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Asia

China

Fast Facts

Population: 1,349,585,838 (July 2013 est.)flag_of_the_peoples_republic_of_china_svg-300x199

People groups: 56 distinct ethnic groups, Han Chinese 91.9%, large ethnic minority groups Zhuang 18 million, Manchu 10.68 million, Hui 10 million, Miao 9 million, Uyghur 11.257 million, Yi 7,762,286, Tujia 8 million, Mongols 5.8 million, Tibetans 5.4 million, Buyei 2,971,460, Yao 3.1 million, Koreans 2,489,076

Languages: Putonghua or Standard Chinese (official), 292 living languages and one extinct language (Jurchen)

Religions: Agnostic 40% – 60%, Taoism & Buddhism 20-30%, Mazuists 18-20%, Atheists 14-15%, Confucianism as a religion is popular among intellectuals.

Hope China

Over the last two years, the work in China has progressed rapidly. The Hope communities in Beijing, Shanghai and Nanjing have been growing healthily as we continue to focus on sharing the Good News and making disciples. There were new locals in the core team in Beijing, and they reached their highest attendance during their Christmas service. In Shanghai, the locals are doing a great work leading the church and discipling others. Hope Nanjing was started in 2012. They have witnessed 11 new believers and eight water baptisms, and God has provided them with a bigger venue for Life Group gatherings.

God has also opened doors for the Gospel in several new cities. We started new groups in Guangzhou and Hong Kong, and seed groups in Xi’an, Xuzhou and Shen Yang. The new cities we are pioneering include Xiamen and Tianjin.

Pray for China

  • The window of opportunity for spiritual receptivity is open indefinitely. China today faces materialism with increasing wealth, and the debilitating effects of spreading corruption, moral decline and growing social and economic impact of the one child policy.
  • The churches to stay strong in God when they face persecution and opposition, and to have wisdom to deal with different situations and people.
  • Our churches in different parts of China to grow in quality and quantity, that they will shine brightly for Jesus and make a positive difference in their communities. 
  • More harvesters to be sent to different parts of China to disciple and train the believers, especially those in our pioneering cities, Xiamen and Tianjin.
Philippines

Fast Facts

Population: 105,720,644 (July 2013 est.)flag_of_the_philippines_svg-300x150

People groups: Tagalog 28.1%, Cebuano 13.1%, Ilocano 9%, Bisaya/Binisaya 7.6%, Hiligaynon Ilonggo 7.5%, Bikol 6%, Waray 3.4%, other 25.3% (2000 census)

Languages: Filipino (official; based on Tagalog) and English (official); eight major dialects – Tagalog, Cebuano, Ilocano, Hiligaynon or Ilonggo, Bicol, Waray, Pampango, and Pangasinan

Religions: Catholic 82.9% (Roman Catholic 80.9%, Aglipayan 2%), Muslim 5%, Evangelical 2.8%, Iglesia ni Kristo 2.3%, other Christian 4.5%, other 1.8%, unspecified 0.6%, none 0.1% (2000 census)

Hope Philippines

The missions work in Philippines is moving rapidly. Life Groups were established in the Philippines around the first quarter of 2012 and by God’s grace we managed to pioneer 21 groups by the end of 2012. It is also amazing to know how the new believers are responding to God and are serving in various ministries like usher, praise and worship and any possible areas that they can contribute to. We have also witnessed Life Groups birthing new ones. We now hold weekly services in Metro Manila, Dagupan and a monthly service in Davao.

Pray for Philippines

  • Jobs for those who are returning to Philippines from Singapore.
  • Open doors to reach out to more professionals.
  • Greater anointing, strength and wisdom to be upon our leaders.
  • Strong spiritual vitality in all our Life Groups.
Vietnam

Fast Facts

Population: 92,477,857 (July 2013 est.)flag_of_vietnam_svg-300x199

People groups: Kinh (Viet) 85.7%, Tay 1.9%, Thai 1.8%, Muong 1.5%, Khmer 1.5%, Mong 1.2%, Nung 1.1%, others 5.3% (1999 census)

Languages: Vietnamese (official), English (increasingly favored as a second language), some French, Chinese, and Khmer, mountain area languages (Mon-Khmer and Malayo-Polynesian)

Religions: None 80.8%, Buddhist 9.3%, Catholic 6.7%, Hoa Hao 1.5%, Cao Dai 1.1%, Protestant 0.5%, Muslim 0.1% (1999 census)

Hope Vietnam

We thank God for the growth of our Hope Singapore Vietnamese Group. Last year, we saw individuals in the group growing tremendously. Many more called Hope their home and owned the vision to win Vietnam for Christ together.

God has given us many breakthroughs and open doors in our churches in Ho Chi Minh, Hanoi and Danang. We have seen miracles of salvation and healing.

