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Walk Free Foundation Releases 2018 Global Slavery Index

NEDLANDS, WESTERN AUSTRALIA – Slavery is not a thing of the past. Despite the efforts of William Wilberforce, Abraham Lincoln, and others, slavery did not end in the 19th century. In fact, according to the 2018 Global Slavery Index, over 70 million people are caught in the throes of 21st century slavery. More than 70… Continue reading Walk Free Foundation Releases 2018 Global Slavery Index

Changing Hearts and Closing prisons: Oil Industry Veteran Finds Rich New Field to Harvest

David Howell in front of the pipes he salvages.

Through graphic guidebook, David Howell is helping transform lives of incarcerated men and women and reduce numbers of those behind bars HOUSTON—Oil industry veteran David Howell is working a rich new harvest field—saving souls and reducing the prison population through a graphic guidebook, allowing public funds to be diverted to other pressing needs. Mailing copies… Continue reading Changing Hearts and Closing prisons: Oil Industry Veteran Finds Rich New Field to Harvest

Released Boko Haram Captive Pinning Her Problems to the Cross

ABUJA – The militant African group Boko Haram has terrorized Nigerians for nearly 10 years, destroying churches, schools, and homes. The infamously mass murder entire villages of people before burning the villages to the ground. They have taken more than 3,000 women and schoolgirls captive and attempt to convert them to Islam. Those who refuse… Continue reading Released Boko Haram Captive Pinning Her Problems to the Cross

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Freedom of Religion Endangered by New Law in Laos

VIENTIANE – The constitution of the nation of Laos guarantees its citizens freedom of religion. Specifically, it recognizes their “right and freedom to believe or not to believe in religion.” In addition, Laos is “a state party” to the seven core international human rights treaties under which they are obligated to “respect, protect, and fulfill… Continue reading Freedom of Religion Endangered by New Law in Laos

UK Parliament Considers Call for UN International Day Commemorating Victims & Survivors of Religious Persecution

LONDON – British MP (Member of Parliament), Fiona Bruce tabled an Early Day Motion (EDM 1478) on 03 July 2018 proposing that the UK develop better mechanisms for tracking incidents of religious persecution and that it develop “strategic action plans” to prevent the escalation of those incidents into “mass atrocities.” Further, the motion calls upon… Continue reading UK Parliament Considers Call for UN International Day Commemorating Victims & Survivors of Religious Persecution

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Go Ye Into All the World from Sierra Leone

Alluvial diamond mining in Sierra Leone

FREETOWN – Pastor Alvin Smith arrived in Freetown, Sierra Leone in 1989 with a vision to evangelize and to build a local church ministry under the auspices of The Door World Outreach based in Tucson, Arizona. The West African nation was so poor at that time, it was ranked the second-poorest in the world. He… Continue reading Go Ye Into All the World from Sierra Leone

Business as Usual for Believers Eastern Church on International Widows Day

WILLS POINT, Texas – The United Nations has set aside June 23rd of each year as International Widows Day “as an opportunity for action towards achieving full rights and recognition for widows. According to the UN, “It has been estimated that there are some 258 million widows around the world, with over 115 million of… Continue reading Business as Usual for Believers Eastern Church on International Widows Day

Tin Sheet & Umbrella Gifts Demonstrate God’s ‘Sheltering Love’ on International Widows’ Day

Gospel for Asia-supported teams distributed tin sheets to help provide shelter for needy families as part of an International Widows' Day program aimed at some of the many women left in desperate need after losing their husband.

