South Asia is one of IFES’ (International Fellowship of Evangelical Students) most diverse regions. It encompasses war-torn nations, a Buddhist kingdom, a closed dictator-led state, and nations gripped by Islam and Hinduism. The 10 nations making up this region are: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
Already struggling with much extreme poverty, the region’s suffering is often exacerbated by natural disasters. 4 countries still do not have an organised IFES university witness: Iran, Afghanistan, Bhutan and Maldives. By far the largest movement is UESI in India, with over 30,000 students. Most movements in the region are well established and have a rich history of discipleship and training. Graduate fellowships are a significant strength of most national movements, but graduates are facing challenges such as work pressures and the tendency to go abroad for better careers.
Current students face demanding workloads and struggle to make time for activities, camps and bible studies. Thanks to the developed graduate support, the movements in Pakistan, India and Bangladesh are able to raise the majority of their funds locally.
Source: International Fellowship of Evangelical Students
Bible Study: Proverbs 16:16
PRAISE God for student witness in these nations. Pray for openings in the 4 nations where there is no organised witness, and for Christian students facing persecution for their faith in Christ.