South Asia is one of the most richly diverse regions in the world, with over 3,300 people groups living in just eight countries. It’s also one of the least reached areas; 96% of the population have little or no access to the Gospel, and so the need is great to go and share the Good News with those who may otherwise never hear about Christ’s love for them. God is at work in both the small, traditional villages of the Himalayas and the large, cosmopolitan mega cities scattered across the region.
The World Horizons teams in South Asia mainly work in the growing cities of this region. Their work is varied, with ministries including business as mission through Language Schools as well as education projects. Our teams seek to share their faith sensitively with those they meet, and to disciple those they encounter regularly at their different projects, classes and events. On a day-to-day basis they have the opportunity to speak into the lives of those from Hindu, Muslim, Jain and Buddhist backgrounds.
From these core ministries in South Asian cities, our teams are able to go and be involved in pioneer mission work with some of the least reached peoples on earth. They regularly travel to towns in the foothills of the Himalayas, as well as to rural areas closer to where they’re based, to support local church planting initiatives and run activities for children and young people. We also have workers who are praying about establishing teams in two other South Asian countries. Commitment and perseverance are required when considering serving in this part of the world, as it can often take a long time to learn the language and culture, and to develop deep relationships.