslim and Christian

Mauritania, North Africa
Pop: 2,828,858
President Maawiya Ould Sid’Ahmed Taya

DAY 2 --

Sudan, North Africa
Pop: 37,090,298
President Umar Hasan Ahmd al-Bashir
Authoritarian Regime
Predominantly Sunni Muslim; some indig. religions and Christian

Afghanistan, South Asia*
Pop: 27,755,775
President Hamad Karzai
Predominantly Sunni Muslim; some Shiite Muslim

DAY 3 --

Kuwait, Arabian Pen.
Pop: 2,111,561
H.H. Sheikh Saad Al-Abdallah Al-Salem Al-Sabah
Nominal Constitutional Monarchy
Predominantly Muslim

Bangladesh, South Asia*
Pop: 133,376,684
P.M. Begum Khaleda Zia
Parliamentary Democracy
Predominantly Muslim; some Hindu

DAY 4 --

Japan, East Asia*
Pop: 126,974,628
P.M. Junichiro Koizumi
Constitutional Monarchy with a Parliamentary Govt.
Predominantly Shinto and Buddhist

Guinea-Bissau, West Africa*
Pop: 1,345,479
President Kumba Yalla
Multiparty Republic
Half indigenous religions; half Muslim

DAY 5 --

Bhutan, South Asia
Pop: 2,094,176
King Jigme Singye Wangchuk
Predominantly Buddhist; some Hindu

Saudi Arabia
Pop: 23,513,330
King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud
Predominantly Wahhabi Sunni Muslim

DAY 6 --

Guinea, West Africa*
Pop: 7,775,065
President Lansana Conte
Predominantly Muslim; some Christian

Thailand, Southeast Asia*
Pop: 62,354,402
P.M. Thanksin Chinnawat
Constitutional Monarchy
Predominantly Buddhist; some Muslim

DAY 7 --

Niger, West Africa*
Pop: 10,639,744
President Mamadou Tandja
Predominantly Muslim; some indigenous religions

Kyrgyzstan, Central Asia*
Pop: 4,822,166
President Askar Akayev
Predominantly Muslim; some Orthodox

DAY 8 --

Iran, Middle East
Pop: 66,622,704
President Mohammed Khatami
Theocratic Republic

Burkina Faso, West Africa*
Pop: 12,603,185
President Blaise Compoaré
Parliamentary Republic
Predominantly Muslim; indigenous religions

DAY 9 --

Mali, West Africa*
Pop: 11,340,480
Pres. Amadou Toumani Toure
Predominantly Muslim; some indigenous religions

Azerbaijan, SW Asia*
Pop: 7,798,497
President Heydar Aliyev
Predominantly Shiite Muslim; some Sunni Muslim

DAY 10 --

Benin, West Africa*
Pop: 6,787,625
President Mathieu Kérékou
Predominantly indigenous religions; some Christians and Muslims

Indonesia, Southeast Asia*
Pop: 231,328,092
President Megawati Sukarnoputri
Predominantly Muslim; some Christian

DAY 11 --

Laos, SE Asia
Pop: 5,777,180
President Khamtay Siphandone
Communist State
Predominantly Buddhist; some animist

Western Sahara, N. Africa*
Pop: 256,177
President Mohamed Abdelaziz
Government In Exile

DAY 12 --

Egypt, North Africa*
Pop: 70,712,345
Pres. Mohamed Hosni Mubarak
Predominantly Sunni Muslim; some Christians

Uzbekistan, Central Asia*
Pop: 25,155,064
Pres. Islom Abduganievich Karimov
Republic; Authoritarian Pres. Rule
Predominantly Sunni Muslim; some non-religious

DAY 13 --

Nepal, South Asia*
Pop: 25,873,917
P. M. Sher Bahadur Deuba
Parliamentary Dem. and Constitutional Monarchy
Predominantly Hindu; some Buddhist

UAE, Arabian Peninsula
Pop: 2,445,989
Pres. Zayid bin Sultan Al Nuhayyan
UAE Federal and Member Emirates
Predominantly Muslim

DAY 14 --

Albania, SE Europe*
Pop: 3,544,841
President Alfred Moisiu
Predominantly Muslim; some Orthodox and Catholic

Morocco, North Africa
Pop: 31,167,783
King Mohammed VI
Constitutional Monarchy
Predominantly Muslim

