Gospel for Asia Supported Workers Make a Difference on International Women’s Day

ASIA — Gospel for Asia-supported workers observed International Women’s Day across Asia on March 8 by providing women with opportunities that will help them thrive in every aspect of life. National workers inaugurated new tailoring classes to provide vocational skills for underprivileged women. The classes will teach women how to successfully operate a business using… Continue reading Gospel for Asia Supported Workers Make a Difference on International Women’s Day

Whole Villages Are Gone: Calls For Prayer After Devastating Cyclone Hits Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Malawi

International relief organizations are responding to an increasingly devastating humanitarian crisis after a tropical storm and powerful cyclone tore across Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi. Current estimates confirmed by President Filipe Nyusi indicate that some 1,000 people may have been killed in Mozambique alone. “Officially, we have a record of more than 84 dead but everything… Continue reading Whole Villages Are Gone: Calls For Prayer After Devastating Cyclone Hits Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Malawi

[Update] Crisis in Yemen

SANAA, Yemen – We live in an age filled with “wars and rumors of wars” (Matthew 24:6) – an era where men speak of “‘Peace, peace!’ when there is no peace.” (Jeremiah 6:14). However, embraced by a culture steeped in self-gratification, the preference of many is to relax in comfort while multiple millions of people… Continue reading [Update] Crisis in Yemen

Multiple Missions Agencies Flood Mozambique with Relief

MOZAMBIQUE – After Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe were pummeled with winds up to 170 mph by Cyclone Idai in mid-March, a Red Cross worker described the damage as “massive and horrifying.” As is almost always the case following large-scale hurricanes, cyclones, and typhoons, the countries are suffering massive flooding. According to Missionary Aviation Fellowship (MAF),… Continue reading Multiple Missions Agencies Flood Mozambique with Relief

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

Homeless Sitting on the Cold Concrete, a Crisis

More than 3 million men, women and children in India’s capital city are homeless. They choose to sleep on the streets regardless of the weather. As I write, it is 3:45 a.m. in Delhi and the temperature is 43° F. Delhi offers shelters of various types for its homeless population. Some shelters are available in… Continue reading Homeless Sitting on the Cold Concrete, a Crisis

‘A Very Chilling Reality’ – Flash Floods in Afghanistan

KABUL – On March 6th, Reuters reported that flash floods, heavy rains, and snowfall over the previous two weeks in Afghanistan had taken the lives of at least 59 people and left 5,000 homeless. An article in The Guardian expressed shock and surprise by reporters on the ground: Shock at the unprecedented consequences of the… Continue reading ‘A Very Chilling Reality’ – Flash Floods in Afghanistan

Venezuela Needs Divine Intervention

CARACAS – Venezuela is a country of extreme contrasts. First-time visitors flying into the capital city of Caracas are often surprised to land at the airport at sea level on the southern edge of the Caribbean only to discover that their ride into the city will take them to an elevation of 3,000 feet within… Continue reading Venezuela Needs Divine Intervention

“If Heaven is Made for ISIS, I Would Choose Hell”

KOBANI – Open Doors’ most recent World Watch List noted that, although persecution of Christians in the country at large appeared to have diminished, there was “a spike in violence” against Christians perpetrated by ISIS-backed rebels. Expression of Christian faith are strictly prohibited in areas controlled by radical Islamic forces. Countless church buildings have been… Continue reading “If Heaven is Made for ISIS, I Would Choose Hell”

Hope Smiles: Where Faith Becomes Action

BRENTWOOD, TN – When we list the needs of the underserved, indigenous, and poverty-stricken people around the world, we rarely include one of their greatest yet most visible needs. Healthy teeth. Picture after picture, image after image we see these people smiling through missing teeth – probably for the sake of the camera. Yet, rarely… Continue reading Hope Smiles: Where Faith Becomes Action

‘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

Charles & Martha Mault

When Christians read reports from nations in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia some may wonder why missionaries have not reached out to the unreached long ago. We can easily operate on a false assumption that the current number of unreached and underserved is an indicator of the past failure of others to go and… Continue reading Charles & Martha Mault

