The Gospel Goes Forward

In some countries, like the Philippines, missionaries can freely proclaim the gospel; but in countries where Islam is dominant, there is strong opposition toward Christians. Even in the Philippines a Muslim majority already exists on the southern island of Mindanao. Nevertheless, dozens of indigenous ministries can continue their outreach because Christian Aid donors remain faithful supporters of native missionary work in this country of 7000 islands.

In communist areas like Vietnam, Christians have been beaten and dragged off to prison by local authorities. When a native missionary is put in jail, his family has no means of support and they struggle daily to find food. Christian Aid has helped by sending support for these families.

Overt persecution is prevalent in Laos, and Christians in this country are among the most persecuted in all the world. With help from Christian Aid, one indigenous ministry leader operates a Bible school in a small church building. The top floor is used as a classroom by day and sleeping quarters at night. Students who attend the school often face imprisonment for their faith. Other leaders have church planting ministries that are bringing lost souls into God's family.