This region’s statistics are as follows:

Population:

  • ●  Asia is the largest continent in the world in terms of both land area and population. Asia/Southeast Asia has a populous of 4.5 billion.

  • ●  Asia has the two most populous countries in its borders: China and India. China is currently the most populous country on the earth with an estimated population in 2016 of 1,377 billion, with India not trailing too far behind with a populous of 1.339 billion.

  • ●  The five regions of Asia are as follows:


  • * Central Asia (Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan)

  • *East Asia (China, Mongolia, North Korea, South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau)
    *South Asia (Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, India, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bhutan, Nepal, the Maldives)
    *Southeast Asia (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor Leste, Vietnam, Christmas Island, Cocos Islands)
    *Western Asia (Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Cyprus, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Iraq, Iran, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia)

  • ●  This region’s population is equivalent to 59.66% of the total world population.

  • ●  50.2% of the population is urban...2,302,156,571 people in 2019 lived in these

    very developed areas.

● This region is extremely diverse with its spoken languages; however, there are some spoken languages that lead this diversity. Chinese Mandarin is the widest spoken language in the Asian region and is also the language of China. English is spoken by about roughly 17% of the population and is the head of languages after Mandarin. The next contenders respectively are: Indonesian, Japanese, Filipino, Korean and Vietnamese, Thai, Burmese and Malaysian.

Religion:

  • ●  Hinduism is the largest religion in Asia with over a billion followers. Over 25% of the people living in Asia are followers of Hinduism.

  • ●  Islam is the most prominent religion in Asia with over 1.1 billion followers.

  • ●  Southeast Asia and South Asia are most populated with Islamic nations like Bangladesh (90%), India, Pakistan (97%), and Indonesia (87%) with each having over a hundred million Muslims. Uzbekistan and Afghanistan are the two countries in central Asia with the largest Muslim population. Turkey and Iran have the highest number of Muslims in Western Asia. There are 23 Muslim countries in this region.

  • ●  Buddhism is the third largest group in Asia and is practiced by about 12% of the populous.  The largest Buddhist population lives in South Korea (22.9%), Hong Kong (15%), Singapore (33%), Vietnam (10%), Nepal (10.7%), Taiwan (35%), Japan (36%) and China (36%).

  • ●  About 21% of the people living in Asia are unaffiliated, which means 1 in 5 individuals do not associate with any religion.

  • ●  About 9% of the populace follow religions like Chinese folk religions.

  • ●  Approximately 1% of the Asian population are Christians.

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    Global Children’s Network Involvement:

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  • ●  From God, through another ministry, we were given a gift by the name of William Gordon. We have asked William to become the executive director of GCN in India, and he has accepted. He is already hard at work making plans to begin GCN operations in five major cities and in five different languages in India.  He began his work in January of this year.  This will be one of our top priorities this year.

  • ●  In Taiwan, CGN has hosted two highly successful GCN Family Conferences in 2017 and 2018. We believe it is time to capture all the church and family connections and good will and offer churches MKC in 2019!

Author of ​The Future of the Global Church, P​atrick Johnstone challenges readers by offering “Food for Thought” excerpts throughout his writings. He also includes “Burning Questions for Today,” which challenges us to look to God for answers, as well as search ourselves for a response.  Johnstone penned, “Indonesian Christians are now doing most of the missions outreach in Asia’s zone of conflict, but they are unevenly distributed across the country and hampered by Islamist persecution and the blind eye the authorities turn to the burning of churches and the closing of Christian institutions. In Malaysia and Brunei, the Christians are largely non-Malay Chinese and S Asians and are forbidden by law from proselytizing Muslims.  Foreigners have a great difficulty in gaining entry visas.”

His burning question is “How are we to bring the Good News to so many people groups that live behind such formidable barriers?” Will you partner with GCN to diligently ask God for guidance in getting the Good News to these people? Will you bring the need of these people to the attention of your church? We are here to help assist you in any way...just reach out to us!

References:
Johnstone, Patrick. Biblica, ​The Future of the Global Church.​ Biblica, 2011.; Chicago: Encyclopedia Britannica, ​2009.; (Online). Available: ​www.undergod.procon.org www.worldpopulationreview.com, www.worldometers.info,
www.Nationsonline.org, www.worldpopulationview.com,
www,pewform.org, ​www.cotf.edu​, ​www.humanreligions.org​.

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