Ministries in Southeast Asia Adapt to Coronavirus Restrictions

For local missionaries in remote areas of Southeast Asia, use of social media and Zoom as solutions to COVID-19 restrictions is not always possible and can sometimes be dangerous.

Ministry through social media posts in Indonesia or the Philippines can trigger hostilities from religious extremists or rebel militants, local ministry leaders said.

“We have to communicate with social media, but that can be a very big risk and dangerous for us as ministers, because there can be many sensitive things on it,” the leader of a local ministry in Indonesia said. “This is a very hard situation for the minister.”

As a local missionary familiar with his culture, the leader knows how to temper language on social media posts. He can speak more freely in church services via Zoom or teaching via WhatsApp messaging.