Bangladesh

INCOR was recently represented in Bangladesh during a medical mission in Dhaka and a brief meeting with Christian leaders in that country. Bangladesh is about the size of the State of Iowa in the U.S. but has a population of over 150 million, making it one of the most densely populated countries. Its topography results in repeated floods and natural catastrophes from monsoon and typhoon events. Poverty is severe, and a great majority of Bangladeshi live a subsistence level existence. It is a country with a Muslim majority, although recent attempts to implement exclusive Islamic law have not succeeded. Photos show a medical mission, and a schoolteacher training program in Dhaka in March 2008.

 

Pakistan

From July 22, 2010, Pakistan experienced that country’s worst natural disaster in living history, from monsoon rains and raging floods. PBS News reported that 22 million people were left homeless. The relief response from outside Pakistan was slow and of much lesser significance than has been true of prior disaster situations.

INCOR continues to send relief in the form of food, blankets, household necessities, etc., into Punjab, Sindh, Swat Valley, and areas nearer to Islamabad, through trusted agents in the Christian communities. Photos show some of the damage and INCOR efforts. Because INCOR is an all-volunteer organization, and our representatives on the ground are volunteers, we can get 100% of donated funds quickly to such needs.

 

Cambodia

The country of Cambodia was devastated by the ruthless genocide of Khmer Rouge communists during 1975-1979, and then occupied by the communist Vietnamese. The church was nearly entirely eliminated during those years, and educational facilities and healthcare were destroyed. When the U.N. came in 1989 an election was held and governance returned to the Cambodians. From 1990 missionaries and Christian work has been permitted, with rapid growth of the Church. However, spiritual and humanitarian needs are still very great. INCOR has been involved in assisting missionaries from Philippines and India to Cambodia, including two physicians, teachers, evangelists and such projects as water-well digging, Bible school library books, translator honoraria, community health education, medications, etc. Photos show Cambodia Bible Institute, its Filipino director conducting their annual missions convention, a small congregation meeting at the Cambodian Baptist Union office, and an Indian missionary who directs Sunday School and children’s ministry for the CBU.

 

India

India is the second most populous country in the world, which includes some of the most educated and wealthy persons on earth but also the largest numbers of very poor and illiterate persons. A republic in government, the constitution grants freedom of religion, but many states have restricted those freedoms by passing local laws forbidding any activity that would lead to changing religious affiliation. The Christian community in India is also often confronted by fanatical opponents from Muslim or Hindu background. Well-documented cases of physical abuse, murder, destruction of property such as burning down churches, and other violence against Christians are known, and sometimes appear to be ignored by the justice system. INCOR’s efforts to help in India include support of humanitarian programs such as schools for children, orphanages, medical clinics, inpatient addiction treatment program and feeding assistance, as well as encouragement of local Christians and their work.

INCOR is also involved with supporting the Good News Children Education Mission, Mission to the Unreached, and the Oriental Theological Seminary.

 

Philippines

INCOR began overseas work with major projects in Philippines, and continues this emphasis through INCOR-Philippines, which is co-located with International Baptist Church & College in Mandaluyong, Manila. In addition, projects in N. Luzon are funded and monitored from Baguio through persons affiliated with Asia Pacific Theological Seminary there. These include 80% stipend for a dozen students at Luzon Bible Institute and College in Binalonan, monthly support for Turning Point Development (a humanitarian and church-planting ministry), support for faculty members at APTS, support of a small Bible school in the mountain province, a medical fund for Bible school staff, and various other student support for nursing, midwifery and education students. Photos show the staff at Turning Point Development, a medical-dental mobile clinic, students at LuBIC, and graduates from LuBIC who were sponsored through graduation.

 

Thailand

The infamous military junta ruling Myanmar has engaged upon severe persecution and violation of human rights for many tribal minorities, especially the Karen people. More than 100,000 Karen are now in camps just inside the Thai border. INCOR has been involved with providing assistance to these refugees, many of whom are Christians. INCOR investments have included student support, providing food, medications, Bibles, hymnals, clothing, blankets, cooking utensils, mosquito nets, and electric generators, in supporting missionary teachers in the camps, and in building and supporting boarding houses for refugee children to reside while attending school. Here are photos in a camp (Mae Rah Moo), of girls in a boarding house built and sustained by INCOR, a school class in the camp, and a load of blankets being prepared for transport to the camp.