(The silk road, an ancient trade route between China and the Mediterranean.) Kyrgyzstan became independent from USSR in 1991. They have struggled to stabilize since then and are still very poor. They have had a tragic history over the years from Christians who slaughtered their ancestors to imposed Islam and Communism. There are still government restrictions and scrutiny on religious groups. The majority is Muslim with about 5% Christian. Pray for the local churches, the unity of Christians there, and for resources that show them the truth that God’s love has for them.
Kuwait is an oil-rich wedge of desert between Iraq and Saudi Arabia. They became independent in 1961 and are a key ally to the West. Sunni Islam is the state religion with a large Shi’a minority. Religious tolerance is higher here than in most of the region. The underground Kuwaiti Church has been growing. Satellite television is probably the most powerful tool in reaching not only Kuwait but the entire Gulf region. There are several Arabic-language Christian channels available. My church supports several of them as do many other missions. Kuwaiti Arabs have been increasingly exposed to Christians through travel, […]
South Korea was transformed from a poor nation in 1953 into the eleventh-largest economy in the world through rapid industrialization and modernization. The workforce is highly educated and technologically advanced. In stark contrast to their northern neighbor, they have complete religious freedom. As we’ve seen with many countries, those that have freedom and especially religious freedom are far more well-off and advanced than other countries. The Korean Church is truly an answer to prayer and shows the impact of world missions. The first Protestant church was planted here in 1884. Today it is one of the foremost churches in the […]
North Korea is probably the most isolated economy in the world. They believe in an ideology called Juche, which means self-reliant. The border between North and South Korea is one of the most impenetrable in the world. There is a huge black market, chronic food shortages and widespread malnutrition. It is evidence that we weren’t meant to live in isolation. World War II and the years following it changed many things in our world. Korea was occupied by Japan from around the first world war until 1945. Upon Russia’s insistence after WWII, Korea was partitioned into a communist regime, and […]
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Sue McCusker is a writer, Bible teacher, and web developer who loves to share the stories of life, hope, and faith she sees around her every day. She has written for Guideposts and Angels on Earth magazines, and teaches the story of God in women's Bible study.