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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 in East Asia since 2002
  • Mission focus: sex trade rescue, training and counselling
  • Starfish team: Unnamed for security reasons
  • Accomplishments: currently serving 35 women in two cities

East Asia: Starfish Project

In East Asia, IOM Associates major in freeing girls from brothels and other forms of sexual exploitation. Starfish Project was established to empower exploited women in East Asia, with a socially responsible jewelry business in order to provide women with alternative employment and a range of holistic care opportunities. In 2011, that project has grown to support approximately 35 women in 2 different cities, primarily through the jewelry company. The women have taken on new levels of responsibility and leadership and are able to provide for their families through meaningful employment. See below for more.


More About the Starfish Project

Starfish Project also provides opportunities for women to heal and grow through counseling, vocational training, language acquisition, family education benefits and health care access, as well as providing housing in a women’s shelter. The Starfish Project is committed to restoring hope for each woman that enters its doors. You can support Starfish Project by purchasing beautiful, handmade jewelry at