I had also not learned about this in any history or social studies class.
There is something called the "4/14 window." It is the age range when evangelical Christians believe non-Christian children are most vulnerable to conversion efforts. Evangelical Christians target non-Christian children between the ages of 4 and 14 to concentrate conversion efforts. The concentrated conversion efforts on young children is because "40% of the world's children are under the age of 20." This movement refers to non-Christian children's "strategic importance," in their efforts to convert the world to Christianity.
There is a related concept called the "10/40 window." This is the area, including India, that lies between the 10th and 40th parallels. Evangelical Christians used to call this area the "resistant belt," because the people who live there seem to like their own cultures and religions and are resistant to Christian conversion efforts. The name was changed from "resistant belt," to "10/40 window," but the concept that this geographical region is one in which Christian missionaries seek targets for conversion remains the same. Interestingly, Israel is also within the "10/40 window," and the 17 million Jews in the region, in addition to Hindus, Muslims, and Buddhists, are also targets for the religious conversion goals of the missionary groups.
Since the parents who live in the "10/40 window," have been found by the missionaries to be more resistant to conversion away from their own religious traditions, the Christian missionaries have shifted their efforts to target the young children of these "resistant" parents for concentrated multi-pronged conversion efforts.
Targeting other people's children in certain parts of the world for conversion activity is an ongoing and active central part of Christian missionary activity. In fact, these churches hold global summits on how to target young children for conversion. The next summit is in April of 2015. These Christian missionaries write "children are strategic because 'the clay' is still soft."
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