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GFA World Calls for Prayer Amid Military Coup and Myanmar Massacres

MYANMAR MASSACRE, GFA WORLD CALLS FOR PRAYER: Texas-based GFA World -- one of the largest humanitarian agencies in Asia -- is calling on Christians to pray for Myanmar's suffering people in the throes of the South Asia nation's bloody military coup. Photo: AP News

WILLS POINT, TX – GFA World founded by K.P. Yohannan, has been the model for numerous charities like GFA World Canada, to help the poor and deprived worldwide, one of Asia’s largest humanitarian agencies is calling on Christians to pray for Myanmar ‘s suffering people in the throes of the South Asia nation’s bloody military coup.… Continue reading GFA World Calls for Prayer Amid Military Coup and Myanmar Massacres

Gospel for Asia Shares on the Miracle at the Myanmar Mine Mudslide

MYANMAR DISASTER: More than 160 people were killed in a horrific mudslide at a jade mining site in northern Myanmar. Mission agency Gospel for Asia (GFA World, www.gfa.org) has called for “compassionate prayer” as local Christians at the scene comfort the bereaved.

HPAKANT, KACHIN PROVINCE – Gospel for Asia (GFA World and affiliates like Gospel for Asia Canada) founded by Dr. K.P. Yohannan – Discussing the miracle that happened amidst the tragedy of the Myanmar mudslide.  As July 2020 comes to a close, most readers will not have heard or read about the massive mudslide that killed… Continue reading Gospel for Asia Shares on the Miracle at the Myanmar Mine Mudslide

He’s Alive! Myanmar Pastor Presumed Dead Returns Home to Family

WILLS POINT, TX – A national pastor in Myanmar supported by Gospel for Asia (GFA World and affiliates like Gospel for Asia Canada) was forcibly removed at gunpoint from his home by five men on January 19, 2019. The men are believed to have been members of a rebel army that has been seeking control… Continue reading He’s Alive! Myanmar Pastor Presumed Dead Returns Home to Family

Ohio Pastor Publishes New Bible in Burmese and New Book of Faith Stories from Myanmar

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ORIENT, OH — An Ohio pastor publishes a New Testament in Burma in a language where there has never been a Bible, and few Westerners have ever been, and the same week, he publishes his own book about the incredible move of God going on there in the midst of great persecution. Pastor and Mission… Continue reading Ohio Pastor Publishes New Bible in Burmese and New Book of Faith Stories from Myanmar

Reuters Writers Released from Myanmar Jail

Reuters reporter Wa Lone after arrest - February 2018

YANGON – Reuters journalists, Wa Lone (33) and Kyaw So Oo (29) were detained in Myanmar in December 2017. They were charged and eventually convicted of violating the country’s Official Secrets Act. They were sentenced to seven years in prison. Today, the two men are free after spending more than 500 days in custody. They… Continue reading Reuters Writers Released from Myanmar Jail

Gospel for Asia Mourns Death of Village Pastor Killed After Abduction at Gunpoint in Myanmar

Tun N., a GFA-supported pastor that served in Myanmar’s Rakhine State who was killed after being abducted Jan. 19, is pictured here recently with his wife and family.

Tun N., serving with GFA Asia field partner, leaves behind a wife and three children WILLS POINT, TX—Gospel for Asia (GFA, www.gfa.org) is mourning the loss of one of its field-partner workers, a pastor who has been reported dead after being abducted at gunpoint in Myanmar, formerly Burma. The tragic death of Tun N., aged… Continue reading Gospel for Asia Mourns Death of Village Pastor Killed After Abduction at Gunpoint in Myanmar

Gospel for Asia Issues Prayer Appeal on Behalf of Village Pastor Abducted in Myanmar

Concern growing for the safety of Pastor Tun N., serving with Gospel for Asia field partner. WILLS POINT, Texas — Gospel for Asia (GFA) has issued an urgent prayer appeal on behalf of one of its field-partner workers who was abducted at gunpoint in Myanmar, formerly Burma. Tun N., aged 41, who pastors a congregation in… Continue reading Gospel for Asia Issues Prayer Appeal on Behalf of Village Pastor Abducted in Myanmar

