Singapore is a small island off the tip of the Malaysian peninsula. It is Asia’s cleanest and greenest area, and among the wealthiest countries per capita and highest standards of living. The economy is heavily export-dependent. There are 95 racial groups, and although there is freedom of religion, government policies strongly influence the preserving of ethnic and religious harmony which sometimes goes against freedom of speech. Religions are just as varied as the racial and ethnic groups. 40% are Buddhist, 16% Christian, 14% Muslim, 7% Chinese, and 18% non-religious. Many of the Christians are evangelical, and the responsiveness of the gospel among the educated is a strong trend. Christianity is considered a progressive belief system with positive influence, and this […]
Taiwan, a mountainous island east of mainland China is also part of the Republic of China and one of the world’s most densely populated countries.  They are known for exporting high-tech goods.  It was under Japanese rule from 1895-1945, then granted to the Nationalist Government of China.  After the fall of mainland China to the Communists in 1949, Taiwan became a refuge.  The religion is mostly a Chinese blend of Buddhism, Daoism and Taiwanese folk religion, with very few Christians (5%).  The church has been growing recently due to increase in migrant workers, among them Filipinos, Thais, Indonesians, Vietnamese and others.  However, the decline in number of missionaries has been more significant than any other country in Asia. On February […]
Macau has a very unique claim to fame, though not everyone has heard of the small island peninsula west of Hong Kong in the Province of China.  It was the starting point of Protestant missions to China in the 1600’s, where the first Chinese convert was baptised and the first Chinese Bible translated.  It is also the first Christian territory in Asia to become non-Christian by the 21st century, going from 95% Catholic in 1600 to 3% in 2010. Macau’s reputation today is a “City of Sin” that surpasses Las Vegas.  It was one of the richest cities in the world during the 1600’s, now it is dominated by gambling, prostitution, substance abuse, and tourism.  There is still religious freedom […]

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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.