The Asia Pacific region is divided into four areas that serve 38 countries and territories:
Peninsular Asia is comprised of five nations: Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. It is a place of tropical beauty and rich culture, and represents the most concentrated Buddhist area on the planet.
Asia Pacific Missions has approximately 170 people serving in PenAsia. Everywhere possible, we work directly with national churches breaking new ground to reach their nation. Because 3 of the 5 nations are closed to traditional missionary activity, our involvement in those countries happens through NGO’s, compassion ministries and businesses. Only 1.6% of the Area’s total population are Christians, making all the major ethnic groups unreached people groups. Together our passion is to touch each and every unreached and forgotten corner of PenAsia with the love of Jesus Christ.
NORTHERN PACIFIC RIM
The Northern Pacific Rim is comprised of five nations: Japan, North Korea, South Korea, Taiwan, and Outer Mongolia. These countries epitomize contrast. Japan's numerous islands are known for remote mountains and crowded, sophisticated cities. Mongolia only has one large city that is surrounded by a vast countryside dotted with nomads, their horses and white felt tents. North Korea's people live behind the walls of a family dictatorship while South Korea is a westernized, thriving democracy with a strong Christian base. Taiwan is prosperous, high-tech and educated, but has very few followers of Christ.
The main belief systems in the Northern Pacific Rim are Shintoism, Buddhism, Taoism, Ancestral Worship, and idol worship.
This area has seen a mixture of progress, growth and challenge. Over 350 million people live in this region, with the most populated island being Java. The people share social and cultural ties with the peoples of Mainland Southeast Asia and with other Austronesian peoples in the Pacific. A distinctive feature of Southeast Asia is its cultural diversity. Of the six thousand languages in the world today, about one thousand are spoken in Southeast Asia.
The main religions in this region are Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism and traditional Animism. After World War II, the major question for politically active Muslims has concerned the relationship between Islam and the state. In countries where Muslims are in a minority (like the Philippines) this relationship is still causing tension. In Malaysia, Muslims are only around 55 percent of the population and there must be significant adjustments with the largest non-Muslim group, the Chinese. In Indonesia, Muslims are engaged in a continuing debate about different ways of observing the faith, and whether Islam should assume a greater role in government.
Pacific Oceana is comprised of 25,000 islands scattered over an area larger than the combined areas of Africa, Asia and Europe. Although some of the 23 nations in this area have strong national AG churches, many remote island nations have few believers. One challenging country is Papua New Guinea, a culturally diverse nation with more than 850 indigenous languages. God is using our AG missionary workers to evangelize, disciple new believers and assist in church planting efforts among these forgotten peoples at the ends of the Earth.