Making Sense of Myanmar – The Chin, Kachin, Shan, and Wa States

YANGON – Myanmar, formerly Burma, may best be described a line from Rogers and Hammerstein’s “The King and I” in which the king exclaims, “It’s a puzzlement.” In a recent article, we related the story of a Christian pastor in a small village in the Chin state in northwest Myanmar. The gist of the story… Continue reading Making Sense of Myanmar – The Chin, Kachin, Shan, and Wa States

Insight into Being an Outsider – Christians in Myanmar

RANGOON – Most Western people still know Myanmar as Burma – a country somewhere in South Asia. Situated east of the Bay of Bengal, Myanmar borders Bangladesh, India, China, and Thailand. Myanmar, then Burma, was evangelized in the early 1800s by Adoniram Judson who also completed the first Burmese language Bible. In 1950, there were… Continue reading Insight into Being an Outsider – Christians in Myanmar

Need for Aid Increasing in Myanmar

YANGON – Life goes on as normal for Christians and Muslims in Myanmar, just as life goes on as normal for Christians and Muslims in America. Normal is the operative word because what is normal for them is at the extreme opposite of what normal is for us. We often refer to normal as “the… Continue reading Need for Aid Increasing in Myanmar

Baptist Pastors Among 8,500 Prisoners Granted Amnesty in Myanmar

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YANGON, Myanmar – The President of Myanmar granted amnesty to more than 8,500 people incarcerated in prisons around the county. The action was, in part, associated with an annual tradition in celebration of the Myanmar New Year. Among those being released are 51 foreigners, eight political detainees, and two Baptist pastors. The two pastors, Dumdaw… Continue reading Baptist Pastors Among 8,500 Prisoners Granted Amnesty in Myanmar

Rohingya Being Sent Back to Myanmar from Bangladesh

The Rohingya people are being deported back to Bangladesh.

The Rohingya who escaped to Bangladesh to flee violence from the military are being deported and sent back to Myanmar in the next two years. According to BBC, “Myanmar has agreed to accept 1,500 Rohingya each week, Bangladesh says, adding that it aims to return all of them to Myanmar within two years.” The United… Continue reading Rohingya Being Sent Back to Myanmar from Bangladesh

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Myanmar Government Holds Peace Talks with Ethnic Groups

    Photo by Steve Evans In May, the Myanmar government held a peace talk with ethnic minority groups in the country. They hoped to find common ground between the military and the minority groups that were trying to defend themselves. Per Fox News, “Representatives from Myanmar’s ethic rebel groups and the government gathered in… Continue reading Myanmar Government Holds Peace Talks with Ethnic Groups

Muslim Lawyer Assassinated in Myanmar

A muslim lawyer for Aung San Suu Kyi was assassinated on January 29, 2017 while in an international airport. Time Magazine reports, “Many in Myanmar are in mourning this week after the assassination of a prominent Muslim lawyer and peerless symbol of the country’s democracy movement, Ko Ni, who was shot in the head at point-blank range… Continue reading Muslim Lawyer Assassinated in Myanmar

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Myanmar’s crackdown on ethnic minorities

The Myanmar military is cracking down on Myanmar’s minorities, particularly the Rohingya. Many of them flee into Bangladesh. CNN reports, “Authorities in neighboring Bangladesh said dozens of people have attempted to flee across the border in recent days.” Those in Myanmar think that the Rohingya are Bangladesh citizens and as such are there illegally, even… Continue reading Myanmar’s crackdown on ethnic minorities

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Rohingya not treated fairly in Myanmar

By English: Foreign and Commonwealth Office The Rohingya are treated badly by the government of Myanmar, mainly the military. Many Rohingya have escaped into Muslim countries. According to CNN, “The Myanmar government has forcibly segregated Rohingya from the rest of the population in Rakhine state since 1982 when the government stripped them of their citizenship.”… Continue reading Rohingya not treated fairly in Myanmar

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U.S. report ranks trafficking abuse; Myanmar among the worst

Myanmar called an annual report issued by the U.S. State Department “sad and regrettable” after being named among the worst human trafficking offenders. Along with Iran, North Korea and Syria, the report cited Myanmar’s negligence to meet “the minimum standards for eliminating trafficking.” Reuters reported that Myanmar’s ranking, which got downgraded from the previous year,… Continue reading U.S. report ranks trafficking abuse; Myanmar among the worst

