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Asia: Contrasts Are Only the Beginning


Asia is the world’s largest and most populous continent, covering about 30% of Earth’s total land area. Asia is notable for not only its overall size and population but its dense as well as barely populated regions within the continent of 4.4 [?] billion people. Asia has exhibited economic as well as population growth during the 20th century, but overall population growth has since fallen to world average levels. Given its size and diversity, the concept of Asia may actually have more to do with human than physical geography. Asia varies greatly across its regions with regard to ethnic groups, cultures, environments, economics, historical ties and government systems.


Population: 1,439,000,000

Spiritually lost: 1,400,000,000 (98%)

Unreached people groups: 3909

  • Serving Cambodia in Phnom Penh
  • Mission focus: Early learning center for poor kids
  • Serving with Hard Places Community

Cambodia: Kristi Ashmead (HPC)

Kristi Ralston Ashmead is working alongside Hard Places Community to bring hope and healing to young children in poor communities. She lives in Phnom Penh, Cambodia with her husband Thomas, who works with another organization to reach the unreached in Cambodia.

God gave Kristi a vision to open an Early Learning Center in the slums to give children who are left at home alone during the day a safe place to stay, where they can learn and grow in simple skills as well as in the gospel. She has a desire to see the broken and abused come to ultimate healing through the loving gospel of Jesus Christ. Through healing relationships, play, and outreach to parents in the community, Kristi hopes to see God’s kingdom come here in Cambodia.

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