South Asia

The Spiritual Need in South Asia

South Asia includes about 45 percent of Asia's population, or more than 25 percent of the world's population. Ninety-five percent of the world’s least evangelized people live in this area of the world and most of the world’s governments that oppose Christianity are also located there. This region includes Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei and Sri Lanka, and is home to a variety of people groups, 300 of which are unreached. More than 1.5 billion people live in this region, but only a small percent of the population claim to know Jesus. The rest practice Islam, Hinduism, or Buddhism.

Religious practices are common, providing the people here with temporary relief from their fears and desperation. However, they will never find complete freedom by giving sacrifices, burning incense, wearing amulets, saying special prayers, or performing good works. Most South Asians have no knowledge of the true path to salvation.

ABWE in South Asia

Through education and medical care, ABWE is making great strides in connecting with families and sharing spiritual truth in South Asia. In each country, through partnership with existing ministries, we are actively engaged in meeting the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the poor, the trafficked, and the children and are always on the lookout for new ways to demonstrate the relevance of the Good News of Jesus in today's world.

Our partners, Memorial Christian Hospital (MCH) and William Carey Academy (WCA), are two huge platforms that are allowing ABWE missionaries to share the Gospel. In addition, ABWE South Asia has opportunities in a large Christian University (8,000+ students) as well as a number of other secondary and primary schools.

MCH is not just a hospital. Its campus has many outreaches including an elementary school, two Bible colleges, a health science college, a tribal outreach project, camp ministry, a handicraft business, a literacy program and three Bible translation projects. There are two health clinics and four new church plants within driving distance of our campus. The hospital opens the doors for these fruitful ministries that enable witness and church planting. While we have need for more medical team members, we have urgent need for more team members in the many non-medical ministries the hospital has enabled. All of these programs have been useful for sharing truth and discipling believers. Our South Asia region recognizes the importance of healthcare and education, but more importantly the spiritual condition of those they interact with.

Opportunities also abound in the region of South Asia - East ranging from church-planting and education to a host of other disciple-making, creative-access platforms including tent-making and business-as-mission.

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