Asia / Pacific
Not too long ago, the whole congregation of the Indonesian churches gathered together in Surabaya for our Nusantara Conference. Along with GKDI (Indonesian churches) Surabaya’s 20th Anniversary, this conference took “Set Apart” from Malachi, as its main theme. We studied the book of Malachi together for three days!
Standing in the shadows of Angkor Wat, I am reminded of what once was a great empire in this side of the world. Reaching its peak in the 12th century, the temples are a sight to behold, holding secrets to Cambodia’s glorious past, enticing in its beauty with history carved in stone to be viewed by someone like me.
This is a story of God’s love and faithfulness.
I remember so clearly the day, 15 years ago, when my wife, Hong, and I were baptized! We were the first married couple in the underground Vietnam church, and we had a three-month-old boy. In those days it was hard for people to become followers of Jesus. The pressure of persecution was so intense that many left the church. The congregation was a few years old and there were 23 members.
In the biggest university complex in one of China’s largest cities, God keeps opening doors for the gospel. We’re calling, like the Macedonian in Paul’s vision, for adventurous disciples to “come over and help us!”
Two universities here in one of the biggest educational complexes in China are looking for English teachers.
What an amazing start to 2012 for the university ministries here in Australia! In January, a group of 10 brothers and sisters (4 from Sydney, 3 from Melbourne, and 3 from Fiji) went to Fiji, for a one month internship with the church. A few of them went to Suva, and a few begun in Nadi to then join the rest in Suva.
ICOCHotNews recently visited the SE Asia region of churches and came back with this report.
- 80% + of teenagers are being baptized in Singapore.
- 50 Mission teams are being planned to be sent out in the next ten years in Indonesia.
- The Japanese disciples and HOPEww are helping rebuild their shattered nation after the devastating Tsunami.
Situation Report – December 27, 2011
By Jun Velasco, Country Director, Philippines
Typhoon Washi (locally called “Sendong”) has claimed more than 1,200 lives and left 1,000 people missing, according to BBC Asia.