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 widespread. In South Asia, local Christian ministries face the greatest challenges with the fewest resources.
Our ministries vary by country because needs and resources are different in each place where we work.
India is where it all began! We partner with 35 pastors and missionaries who share the Gospel, oversee economic development programs, care for widows and orphans, run schools for underprivileged children, and more. Through conferences and pastor training courses, HB has trained several thousand Indian church planters. Despite rising persecution in recent years, our missionaries baptized 643 men and women in 2017! In India and the other countries where we work, baptism is seen as the final break with one's former faith; being baptized often brings persecution. These brothers and sisters did not make the decision to be baptized lightly.
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 five years. In 2017, after trusting in Christ and receiving thorough instruction in the faith, 231 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 demonstrate His love through disaster relief, public health projects, disaster preparedness training programs, and running a school for underprivileged children. Partner organizations including World Relief, UMCOR, and Samaritan's Purse have entrusted projects to these national missionaries. In 2017 alone, 246 people were baptized after coming to Christ and being discipled through our partners' ministries!
One of the most densely-populated countries on earth, Bangladesh is the world's 8th most populous and has the 4th largest Muslim population. Our 51 partners have seen thousands of Muslims and Hindus trust in Christ and be baptized in recent years! Focusing on evangelism, church planting, economic development and educational programs, these missionaries have endured severe persecution - and opposition is on the rise with ISIS now active in the country. But God is greater; in 2017, these 51 brothers and sisters saw 1,213 men and women baptized after they professed faith in Christ and received thorough instruction in the faith!
Decades of military rule, heavy persecution of Christians and Muslims by Buddhist extremists, and years of being isolated from the world have left Myanmar in desperate need of hope and healing. Through church planting, children's ministries, economic development programs and more, our partners are at the forefront of bringing change. They work in four main regions of the country, with a focus on bringing the Gospel to the difficult-to-reach and staunchly-Buddhist Burmese majority ethnic group. They also prioritize alleviating poverty among society's most marginalized groups.
One of the world's most beautiful countries is also one of the darkest spiritually. Most of our Nepalese partners came to Christ from Hindu or Buddhist backgrounds; they are well-equipped to reach out to their own people with clarity and understanding. Using The Timothy Initiative's teaching materials, our partners have trained several thousand lay leaders in church planting. In 2017 alone, 774 men and women were baptized after coming to faith and being discipled through our 29 missionaries' ministries.
Under China's rule, Tibet has had a difficult history. Despite heavy restrictions on outreach, 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, and in sharing the Gospel with Tibetans who cross the Nepal border. Through the work of 13 local missionaries, over 317 people were baptized in 2017 after placing faith in Christ and being instructed in the faith!
About the size of West Virginia but with nearly 12 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 regions most affected by the war, bringing healing through counseling and other ministries. 193 men and women were discipled and baptized in 2017 through their outreach!
Despite harsh persecution and anti-conversion laws, our partners have seen many come to faith in recent years. In 2017, through village-to-village evangelism, prayer ministry, counseling, and children's education programs, our 22 missionaries saw 100 individuals trust in Christ, undergo thorough discipleship, and be baptized. God is at work in this closed country.