History of Asia Heartbeat
Asia Heartbeat (formerly "The Asia Compassion Project") was established in early 2001 to train, assist and equip the Church in Myanmar (Burma) to more effectively develop and implement compassion-based ministries to care for the poor and the needy in their midst. Myanmar is a profoundly impoverished nation which has suffered severely for numerous reasons during the past four decades. As is often the case, the most vulnerable members of society, namely, the children of poverty, present with compelling needs and provide the church with great opportunities for rescue and ongoing assistance. We have therefore undertaken to make it a priority to address this "population at risk", with a special emphasis upon orphaned and abandoned children.
We believe that it is God's heart to see this nation and its people redeemed and made whole. Consistent with His word, we believe this will in part be realized as He uses "the foolish things (the lowly and despised things) of the world to shame the wise…the weak things to undo the strong "(1 Corinthians 1:27-28). This project is committed to sowing time, energy and resources into "these least ones" so that they may be strengthened and prepared for the task ahead, namely the effectual advancement of the Gospel into the nation. We are confident that this investment, coupled with persevering prayer, will help to promote significant holistic transformation in this nation filled with such great potential.
An essential mandate of our work is to insure the involvement of nationals at all levels of the ministry. To that end, our staff is largely made up of nationals, with foreign workers serving only in voluntary and consultancy roles. We believe strongly in the concept of "capacity building" with respect to our national staff and therefore make every effort to help them to develop to their fullest potential, both professionally and spiritually.