Many Bible college students are first-generation believers with a limited understanding of God's Word, but they are driven by a desperate desire to see their own—and many other—villages reached with the love of Christ. Please pray with us for Bible colleges.
"Go to the village you've chosen; dig your grave on the outskirts of town, and if you have to die to reach that village, wait for us in Heaven—it's a better place." That's the symbolic charge given to Gospel for Asia-supported Bible college students at their graduation ceremony.
Pray for Christians and Missionaries Working amid Civil Unrest
Civil unrest is a way of life for the people in many parts of South Asia. In Northeast India, rebel groups attack tribal groups and immigrants from Bangladesh. Until recently in Sri Lanka, Tamil rebels waged war on the government for decades. In other areas, the Maoist political party, which India's prime minister has labeled a major threat to the country, has been implicated for a myriad of intimidation tactics and hundreds of brutal attacks on innocent people.
It's not in the name of good ol' Saint Nicholas that Gospel for Asia-supported missionaries are distributing much-needed gifts to thousands of people across South Asia. With Jesus Christ on their minds, our brothers and sisters on the field give away Christmas gifts with the intent to celebrate Christ with multitudes of people who may have never experienced God's love.
There are millions in South Asia who haven't heard the Good News of salvation. One of the quickest and most cost-effective means of sharing the love of Christ with them is GFA Radio. This "invisible messenger" overcomes geographical and political boundaries, reaching the ears of millions in remote villages.
Gospel for Asia-supported missionaries never head out to share the love of Christ without Gospel literature in hand. They know the powerful impact a small tract containing God's message of salvation can have on so many lives.
National missionaries aren't superhuman with supernatural abilities and powers. They're everyday people who love the Lord and rely on Him for help as they give their lives to further God's Kingdom. And the Lord uses them as powerful instruments to reach their lost neighbors.
More than 400 million Muslims live in South Asia, and India alone has more than 150 million people practicing Islam—making it one of the countries with the largest Muslim population. Gospel for Asia has a special ministry geared toward reaching these people and teaching them about the Savior—Jesus Christ.
Imagine drinking a large glass of ice water on a 95 degree day. In first-world countries, it's easy to satisfy your thirst with a cool beverage. But worldwide, 1 in 9 people don't have access to clean water. Their ‘refreshing' drink looks more like what you'd find in a dirty fishbowl.
Pray for South Asia's Missing and Exploited Children
What happens in the Western world when a child is missing? Frantic family members do all they can to find that boy or girl. The police are called and national alerts are issued. But that's not how it works in South Asia. Parents of runaway and missing children generally receive little help from local authorities. Imagine trying—on your own—to find your runaway or kidnapped child in a country like India, which has a population of more than 1.1 billion people.
They live with a curse they believe cannot be cured. Their society casts them out, calling them unlovable and of no worth. But Gospel for Asia-supported workers are taking the love of Jesus to these people. They are the lepers.
Squeals of excitement fill the air as thousands of children gather. Each one has a different story and background. But today, they get to set aside their differences and experience Vacation Bible School together.
The treatment of widows in South Asia is unimaginably horrific. When a woman's husband dies, she is blamed for his death. For some widows, the humiliation starts when she is stripped of her colorful clothing and forced to wear a white sari signifying her new status as a widow. Her glass bangles, which previously let the world know of her marital status, are smashed into thousands of tiny shards.
Myanmar (Burma) is a country in crisis. Strategically located between India and China, the country is ruled by a brutal military junta. One of the poorest countries in the world, Myanmar has very little educational structure and a largely uneducated workforce. The people suffer from poverty, hunger, oppression and human rights abuse. Thousands live their lives on the run or in hiding due to decades-old civil unrest.
Nepal is a nation that needs your prayers. From over a decade of bloody civil conflict that claimed thousands of lives to ongoing political instability in its government, this picturesque Himalayan country has suffered greatly and bears deep wounds.