DAY 15 --

Iraq, Middle East*
Pop: 24,001,816
In Transition
In Transition
Predominantly Shiite Muslim; some Sunni Muslim

Sri Lanka, South Asia*
Pop: 19,576,783
President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga
Predominantly Buddhist; some Hindu, Christian, Muslim

DAY 16 --

Israel, Middle East*
Pop: 6,029,529
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon
Parliamentary Democracy
Predominantly Jewish; some Muslim

Tajikistan, Central Asia*
Pop: 6,719,567
President Imamali Sharipovich Rahmonov
Predominantly Sunni Muslim; some Shiite Muslim

DAY 17 --

China, East Asia
Pop: 1,284,303,705
President Jiang Zemin
Predominantly Atheist; few Christians, Muslims, Taoists

Djibouti, East Africa*
Pop: 472,810
President Ismaïl Omar Guelleh
Predominantly Muslim; some Christian

DAY 18 --

Yemen, Arab. Pen.*
Pop: 18,701,257
President Ali Abdullah Saleh
Sunni and Shiite Muslim

Vietnam, Southeast Asia
Pop: 81,098,416
Prime Minister Phan Van Khai
Communist State
Predominantly Buddhist; some indigenous religions

DAY 19 --

Taiwan, East Asia*
Pop: 22,548,009
President Shui-bian Chen
Multiparty Democratic Regime
Mixture of Buddhist, Confucian, and Taoist

Bahrain, Arabian Peninsula
Pop: 656,397
King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa
Constitutional Hereditary Monarchy
Predominantly Shiite Muslim; some Sunni Muslim

DAY 20 --

Brunei, SE Asia
Pop: 343,653
Sultan and P. M. Hassanal Bolkiah
Constitutional Sultanate
Predominantly Muslim; some Buddhist and Christian

Lebanon, Middle East*
Pop: 3,677,780
P. M. Rafik Baha al-Din Hariri
Predominantly Muslim; some Christian

DAY 21 --

Qatar, Arab. Pen.
Pop: 793,341
Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani
Traditional Monarchy
Predominantly Muslim

Turkmenistan, Central Asia
Pop: 4,688,963
President Saparmurat Niyazov
Predominantly Muslim; some Orthodox

DAY 22 --

Pop: 67,673,031
Prime Minister Meles Zenawi
Federal Republic
Predominantly Christian; some Muslim

Myanmar (Burma), Southeast Asia
Pop: 42,238,224
Prime Minister Than Shwe
Military Regime
Predominantly Buddhist

DAY 23 --

Chad, Cen. Africa*
Pop: 8,997,237
President Idriss Déby
Predominantly Muslim; some Christian and indigenous religions

Algeria, North Africa*
Pop: 32,277,942
President Abdelaziz Bouteflika
Predominantly Sunni Muslim

DAY 24 --

Libya, N. Africa
Pop: 5,368,585
Col. Muammar al-Qadhafi
Military Dictatorship
Sunni Muslim

Malaysia, Southeast Asia
Pop: 22,662,365
Prime Minister Dato Seri Dr. Mahathir Bin Mohamad
Constitutional Monarchy
Predominantly Sunni Muslim; some Buddhist

DAY 25 --

Oman, Arab. Pen.*
Pop: 2,713,462
Sultan/P. M. Qaboos Bin Al Sa’id
Predominantly Muslim

Kazakhstan, Central Asia*
Pop: 16,741,519
President Nursultan Abishevich Nazarbayev
About half Muslim, half Orthodox

DAY 26 --

Tunisia, N. Africa*
Pop: 9,815,644
President Zine El Abidine ben Ali
Predominantly Muslim

Cambodia, Southeast Asia*
Pop: 12,775,324
King Hun Sen
Multiparty Democracy
Predominantly Buddhist

DAY 27 --

Turkey, SE Europe & SW Asia*
Pop: 67,308,928
President Ahmet Necdet Sezer
Republican Parliamentary Democracy
Predominantly Sunni Muslim

North Korea, East Asia
Pop: 22,224,195
Kim Jong-il
Traditionally Buddhist; Confucian

DAY 28 --

Somalia, E. Africa
Pop: 7,753,310
Interim President Abdulkassim Salat Hassan
Predominantly Sunni Muslim