One of the widows touched by Gospel for Asia-supported teams’ help-and-hope visits speaks of her ‘beautiful house’ made possible by simple donation WILLS POINT, Texas—The message of God’s sheltering love for the destitute and disenfranchised was spelled out practically with tin sheets and umbrellas when Gospel for Asia (GFA)-supported teams reached out to some of… Continue reading Tin Sheet & Umbrella Gifts Demonstrate God’s ‘Sheltering Love’ on International Widows’ Day

Three Teenage Girls Brutally Raped, Burned

A lot of Indians are infuriated by the rapes that have happened lately. Source: Flickr

Imagine this: You have a teenage daughter who is brutally raped by a young man. After she tells you what happens, he kills her. Between May 5 to May 13, three Indian girls were raped and burned alive. The first victim was kidnapped by a group of men in Jharkhand while her parents were at… Continue reading Three Teenage Girls Brutally Raped, Burned

Gospel for Asia’s Special Report Spotlights Major Health Crisis That Also Opens Door to Demonstrate the Love of Christ

A family in front of a GFA-provided local sanitation facility. Around the world, there are 2.3 billion people who don’t have access to a toilet. Open defecation produces life-threatening diseases, while simple toilets like the ones GFA-supported affiliates build in Asia are saving many lives.

  GFA (Gospel for Asia) highlights need for more toilets to cut avoidable death toll, in first of challenging series looking at major social issues. WILLS POINT, Texas—Missionary organization Gospel for Asia (GFA) is calling attention to a usually ignored, delicate subject at the heart of much of its caring work—a lack of toilets. In the… Continue reading Gospel for Asia’s Special Report Spotlights Major Health Crisis That Also Opens Door to Demonstrate the Love of Christ

Outdoor Adventure Program CEO Spotlighted for Championing ‘Morality and Uprightness’

Mark Hancock’s Greenville-area-based Trail Life USA cited by national family values organization for creating different option to Boy Scouts BELTON, S.C.—The local CEO of a flourishing outdoor adventure program, Trail Life USA, has been spotlighted by a national organization for helping develop character in thousands of boys and young men. Mark Hancock is one of… Continue reading Outdoor Adventure Program CEO Spotlighted for Championing ‘Morality and Uprightness’

Nigeria – Conquering Polio, Playing in World Cup, But Coming Apart at the Seams

What will our future be?

ABUJA – The country of Nigeria is an enigma. While, on the one hand, the Nigerian Minister of Health announced today that the country’s efforts to eliminate polio within its borders “are beginning to yield results, considering the fact that we have spent 18 months without a case of poliovirus,” the country stands at the… Continue reading Nigeria – Conquering Polio, Playing in World Cup, But Coming Apart at the Seams

Gospel for Asia Issues Special Report on Remarkable Fathers

by Lou Gutheil, Gospel for Asia (GFA) guest writer “You fathers–if your children ask for a fish, do you give them a snake instead? Or if they ask for an egg, do you give them a scorpion? Of course not!” (Luke 11:11-12 NLT) One of His disciples had asked Jesus to teach them how to… Continue reading Gospel for Asia Issues Special Report on Remarkable Fathers

Believers Eastern Church Feeds 150 Brick Factory Laborers

Children are having food. Source: Believers Eastern Church

Believers Eastern Church served a hot, nutritious meal to 150 men and women working in a brick factory on International Workers’ Day, May 1, to encourage and show God’s love. Pastor Aapt and the leader of the local Women’s Fellowship, Chadna, led the food distribution. Many of the people in this area serve as laborers… Continue reading Believers Eastern Church Feeds 150 Brick Factory Laborers

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

Gospel for Asia Literacy Program Opens Doors for Asia’s Impoverished Families

GFA-supported workers taught reading and writing basics at a series of events held to celebrate International Literacy Day, helping improve the circumstances of low-paid families.

