Southeast Asia Islands

Posted by Ellen Schumacher on

The Cooper* family serves reaching those on remote islands in Southeast Asia, who have little to no access to the Gospel. Read about how God is at work.
There are small people groups scattered throughout the islands of Southeast Asia, who have little to no access to the Gospel. After 5 years of building relationships, this past summer, 10 people surrendered to Jesus and were baptized! 
We rejoice in what God is doing! Yet we also must trust Him, to guide us through the rocky process, of building discipleship movements among those in remote locations, where there is some hostility to Christ.
One man is respected in his community, and plans to spend the rest of his life on his island. The primary obstacle to his growth is his wife - she does not agree with his decision and makes it difficult for him to communicate with other believers. 
Another man had heard of Christ before and has seen how Christians live. He and his wife now have community in Christ together, but are nervous of others reactions to their decision. This fear will hinder their ability to grow, even though they have a desire to grow in Christ and be a witness for Him.
A third man and his supportive wife, immediately traveled an hour to ensure their extended family heard this Good News! As a result, 4 of their family members believed and were baptized. This man is being discipled, so he can lead this new small Christian community. A big hindrance is the felt lose of the Muslim community for new believers, since they aren't really receiving a viable community in return.  
This third man recently helped lead his friend to the Lord. We hope that this man will continue to bear fruit and be our first example of the fourth type of soil in Jesus' parable of the sower. 
* Names changed for safety.

Tags: asia, gospel, mission, missionaries