Lord, there are many East Asians moving across borders today. They travel for a wide variety of reasons- for education, business, tourism, or are even victims of human trafficking. We pray for these Asians that they will have the opportunity to hear the gospel and believe.
Now, LORD, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness.
— Acts 4:29
Lord, we know that moving to a new land is often disorienting. We pray that the churches of these recipient countries will use this opportunity to show Christ’s love in action by welcoming these newcomers and helping them settle and adjust to life there. Through this, may the hearts of the newcomers be opened to receive the gospel.
Lord, we pray that you will guide the new Asian believers when they return to their home countries. We pray that they will stand firm in their faith, in spite of family, societal and even governmental pressures. We pray that they will be able to find a local church to worship at, and find local believers to fellowship and connect with. May they grow in their faith.
Lord, you make all things possible. We pray for the Asian believers returning home. May they be emboldened by your spirit to be effective witnesses for their families and friends. We pray that their faith will be strengthened, that their passion for you will remain strong, and they will be missional and bring the gospel back home.
Lord, we pray for the churches, mission agencies and other organisations as they work together to help the Asian believers as they prepare to return to their home countries. Bless this ministry, Lord. May the partners work effectively to equip them with the knowledge of your word, and provide them with the necessary support back home.
About East Asia’s Diaspora
Vietnamese in Macau. Chinese students in Kansas. Japanese students in Oxford. Whether voluntarily or involuntarily, East Asians are moving across borders, and the global church is reaching out to them. Many of these East Asians will return to the country of their birth. Before they return, will they be prepared to thrive as Christians back home?
On the Move
There are over 250 million migrants around the world today and 85 million of them are from East Asia. Five million international students bring diversity to universities – forty percent of all international students come from China alone. Many leave their homeland for economic or political reasons. Some are the victims of human trafficking. Others are tourists. In 2016, there were 122 million Chinese tourists overseas. People are often more open to the gospel when they are outside of the comfort and pressure of their home.
Welcoming the Stranger
Moving to a new land is always disorienting. The Church has a great opportunity to show Christ’s love in action through welcoming internationals: meeting newcomers at the airport, helping them settle and adjust to life in a new country, inviting them over for a meal, helping out with language or career development skills.
Evangelism and Discipleship
To be a disciple of Jesus is to follow Jesus. As the Father sent Him, so He sends His followers. The vision is to see the worldwide movement of East Asians discipled and sent out to their own people and beyond! Pray for Asians returning home with Christ, to thrive and be missional in their home country. Pray for those that go on to other countries to be cross-cultural in mission.
East Asians tend to be open to the gospel while overseas and many make a commitment to Christ through campus ministries. However, there is a great tragedy about ministry to the Asian diaspora. Experience shows that eighty percent of new Christians do not continue in the church when they return to their home countries. Family, societal and governmental pressure, high work demands, and failure to connect with a local church are among some of the reasons for this problem.
- Total: 85 million
- (figures from field)
- Over 10% of International students globally are from China
- 28,000 Vietnamese students in Japan
- 18,000 Malaysian students in the UK
- 6.2 million Indonesian migrant workers globally
Lord, you know the needs for East Asia’s Diaspora. We pray that Asians on the move would hear the gospel and believe. Please help believers all over the world to welcome the stranger. We ask that you would help Asians to return home with Christ, prepared for the pressures they will face, and to continue growing in their faith.