CARROLLTON, Texas Six million more Asians are hearing the gospel thanks to Gospel for Asia, which recently added 11 new languages to its radio broadcasts.
"Gospel for Asia is now sharing the gospel via broadcasts in 103 languages in 10 countries," Dr. K.P. Yohannan, founder and president of Gospel for Asia said in a news release. "Radio is a powerful tool because it can reach into huts in a remote village as easily as it can reach businessmen working in a city skyscraper."
The new languages are Gurung, Khandesi, Ladakhi, Bantawa, Lungeli Magar, Rongmei, Netakani, Reang, Rengma, Vadari and Varli. Groups of people living in India, Nepal, Tibet and China speak these languages and have a variety of religious affiliations, including Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and Christianity.
"We were praying for native speakers of these languages and God has graciously answered our prayers," Yohannan said. "All of the Gospel for Asia missionaries producing the new programs are native speakers and are excited about the opportunity to use the radio to share the gospel with their own people who have never heard it."
Although the seeds for Gospel for Asia were sown in 1978, the radio ministry did not emerge until 1986, when Yohannan agreed to use the medium in India. He had not spoken in his native tongue for many years and had lost his ability to speak in the higher-level vernacular, so he spoke in the language of the common people. The "one-time" broadcast garnered huge responses and grew into GFA Radio.
Today, missionaries reach secluded villages and find churches already planted because of the radio broadcasts. Gospel for Asia's goal is to air evangelistic programs in 200 languages in the near future.
With headquarters in Carrollton, Texas, north of Dallas, Gospel for Asia is one of the fastest-growing church-planting ministries in South Asia. More than 16,000 native missionaries are now serving and have planted more than 29,000 churches in 10 nations across southern Asia.
For more information, visit gfa.org.