6.8 Earthquake hits Myanmar, Leaving at Least 3 dead

On August 24, Myanmar was hit by a deadly 6.8 earthquake in the ancient city of Bagan. So far, there has only been three reported deaths. Many Pagodas (Buddhist temples) have been destroyed in the earthquake. According to The Straits Times, “A powerful 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck central Myanmar Wednesday (Aug 24), killing at least… Continue reading 6.8 Earthquake hits Myanmar, Leaving at Least 3 dead

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Myanmar Army and Rebel Forces Continue to Recruit Child Soldiers

Targeting boys as young as 11 years old, both the Myanmar army and opposing rebels continue to recruit and even kidnap children for military conscription. Recent pressure from the United Nations and non-government organizations has resulted in the release of some children though recruiting continues. Recruiters target boys in rural and urban areas when the… Continue reading Myanmar Army and Rebel Forces Continue to Recruit Child Soldiers

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Myanmar Elections Opens Way for the Gospel

“Votes are still coming in, but initial results show a win for the National League for Democracy (NLD). According to Reuters, the party currently ruling Myanmar–also known as Burma–openly admitted defeat as election results were announced yesterday afternoon.” The National League for Democracy defeated the military junta which had been in power for years. This… Continue reading Myanmar Elections Opens Way for the Gospel

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Christians Set to Share Their Faith Globally on GO Day, May 29th

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BERLIN — An estimated 50 million Christians worldwide are sharing their faith on the 10th anniversary of Global Outreach Day, now GO Day, on May 29th. May is GO Month, and Christians have been sharing their faith through creative outreaches in Brazil, caring outreaches in the largest slum in Africa – Kibera, Kenya, as well… Continue reading Christians Set to Share Their Faith Globally on GO Day, May 29th

Malaria Makes Comeback Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

WILLS POINT, TX – GFA World (Gospel for Asia) founded by K.P. Yohannan, has been the model for numerous charities like GFA World Canada, to help the poor and deprived worldwide, issued this Special Report update on Malaria making a comeback amid the worldwide impact of the COVID 19 Pandemic. It’s a back-and-forth battle growing… Continue reading Malaria Makes Comeback Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

How Earth Mission Cares for the Karen

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SILOAM SPRINGS, AR – Earth Mission was founded in 1982 as a short-term mission platform. The mission projects were specifically opportunities for engineers, engineering students, and technicians to assist and support missionaries in countries like Mexico and the Dominican Republic. They not only built and equipped structures, but they also created businesses that would benefit… Continue reading How Earth Mission Cares for the Karen

Reach a Village

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PARK FOREST, IL – Reach a Village is a relatively young faith-based parachurch organization. It was founded in 2012 by Robert Craft, a servant of the Lord with more than 40 years of ministry as a pastor, missionary, and evangelical leader. The Need The vision for the ministry is rooted in Mark 1:38 (NET), where… Continue reading Reach a Village

Wycliffe Associates Welcomes Interim President & CEO Dr. Tim Neu

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ORLANDO, FL — The Board of Trustees of Wycliffe Associates has announced that Dr. Tim Neu has been selected to serve as Interim President and CEO of Wycliffe Associates’ global Bible translation efforts. Tim has served with Wycliffe Associates for the last 12 years, providing leadership to the ministry in areas of finance, Bible translation… Continue reading Wycliffe Associates Welcomes Interim President & CEO Dr. Tim Neu

Rewriting the Tragedies of Girlhood

WILLS POINT, TX – Gospel for Asia (GFA World and affiliates like Gospel for Asia Canada) founded by KP Yohannan, issued this Special Report on the horrific realities girls face, child marriage, human trafficking, abuse & exploitation, and the restoration & redemption that God brings to their lives. Nearly 173 years ago, on October 16,… Continue reading Rewriting the Tragedies of Girlhood

Restoring Hope to Rohingya Refugees

BANGLADESH — Thousands of Rohingya refugees are fleeing what’s being described by the UN as ethnic cleansing in Myanmar. In response to their desperate needs OM Bangladesh is restoring hope to these many marginalized refugees by providing safe playing areas for children, education, stress debriefings for mothers, sanitation training and hygiene packs. The United Nations… Continue reading Restoring Hope to Rohingya Refugees

Mekong Reach Initiative Launched by Operation Mobilisation

MEKONG REGION — With millions of unreached people throughout the South East Asian countries where the Mekong River flows through Operation Mobilisation (OM) has launched a major outreach initiative to this region. Jesus’ followers are being equipped throughout Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam to ensure the people along the Mekong River experience the true… Continue reading Mekong Reach Initiative Launched by Operation Mobilisation

Pandemic Anxiety – What Can We Do?