Open Doors Releases 2019 World Watch List

SANTA ANA, CA – According to its website, “For over 60 years, Open Doors has worked in the world’s most oppressive countries, empowering Christians who are persecuted for their beliefs. Open Doors equips persecuted Christians in more than 60 countries through programs like Bible & Gospel Development, Women & Children Advancement, and Christian Community Restoration.”… Continue reading Open Doors Releases 2019 World Watch List

World Help Launches Food and Relief to Aid Starving Families in Yemen

FOREST, VA — For nearly four years, Yemen has been embroiled in a civil war that has led to one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises and famines. World Help is one of the humanitarian groups responding to this crisis. Working with local partners, the organization is providing food and emergency supplies to Yemeni families.… Continue reading World Help Launches Food and Relief to Aid Starving Families in Yemen

First Commandment Now Illegal in China

HENAN PROVINCE – On November 30, 2018, Chinese communist authorities ordered a church in Henan Province to remove its display of the first commandment of the Ten Commandments. The directive came during a regular inspection of a church affiliated with the government-approved Three-Self church movement. Freedom of religion in China has been a consistent and… Continue reading First Commandment Now Illegal in China

Don’t Forget Suffering Syrian Refugees, Implores Christian Aid Group

For many Americans, Christmas is the “most wonderful time of the year” — but that’s not the reality for millions of refugees living in overcrowded displacement camps across the Middle East. Vernon Brewer, founder and CEO of the Christian humanitarian organization World Help, recently traveled to refugee camps near the Jordan-Syria border to deliver aid… Continue reading Don’t Forget Suffering Syrian Refugees, Implores Christian Aid Group

GFA-Supported Pastors & Students Bring Awareness on World AIDS Day

Missions Box News recently published a report about GFA-supported pastors and missionaries who had visited an orphanage in which all 28 boys have lost their parents to AIDS and are themselves infected with the dread disease. The pastors and missionaries undertook this effort to assist and encourage the boys and educate them about the HIV… Continue reading GFA-Supported Pastors & Students Bring Awareness on World AIDS Day

He Thought He Stole a Cell Phone. Was He Surprised!

MOZAMBIQUE – When a young African boy saw the unguarded cell phone, he knew it might be his only chance to ever have one. It is doubtful that he even knew how to use one. Imagine his surprise when he played with the buttons and discovered that what he had taken was not a cell… Continue reading He Thought He Stole a Cell Phone. Was He Surprised!

Gospel for Asia’s Holiday Gift Catalog Provides Income-Generating Resources That Offer ‘Self-Support and Dignity’

‘Forgotten Christmas’ Campaign Helps Raise Struggling Families Above Poverty Line in AsiaWILLS POINT, Texas—As holiday shopping in the United States is predicted to top $1 trillion this year, Gospel for Asia (GFA, www.gfa.org) is urging Christians in the West to make the season more Christ-centered by adding someone they don’t know to their gift list.… Continue reading Gospel for Asia’s Holiday Gift Catalog Provides Income-Generating Resources That Offer ‘Self-Support and Dignity’

South Asia Monsoons – Seeing the Blessings in the Midst of the Storm

Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me! For my soul trusts in You; And in the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge, Until [these] calamities have passed by. KERALA – When we hear the words typhoon, cyclone, or hurricane our first reaction is a heightened awareness of potential danger.… Continue reading South Asia Monsoons – Seeing the Blessings in the Midst of the Storm

[Update] Ebola Outbreak Now Second Largest Ever

KINSHASA – The current Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has escalated into the second largest in history. The outbreak that started in August is known to have infected more than 425 people and has been fatal to nearly 250 to date. The incidence of Ebola cases has more than doubled since… Continue reading [Update] Ebola Outbreak Now Second Largest Ever

Thanksgiving Means Thanking the Lord and Giving to Others

It’s that time of the year when Americans celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, so let’s slow down, take a breath, and consider what Thanksgiving means. Let’s start with what it is not. It is not ‘Turkey Day.’ Nor is it about going over the river and through the wood to grandmother’s house for pumpkin pie. Nor… Continue reading Thanksgiving Means Thanking the Lord and Giving to Others

Profiting from the Poor: The Scandal of the “Sleep Mafia” Blanket Vendors

DELHI – Countless families in Asia have little or no insulation or indoor heating. Those who sleep on the streets are even more exposed to the cold. Blankets provide comfort and protection and serve as tangible expressions of Christ’s love. It is estimated that more than 100,000 men, women, and children sleep on the streets… Continue reading Profiting from the Poor: The Scandal of the “Sleep Mafia” Blanket Vendors

Gospel for Asia Spotlights Life-Changing Provision of Basic Facilities on World Toilet Day

Local residents applaud at the ribbon-cutting for a new community toilet provided by GFA-supported workers to help improve health, safety, and well-being.

