He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much- Luke 16:10a
We work in South Asia: A region where Christians are tiny minorities and extreme poverty is endemic. In South Asian countries, local Christian ministries face the greatest challenges with the fewest resources.
Ministries vary by country because needs and resources are different in each place where we work.
India is where it all began! We currently partner with 35 pastors and missionaries who share the Gospel, run economic development programs in poor and marginalized communities, conduct children’s ministry, and more. Through conferences and pastor training courses, HB has trained several thousand Indian church planters. Despite increasing persecution, our missionaries baptized 599 men and women in 2016!
These small islands, a territory of India, contain 236 unreached people groups. Our partners reach out to the unreached with the Gospel, and have seen hundreds trust in Christ and be baptized within the past four years. In 2016, 272 men and women were baptized through our 20 missionaries and pastors.
Despite heavy persecution, our 17 trusted Pakistani partners have seen thousands turn to Christ. In addition, they actively demonstrate the love of Christ through disaster relief, community development and running a school for underprivileged children. Organizations including World Relief, UMCOR and Samaritan's Purse have entrusted projects to these national missionaries. 225 individuals were baptized in 2016 alone!
One of the most densely-populated countries on earth, Bangladesh is the world's 8th most populous and has the 4th largest Muslim population. The need for the Gospel is enormous. Our 51 partners have seen thousands of Muslims and Hindus trust in Christ and be baptized in recent years! Focusing primarily on evangelism, church planting and educational programs, these missionaries have endured severe persecution - and since ISIS has become active in their country, opposition is on the rise. Beatings, verbal attacks, basic necessities withheld - all occur commonly. But God is greater; in 2016, these 51 brothers and sisters saw 942 men and women baptized!
Decades of military rule, heavy persecution of Christians and Muslims, and years of being closed off to the world have left Myanmar in desperate need of hope and healing. Through church planting, children's ministry, economic development programs and more, our partners are at the forefront of bringing change. In 2016, 42 missionaries saw 743 individuals publicly declare faith in Christ through baptism. These missionaries received no regular financial support - only "outreach packs" consisting of ministry tools such as Bibles, gospel tracts, rain coats and mosquito nets.
One of the world's most beautiful countries is one of the darkest spiritually. Most of our partners came to Christ from Hindu or Buddhist backgrounds; they are well-equipped to reach out to their own people with clarity and understanding. Nepal now has one of the fastest-growing churches in the world; many organizations play a part in this. Using The Timothy Initiative's teaching materials, our partners have trained several thousand lay leaders in church planting. In 2016 alone, 375 lay church planters were trained by our 29 missionaries, and over 500 men and women were baptized through these 29 missionaries' ministries.
Under the rule of China, Tibet has had a difficult history. Despite heavy restrictions on outreach to the Buddhist majority, our partners are active in showing Tibetans the freedom they can have in Christ. Following the earthquakes in April 2015, reaching certain areas has become more difficult. However, our missionaries have been resourceful in training others to carry on their outreach. Through the work of 13 local missionaries, over 200 people were baptized in 2016!
About the size of West Virginia but 20 times the population, Sri Lanka is ripe for the spread of the Gospel. The nation emerged from a 26-year civil war in 2009; our 30 missionaries work in the areas most affected by the war, bringing healing through counseling and other ministries. They saw 280 men and women baptized in 2016!
Despite harsh persecution and anti-conversion laws, our partners have seen many come to faith in recent years. In 2016, through village-to-village evangelism, prayer ministry, counseling and children's education programs, our 22 missionaries saw 86 individuals trust in Christ and be baptized. God is at work in this closed country.