(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, business connections and students studying abroad.  Expat Christians have also had a good reputation thanks to a hundred years of […]
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 world for missions, and has the highest proportions of evangelicals in all of Asia.  Pray that the Korean Church will […]

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Sue McCusker is a writer, teacher, and web developer who loves to share the stories of life and hope 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. Her passion is connecting technology with faith to produce good.