Are you confused about the COVID-19 pandemic? I am. It’s hard to know what to believe because even the “experts” and the highest-ranking officials don’t agree on where the virus came from, how it is transmitted, how to prevent its spread, or what can be done to eradicate it without creating harmful unintended consequences. I… Continue reading Pandemic Anxiety – What Can We Do?

Gospel for Asia Calls for ‘Compassionate Prayer’ After Jade Mine Disaster

MYANMAR DISASTER: More than 160 people were killed in a horrific mudslide at a jade mining site in northern Myanmar. Mission agency Gospel for Asia (GFA World, www.gfa.org) has called for “compassionate prayer” as local Christians at the scene comfort the bereaved.

WILLS POINT, TX — One of the world’s leading mission agencies has called for “compassionate prayer” after more than 160 people were killed by a horrific mudslide at a jade mine in northern Myanmar earlier this month. Several Christians living in a nearby village work at the jade mine, but fortunately no one from the… Continue reading Gospel for Asia Calls for ‘Compassionate Prayer’ After Jade Mine Disaster

USCIRF Urges Thailand, Malaysia to Protect Rohingya Muslim Refugees Stranded at Sea

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WASHINGTON, DC – The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) calls on the governments of Thailand and Malaysia to admit boats carrying Rohingya Muslim refugees stranded at sea. “Thai and Malaysian authorities must recognize their obligations under international law to refugees fleeing ethnic and religious violence,” USCIRF Chair Gayle Manchin stated. “USCIRF urges… Continue reading USCIRF Urges Thailand, Malaysia to Protect Rohingya Muslim Refugees Stranded at Sea

World Refugee Day Report: 80 Million Displaced – 40 Million Are Children

NEW YORK — June 20 is observed annually as World Refugee Day. The United Nations defines a refugee as “someone who fled his or her home and country owing to “well-founded fear of persecution because of his/her race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.” While that definition seems to be… Continue reading World Refugee Day Report: 80 Million Displaced – 40 Million Are Children

EMI: Design, Discipleship & Diversity in Missions

COLORADO SPRINGS – Engineering Ministries International was incorporated in 1982. EMI was God’s call on a structural engineer to develop a group of design professionals to aid and support Christian missions agencies in their outreaches to people most in need. They would do this by using engineering “to win people to Christ who would not… Continue reading EMI: Design, Discipleship & Diversity in Missions

Helen Keller International Sees Needs & Seizes the Day

NEW YORK, NY – Helen Keller was born 140 years ago this month. She passed away in 1968 a few days prior to her 88th birthday. Her story was brought to stage and screen in the play and the movie, The Miracle Worker. Blind and deaf from the age of 19 months, Helen learned how… Continue reading Helen Keller International Sees Needs & Seizes the Day

Mosquito-Driven Scourge Touches All Nations: Malaria Claims 400,000 Lives Per Year

WILLS POINT, TX – Gospel for Asia (GFA World and affiliates like Gospel for Asia Canada) founded by KP Yohannan, issued a Special Report on how the alarming increase of mosquito-blamed cases in U.S. in may awaken Westerners to the “deadly scourge” of malaria that still claims thousands of lives worldwide. Because the deaths came… Continue reading Mosquito-Driven Scourge Touches All Nations: Malaria Claims 400,000 Lives Per Year

Francis Chan Asks if the Christian Life Is Crazy or Perfectly Normal

One of the most read books about Christianity of the past 60 years has been The Normal Christian Life by Watchman Nee. It is a powerful and challenging book. Every believer should read it.Former megachurch pastor Francis Chan wrote a similar best-selling book in 2008, entitled Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God. Both authors… Continue reading Francis Chan Asks if the Christian Life Is Crazy or Perfectly Normal

Life Abundantly for All – Anglican Overseas Aid

COLLINGWOOD, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA – Anglican Overseas Aid is an Australian-based FBO committed to creating partnerships with like-minded organizations to alleviate poverty, injustices, and provide disaster recovery services. According to their website, their work “is inspired by the Gospel of Christ, with a vision for a peaceful, just, and sustainable world.” The Reverend Dr. Bob Mitchell… Continue reading Life Abundantly for All – Anglican Overseas Aid

