Indigenous Missions in South Asia

I am very excited about your desire to push for finishing the task! I want to have a part in this effort!! Praying that the task will soon be done!! Until there is a witness for Christ in every nation.

— Jean P.

After recent scandals, I have become skeptical of the native missionary movement. I have been supporting native missionaries for decades now, but these scandals have really burnt my trust. Thank you for addressing trust and accountability in Prayerline letter.

— Jann F., IL

We give thanks to our loving, compassionate, Sovereign God for your ministries. Thank you!

— Rick and Debra R., WI

I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you, for such wonderful weekly articles. I look forward to each one, as it helps me to view beyond my own thoughts/circumstances enabling transformed and focused prayers outwardly to what God is doing around the world. It helps me to think outside of my little, local box, to see as God sees that there is more at stake than my problems. These articles and this ministry are a simple grace that is calling us to pray together as one body in Jesus Christ. Again thank you!

— Mark M., FL

God’s Joy and Blessings as we remember what Jesus did for us, new Life in Him.

— Jim and Lorraine H., WI

Thank you for all you do in helping us share in the needs of our brothers and sisters in God’s Kingdom! You are precious! Never forget the value of being the facilitating Hand of Jesus!

— Dale and Nancy D., NY

Thank you for all of your hard work in all of the hardest situations around the world, and thank you for making us aware so we can pray and help support your efforts. May God bless your efforts abundantly!

— David S., OR

Thank you for sending us the newsletters from the various ministries Christian Aid supports with its thrilling testimonies and their needs for us to pray for them.

— Keith and Carla H., CA

God bless you for being a great agent in the Hand of God to build His Kingdom!

— Doug R., GA

God bless your efforts on His behalf!

— Larry W., SD

May God richly bless your wonderful efforts on His behalf. Keep up the great work!

— Gary and Cheryl M., FL

Your work is superlative!

— Jacqueline B., IL

God bless you as you continue helping these hurting people! We serve a GREAT GOD.

Ryan and Cynthia S., WI

Thank you! We so appreciate your ministry.

— Bob and Tina R., OH

I pray daily using the prayer calendar. God bless you. As a former missionary kid, I commend you to God and to others for this wonderful work.

— Daniel S., TN

May the Lord bless you in all you do.

— David M., NY

God bless you and keep you safe. Praying for the needs of this ministry.

— Jerah C., PA

Just wanted to thank you this is such a great cause and so informative God bless you all keep up the great work so amazing

— Joey S.

May God continue to anoint and direct Christian Aid in co-laboring with His people in many far away and remote places.

— Dennis N., PA

Mission News and Stories from South Asia

Christian Aid serves as a bridge between indigenous missions groups and Western believers. We strive to inform you about the desperate situations of millions of believers all around the globe as well as sharing with you evidence of the Love and Power of God among the nations. Christian Aid’s News articles offer you a glimpse into the lives of indigenous believers, their struggles and their triumphs. We hope that by informing you of the needs of your brethren, God will lead you to pray and support indigenous missions groups.

Christmas Parties Prove Popular in Hindu India

November 17, 2016 - The year the Lord gave an indigenous missionary in northern India an avenue to share the gospel with his community, Hindu extremists put up a seemingly insurmountable obstacle: A promise to kill him. Read more.

Opposition in India Forces Shift in Evangelism

October 20, 2016 - Foreign missionaries and public preaching are meeting with increased opposition in India, forcing a greater emphasis on one-on-one evangelism that indigenous missionaries are best suited to carry out. Read more.

Flooding in Pakistan

Residents of five villages in an area of Punjab Province, Pakistan that has received no flood relief assistance have no way to earn a living a month after rains inundated their fields and homes. The area in Jhang District is populated mostly by farm laborers whose fields are still four to five feet under water. "The survivors of the flooding are very worried about their families, especially for the children, women and elderly people to escape from hardships of the season, as the weather has been changing here in Pakistan," said the director of an indigenous ministry that Christian Aid Mission supports. Read more.

Talking - and Listening - to God in India

September 22, 2016 - An indigenous missionary in India found conversing with God can get you into - and out of - a lot of trouble. Read more.

Temple Prostitutes Learn to Serve Lord Jesus

September 9, 2016 - When an indigenous missionary couple in India learned that children of temple prostitutes were in the rooms with their mothers while the women entertained customers, they realized they had to do something. Read more.

Secret Christians Multiply in Northern India

August 25, 2016 - Organized extremist groups hostile to the gospel are nearly nonexistent in a pocket of northern India, yet many residents there are secret Christians. A veteran, indigenous ministry is trusting God to further intervene. Read more.

Flood Strikes Bangladesh

August 19, 2016 - At least 110 people have died in Bangladesh in what residents are calling the worst flooding in 30 years. U.N. and other agencies estimate that 3.7 million people have been affected in 19 districts, with 17,000 houses washed away and 65,000 others ruined by riverbank erosion. More than 250,000 homes are reported damaged. Read more.

Evangelists in India Encounter Native Beliefs, Rituals

August 11, 2016 - Many ethnic Bhuiya in India hold the earth and sun as their highest gods, and many worship the cobra. Indigenous missionaries are not surprised at how often the Bhuiya ask them to pray for deliverance from evil spirits. Read more.

God's Reign in the Former Kingdom of Nepal

June 23, 2016 - Various crises in Nepal the past year united churches and its people as they worked together to survive, but divisions afflicted some congregations. Indigenous missionaries were crucial in helping to heal the church and build the kingdom. Read more.

Sri Lanka Struggles to Stay above Water

June 9, 2016 - Needs for food, potable water and medicines continue for people displaced by flooding in Sri Lanka. Indigenous missionaries are eager to work with and for their countrymen in the name of Christ. Read more.

Historic Flooding in Sri Lanka

May 20, 2016 - At least 60 people have died and 500,000 people have fled their homes after the heaviest rains in a quarter of a century pummeled Sri Lanka in the past week. The government reported 21 of 25 districts of the island nation off the coast of India had been affected, and indigenous ministries that Christian Aid Mission assists immediately began providing relief items. Read more.

Nepal Still in Anguish One Year after Temblors

May 12, 2016 - A year ago today, the second major earthquake in three weeks hit Nepal. The rubble still remains, literally and figuratively, for thousands of people who suffered devastating losses. Read more.

Evangelism Thrives in India Despite Persecution

April 14, 2016 - Long known as a hotbed of Hindu persecution of Christians, Kandhamal District in eastern India is becoming known for something else – amazing works of the Lord Jesus. Read more.

Survivors of Bombing Languish in Pakistan

April 7, 2016 - At a section of a park for children’s rides in Lahore, Pakistan, a suicide bomber’s explosion did not discriminate between Muslims and Christians, tearing apart bodies and leaving survivors devastated beyond words. Pakistani Christians are ministering to the bereaved and the wounded. Read more.

Outreach Project Reaches Chakma Tribe

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.

Bangladesh: Targeting tribes

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 Power of Collaboration

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.

Meet Native Missionary Singh

...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.

Bicycles Bring Blessings

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.

The Jaunsari of Uttarakhand

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 People of Orissa

...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.

Public Transportation Hinders Outreach

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.

Training Centers In India

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.

Going Where Others Dare Not Go

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.

The Magar People of Nepal

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.

Turning Disaster Into Opportunity

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.

Suffer The Little Children

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.

Christian Aid Sends Help to Rebuild Training Center

...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.

Battling Strongholds

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.

Going to Hard-to-Reach Remote Areas

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.

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