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We consider Central Asian countries as those with names ending in "stan", e.g., Turkmenistan or Tajikistan. Some were part of what was the Soviet Union; some were not. The people of this region are primarily Muslim, although other faiths, including Christianity, are present. Since the fall of the Soviet Union, Islam has been strengthening its hold on the "stans" that were part of the Soviet Union, but Christianity has been growing as well. GlobalGrace Fellowship is excited about what God is doing in Central Asia. Our experienced missionaries share with us the need for more workers who have a burden for this part of the world. Our mission leadership have had experience in Central Asia and are personally well-versed on the region.
GlobalGrace Fellowship has been involved in South Asia for many years, including India, Nepal, Bangladesh, and neighboring countries. The people of this region are largely Hindu, although other faiths, including Islam and Christianity, are present. South Asia can be a difficult region for a US passport holder to minister in long term, but is well-suited for a tentmaker or entrepreneurial creative access ministries, that is, a Christians who want to work abroad in a secular occupation while letting his or her Christian light shine through daily life as a witness.
GlobalGrace Fellowship sent our 1st missionaries to East Asia in 1932. Many of the world's largest cities are in East Asia; the population of the Greater Tokyo area, for instance, is about 27 million. More than 50% of the world's population is now urbanized, and it is estimated that by the year 2100, the number of rural dwellers may be only 10%; thus the cities are vital for mission strategy.
China, with its population of 1.3 billion, is home to 21% of the world's population. It is also the country with the fastest Christian expansion ever, now guessed to be 10,000 new converts every day. Accurate estimates are hard to obtain because of the numbers of Christians who keep their faith hidden, the hostility of the national government towards some Christian groups, and difficulties in obtaining accurate statistics on house churches. Although there are a growing number of believers and churches in China (especially thriving underground or unregistered churches) there are still many Unreached People Groups which are largely untouched by the Gospel of Jesus. Such groups include Tibetan Buddhists, Uyghur Muslims, Hui Muslims, Mongolian, Tujia, Bouyei, Kazhak Muslims, etc. See: https://joshuaproject.net/countries/CH for a complete list.
South Korea could be seen as a success in missions in the last hundred years, and Koreans are carrying the Gospel around the world, especially to other Koreans, but opportunities for cross-cultural ministry still exist in Korea. If you feel God calling you to Korea, do not ignore the call.
Japan is quite different from China or Korea, and a very expensive place to live, but the needs are great. If God calls you there, you can count on Him to meet your needs.
Opportunities in Asia are many and varied, including university-level teaching, part-time "tent-making", and humanitarian aid. Qualified English- speaking teachers are particularly welcome there.
Pray that doors for the gospel will remain open, for the evangelizing and discipleship of young believers and for leadership development.
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