Global focus brings attention to Gospel for Asia’s efforts to improve health and well-being by helping provide simple essentials, sanitation facilitiesWILLS POINT, Texas — Ribbon-cutting ceremonies typically mark the opening of a grand new building, but in Asia they can even celebrate a more modest, but life-changing construction—of a simple outhouse. The enthusiastically attended formal… Continue reading Gospel for Asia Spotlights Life-Changing Provision of Basic Facilities on World Toilet Day

Gospel for Asia: 10 NGOs Providing Relief to Kerala Flooding Victims

A volunteer doctor at a health camp gives a check up to a victim of the Kerala flood.

The southern Indian state of Kerala was hit with severe rainstorms in August 2018, resulting in devastating floods. Thousands were driven from their homes. Hundreds lost their lives. Since the beginning, charities and NGOs have been at the forefront, running flood relief camps, donating resources, and raising money. The return to normalcy is still ongoing.… Continue reading Gospel for Asia: 10 NGOs Providing Relief to Kerala Flooding Victims

Facing Famine Crisis in Yemen

SANAA, Yemen – In yet another of the seemingly endless reports of human suffering around the globe, Mark Lowcock, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, told the United Nations Yemen is in imminent danger of country-wide famine. Over 14 million Yemeni people who already have barely enough food to survive are about… Continue reading Facing Famine Crisis in Yemen

World Missionary Press | Missions Box Spotlight

World Missionary Press: Free Scripture Booklets for the WorldMissions Box News was established by Gospel for Asia to “highlight the good works of nonprofits from around the world.” Most often we do that by reporting news “that pertains to the hardships of living in this world” to show the needs of people burdened by poverty and… Continue reading World Missionary Press | Missions Box Spotlight

World Help Provides Relief to Nicaraguans Amid Growing Unrest

FOREST, Va. — Since mid-April, Nicaragua has been embroiled in a civil conflict that has left hundreds dead, thousands wounded and countless missing. But the unrest hasn’t stopped World Help from launching relief efforts to help the people of Nicaragua. Working with local partners, the Christian humanitarian organization aims to provide food supplies and medical… Continue reading World Help Provides Relief to Nicaraguans Amid Growing Unrest

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

Humanitarian Agencies in India Open Grain Banks to Poor

ALLAHABAD – The monsoon and post-monsoon seasons are hard on the poor in India, particularly those who work in the fields. A consortium of over 400 humanitarian aid agencies has come together to help during these difficult times this year. The consortium has established grain banks in over 100 villages across northern India in expectation… Continue reading Humanitarian Agencies in India Open Grain Banks to Poor

Humanitarian Aid Being Hindered in Yemen: Millions of People at Risk

SANA, Yemen –  “More than 25 percent of children (1.8 million) are malnourished; 900,000 people in the governorate are desperate for food and 90,000 pregnant women are at enormous risk. Families need everything–food, cash, health care, water, sanitation, emergency supplies, specialized support, and many need shelter. It’s heart-breaking to see so many people who need… Continue reading Humanitarian Aid Being Hindered in Yemen: Millions of People at Risk

2018 UN Report on The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World

NEW YORK – From 2005 through 2013, it appeared that we were making progress on the global war against hunger. Today, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) released its 202-page report on The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World. The results indicate that, since 2014, “the war against hunger… Continue reading 2018 UN Report on The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World

Bridge of Hope Students, Missionaries, Pastors, Locals Rally to Help Kerala

As the people of Kerala recover in the aftermath of the worst flooding in nearly 100 years, the reality of devastation is beginning to sink in—and so is the need to repair, rebuild and start over again. Many flood survivors in this southern Indian state have lost all their belongings—including their means to earn a… Continue reading Bridge of Hope Students, Missionaries, Pastors, Locals Rally to Help Kerala