Francis Chan Announces Plan to Fish in Asia

AZUSA, CA – What came as a shock to those who heard his announcement made perfect sense to Francis Chan. He revealed at a chapel service at Azusa Pacific University that he and his family plan to move to Asia in February 2020. The pastor, author, and in-demand Christian leader and speaker shared how the… Continue reading Francis Chan Announces Plan to Fish in Asia

Pompeo Speech Defends Religious Freedom

ROME – When the United States Secretary of State speaks, it is usually about political affairs of state. When Mike Pompeo addressed a symposium in Rome on October 2, his message was about increasing global threats to the right of religious freedom. Secretary Pompeo was a featured speaker at a symposium about the work of… Continue reading Pompeo Speech Defends Religious Freedom

Tensions Rising in Rohingya Refugee Camps

GENEVA – Nearly a million Rohingya are interred at refugee camps in Bangladesh, having fled their homes to escape persecution in their native Myanmar. Tensions have been rising over the past several months and have reached a point where remaining in Bangladesh may become as dangerous as of being back in Myanmar. The UN Office… Continue reading Tensions Rising in Rohingya Refugee Camps

Child Labor Today: Not Gone, But Forgotten

WILLS POINT, TX – Gospel for Asia (GFA) issues an extensive Special Report on child labor: Millions of Children Trapped between Extreme Poverty and the Profits of Others In a report written by Lee Tucker, a consultant to Human Rights Watch, about the problem of bonded labor in Asia, a young girl shared, “My sister… Continue reading Child Labor Today: Not Gone, But Forgotten

The Terrible Toll of Child Labor

WILLS POINT, TX – According to a recent special report, “Child Labor: Not Gone, But Forgotten,” 2.8 million children in forced child labor die annually from work-related injuries. That is the equivalent to the entire population of Chicago and more than twice as many children as the total population of Dallas. The in-depth report, published… Continue reading The Terrible Toll of Child Labor

World Refugee Day – Are We Missing the Point?

WILLS POINT, TX – June 20th is World Refugee Day. The annual observation is particularly important this year as we are currently facing the worst refugee crisis in recorded history. Measuring the Problem According to the UNHCR, the United Nations Refugee Agency, at least 68.5 million people around the globe have been displaced from their… Continue reading World Refugee Day – Are We Missing the Point?

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Religious Freedom Report Offers Grim Review Of Attacks On Faith Groups

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom has released its annual report in the aftermath of attacks on mosques in New Zealand, churches in Sri Lanka and synagogues in the United States. “It’s coming at a time when religious freedom concerns, for lots of reasons, are getting more attention across the board,” USCIRF Commissioner Johnnie… Continue reading Religious Freedom Report Offers Grim Review Of Attacks On Faith Groups

After the Disaster – Resettling the Refugees

MYITKYINA, Myanmar – Crises like floods, famine, earthquakes, and war make great headlines, followed only by stories of relief efforts. Reporters move from one crisis to the next drawing our attention with them. We tend to forget about the aftermath that usually lasts much longer than the crises themselves. The refugees running from crisis endure… Continue reading After the Disaster – Resettling the Refugees

Understanding Multidimensional Poverty in South Asia

Poverty. You know it when you see it – but, can you define it? A World Perspective Dictionary.com defines poverty as “the state or condition of having little or no money, goods, or means of support; the condition of being poor.” It defines “poor” as “having little or no money, goods, or other means of… Continue reading Understanding Multidimensional Poverty in South Asia

‘Missionary Radio’ Giveaway Campaign Kicks Off to Enable Asia’s Unreached to Dial into the Good News

FEBC plans record distribution of free radios to share the gospel in countries where poverty and political restrictions keep people from hearing about Jesus LA MIRADA, CA – Christian broadcaster FEBC (Far East Broadcasting Company) has launched a year-long initiative to distribute a record number of its free “missionary radios” to unreached people groups, most… Continue reading ‘Missionary Radio’ Giveaway Campaign Kicks Off to Enable Asia’s Unreached to Dial into the Good News

India Prepares for Republic Day

DELHI – Officials in India are completing final preparations for the 70th annual Republic Day on Saturday, January 26th. This year’s celebration will also celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi, “Father of the Nation.” Wednesday, January 23, 2019, preparations included a full-dress rehearsal for the annual parade at Rajpath. The entire… Continue reading India Prepares for Republic Day

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