/ James Faris

South Asia's Frontier People Groups

I’ve recently witnessed first-hand the Lord’s work in his church in South Asia. For many reasons, it is best for people in that part of the world to publicly tell how Jesus is building his church rather than for outsiders like me to tell the story. But, simply put, the Lord is changing lives. He promised that he would cover the earth with the knowledge of his glory as the waters cover the sea, and his word is spreading. Yet, far more work remains.

In her now nearly-two-years-old work published in the International Journal of Frontier Missiology, R.W. Lewis shows that one quarter of the world’s population remains in what she labels “Frontier People Groups.” These are people who are not only unreached, but who also have virtually no chance of hearing about Jesus from someone in their own people group. Please read her research to gain a better perspective on the work that remains for the people of Christ.

Strikingly, 72% of the Frontier People Groups of the world reside in South Asia. What can those of us who live in other parts of the world do, even if we are not called to go ourselves?

  1. Pray for the Lord’s work and the Lord’s workers in South Asia. Satan hates the light and seeks to eradicate it. The battle is real and it is intense in places of deep darkness where the true light is beginning to shine.
  2. Look to minister to South Asians or those of South Asian descent in your community. Sadly, Hindus in the United States are among the least-reached, or least-intentionally-reached people according to many. As you reach out to such neighbors and students, learn more about Hinduism and the other primary religions of South Asia. As I’ve written before, Dr. Timothy Tennent supplies effective materials to help in this endeavor. Often, the most effective servants to the unreached are those who respond to the Lord after meeting Christians in other nations.
  3. Give to agencies that are faithfully and intentionally laboring to reach South Asia with the gospel.

Let us all join in the work that the Lord is doing while it is still day. If South Asia is not yet a place of focus in your service to the Lord, please make it so. The true light is already shining and will overcome the darkness!

James Faris

James Faris

Child of God. Husband to Elizabeth. Father of six. Pastor of Second Reformed Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis, Indiana. Ordained as a pastor in 2003.

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