South East Asia


Population: 618 million | People Groups: 1,839 | Area: 4.5 million km2 | Countries: 11

In South East Asia, there are more than 500 million who belong to gospel-poor peoples. As our near-neighbours, the Australian Church is well positioned to reach this region with the gospel.

In many countries in South East Asia, the tiny Christian minority is overshadowed by other major religions, such as Islam and Buddhism. The strong ties between culture and religion, and restrictions on direct evangelism, make it very difficult to share the gospel of Christ. And yet, God is working in new and creative ways to spread his word here.

Poverty is prevalent in many parts of South East Asia, as countries suffer from a lack of resources, economic inequality and political oppression. By using their professional skills in health, social services and teaching English, CMS workers are strategically positioned to demonstrate the love of Christ and build relationships.

Persecution has been growing across the region. In the face of this challenge, the faith of local Christians needs to be strengthened as they seek to reach their own community and beyond. CMS workers
are helping to mobilise
local Christians for mission
by providing in-depth Bible teaching and training in churches, small groups and theological colleges, and by translating biblical resources into local languages. They are also seeking opportunities to mentor and disciple Christian leaders in churches, communities and on university campuses.

There is still an urgent cry to reach majority Buddhist peoples in South East Asia with the gospel. While some inroads have been made, CMS is calling for more workers in countries such as Cambodia, where gospel-poor peoples have limited or no opportunity to hear the good news of Jesus Christ in their own language and cultural context, without outside help.


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

Cambodia | Indonesia | Philippines | Timor Leste | Singapore

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South East Asia




Timor Leste

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To find out about opportunities for serving with CMS in South East Asia, click here.


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