Pakistan, South Asia
Pop: 147,663,429
President Pervez Musharraf
Federal Republic
Predominantly Sunni Muslim; some Shiite Muslim

DAY 29 --

Nigeria, West Africa*
Pop: 129,934,911
President Olusegun Obasanjo
Republic transitioning from military to civilian rule
Predominantly Christian and Muslim; some indigenous religions

Maldives, South Asia
Pop: 320,165
Pres. Maumoon Abdul Gayoom
Sunni Muslim

Jordan, Middle East*
Pop: 5,307,470
King Abdullah bin Al-Hussein
Constitutional Monarchy
Predominantly Muslim; some Christian

Senegal, West Africa*
Pop: 10,284,929
President Abdoulaye Wade
Republic under multiparty democratic rule
Predominantly Muslim; some indigenous religions

DAY 30 --

Eritrea, East Africa*
Pop: 4,465,651
President Afworki Isaias
Predominantly Christian and Muslim

Tibet, South Asia
Pop: 2,500,000
President Jiang Zemin (under China rule)
Predominantly Buddhist

Syria, Middle East*
Pop: 17,155,814
President Bashar al-Assad
Republic under military regime
Predominantly Sunni Muslim; other Muslim sects

Mongolia, North Asia*
Pop: 2,694,432
President Natsagiin Bagabandi
Predominantly Buddhist

DAY 31 --

Gambia, West Africa*
Pop: 1,455,842
President Yahya A.J.J. Jammeh
Republic under multiparty democratic rule
Predominantly Muslim; some Christian

Gaza Strip, Middle East*
Pop: 1,225,911
Yasser Arafat
Palestinian Authority/Transitional
Almost all Sunni Muslim

East Timor, SE Asia*
Pop: 952,618
President Jose Alexandre Xanana Gusmao
Predominantly Christian; some Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist

West Bank, Middle East*
Pop: 2,163,667
Yasser Arafat
Palestinian Authority/Transitional
Almost all Sunni Muslim

    Praying Through the Window 7 is a worldwide prayer initiative focusing on the political and spiritual leaders of the 10/40 Window. The 10/40 Window represents a rectangular area of the world, extending from 10 degrees to 40 degrees north of the equator and spanning the globe from western Africa to eastern Asia. Over four billion people live here and most of these have never heard the Gospel message even once. Why not? Many of these nations lack religious freedom. Their religion is dictated by their political and spiritual leaders. When God wants to change a country, He moves on the hearts of His people to pray. We believe that sustained, specific prayer for the political and spiritual leaders of the 10/40 Window can transform these 68 nations and their leaders.

- Every major non-Christian religion is based here. Islam is the predominant religion in 47 of these countries, Buddhism in 12, Hinduism in two, tribal religions in two, Christianity in four, Judaism in one, and atheism in one.

- According to Open Doors International, 43 of the 50 worst countries in the world for persecution of Christians are here.

- Research shows that at least 26 countries in the Window are Gospel-ready!

   Won’t you join with millions of believers around the world as we pray fervently, knowledgeably, and faithfully to break through the strongholds and advance the Kingdom in this part of the world? The reality is, we can spend time now to pray, go, and invest the finances needed to reach these people with the Gospel, or we can spend time and billions of dollars later to defend ourselves against the tyrannical dictators and evil fanatics that we help create by doing nothing.

How To Use The
"Praying Through the Window 7"
Calendar On Page 8

- Copy and distribute this calendar in your sphere of influence. Keep the calendar handy so you’ll remember to pray regularly.

- Encourage your church, family, and friends to pray.

- Talk to your pastor about organizing a Concert of Prayer for the 10/40 Window countries.

- Look for opportunities to speak publicly about the spiritual needs in the 10/40 Window.

- Watch the news about the 10/40 Window nations and pray accordingly.

- Keep praying for the 10/40 Window after October.

- Consider taking a prayer journey to a 10/40 Window country. You’ll meet the people you are praying for, experience their culture, visit their neighborhoods, and expand your heart for them. Praying on site can have a dramatic effect on your prayers.

   "Let all the earth fear the LORD; let all the people of the world revere Him. For He spoke, and it came to be; He commanded, and it stood firm. The LORD foils the plans of the nations; He thwarts the purposes of the peoples. But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of His heart through all generations. Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD" (Psalm 33:8-12).

   "I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth" (1 Tim. 2:1-4 NIV).