One of thousands of women taught to read and write tells how GFA-supported initiative ‘made my dream come true’ WILLS POINT, Texas—It was a dream come true for a 50-year-old woman living in a village in northern India when she wrote her own name for the first time—a milestone made possible by GFA (Gospel for Asia)… Continue reading Gospel for Asia Literacy Program Opens Doors for Asia’s Impoverished Families

[Update] Refugee Crisis in Bidi Bidi – We Just Want to Go Home

This news article is an update to “Insight into the Global Child Refugee Crisis.” UGANDA – The photo preceding this article was taken at the Bidi Bidi Refugee Camp in northwest Uganda. He is breaking rocks into pebbles which he will attempt to sell for a penny in hopes to provide for his family. Bidi… Continue reading [Update] Refugee Crisis in Bidi Bidi – We Just Want to Go Home

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Frontier Mission Champions Announce Sale of Campus in Forward-Looking Move

The board of directors of William Carey International University (WCIU, www.wciu.edu) has announced the planned purchase of its long-term missions campus by EF Education First (EF,www.ef.edu), the world’s largest private international education organization. The near-15-acre campus in Pasadena, Calif., is also home to Frontier Ventures (www.frontierventures.org), formerly known as the U.S. Center for World Mission.

William Carey International University Board says EF Education First purchase helps further founding vision in a changing world. PASADENA, Calif. — The board of directors of William Carey International University (WCIU) has announced the planned purchase of its long-term missions campus by Education First (EF), the world’s largest private international education organization. The pending sale positions… Continue reading Frontier Mission Champions Announce Sale of Campus in Forward-Looking Move

May 16, 2018 – Inaugural International Boys Day

UNANDERRA, NSW, Australia – Dr. Jerome Teelucksingh, who initiated International Men’s Day on 19 November 1999, recently called upon NGOs and national government leaders to celebrate an International Boys Day. May 16, 2018 will mark the first annual International Boys Day. While there is a tendency to emphasize the plight of girls and young women,… Continue reading May 16, 2018 – Inaugural International Boys Day

Preventing Child Marriage in Bangladesh – There’s an App for That

DHAKA – Child marriage is defined as “a formal marriage or informal union before age 18.” Child marriage is widespread in poverty-stricken populations, especially those countries located within the 10/40 window across Africa and South Asia. According to UNICEF, “Worldwide, more than 650 million women alive today were married as children. An estimated 12 million… Continue reading Preventing Child Marriage in Bangladesh – There’s an App for That

Seeking Justice and Defending Human Rights Wherever Poverty and Oppression Exist

Gospel for Asia (GFA World) Special Report on the worldwide issue of extreme poverty Written by Palmer Holt of InChrist Communications More than 80 years after George Orwell wrote in his classic Animal Farm that “all animals are equal, but some are more equal than others,” his barbed observation on disparity rings ever truer for… Continue reading Seeking Justice and Defending Human Rights Wherever Poverty and Oppression Exist

Believers Eastern Church Aids Victims of Cyclone Ockhi

Church Members Work to Restore Devastated Indian Coastal Fishing Communities WILLS POINT, Texas – Believers Eastern Church announced the launch of a statewide rehabilitation program for the victims of Cyclone “Ockhi” in the Indian state of Kerala. The cyclone was the most intense originating from the Arabian Sea since 2015 and the first in nearly… Continue reading Believers Eastern Church Aids Victims of Cyclone Ockhi

FARMS International Ministering in Mizoram

KNIFE RIVER, MN – FARMS International has established successful agricultural evangelism programs in Haiti, Cuba, Ecuador, Thailand, The Philippines, Moldova, Bangladesh, Nepal, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Thailand, Vietnam, and the state of Nagaland in Northeast India. The organization recently announced that it is expanding its unique approach to doing good in the name of Christ to… Continue reading FARMS International Ministering in Mizoram

Finding Solutions to Humanity’s Need for Pure, Safe Drinking Water in a Global Clean Water Crisis

Refugees waiting to get water and satisfy their thirst in a camp in Dadaab, Somalia.