Pray for Vietnam

  • The country is increasingly opening up as economic progress continues. Most of the people were born after the Vietnam War and are more interested in capital gain and the outside world than in Communist propaganda. They are responsive to the Gospel – for reasons good and bad. Newfound prosperity has also opened the door to rampant materialism and other competing ideologies.
  • Pray that the Truth will be clearly and effectively proclaimed, particularly among the growing mass of young professionals.
  • God’s clear leading for Hope Ho Chi Minh to achieve the next milestones set by God for them.
  • God to send disciple-makers to Danang to disciple new believers.
  • God’s presence to be with Hope Hanoi in a powerful way from the very beginning of their journey with God to the end.

South America

Chile

Fast Facts

Population: 17,216,945 (July 2013 est.)flag_of_chile_svg-300x199

People groups: white and white-Amerindian 95.4%, Mapuche 4%, other indigenous groups 0.6% (2002 census)

Languages: Spanish (official), Mapudungun, German, English

Religions: Roman Catholic 70%, Evangelical 15.1%, Jehovah’s Witnesses 1.1%, other Christian 1%, other 4.6%, none 8.3% (2002 census)

Hope Chile

From March 2015 till to date, God has been pouring unchurched Christians and God-fearing people into Hope Chile, since its re-inception of the Sunday service. Andrew and Ruth, together with Shawn, Christine and Monica, have also been led to raise new community and ministry leaders. In the meantime, a few ministries such as the kids and worship ministries, and three communities have been pioneered and established. They are currently pioneering another congregation at a new location in the capital city of Santiago and two new communities.

 

Pray for Hope Chile

  • The team and the church to be united in God’s love and the Great Commission.
  • More new disciples, new pioneers and leaders in different communities.
  • The Lord’s supernatural favour and harvest as we cross over to different districts in Santiago, and different cities and regions in Chile. We also want to reach people groups (nationalities) such as the Columbians, Bolivians, Peruvians, Argentines and Haitians.
  • The hearts of high school, institute and university students to be fertile ground for the word of God to take root and grow.
Ecuador

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Population: 15,439,429 (July 2013 est.)

People groups: mestizo (mixed Amerindian and white) 71.9%, Montubio 7.4%, Afroecuadorian 7.2%, Amerindian 7%, white 6.1%, other 0.4% (2010 census)

Languages: Spanish (official), indigenous (Quechua, Shuar)

Religions: Roman Catholic 95%, others 5%

Hope Ecuador

From March 2015 till to date, God has been expanding the Hope Ecuador’s leadership team. Claudia Meerkaemper and her team have also been led to pioneer new communities and raise new disciples with different people groups namely high school students, teachers, women, lower-income groups. Within two years, the number of communities has increased from three to eight in different parts of the capital city of Quito. The congregation has also more than doubled.

 

Pray for Hope Ecuador

  • The team and the church to be united in God’s love and the Great Commission.
  • Spiritual revival and new spiritual hunger for the Lord’s salvation and transformation on the national level after the earthquake in April 2016.
  • More new disciples, new pioneers and leaders in different communities.
  • The Lord’s supernatural favour and harvest as we cross over to different districts in Quito, and different cities and regions in Ecuador and neighbouring countries Columbia and Venezuela.
  • The hearts of high school, institute and university students to be fertile ground for the word of God to take root and grow.
Peru

Fast Facts

Population: 29,849,303 (July 2013 est.)flag_of_peru_state_svg

People groups: Amerindian 45%, mestizo (mixed Amerindian and white) 37%, white 15%, black, Japanese, Chinese, and other 3%

Languages: Spanish (official) 84.1%, Quechua (official) 13%, Aymara (official) 1.7%, Ashaninka 0.3%, other native languages (includes a large number of minor Amazonian languages) 0.7%, other 0.2% (2007 Census)

Religions: Roman Catholic 81.3%, Evangelical 12.5%, other 3.3%, unspecified or none 2.9% (2007 Census)

Hope Peru

From March 2015 till to date, God has been expanding Hope Peru’s leadership team. Oscar Collantes and his team have also been led to pioneer new communities and raise new disciples in a new location in the city of Lima. They have also pioneered a young adults group.

 

Pray for Hope Peru

  • The team and the church to be united in God’s love and the Great Commission.
  • More new disciples, new pioneers and leaders in different communities.
  • The Lord’s supernatural favour and harvest as we cross over to different districts in Lima, and different cities and regions in Peru and neighbouring country Bolivia.
  • The hearts of high school, institute and university students to be fertile ground for the word of God to take root and grow.

