Southeast Asia News

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.

Salvation in Burma Comes at High Cost

October 12, 2017 - A shaman's blood-letting attempt nearly killed a 10-year-old girl in Burma and left her with chronic pain in her neck. The healing process included getting kicked out of her home. Read more.

Children in Poverty Get Taste of Abundant Life

September 21, 2017 - Impoverished children in the Philippines learn that life is more than trying to get all you can just to survive. Read more.

Persecution, Vietnam's Dirty Little Secret

June 29, 2017 - In rural villages in Vietnam's Central Highlands, it's what you don't do that gets you in trouble. Read more.

Help Victims of Terrorism in the Philippines

June 6, 2017 - More than 200,000 people in the southern Philippines are desperate for food, water and other essentials for survival after fleeing an attack on Marawi City by an Islamic State-linked terrorist group. The ongoing terrorist assault that began on May 23 sent thousands of families fleeing, most to Iligan City, where Christian Aid Mission supports an indigenous ministry that risked rescuing some residents and is striving to provide critical aid to those who have escaped. Read more.

Pushing Aid through Closed Border in North Korea

June 2, 2017 - North Korea this week defied the West with another missile test, further provoking a nuclear threat that has brought Chinese and North Korean soldiers to their common border — and shut off aid to starving people. An indigenous missionary, however, has found a way to get relief in. Read more.

Gospel Makes Inroads in Odd Ways in Indonesia

May 19, 2017 - The director of an indigenous ministry in Indonesia was not sure why the village head was asking him to provide a duck for a Hindu sacrifice, but he had a ready answer. Read more.

Christian Workers Overcome Difficulties in Vietnam

May 4, 2017 - Church leaders in Vietnam unwilling to submit their congregations to religious freedom violations accompanying registration leave themselves open to arrest, but somehow churches continue to sprout. Read more.

The Surprisingly Urgent Need in the Philippines

March 16, 2017 - The prospect of Islamist expansion beyond the southern Philippines is just one reason evangelization is a matter of high urgency, an indigenous missionary says. Read more.

Busting Barriers to Build the Kingdom in Burma

March 2, 2017 - Amid historical and political layers of hostility toward non-Buddhist faiths, indigenous missionaries in Burma (Myanmar) have worked diligently and painstakingly to establish small Christian communities. Read more.

Building Churches in Southeast Asia, Soul by Soul

February 9, 2017 - Their 2-year-old daughter had never been able to walk due to a birth defect, but the couple from Vietnam's Central Highlands canceled their doctor's appointment in Ho Chi Minh City when they began to see the power of prayer. Read more.

Addicts in Burma Seize Chance at New Life

January 26, 2017 - Addicted to alcohol since childhood, a young man in Burma (Myanmar) with an infant daughter showed up at a recovery center far from mental stability, much less sobriety. Read more.

Killed for Christ in the Philippines – a Love Story

January 12, 2017 - Throughout his Muslim daughter's courtship with a Christian, Datu had hurled stones at the suitor's father, a pastor, and threatened to kill his son. Then came the wedding. Read more.

Evangelists in Burma Trust God amid Hostilities

December 15, 2016 - In the face of daunting societal and official opposition in Buddhist-majority Burma (Myanmar), indigenous evangelists increase their faith in God in order to expand His kingdom. Read more.

Evangelists in Philippines Push Past Terrorists

December 01, 2016 - Islamist and communist militants have not stopped indigenous missionaries in the Philippines from expanding God's kingdom. Read more.

Effective Outreach Through Camp Meetings

A respected Burmese Christian started a mission to reach people in places where many others will not go. Now this missionary sends trained workers into unreached areas during the dry season (November through May) when people do not need to work the fields. Equipped with gospel songbooks, tracts, Bibles, and food, they go and set up camp.Read more.

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.Read more.

Evangelizing the Isles of the Sea

Over the course of the years Christian Aid has aided over a hundred evangelistic, church-planting missions in the Philippines, plus ministries that care for needy children and operate Bible schools.Read more.

Lighting The Path In Burma

...Min is one of many devoted disciples of Ronnie Tun, native Burmese ministry leader supported by Christian Aid. In a country rife with poverty, disease, gangs of drug smugglers and a corrupt military junta infamous for its human rights abuses, Tun’s ministry aims for restoration through the power of Christ.Read more.

Loving The Enemy

... as he shared Christ, he was shocked by the large number of refugees fleeing from the war raging throughout the countryside. He never dreamed of the horror that was to follow. Within days he was thrust into the middle of the nightmare, when Khmer Rouge guards forced him into a slave labor camp.Read more.

Mindanao Ministry To Muslims

Mindanao, the second largest island in the Philippines, has been the traditional homeland of Muslim Filipinos since the 15th century. The Muslim population is composed of many ethnic groups spread among the islands of Mindanao and the Sulu Archipelago. These scattered islands can only be reached by pump boats. While the incidence of poverty is high, the lush, natural beauty of the place provides a clear picture of the Creator’s handiwork.Read more.

Persecuted, but Not Forsaken

A repressive communist regime has been seeking to stamp out Christianity in Vietnam for decades. As in China, however, persecution has not succeeded in thwarting the growth of zealous, witnessing churches. Read more.

Philippines: Poverty And Danger

One third of Manila’s inhabitants live in poverty, the heart of which is the infamous Smoky Mountain. The nauseating stench of methane gas emitted from this 100-foot trash heap resembles a cloud of smoke, thus earning its name. The toxic environment offers these destitute dwellers a spectrum of maladies, including malnutrition, tuberculosis, dysentery, hepatitis, measles and skin rashes. Read more.

The Talaandig People of the Philippines

The Talaandig people, located in North Cotabato Province on the island of Mindanao, Philippines, are a small animistic tribe of only 4,500. And unlike the more dominant Muslim tribes living in the Philippines, the Talaandig are excluded from political affairs. Because they are relatively ignored by government authorities, the tribe has become susceptible to coercions to join such rebel groups as the communist New People’s Army. Read more.

The San Chay People of Vietnam

...Approximately 120 people groups live in Vietnam. One of these groups, the San Chay, immigrated to Vietnam from China in the early 1600s. After learning how to grow wet rice, the San Chay settled in small villages. Today, nearly 150,000 San Chay live in Vietnam and speak a variant of the Thai language. Read more.

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