A great challenge
Founded in 2012, Asia-CMS faces a great challenge for a great continent:
- huge churches in Asia are sending out many people in mission, yet Asia is still home to the largest number of least-reached people groups
- rapid urbanisation means that priority areas for mission are increasingly urban rather than rural
- Christianity is a minority faith in almost all Asian countries
- more limited access to many countries means support for Asian Christians in their own context is becoming more important
A bold vision
Asia-CMS’s leaders are praying and working to spark global mission movements, where local leaders are trained, missional churches are planted, and believers are inspired to carry the message of Jesus to every nation.
Together on the edge in God’s mission
Asia-CMS works with people doing a new thing in mission, especially those focused on unreached people groups or previously overlooked areas of mission:
- connecting and supporting individual mission pioneers
- sharpening leaders through training from entry-level to postgraduate
- inspiring churches to transform their communities through loving their neighbours
- collaborating with churches and organisations to help make all of this happen
Where the church is growing fastest…
In the 21st century, Asia is home to countries such as Nepal and Cambodia, where Christianity is growing faster than anywhere else on the planet.
Asia-CMS supports the people behind this growth:
Chhinho Saing oversees 42 churches planted in 17 provinces throughout Cambodia, training leaders and developing communities.
It’s not hard to imagine why well-trained church leaders are so important in a country with such a fast-growing number of new Christians. They need to know what it means to follow Jesus and to join in with his mission to those around them. So Chhinho takes care to meet this need.
But his ministry reaches further – offering Christians positive ways to love their neighbours such as after-school teaching to local children, which includes Khmer literacy teaching, English, Maths and Bible teaching. They also make food for the children to eat so they do not go back home hungry.
At a sports camp run by Chhinho’s church, a pastor tells how he shared the gospel with two young men:
“They rejected Jesus as just a created being and said, ‘Jesus is just other foreigner religion, not belonging to Khmers.’ So during these days we kept sharing God’s Word with them until the last day when they decided to accept Jesus as their Lord. We prayed for them to give their souls to Jesus. I give thanks to Lord that he changed these young men so that they have become his sons.”
Meanwhile, in Nepal, local partners provide support and training to leaders of rural churches, where there are many unreached people. They have helped nearly 400 leaders of indigenous churches reach out to thousands more people. Discipleship training is vital to deepen people’s faith in ways that encourage people to share the gospel more and more widely.
Discipleship training for women is especially important. In a country where many men have to go abroad to get work to support their families, most churches and communities have proportionately more women, especially in hard-to-reach rural areas.
Sharing in Asia-CMS’s story
Asia-CMS is committed to bringing about Asian-led change across the world’s most diverse and least-reached continent. Church Mission Society is honoured to walk alongside them. Please join us in our thanks and prayers:
- Give thanks that some Asian countries are experiencing the fastest church growth since the book of Acts
- Asia is home to the vast majority of the 247 least evangelised people groups of 1 million or more people. Pray for the mission pioneers who are working to share the gospel with them.
- Pray for greater access to countries where visas are difficult to get.
- Pray for local partners in Asia as they work in their own countries, where it may be difficult for people from other countries to gain entry.
- Pray that the global church will understand the great opportunity and challenge to reach people in a continent where only 9% are Christians
How can our church support Asia-CMS?
You can support the work of our sister organisations, Asia-CMS and CMS-Africa, and their local partners through our Global Mission through Local Leaders programme.
Share the story in your church
We’d love you to share what you’ve read here with your church. In order to help you do this we’ve put together a simple presentation that you could use in a church service, prayer meeting or small group to help the wider congregation learn more about the future of global mission and the work of Asia-CMS.
The presentation contains images, presenter’s notes and the video of Rev Dr Chan Nam Chen. However if you’d like more information before presenting to your church please contact the CMS church relations team.