March 23, 2018 - Deep in southeastern Bangladesh’s Chittagong Division, the very trees, bamboo, vines and even holes in the ground were the objects of the Chakma tribal villagers’ devotion. Buddhism calls for looking within to achieve perfection rather than anything outside of man, and though they called themselves Buddhists, they still strove to appease the various nature gods as their animist ancestors had for centuries. Read more.
August 24, 2017 - Kiran felt he had lost his entire future when his parents disowned him for leaving Hinduism, and he was looking to the evangelist who led him to Christ for some answers. Read more.
Native missionaries ask for prayer after torrential rains created flooding and landslides in Bangladesh, Nepal, and bordering areas of India that left an estimated 250 people dead. Millions have been left homeless. Read more.
The Chakmas are among the top 16 of the 353 larger unreached tribes in Bangladesh. There are over 400,000 Chakma people residing in the Bandarban Hills. Currently, 84% still practice Buddhism and worship the spirits of trees, hills and streams. Most of the Chakmas make a living through agriculture but remain extremely impoverished, unable to meet their basic needs. Read more.
In 1977 native Bangladeshi missionary, Bawm, dedicated his life to Christ during a revival meeting. Soon after, he attended a seminary in Seoul, where he received his Masters of Divinity. Read more.
The Scriptures provide us with many more examples of collaboration among believers (see Philippians 4 and 2 Corinthians 8). This principle remains an important tool to build God’s kingdom today. Read more.
...Missionary Singh determined to "lose his life" for the sake of the gospel. In 1983 God called him to begin a ministry which has grown to be an effective instrument for evangelizing the poorest villages of the Himalayas. His son now shares the leadership with his father who is unable to meet the physical demands of travel. Read more.
When you think of a bicycle, you might picture a day of exercise and fun with your family. When a native missionary thinks of a bicycle, he thinks of the speed with which he can reach a village and the number of people he can tell about the love of Jesus. With a bicycle, distances between villages diminish as one sets out to preach the Word. Read more.
Living in the high country of North India, Uttarakhand State, Bir Singh, a young man in his early thirties, sits outside at his loom and weaves cloth from silk, cotton and wool. He supports his family in this time-honored tradition. A Jaunsari living in the rugged hills, Bir Singh is more easily able to share his faith in Christ because the people know him. He is one of them. His community now has ten families who are believers in Christ. Read more.
...The Juango turned away from the "genuine God" when their ancestors made an oath with the Maran Buru, or "spirits of the great mountains," when migrating to their present lands. To appease the spirits, they began practicing sorcery, sun worship and other rituals. Read more.
There are several cities located in northern India having a population of more than two million people. Within these cities are pockets of Urdu-speaking communities, where a native missionary* and his wife began their ministry. But this has not been an easy mission field. Religious tensions persist, so Muslim minorities are fearful of entering the mainstream of society. They rarely leave their own neighborhood, except for reasons of business, health or other necessities. Read more.
India has the largest number of unreached people groups (UPG) in the world. With its population exceeding one billion and the languages spoken there numbering in the hundreds, it is clear that native missionaries are the best people to reach those who have yet to hear the good news of salvation through Christ. Read more.
There is an urgency in Pastor Rai’s voice as he describes the need to evangelize the eastern part of Nepal. "People are starving spiritually. They seek to fill this great void, but do not know where to turn. We must fill that emptiness with the gospel." Read more.
perhaps best known as the world's only Hindu kingdom, the small, mountainous country of Nepal is home to approximately 400 ethnic groups. The Magar tribe represents 7 percent of the country's total population, and is one of the oldest tribes in Nepal. Read more.
Natural disasters occur frequently throughout the world today. Indigenous ministries supported through Christian Aid are often the first to respond. Emergency funds received are sent out immediately and placed in the hands of capable ministry leaders who distribute it where most needed during initial stages of a crisis. Read more.
My sister and I shared a precious camaraderie. I remember well those whispered secrets, the silent understanding and those times we knelt together in prayer. Read more.
...In 2007 Sarla Mahara, South Asia Field Director for Christian Aid, visited the ministry to further assess their needs. She found that they owned a piece of land with an older building on it. The building looked as though it might accommodate the needs for a training base. "While it was structurally sound, it was in very poor condition – unsuitable for habitation due to years of neglect," Sarla reported. "Besides the renovations needed, it would also have to have additional structures added on." Read more.
South Asia-—the birthplace of Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism, with strong Muslim elements-—is seeing the witness of Christ being spread and strengthened among its nations. The witness of indigenous messengers is key. Read more.
Indigenous ministries are working to reach the hard-to-reach and the never reached. When they have begun a work in one of these remote areas, they return often to strengthen the new believers. Read more.