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: Derek and Pam Helt
Derek and Pam Helt have been serving in Cambodia since early 2014. When their two daughters grew up and left home, the Helts transitioned from ministry with local churches in New Mexico and Oregon to ministry overseas.
Derek is a Staff Care & Development officer with Agape International Missions’ (AIM) school in Svay Pak, Cambodia. AIM School exists to provide a high level of education to the poorest of the poor in the community as part of the prevention arm of its anti-trafficking ministry. In addition, the elementary school and English Academy trains local teachers and other staff. The staff of about 130 is almost entirely Cambodian. One of the services the school offers for ongoing development is English classes for the staff, which is what takes up most of Derek’s workday. Through his work, he develops relationships with the staff and their families and is available for other kinds of teaching and some informal mentoring.
In 2021, Pam moved away from her work as Teams & Tours Coordinator with AIM to volunteer as the full-time administrative assistant with Cambodia Expat Services (CES), a small family-run business that provides services to foreigners who live in Cambodia. Over the years, CES has helped many AIM missionaries find housing, learn the language, and has provided other helpful services. They have also become family to Derek and Pam and Pam has felt a calling to minister to the extended family that works with the company, attempting to be Christ’s hands and feet on a daily basis, and praying continually that this Buddhist family will come to understand how much God loves them and choose to love Him in return.
Visit their website at: www.livingonthefarside.org