South East Asia

Population: 270 million
Main Trade: Farming
Main Religion: Islam - their animistic beliefs remain influential in daily life
Key Challenges: Most local churches are Western in style and made up of other ethnic groups that have moved to the area
Fact: Famous for their artistic and musical abilities and use many traditional instruments

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Living among the South East Asian people

“During the pandemic God opened up many doors of ministry through online outreach, discipleship groups and humanitarian initiatives that have impacted thousands of people. Local believers equipped by the team are reaching out into their relational networks. There is a growing spiritual openness and fruitfulness as more people believe and enter the Kingdom.”  — Dave, Team Leader

The Global Interaction team serves among a variety of people groups in South East Asia, predominently the B.I and S.I people. The B.I people are scattered over a number of small islands. They have a strong cultural identity and affinity for their ancestral homes. Entrenched spiritual allegiances hinder their acceptance of the Good News. Around 45 million S.I people live in one of the most densely populated regions on earth. Almost all S.I people are Muslims.

The team has established a variety of means to live and work among the B.I and S.I people, including an Education Foundation. God often communicates with B.I and S.I people through dreams and visions of Jesus. A number of groups now meet to study the Bible and grow in faith – the beginnings of new faith communities.


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