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.
Spiritually lost: 1,400,000,000 (98%)
Unreached people groups: 3909
Cambodia: Matthew & Melissa Stock
After five years serving as General Managers of Bloom Café and Training Centre in Siem Reap, Matthew and Melissa Stock have joined Agape International Missions and are currently serving in Phnom Penh. AIM’s mission is to rescue, restore and reintegrate survivors of sex trafficking through Christ’s love and Gospel, and to prevent sexual slavery by planting and equipping the Church to do the same in vulnerable and exploited communities worldwide. Matthew is serving as Country Director at Agape, overseeing the running of AIM’s different holistic programs. Melissa is serving as Director of International Development, creating awareness and partnerships for AIM with churches and organizations outside of the United States.
Personal Website: www.stockreplugged.org
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More About the Jordons
In addition to our work in Congo, Dean is also working and teaching alongside other ministries in African countries. All six children have now returned to the States for college, four are married, and we have 14 grandchildren.
Dean and Autumn Jordon have successfully raised their six children in Kinshasa, one of the largest and most difficult cities in Africa. Now, deep in the interior, Dean partners with Congolese agricultural engineer and registered nurse, Pierre Nguelielie, and Pierre’s nurse/wife Beatrice.
To develop a unique pastoral training school in that war-torn and virtually roadless country, they are using smaller satellite schools, specially designed to meet the needs there. Each satellite school becomes a small local community of pastors and families, who closely live, learn and work together for two years. In addition to the inductive Bible curriculum adapted from KMTI, students, and their families also learn to plant crops and raise small animals, often forgotten skills in a country where more than five million people—generations of parents and grandparents—were killed in a long-running civil war.
At the end of the two-year training program, each pastor, and his family goes back to their village to begin a satellite school there, including other local pastors who have the same needs. Each of these families takes with them tools, seed, and the needed starter animals for a new beginning with a new satellite school and a new student body.
Learning the biblical skills of godly living in the context of community has special advantages. A group of families living and working together in close quarters has abundant opportunity to learn to forbear and to forgive, to serve as Jesus taught his disciples, and to grow in the graces of kindness and generosity. Learning these truths from the Bible, as the occasion arises, means that each lesson is clothed in real life, the life they and their congregations will lead for years to come.
The teaching families, the Jordans and the Nguelielies, have themselves become a seed which is falling into the ground to yield fruit for others to eat.
For more information about the Jordans visit their website: http://www.jordonministries.com