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Middle East and South Asia


Population: 2 billion | Peoples: 3,745 | Area: 12.5 million km2 | Countries: 26

In a region torn by instability, the needs of local people are immense. But these very needs have opened windows of opportunity for the light of the gospel to shine through.

The South and Central Asia and Middle East regions house some of the most gospel-poor peoples in the world. In the Middle East the dominance of the Muslim faith is evident, covering over 95% of the population in some countries. While South and Central Asia comprises a diverse mix of faiths, Hinduism prevails in Nepal, with over 80% adherence.

The tiny Christian minorities across these regions are under great pressure, and many have fled their homes to escape persecution. They join millions of asylum seekers from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and other countries, who have been displaced by war, terrorism, political instability, natural disasters and social upheaval. While this seems like an impenetrable environment
for the gospel, God is using these uncertain times and the displacement of people to open many doors.

There are abundant opportunities to minister to refugees, from demonstrating simple hospitality to sharing the gospel, and some are surprisingly open to hearing about the eternal hope
offered in God’s word. CMS missionaries serving in church-based ministry and theological education are helping equip the fragile local Church to reach out to these refugees – and to others in their community – by training and discipling local Christians.

In an area with immense social needs, there are many other ways to demonstrate Christ’s love. In poverty-stricken communities CMS workers are strategically serving in health services, education, engineering, media and social services to help meet people’s emotional and physical needs, and build relationships that can lead to opportunities for gospel conversations.

In a region where overt evangelism is restricted, God is opening avenues for his word to bring renewal and hope to the broken.


CMS personnel are working and/or have worked in the following countries in the Middle East and South Asia. Click on the links to find out more about the gospel needs in these countries.

Jordan | Nepal | Pakistan

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