Otavalo, Ecuador and the 4-14 Window


Our first full day started in Quito, but we quickly gathered for a bus trip to Otavalo, Ecuador, which is about 2 hours north of Quito. We had opportunity to see some breathtaking scenery along the way, including a stop at the Center of the World Sundial which is a spot on the Equator where some amazing things happen at different points in the year. (For more, see here the Quitsato site here).

Foot on right in southern hemisphere, foot on left in northern hemisphere

We are staying at a hotel in the small city of Otavalo called Puerto Lago. Here’s a stunning view through just outside my room.


After arriving, we went into the marketplace to barter for local wares. Notice the nice 20 degree Celsius day! We actually had to put on sunscreen!

When we returned from the marketplace, we launched into the first component of the Child, Church and Mission class with a presentation and discussion of the “4-14 Window,” a term coined by Luis Bush in his booklet entitled, The 4-14 Window. Most of you will likely be familiar with the 10-40 window, which was a description of a geographical area centered on the middle east of some of the most unreached people groups in the world–and also a concept introduced by Bush. What Bush has now suggested is the “4-14 Window” which is a demographic designation based on the observation that about 85% of people who come to faith in Christ do so between the ages of 4 and 14. The question being asked by Bush is, Then why is such a disproportionate amount of time, energy and finances used in trying to reach adults?