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Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia Full MapSoutheast Asia is home to more than 600 million people, stretching from Myanmar in the west to the Philippines in the east and south into Indonesia. It holds the world's largest populations of people from Buddhist and Muslim backgrounds, as well as significant Catholic populations in the Philippines and Vietnam.

According to Joshua Project, over 300 million people are still classified as part of unreached people groups. These people groups have yet to hear the Gospel! Overall, we estimate that half a billion people in this region haven't heard the Gospel even once, including over 700 unreached ethnic groups mentioned in Joshua Project.

Transforming Myanmar

The video above shows one village that has recently been reached!

After decades of strict restrictions under a harsh government regime, it is a new day for Myanmar. A new government creates more opportunities for the Gospel than ever before. The Spirit is moving, and it has the power to transform entire families, villages and even the country. Myanmar is in the middle of a transformation, and we would like to share with you a special need to reach children.

The vast majority of the country is Buddhist. Geographically, Myanmar is cut off from neighboring countries, which is one reason why the nation is so unreached with the Gospel. We are focusing on the Burmese and Shan people groups, and both are less than 1 percent Christian. Myanmar is truly a nation of spiritual need.

We are working with an established local partner to help raise up Christian leaders throughout the country, and many are specially trained for children’s ministry. They are equipped with materials needed to evangelize and disciple in remote areas.

A great way to reach families and communities is to begin with children’s ministry. Kids are learning and responding to the message of Jesus. The new generation is being reached to ensure a bright future for this nation. In their excitement, children share the Gospel with their families, bearing witness to Christ working in their lives! It is the beginning of transformation within the village.

Cambodia

Cambodia

Buddhism runs deep, but nothing can hinder the Gospel

Population: 15,787,000

Percent Evangelical: 1.6%

People that Need to be Reached: 15,534,408

*Unreached People Groups: 30 out of 42 people groups are considered unreached

Religions: Buddhism (official), Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, ethnic religions

Ethnic Groups: Khmer, Vietnamese, Kampuchea Krom, Cham, Han Chinese, other ethnic minorities

Languages: Khmer, Vietnamese, other ethnic languages

Reach A Village Ministries: Starting Local Churches, Bible Study Ministry, Children's Bible Ministry

 

 

Indonesia

Indonesia

Sharing the Gospel in a nation with the largest Muslim population in the world

Population: 257,221,000

Percent Evangelical: 3.8%

People that Need to be Reached: 247,446,602

*Unreached People Groups: 221 out of 779 people groups are considered unreached

Religions: Islam, Protestant Christianity, Roman Catholicism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, ethnic religions

Ethnic Groups: Javanese, Sundanese, Malay, Batak, Madurese, Betawi, Minangkabau, Buginese, Bantenese, Banjarese, Balinese, Acehnese,  Palembang, Sasak, Dayak, Makassar, Han Chinese, Mandaling, Jambi, Gorontalo, Menadonese, other ethnic minorities

Languages: Bahasa Indonesia (official), English, Dutch, Javanese, Sunda, Malay, over 700 ethnic languages

Reach A Village Ministries: We are actively involved in providing Scriptures and training. Please contact us for more information.

 

Laos

Reaching remote villages in this mountainous country

Population: 6,904,000

Percent Evangelical: 2.3%

People that Need to be Reached: 6,745,208

*Unreached People Groups: 114 out of 136 people groups are considered unreached

Religions: Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, ethnic religions

Ethnic Groups: Lao, Khmu, Hmong, Tai, Phuthai, Thai, Lue, Katang, So, Makong, Vietnamese, Akha, Phunoi, Kui, other ethnic minorities

Languages: Lao (official), French, English, Khmu, other ethnic languages

Reach A Village Ministries: We are actively involved in providing Scriptures and training. Please contact us for more information.

 

Malaysia

Bringing Christ to this emerging nation

Population: 30,638,000

Percent Evangelical: 3.3%

People that Need to be Reached: 29,626,946

*Unreached People Groups: 84 out of 187 people groups are considered unreached

Religions: Islam (official), Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Confucianism, Taoism, other traditional Chinese religions, ethnic religions

Ethnic Groups: Malay, Han Chinese, Orang Pantai Timur, Tamil, Minangkabau, Indonesian, other ethnic minorities

Languages: Bahasa Malaysia (official), English, Chinese (Cantonese, Mandarin, Hokkien, Hakka, Teochew, Hainan dialects), Tamil, Telegu, Malayalam, Panjabi, Thai, other ethnic languages

Reach A Village Ministries: We are actively involved in providing Scriptures and training. Please contact us for more information.

 

Myanmar

Myanmar

Unprecedented opportunities are available after a long, harsh dictatorship

Population: 54,312,000

Percent Evangelical: 5.1%

People that Need to be Reached: 51,542,088

*Unreached People Groups: 49 out of 153 people groups are considered unreached

Religions: Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Animism, Hinduism, ethnic religions

Ethnic Groups: Burmese, Shan, Karen, Rakhine, Chin, Han Chinese, other ethnic minorities

Languages: Burmese (official), Shan, other ethnic languages

Reach A Village Ministries: Starting Local Churches

Philippines

Philippines

Transforming remote and tribal communities through biblical education

Population: 101,383,000

Percent Evangelical: 12.2%

People that Need to be Reached: 89,014,274

*Unreached People Groups: 30 out of 201 people groups are considered unreached

Religions: Catholicism, Islam, Protestant Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, ethnic religions

Ethnic Groups: Tagalog, Cebuano, Ilocano, Bissaya/ Binisaya, Hiligaynon Ilonggo, Bikol, Waray, Filipino Mestizo, Pampango, Pangasinese, Maranao, other ethnic minorities

Languages: Filipino (official), English (official), Tagalog, Cebuano, Ilocano, Hiligaynon or Ilonggo, Bikol, Waray, Pampangan, Pangasinan, other ethnic languages

Reach A Village Ministries: Children's Bible Ministry

 

Thailand

Thailand, Laos

Be part of God's movement in this Buddhist nation

Population: 68,050,000

Percent Evangelical: 0.5%

People that Need to be Reached: 67,709,750

*Unreached People Groups: 82 out of 115 people groups are considered unreached

Religions: Buddhism (official), Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, ethnic religions

Ethnic Groups: Thai, Malay, Khmer, Han Chinese, other ethnic minorities

Languages: Thai (official), Burmese, Malay, Khmer, Min Nan Chinese, English, other ethnic languages

Reach A Village Ministries: Starting Local Churches

 

*Unreached People Groups are defined by Joshua Project as ethnic groups that have no significant presence of evangelical Christians among them - typically less than 2 percent - and lack the resources to evangelize their own people.

 

Sources:

Joshua Project https://joshuaproject.net/global_list/countries

CIA The World Factbook https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/wfbExt/region_eas.html

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