Africa

Ghana

Fast Facts

Population: 25,199,609 (July 2013 est.)flag_of_ghana_svg

People groups: Asante 14.8%, Ewe 12.7%, Fante 9.9%, Boron (Brong) 4.6%, Dagomba 4.3%, Dangme 4.3%, Dagarte (Dagaba) 3.7%, Akyem 3.4%, Ga 3.4%, Akuapem 2.9%, other (includes English (official)) 36.1% (2000 census)

Languages: Akan 47.5%, Mole-Dagbon 16.6%, Ewe 13.9%, Ga-Dangme 7.4%, Gurma 5.7%, Guan 3.7%, Grusi 2.5%, Mande-Busanga 1.1%, other 1.6% (2010 census)

Religions: Christian 71.2% (Pentecostal/Charismatic 28.3%, Protestant 18.4%, Catholic 13.1%, others 11.4%), Muslim 17.6%, traditional 5.2%, others 0.8%, none 5.2% (2010 census)

Hope Ghana

Hope Ghana is led by Mishael and his wife Serwaa. Hope Ghana has weekly meetings at an office in the Airport Residential Area of the capital city of Accra. They are however, searching for a new venue in light of the increasing attendance and the need for a venue more suited to their short to medium term goals. They also recently started a student life group on the Lancaster University Campus in Accra.  The group meets on Sunday evenings and has seen a consistent increase in numbers through their outreach efforts. Hope Ghana is currently also pioneering a new Life Group in Ghana’s largest university. They recently had an opportunity to do a presentation in the university after which two ladies approached them with a desire to be a part of the initial core team.

 

Pray for Hope Ghana

  • Committed and passionate workmen with varying skills and abilities are needed for the impending harvest. The team is working hard to find a new venue that can accommodate the increasing numbers and be more conducive for all their activities and programmes.
  • A revival to happen amongst the youth of Ghana.
  • The body of Christ to experience a reformation that will restore their credibility and influence in the nation.
  • God’s supernatural provision and guidance to be upon Mishael and team always.
Kenya

Fast Facts

Population: 44,037,656 (July 2013 est.)flag_of_kenya_svg

People groups: Kikuyu 22%, Luhya 14%, Luo 13%, Kalenjin 12%, Kamba 11%, Kisii 6%, Meru 6%, other African 15%, non-African (Asian, European, and Arab) 1%

Languages: English (official), Kiswahili (official), numerous indigenous languages

Religions: Christian 82.5% (Protestant 47.4%, Catholic 23.3%, other 11.8%), Muslim 11.1%, Traditionalists 1.6%, other 1.7%, none 2.4%, unspecified 0.7% (2009 census)

Hope Kenya

Lisa and Li Chuang were our church planters in Nairobi, Kenya. Both of them were courageous to answer the call of God to uproot themselves from comfortable Singapore to do cross-cultural church planting in Nairobi. 

Pray for Hope Kenya

  • Nominalism is a major issue, even among Evangelicals/Pentecostals. Attendance nationally is only 7%, less than one-tenth of all Christians. Establishing effective means of discipleship is a huge need.
  • Lisa and Li Chuang to find and raise a strong married couple to be part of Hope Nairobi’s leadership team. God’s favour to be upon Lisa and Li Chuang powerfully and always.
South Africa

Fast Facts

Population: 48,601,098 (July 2013 est.)flag_of_south_africa_svg

People groups: black African 79%, white 9.6%, colored 8.9%, Indian/Asian 2.5% (2001 census)

Languages: IsiZulu (official) 23.82%, IsiXhosa (official) 17.64%, Afrikaans (official) 13.35%, Sepedi (offcial) 9.39%, English (official) 8.2%, Setswana (official) 8.2%, Sesotho (official) 7.93%, Xitsonga (official) 4.44%, siSwati (official) 2.66%, Tshivenda (official) 2.28%, isiNdebele (official) 1.59%, other 0.5% (2001 census)

Religions: Protestant 36.6% (Zionist Christian 11.1%, Pentecostal/Charismatic 8.2%, Methodist 6.8%, Dutch Reformed 6.7%, Anglican 3.8%), Catholic 7.1%, Muslim 1.5%, other Christian 36%, other 2.3%, unspecified 1.4%, none 15.1% (2001 census)

Hope South Africa

Hope Johannesburg is led by Pastor Henry and sister Lerato, and they have three lovely children. Hope Johannesburg conducts their weekly service in a tent, and recently they have finally obtained all the approvals needed to build a permanent building on the land. The church did a fundraising run for their church building, during which Pastor Henry covered 80km.

Pray for Hope South Africa

  • Christianity faces many challenges – a nation that is 75% Christian can be crippled by poverty, violence, crime, AIDS and racial strife. Yet, believers are at the forefront addressing all of these issues in many ways.
  • Revival, particularly in mainline denominations. While there is much spiritual life, there is also much traditionalism, nominalism and “churchianity” in the Dutch Reformed family of churches, Anglicans, Methodists and others.
  • Strong Life Group Leaders to rise up.
  • Hope Johannesburg’s next milestone is to have 100 adults worshipping regularly at their worship service.
  • Success of their current church building project.