Global Clean Water Crisis – a Special Report by Gospel for Asia (GFA World) Written By Karen Burton Mains The “Blue Marble” photo of Earth shot from Apollo 17, the last of NASA’s Apollo missions as the rocket ship was hurtling toward the moon, wasn’t the first satellite image of our planet, but it was the… Continue reading Finding Solutions to Humanity’s Need for Pure, Safe Drinking Water in a Global Clean Water Crisis

Taking the “Die” Out of Diarrhea

Diarrhea. Just say the word out loud and watch people cringe. It is so sickening that no one wants to hear about it, let alone have it. One of America’s most trusted healthcare websites, WebMD, says, When you have diarrhea, your bowel movements (or stools) are loose and watery. It’s very common and usually not… Continue reading Taking the “Die” Out of Diarrhea

Free Chapel to Open Church Campus in the Heart of Midtown Atlanta on April 8, Pastor Jentezen Franklin Preaching Live

ATLANTA — Free Chapel continues to expand throughout the Southeast and will open a new location in Midtown Atlanta on Sunday, April 8th. The services will be held in a unique setting, at Center Stage Theater, 1374 West Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA. Pastor Jentezen Franklin will be preaching live from the Midtown campus. Surrounded by… Continue reading Free Chapel to Open Church Campus in the Heart of Midtown Atlanta on April 8, Pastor Jentezen Franklin Preaching Live

International Christian Concern Helps Egyptian Widower Rebuild His Life

ALEXANDRIA – A terrorist attack on two Coptic Christian churches on Palm Sunday 2017 left more than 40 people dead and 125 injured. It also made several men, women, and children widows, widowers, and orphans. One of the deceased was Hanan Dreas, a wife and mother of two children ages six and 10. Her husband,… Continue reading International Christian Concern Helps Egyptian Widower Rebuild His Life

Extollo: Changing Lives in Haiti

HAITI – Sherman Balch and his wife Cheryl volunteered to go to Haiti with a group from their church a few months after the 2010 earthquake. That visit became a life-changing experience that led to the founding of Extollo, a Latin word that means “to raise up.” Now Extollo is a life-changing experience for native… Continue reading Extollo: Changing Lives in Haiti

BioSand Water Filters Bring Hope and Better Health to Asian Families in Need

“Water is life, and clean water is health.” — Audrey Hepburn Clean, pure water. It really is the stuff of life. And it’s such a non-issue in the Western world. When you need a drink, you turn on the tap. But for millions of men, women and children living in India, access to clean water… Continue reading BioSand Water Filters Bring Hope and Better Health to Asian Families in Need

5 Things We Can Learn from ‘St. Patrick’

March 17th is St. Patrick’s Day. It’s really an odd holiday because very few people understand that man whose name the day is supposed to commemorate. In fact, the day is, for many, a celebration more than a commemoration. Ask the average person on the street what St. Patrick did, and they will likely tell… Continue reading 5 Things We Can Learn from ‘St. Patrick’

Instances of Child Marriage Down in India, Up in Sub-Shaharan Africa

WILLS POINT, Texas – “Child marriage is one of the most worrisome problems in Asia. Boys and especially girls, who are supposed to play, learn and live a free life are married off at a very young age, and this not only affects their freedom but also takes a severe physical and mental toll on… Continue reading Instances of Child Marriage Down in India, Up in Sub-Shaharan Africa

Saving Lives at Risk from Open Defecation Using Outdoor Toilets to Improve Sanitation

Gospel for Asia (GFA World) Special Report on the Open Defecation Sanitation Crisis Written By Karen Burton Mains For much of my adult life, it has been my privilege to hang out with the “renegades” of Christian missions, that relief-and-development crowd that rushes to help during natural disasters, struggles to alleviate the suffering and abasement… Continue reading Saving Lives at Risk from Open Defecation Using Outdoor Toilets to Improve Sanitation

75 Global Medical Missionary Orgs Meet in Houston

HOUSTON, Texas – Mobile Medical Missions (M3) is holding its third annual Mobilizing Medical Missions Conference at Lakewood Church on Friday and Saturday, February 23rd and 24th. Some 1,500 people are expected to attend the two-day event that features more than 30 speakers who serve with organizations such as Samaritan’s Purse, Health Outreach to the… Continue reading 75 Global Medical Missionary Orgs Meet in Houston

