This page provides you with latest news and
prayer requests related to the countries we work in throughout Asia. It is
updated often, so please check back regularly.
News Archives (previous years):
2008, 2007, 2006
Bread for the Hungry:
Providing God's Word to Asia's Forgotten Ethnic Groups
For many years Asia Harvest has been
providing the Scriptures to Asia's neglected people groups through
the Southeast Asia Bible fund. Many mission organizations tend to
focus their efforts on the largest mega-groups in Asia, but this
strategic project specifically seeks out small, neglected tribes in
Asia who hunger for God's Word, but have no way of obtaining it. In
many cases the Bibles we provide are the first these
spiritually-starving believers have received for decades.
latest newsletter reports on this unique project. If you would
like to learn more or donate to the Southeast Asia Bible fund,
Answering the Question:
How Many Christians are there in China?
Since Marco Polo returned from his
travels to China 700 years ago, Christians around the world have
been fascinated by the question of how many Christians live in
latest newsletter provides an overview of more than a decade of
research. We have provided statistics on the number of believers
living in each of China's 2,370 cities and counties. To go to our
full study with tables for every province in China, either click on
"The Church in China" link at the top left of this page, or
Christians being Killed in
Kashmir due to Qur'an-burning Report
Dear friends, We have received an urgent
prayer request from Kashmir, northern India, where Christians are
under attack and being killed because of Muslim retaliation to
rumors that Qur'ans (Korans) have been burned in the United States.
Please read the following request from Kashmir and pray for our
brothers and sisters there:
Please pray for the unstable situation in Kashmir. According to
local Christians and newspaper reports in India, Muslims in Kashmir
watched the news on Iranian television which falsely reported the
Qur'an was burned on 9-11 in Florida. Muslim mobs went on a rampage
through Christian neighborhoods, destroying homes, churches and
Christian schools in retaliation for burning their holy book.
On Sunday, they burned a Christian school in Gulmarg, near Srinagar,
killing 18 people including seven children. They declared they will
kill every Christian in Srinagar and other parts of Kashmir. As a
result, Christians throughout northern Kashmir are in hiding, and
many have fled the area. Because of the curfew and tension, there
are presently no more buses leaving Srinagar, so the Christians no
longer have a way to escape or go out on the market to buy food and
other necessities for fear of death. Please Pray for the safety of
our evangelists and for all believers.
ARE THERE ENOUGH BIBLES IN
The latest Asia
Harvest newsletter examines the question of Bibles in China, and
looks at the conflicting information coming from the world's most
populated nation which brings confusion to many Christians around
the world. A must read for all those interested in the plight of the
Gospel in China.
Click here to
A MIRACLE IN CENTRAL ASIA
comes the following encouraging testimony of how the Lord Jesus
Christ reached a Muslim family in Central Asia....
A Christian leader told his assistant
to go to an old section of the city (which is all Muslim) and preach
the gospel. The very first man he spoke to got upset and ordered the
evangelist to leave his house. After reporting his difficulties to
the pastor, the evangelist was to go back to the same man and preach
again. So he went back and began to talk to the man about Jesus.
This time, the man started shouting and cursing, and threatened to
beat him if he ever came back.
When the pastor heard what happened, he
told the evangelist to go back to the same house one more time. The
evangelist resisted, saying that the man would certainly beat him, and
maybe even kill him. But the pastor encouraged him to go again. The
evangelist obeyed and prayed along the way. The previous two times he
had prayed for God to open the hearts of the people he met; this time
he prayed for God to protect him. He was fearful for his life, but he
When he got to the house, he saw a
five-year-old girl playing at the front gate. He began to tell her
about God, about creation, and about Jesus Christ being the Savior.
After a while, the father discovered what was happening and came out
with a large stick to beat the evangelist. As he was about to strike
him, the girl shouted, "Papa, stop! Don't hit him. You must listen to
what he says and start going to church from now on."
