Desperation and Gospel Demand Surge in Southeast Asia

Bibles distributed to believers in China. (Photo courtesy of Bibles For The World)

Economies in Southeast Asia are feeling the sting of extended COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions. A new report shows unemployment’s on the rise, and restrictions negatively affected countries that depend on tourism and exports.

Financial instability is one of the factors making people in the region desperate. John Pudaite of Bibles For The World mentions another.

“With COVID-19 having swept across this region from China out to the neighboring countries, we just see a hunger to know the truth, a hunger for hope,” Pudaite says. Above all else, there’s “hunger for healing [that] is found only in God’s Word.”

Together with its in-country partners, Bibles For The World is working on a new initiative to meet this growing demand for Bibles. “We’re seeing requests for Scriptures from our partners all over this region, even from Wuhan, China, the very source of this COVID-19 pandemic,” Pudaite says.

“Just recently, we provided 50,000 Gospels of John to the believers there because they said, ‘[Many people are] asking us questions, asking us to explain what it means – the Christian faith.’”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth


  • Pray people seeking answers will find truth and peace in Jesus.
  • Pray for the needed financial support to make the “Harvest in Asia” initiative possible.