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Gospel for Asia Observes World Day of Social Justice

WILLS POINT, Texas – Gospel for Asia (GFA) is drawing attention to the United Nations’ 11th Annual World Day of Social Justice (WDOSJ) during February, 2018 by producing a Special Report: Seeking Justice and Defending Human Rights Wherever Poverty and Oppression Exist. The theme of the WDOSJ this year is “Workers on the Move: The… Continue reading Gospel for Asia Observes World Day of Social Justice

IJM and Local Officials Free 15 from Slavery in Chennai

CHENNAI, INDIA – They work in brick kilns, quarries, fisheries, fields, forests, and factories. They look like any other laborers. But they are different. They are slave labor. According to an International Justice Mission (IJM) Fact Sheet, 40.3 million people are held as forced-labor slaves around the world. Twenty-five percent are children. Nearly half of… Continue reading IJM and Local Officials Free 15 from Slavery in Chennai

HALO Declares Afghan Province of Herat Mine Free

HERAT, Afghanistan – “HALO works with countries emerging from conflict, securing weapons and disposing of unexploded ammunition. It paves the way for infrastructure to enable economic development and it underpins international stability and security. By hiring men and women from the mine-impacted communities, HALO’s approach directly lifts our staff’s extended families and communities out of… Continue reading HALO Declares Afghan Province of Herat Mine Free

Christians Putting Soul Into the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics

PYEONGCHANG – “Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.” – I Corinthians 9:25 Thousands of athletes from around the world are competing in the global spotlight of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. All of them… Continue reading Christians Putting Soul Into the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics

God’s Faithfulness Shown Through Village Pastor

Pastor Barasaat shares a message with a gathering of believers.

Sometimes it can be easy to forget the faithfulness of God. Gospel for Asia (GFA) supports thousands of missionaries and pastors each month in Asia. Sometimes these men and women work for years in the same region before they are met with progress. Meet Barasaat, a Gospel for Asia (GFA)-sponsored Pastor who has served the… Continue reading God’s Faithfulness Shown Through Village Pastor

300 Child Soldiers Released in South Sudan

300 children soldiers have been released in South Sudan.

On Feb. 7, more than 300 children in South Sudan were released from being child soldiers. Al Jazeera news network reports, “The 311 children, including 87 girls, will now begin reintegrating into their communities, the UN mission in the country (UNMISS) said in a statement on Wednesday.” These children lost their innocence at a very… Continue reading 300 Child Soldiers Released in South Sudan

Remembering R.C. Sproul

SANFORD, Florida – The acclaimed apologist and distinguished defender of the faith, Dr. R.C. Sproul, has gone home to meet the Lord whom he loves and served for more than 60 years. He passed away just two months shy of his 78th birthday. Perhaps best known for establishing Ligonier Ministries, he was gifted with a… Continue reading Remembering R.C. Sproul

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Special Report Spotlights Health Crisis Solution That Demonstrates God’s Love

Gospel for Asia (GFA) highlights need for more toilets to cut avoidable death toll, in the first of challenging series looking at major social issues affecting people in Asia. WILLS POINT, Texas—Missionary organization GFA (Gospel for Asia) is calling attention to a usually ignored, delicate subject at the heart of much of its caring work—a… Continue reading Special Report Spotlights Health Crisis Solution That Demonstrates God’s Love

Why We Need Matt Damon’s Clean Water Super Bowl Commercial

Matt Damon and Water.org partnering in Super Bowl commercial for water

On Super Bowl Sunday, in a commercial by an alcohol beverage company, Matt Damon promised that if people purchased a chalice, $3 of the $13 purchase would go to benefit communities in need with clean water for five years. Stella Artois is doing this in partnership with Water.org. NPR released an article on February 2… Continue reading Why We Need Matt Damon’s Clean Water Super Bowl Commercial