The father dropped the stick and
started crying. His daughter had been deaf and mute all her life, and
the Lord Jesus had miraculously healed her. The evangelist had not
known her condition. He was simply being obedient to the command to
preach the gospel to the lost, even if it meant that he would be
beaten and possibly killed. The entire family of seven came to faith
in Christ. Source: Pioneers, May 2010.
THE NORTHERN KHAMPA TIBETANS -
AN OPPORTUNITY THROUGH
newsletter highlights the Northern Khampa Tibetans - the group in
Qinghai Province who live at the epicenter of the disastrous
earthquake that struck in April. Illustrated by several beautiful
pictures of these precious people, our newsletter introduces the
reader to this fascinating unreached people group, and provides ways
we are helping those whose lives have been destroyed by the 'quake.
to download it.
RESPONDING TO THE YUSHU
EARTHQUAKE IN QINGHAI, CHINA
No doubt you have
heard about the huge earthquake that struck a remote area of Qinghai
Province, northwest China, on Wednesday April 14.
The damage is centered on the town of Yushu, home to
85,000 people. More than 90% of the buildings in Yushu have collapsed
(see before and after pictures above). The latest reports from
China have the death toll at over 2,200, with many people still
missing. The area has experienced more than 1,200 aftershocks in the
first five days after the quake.
It is hard to imagine a more
difficult and remote location for such a disaster to strike. Many of
the villages that have been devastated lie at high altitude, and
temperatures are below freezing at night. Some of the Chinese soldiers
that were sent to help in Yushu have suffered from potentially-fatal
altitude sickness. This part of China is home to the Northern Khampa
Tibetan people. Most of them lead nomadic lives, herding sheep, yaks
and goats on the plateau. In the past we have written about this
unreached group in our prayer books.
Click here to read one of our profiles on the Northern Khampa
Within hours of the earthquake striking, a team of
Chinese and a few foreign Christians traveled to the disaster zone to
help. Most of these believers were involved with the earthquake relief
efforts in Sichuan Province in 2008. The combination of their loving
help and bold witness for Jesus Christ saw thousands of people in
Sichuan come to faith in the living God. In Yushu they have initially
provided blankets and warm coats to the people, and now they have put
together at least 500 emergency aid kits to help the worst-affected families.
The kits include:
Solar panel and battery lighting system and USB charger (pictured
2 'sub-zero' sleeping bags
10 pound (5kg) bag of rice
1 liter of cooking oil
1 First aid kit with guaze, medicine, and bandages
1 cooking pan
kit costs $100 for the items and delivery into the hands of the most
needy families in Yushu Prefecture.
If you would like to help with the urgent need to provide emergency
aid kits your donation would be greatly appreciated. You can do so
either by donating by credit card to the
Asia Disaster Relief fund on our
secure website, via Paypal (our address is
or by sending a gift by post,
with a note that it is for the Asia Disaster Relief fund, to any of
the Asia Harvest addresses listed on our
If you are familiar with our work you will know that 100% of gifts
to the Asia Disaster Relief fund will go directly to the need. Not
a cent will be deducted for administration or any other expense. We
cover such expenses ourselves as it is the least we can do during such
a time of need. All donations in the United States are tax-deductible.
If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us.
free to notify anyone you think would be interested in praying or
Please pray for the Northern Khampa and all people
affected by this earthquake. Pray the Lord Jesus will be lifted up in
this needy area, so many people will gain help not only physically but
emergency kits provided. Thank you! Please continue to pray for the
salvation of the Northern Khampa Tibetan people.
HOW MANY CHRISTIANS ARE THERE
After more than a
decade of research, we are now able to present the most
comprehensive study ever conducted into the number of Christians in
all 2,371 cities and counties, within all 33 provinces,
municipalities, and regions of China. Estimates are provided for all
believers - Protestants belonging to the registered Three-Self
churches as well as house churches, and for registered and
underground Catholic believers. To read
the results of our survey, click here.
OUR ANNUAL REPORT (2009-10) IS
The first Asia Harvest newsletter of
the year is our annual report covering our activities last in 2009. Take a
look back at the projects and initiatives we have had the privilege
of helping with throughout Asia last year. To read our 2009-10 Annual
Report, click here.