GFA Makes ‘Loaves and Fishes’ Appeal for Help in Kerala State Flood Relief Efforts

Desperate need inspires sacrificial giving, as GFA-supported teams work through night to assist relief efforts of government officials ready emergency supplies WILLS POINT, Texas — Gospel for Asia (GFA) has issued a “loaves and fishes” appeal for support in bringing help and hope to some of the tens of thousands devastated by historic flooding in… Continue reading GFA Makes ‘Loaves and Fishes’ Appeal for Help in Kerala State Flood Relief Efforts

Rushing to the Rescue: A True Story from the Kerala Floods

KERALA, INDIA – No one can comprehend the terror of a major flood until they have been personally affected by one. This is especially true of those who lose their homes, their possessions, and their loved ones to raging waters that cannot be contained. This writer has been at the sites of four floods over… Continue reading Rushing to the Rescue: A True Story from the Kerala Floods

Gospel for Asia Supported Workers Rescue Stranded, Provide Emergency Supplies for India Flood Victims

GFA-supported workers rescue stranded, provide emergency supplies for India Flood victims. WILLS POINT, TEXAS — GFA-supported workers (Gospel for Asia, www.gfa.org) are stepping up efforts to help with rescue and relief efforts in India’s flood-stricken Kerala state, as the death toll and number of displaced people in the worst flooding in nearly a century continue to… Continue reading Gospel for Asia Supported Workers Rescue Stranded, Provide Emergency Supplies for India Flood Victims

Behind-the-Scenes Missionaries Respond to Kerala Flooding

After hearing about the monsoon flooding in Kerala, India, the Mission Support Team serving at GFA’s headquarters in Wills Point, Texas, sprang to action to help spread awareness of the timely need. Many shifted their schedules to work long hours through the weekend to bring awareness to the devastation many are currently facing. After receiving… Continue reading Behind-the-Scenes Missionaries Respond to Kerala Flooding

Bridge of Hope Staff Steps in to Aid Kerala’s Flood-Relief Efforts

A flooded GFA-supported Bridge of Hope center in Kerala.

Along with many heroic efforts from the armed forces, various rescue teams, fishermen and locals serving as guides to the more remote areas in Kerala, India, GFA-supported Bridge of Hope staff members have stepped in to help families and children after the terrible monsoon flooding. Approximately 191 enrolled students in Bridge of Hope centers in Kerala… Continue reading Bridge of Hope Staff Steps in to Aid Kerala’s Flood-Relief Efforts

Gospel for Asia: Rescue Teams Continue Constant Relief Work as Rains Subside in Kerala, India

Kerala, India, experienced flooding due to monsoon rains that have not been seen or experienced since 1924.

The heavy rains have mostly subsided in Kerala, India, and now, the red alert has been lifted in all 14 districts. Even though the rains have stopped in most parts of Kerala, ongoing rescue operations continue, saving those who are stranded. GFA-supported relief teams have been hard at work, caring for the needy and suffering who… Continue reading Gospel for Asia: Rescue Teams Continue Constant Relief Work as Rains Subside in Kerala, India

GFA Launches Disaster Relief Effort to Aid Victims of ‘Grave’ Kerala Flooding

WILLS POINT, Texas  — GFA (Gospel for Asia) has issued an urgent appeal for help in responding to some of the worst flooding in almost a century that has claimed several hundred lives and displaced nearly a quarter of a million people in southern India. GFA-supported workers have already begun distributing emergency supplies to some… Continue reading GFA Launches Disaster Relief Effort to Aid Victims of ‘Grave’ Kerala Flooding

Relief Teams Minister Aid to Those in Remote Areas

Kerala, India, experienced flooding due to monsoon rains that have not been seen or experienced since 1924.

