CHIANG MAI, Thailand (BP) – Getting pregnant at 15 hadn’t been part of Anong’s plans. The young Thai teenager ran away from home to live with her boyfriend’s family, and though they helped a little, the young couple still felt at a loss about how to navigate their situation.
When Sarah Mitchell first moved to Bangkok, Thailand, to serve as a Journeyman to the Deaf with the International Mission Board, it was the first time she’d ever lived anywhere besides the house where she grew up.
This Christmas season, even sub-zero temperatures have not deterred East Asian Christians from sharing the gospel. One country, in particular, is known for frigid winter weather. In the capital city during December, the average daily low temperature is minus 9 degrees Fahrenheit.
As Li Qing sat fishing off the coast of Ludao, a tiny island in east Taiwan, a question kept troubling his mind. He knew he hadn’t lived a perfect life, and the weight of his sin burdened him.
SEOUL (BP) -- While Stuart Robinson, an IMB missionary in Seoul, South Korea, was walking in his neighborhood one day, something new caught his eye. In the window of a café there was a small sign: "Closed on the Lord's day." Robinson was immediately curious. Though South Korea has had a great harvest of believers in recent decades, it isn't common to see such a clear expression of faith from a business owner. He ducked inside.
WEST AFRICA (BP) -- In West Africa, truck driving is a dangerous and stressful job. Drivers face job insecurity, the threat of being robbed, extortion from corrupt policemen, and cultural and linguistic barriers as they cross borders taking imports from the coast to landlocked countries farther east. So when Christians offered to pray for Ahmed* one day as he prepared to leave the port and transport his next load, he didn't mind, even though he was Muslim. As he continued on his route, he was amazed that the police never harassed him, just as the Christians had prayed.
EAST ASIA (BP) -- Normally, there wouldn't be anything noteworthy about Jane* and her family having other local believers over for dinner. But recently, life has been anything but normal. As the coronavirus (COVID-19) has spread throughout East Asia and other parts of the world, many cities including Jane's have imposed restrictions on travel and suspended group gatherings, making fellowship and community difficult.
EAST ASIA (BP) -- Statistics put the number of university students in East Asia in the tens of millions. When students in East Asia move to a city to go to college, many are able to hear the Gospel for the first time ever. Living in a small town with a Buddhist mother and an atheist father, Karen* had never met a Christian until she moved to the city where a Southern Baptist worker served. Still today, no one in her family shares her faith, and she doesn't know any other believers in her hometown.