LAOS: 48 CHRISTIANS DRIVEN
FROM THEIR HOMES
On January 10, 48
Christians, including women and children, were marched from their
village at gunpoint in the small Southeast Asian nation of Laos.
They were abandoned on the roadside three miles from their homes,
and when they attempted to return home they found the pathways
blocked by armed police squads. Christian Aid Mission reports that
the believers in Katin Village, Saravan Province, have faced years
of cruelty at the hands of the Lao authorities before this eviction.
The Christians, who are now living under temporary shelters in the
jungle, had their church building confiscated in 2003. Rather than
giving up meeting together, they gathered in the open-air to worship
in Katin village, the officials seized personal belongings from 11
homes and scattered them in an open field. They confiscated a pig
from one believer’s home, and destroyed 6 of their 11 bamboo homes.
On January 18, the Saravan provincial religious affairs’ official,
Mr. Khampuey, and the Ta-Oly district official, Mr. Bounma, showed
up at the site where the believers were forced to stay. Both
officials ridiculed the faith of the villagers and tried to persuade
them to renounce their faith saying, “Why do you believe in the
Bible? It’s just a book.” The believers responded by saying it was
not just a book but a gift from God. But the officials only
continued with their mocking, “The other poor people from your
village are receiving assistance from the Government because they do
not believe in the Christian faith. But you believers – are you
receiving any help?”
When one of the believers replied
that he had been given new life by the Holy Spirit, the officials
again derided the group with more threats: “See what happened to you
because of your belief? You are left in the middle of nowhere
without any home, food, or help. You should deny your Christian
belief and then you will be allowed to return to your village. None
of the other 56 villages in this district wants you either. They
said they would rather live with lepers and the demon- possessed
than to have Christians residing among them.”
Source: Christian Aid Mission.
Please pray for our Christian
brothers and sisters in the Communist nation of Laos. Pray they will
remain strong in Christ and that God will help them maintain a
strong witness in the face of such persecution.
NEPAL: CHURCH BOMBER REPENTS
Disillusioned with Hindu
nationalists, the leader of a militant Hindu extremist group has
told Christian ministry Compass that contact with Christians in
prison had led him to repent of bombing a Catholic church in Nepal
in May 2008.
Ram Prasad Mainali, the 37-year-old chief of the Nepal Defense Army
(NDA), was arrested on Sept. 5 for exploding a bomb in the Church of
Our Lady of the Assumption, in the Lalitpur area of Kathmandu on May
23. The explosion killed a teenager and a newly-married woman from
India’s Bihar state and injured more than a dozen others. In
Kathmandu’s jail in the Nakkhu area, Mainali told Compass he
regretted bombing the church.
“I bombed the church so that I could help re-establish Nepal as a
Hindu nation,” he said. “There are Catholic nations, there are
Protestant nations and there are also Islamic nations, but there is
no Hindu nation. But I was wrong. Creating a religious war cannot
solve anything, it will only harm people.”
Mainali, who is married and has two small daughters, added that he
wanted members of all religions to be friendly with one other. Asked
how the change in him came about, he said he had been attending a
prison fellowship since he was transferred to Nakkhu Jail from
Central Jail four months ago. “I have been reading the Bible also,
to know what it says,” he said. Of the 450 prisoners in the Nakkhu
Jail, around 150 attend the Nakkhu Gospel Church inside the prison
Mainali said he began reading the Bible after experiencing the
graciousness of prison Christians. “Although I bombed the church,
Christians come to meet me everyday,” he said. “No rightwing Hindu
has come to meet me even once.”
Jeevan Rai Majhi, leader of the inmates of Nakkhu Jail and also a
leader of the church, confirmed that Mainali had been attending the
church, praying and reading the Bible regularly. Union of Catholic
Asian News reported on Nov. 30 that Mainali had sent a handwritten
letter to a monthly Christian newsmagazine in Nepal, Hamro
Ashish (Our Blessing), saying he had repented of his deeds in
Source: Compass Direct.