South Asia, the world’s second-most populous region, has experienced rapid economical growth over the past two decades. Despite this, it is home to the largest concentration of people, 300 million, living below the international poverty line of $1.25 per day. This has impacted the people of South Asia, particularly children where half of the children under five suffer from chronic malnutrition.
Even sadder is the number of unreached people. The largest religion in South Asia is Hinduism (80.6%) with only 2.2% professing to be Christians. The area where we work with the “least of these” has an even higher percentage of Hindis at 95.2% with just under 2% professing to be Christians. The work in South Asia is plentiful.
Romans 10:14-15 certainly comes to mind when thinking about South Asia. “How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of who they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news.”
The 25 Project seeks to holistically reach and care for orphaned children, youth and vulnerable children in this dark place. For in John 1:5 it says “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” We seek to be the light in South Asia and bring the hope of Jesus Christ.