China Nursing Homes – A New Missions Ministry

Nursing homes have become a new mission field in China. Traditionally, the Chinese people have considered that placing elderly people in nursing homes indicates that their children are failing to support their aging parents. However, with a changing demography and the growing Chinese economy, “senior care services are called ‘a sunrise industry serving the elderly… Continue reading China Nursing Homes – A New Missions Ministry

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Gospel for Asia: NGOs Combat Lack of Toilets and Sanitation Facilities in Asia

A woman uses a GFA sponsored toilet, which eliminates the shame and stigma that comes with open defecation.

Texas-based nonprofit GFA (Gospel for Asia) constructs more than 10,000 toilets and sanitation facilities throughout Asia. Open defecation, though rarely addressed, is still a pressing issue for those living below the poverty line in Asia. According to the World Health Organization, over 650 million people in India alone do not have access to a toilet.… Continue reading Gospel for Asia: NGOs Combat Lack of Toilets and Sanitation Facilities in Asia

Gospel for Asia Relentlessly Focused on Helping Poor Overcome the Cycle of Poverty

Gospel for Asia-supported workers serve the poor by providing a new roof

For more than 11 years, Gospel for Asia has published a Christmas Gift Catalog filled with opportunities for people in the West to be involved in helping transform the lives of families in Asia who live in poverty. Since that time, more than 1 million families have been helped and many reports about how Gospel… Continue reading Gospel for Asia Relentlessly Focused on Helping Poor Overcome the Cycle of Poverty

January Proclaimed as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

WASHINGTON, Dec. 29, 2017 /The White House / — President Donald Trump issued a proclamation designating January 2018 as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. The proclamation calls upon “industry associations, law enforcement, private businesses, faith-based and other organizations of civil society, schools, families, and all Americans to recognize our vital roles in ending… Continue reading January Proclaimed as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

Nate Saint

“People who do not know the Lord ask why in the world we waste our lives as missionaries. They forget that they too are expending their lives … and when the bubble has burst, they will have nothing of eternal significance to show for the years they have wasted.” – Nate Saint His Early Life… Continue reading Nate Saint

Prayers Interrupted by Mob in India

Morning Star News reported on a mob in India breaking up prayers

A Hindu woman, Anita Masih, traveling to Delhi with six other Christians, stopped in Mathura at the request of her sister Valmiki. She had asked the group to pause on their journey to come to her home to pray for her sick husband. While the Valmiki was gathering water for her guests, a mob of… Continue reading Prayers Interrupted by Mob in India

GFA Supports Wills Point, TX at Community Event and Brings Awareness to Missions

The 8th annual Boo On The Bricks took place on Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 9 AM to 2 PM in Wills Point, Texas. There were several local organization participating with booths or tables. Gospel for Asia had a table with candy and GFA books and materials that costumed GFA staff gave out to kids large and small of all ages.

Mon Nov. 13, 2017 – Gospel for Asia Thrilled to be part of Boo on the Bricks in Wills Point, Texas, Gospel for Asia makes a good impression on the community it knows and loves. Creating a reason to enjoy the season together, community members in Wills Point, Texas gathered on Saturday, October 28th for… Continue reading GFA Supports Wills Point, TX at Community Event and Brings Awareness to Missions

The Deadliest Earthquake of 2017 Hits Iran, Iraq

The worst earthquake since 2003 hit the Iraq and Iran border causing destruction and many lives lost.

On Nov. 12, the deadliest earthquake of 2017, reaching a magnitude of 7.3, hit the border of Iran and Iraq. The death toll has topped 530, while 8,000 more people have been injured. “On Tuesday, Iranian officials called off rescue operations on the grounds there was little chance of finding more survivors from the quake,”… Continue reading The Deadliest Earthquake of 2017 Hits Iran, Iraq

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