Christians in Southeast Asia Use Disaster Relief Projects as Opportunities to Hand Out Solar-powered Audio Bibles

World Mission’s reach in Asia spans to countries in the southeast, including Cambodia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Indonesia, and more. In certain areas, there is persecution that puts old and new believers at risk.

Greg Kelley recently traveled to Asia to connect with and encourage World Mission’s national partners on the ground.

“World Mission will distribute about 20,000 Treasures into Southeast Asia,” says Kelley. The Treasure is World Mission’s solar-powered audio Bible. “Over the course of the year that those units are being distributed, our leaders are faced with a heavy price. It’s very taxing. They’re trying to encourage new believers. They’re establishing new churches, but they’re doing it in the face of great adversity and challenge.”

Some areas may have a high population of Islam, Buddhism, or Hinduism and it may be hard or even dangerous to engage with the people.

Engaging Communities

World Mission’s national leaders often start engaging new communities through compassion projects such as water, medical, or disaster relief.

“That’s a great inroad to sharing the Gospel,” Kelley says.

“Many times disaster relief projects are not things that are making the headlines or the mainstream media. But as an example, there [are] different outbreaks of fires that have happened recently in Cambodia.”

Cambodian families have lost their homes and all of their possessions. Following the fires, World Mission’s partners informed them of the disaster and they helped rebuild homes for these unreached people groups in the name of Jesus.

“People have come to know Jesus because they’re so appreciative. They are just so overwhelmed by the compassion and the love that was shared to them.”

As they work on relief projects, World Mission distributes their solar-powered audio Bibles to people in their native languages.

Kelley says he met with a family that came to know Jesus and received a Treasure. He asked how long they listen to it on a daily basis and they said they listened until it stopped.

“They’re listening to the Treasure for three and four hours at a time, just absorbing the Word of God.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Lindsay Steele