More than 300 deaths have now been reported from the monsoon rains and flooding that have devastated Kerala, India. Many rescue teams had to stop after dusk yesterday because the currents were too risky for teams to venture out successfully. According to the chief minister of Kerala, Pinarayi Vijayan, a total of 82,442 rescues were… Continue reading Relief Teams Minister Aid to Those in Remote Areas

Flooding Continues in Kerala, Homes Under 10 Feet of Water

Survivors rescued from Kerala floods arrive at a relief camp.

Kerala, India, continues to face peril as the monsoon rains destroy homes, paddy fields and businesses. The death toll has risen, as reports are now estimating well over 100 lives have been lost, while some people are missing. Some houses are under 10 feet of water. Many people are still being rescued by helicopter after… Continue reading Flooding Continues in Kerala, Homes Under 10 Feet of Water

Extreme Flooding in Kerala Results in Deaths, Destroyed Livelihoods

Kerala, India, experienced flooding due to monsoon rains that have not been seen or experienced since 1924.

Kerala, India, is experiencing monsoon rains that have not been seen or experienced since 1924. Reports estimate that 70 to 100 lives have been taken due to the floodwaters. Many homes and businesses have been washed away by severe landslides and rivers overflowing because of the constant downpour. For the first time in its history,… Continue reading Extreme Flooding in Kerala Results in Deaths, Destroyed Livelihoods

On Eagles’ Wings

HARRISON, AR – Ron Hutchcraft Ministries (RHM) bears a strong similarity to that of Gospel for Asia (GFA) and many other faith-based NGOs in the 21st century. The ministry is a peer-to-peer outreach in which Indian people share the Gospel with other Indian people. By and large, both minister to the poorest of the poor… Continue reading On Eagles’ Wings

24 Women in Nepal Graduate from BE Church Vocational Training

KATMANDU – The 14th graduating class of the Believers Eastern Church vocational training class in the Diocese of Pokhara, Nepal, completed their work on 14 July 2018. A total of 24 women received their tailoring certificates at the end of the six-month course. A century ago, sewing and tailoring was a necessity for women in… Continue reading 24 Women in Nepal Graduate from BE Church Vocational Training

Prayer and Praise for Rescue of Thai Boys

Ardoon Sam-aon

BANGKOK – Ardoon Sam-aon is a talented 14-year-old. He plays the piano and the guitar and participates in the youth program and praise team at Mae Sai Grace Church where he accepted Christ in March 2018. He has a 3.94 GPA as an eighth-grader at Ban Wiang Phan School. He is an avid volleyball and… Continue reading Prayer and Praise for Rescue of Thai Boys

Christian Aid Agencies Preparing to Help Victims of Japan Floods

HIROSHIMA – The death toll keeps rising by the in Hiroshima Prefecture and seven other prefectures in the south of Japan. More than two million people have been forced to evacuate after record rainfalls have inundated the area. The Japan Meteorological Agency reported that 14.3 inches of rain had fallen within a period of two… Continue reading Christian Aid Agencies Preparing to Help Victims of Japan Floods

Gospel for Asia Issues Special Report on Remarkable Fathers

by Lou Gutheil, 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 pray. On that… Continue reading Gospel for Asia Issues Special Report on Remarkable Fathers

KP Yohannan Relief Team Links with Temple Leaders to Help Flood-Hit Buddhist Community

GFA (Gospel for Asia) leader Dr. KP Yohannan assists in ‘great act of kindness’ supply distributions in wake of severe flooding in Sri Lanka. WILLS POINT, Texas—Gospel for Asia-supported (GFA) workers worked alongside Buddhist priests to bring relief to some of those worst hit by the severe flooding that left thousands of Sri Lankans in… Continue reading KP Yohannan Relief Team Links with Temple Leaders to Help Flood-Hit Buddhist Community

Women Sailors’ Success Is Inspiration for Young Indian Girls

Admiral Sunil Lanba, PVSM, AVSM, ADC, Chief of the Naval Staff, with the all women crew

GOA, INDIA – Six young women, all members of the Indian Navy have provided some inspiration for their younger counterparts by successfully circumnavigating the globe in a 56-foot, single-mast sailboat, the Tarini. This amazing accomplishment was the first-ever Indian expedition steered by women sailors – and, it should provide some encouragement for those in a… Continue reading Women Sailors’ Success Is Inspiration for Young Indian Girls