Blog for Asia

World Water Day

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I took this photo during my first trip to South Asia, such a cute little boy getting a drink of clean water from a Jesus Well!

Did you know that illnesses caused by dirty water kill more people each year than war and violence?

I know that I often take clean water for granted… but 768 million people around the world have no access to clean water. Many of these people live in South Asia, the area that Gospel for Asia works in. GFA digs Jesus Wells and provides BioSand Water Filters to people across South Asia who have no clean, fresh water. And many people are putting their trust in Jesus as they see how much He truly loves and cares!

By the way, today March 22 is World Water Day!

Find out more about the clean water ministry of Gospel for Asia at www.gfa.org/water.

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World Leprosy Day

World Leprosy Day

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We often forget about leprosy. While it’s not something that affects our day-to-day life here in North America, leprosy impacts the lives of thousands across the globe, in places including Somalia, India, China, and Sri Lanka. I recently saw this with my own eyes, during my 2 week trip to South Asia. In a leprosy colony, I met a woman named Mina whose life and story deeply impacted me. You can read more of that story in this blog post

Society tells leprosy patients that they are outcaste. Untouchable. Worthless. Unloved. Many cultures shun them and cast them aside.

So it is these people – precious in the sight of God – that we want to reach out to with the tangible love and hope of Jesus Christ.

“Earlier, the lepers were considered as untouchables, but in this generation and time, there is no such discrimination . . .” Gospel for Asia pastor Vagish had said. “Our Creator, the Lord Jesus, loved all the sick people, including lepers.”

World Leprosy Day 2014 is marked on January 26th, or the closest Sunday to January 29th. This year, from January 26th to 30th, missionaries are reaching out with medical help, food, and other outreach in some leprosy colonies in South Asia.  They are bringing A Love They Can See. So go ahead and find out more about this ministry and World Leprosy Day at www.gfa.org/news/articles/world-leprosy-day-a-love-they-can-see.