WILLS POINT, TX – Is it even possible to comprehend over 1.8 billion people? Where would you even find that many people?
It is nearly impossible for our minds to grasp that many people in South Asia, but India would be a good place to start. For those who have not been to India, these comparisons may stimulate our imaginations enough to begin to comprehend a country with 1.4 billion people.
|Country||Population||Land Area||People/Sq. Mile|
|United States||331,000,000||3,532,000 sq. mi.||94|
|India||1,400,000,000||1,148,000 sq. mi.||3,532|
One thing we can certainly understand: India has four times more people, and they live in an area that is one-third the size of the United States. That alone is a recipe for existential problems, including the realms of public health, infrastructure, education, employment, and standard of living.
These are also a few of the reasons why Gospel for Asia’s humanitarian efforts have been highly focused on India. GFA was established in 1979 to aid and bless the people of India and 15 other nations in and around South Asia.
Granted, no one organization can meet the needs of so many people, especially when so many of them are plagued by generational poverty.
However, that does not mean that we should not try to aid as many as possible. But, what can one organization, especially one dependent on donor support, really accomplish? That is a very good and necessary question. Gospel for Asia is an example of what can be done. Look at these accomplishments in 2019 alone.
- 4,856 Jesus Wells were drilled to provide communities with clean water.
- 12,243 BioSand water filters were donated to individuals and families.
- 380,000 mosquito nets were given to protect families from vector-borne diseases.
- 300,000 blankets were provided for the poor.
- 247,000 children participated in Vacation Bible School programs.
- Nearly 60,000 women were taught how to read and write.
- Over 12,000 women received vocational training.
- More than 6,500 sewing machines were donated to men and women as a source of income.
- 5,428 toilets were installed to promote hygiene, protect familes from vector-borne diseases and give people safety and privacy.
- 4,000 bicycles were donated to indigenous missionaries and people in need.
- 1,267 medical camps were held in rural villages or slums with otherwise limited access to healthcare.
- 2,170 Bridge of Hope students graduated from school.
All those things happened in 2019 alone, but they are examples of what GFA has been doing for 41 years. Take a look at some of the things accomplished throughout more than four decades.
- 37,500,000 people have been provided with access to clean water in the last ten years, including the installation of over 30,000 clean water bore wells in communities, and over 58,000 BioSand filters to families
- 138,000 children have received an education, a daily meal, and medical care in GFA’s Bridge of Hope Program since 2004.
- 12,000 local congregations and fellowship groups have been established and sustained across 16 Asian nations.
Each of these aid programs was accomplished by the providential grace of God leading financially able donors to fund the gifts and the Lord’s servants in the field.
Can Gospel for Asia bring relief to over 1.8 billion people? Certainly not. But GFA is a leading example of what can be done and is being done through numerous similar agencies.
What does it take to aid over 1.8 billion people? It takes individuals dedicated to recognizing and supplying their needs, both physical and spiritual, when and where they exist. It takes faithful individuals who sacrifice to finance and sustain each project.
Follow this link to learn more about how you can help to aid 1.8 billion people.