Densely populated slums are marked by poverty, filth and social tension
Tens of millions of people in Asia live in slums.
Many of them live in one-room shanties. They work long hours for insufficient wages. If there is no work available, some resort to begging, scavenging or prostitution to be able to earn enough to eat. Toilets are scarce, so the stench of human waste pollutes the air. Garbage is strewn across the alleyways. Everyone is vulnerable to disease.
For those living in slums, there is little hope of improving their lives, and some look to suicide as an escape.
Jesus Offers Them Hope
Gospel for Asia began supporting ministry in the slums in 1999. Through this work, the Lord is giving people who live in slums the chance for a better life.
GFA-supported pastors and Sisters of Compassion who serve in slums:
- Pray for the sick.
- Minister to the hurting.
- Disseminate information about health and hygiene.
- Provide tutoring classes for children.
- Give winter clothing to help keep recipients, who live in shanties that lack insulation, warm throughout the winter.