ABWE began in the Asia and Pacific region nearly 100 years ago.
The ministry of ABWE started when its first missionary, Dr. Raphael Thomas, pioneered medical ministry in the Philippines in 1927. To this day, our focus in Asia and the Pacific remains on spreading the gospel and making disciples of all nations.
Although many nations in Asia are restricted to missionaries today, our long history and established national partners enable us to reach regions others often cannot. Our teams are still finding new opportunities to share the gospel, train leaders, and plant churches among Asia’s 4.6 billion people and thousands of people groups. From forging outreaches to tribal unreached people groups in Papua New Guinea, to planting churches among Muslim-majority communities in Australia, to equipping missionaries from Hong Kong and Thailand to serve in other neighboring countries, this massive region has seen a powerful awakening for the gospel.
ABWE believes in relational evangelism that meets both the physical and spiritual needs of the lost in Asia. We continue to preach the gospel while healing the sick; caring for refugees; nurturing vulnerable orphans, women, and children; and providing aid to those in distress, knowing that the love of Jesus mends broken hearts and provides hope to the hopeless.