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date: 21 August 2019

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Presbyterians established many churches during the West’s imperialist expansion in various parts of Asia from the seventeenth century to the nineteenth century. Presbyterian missionaries founded churches in Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines, China, Taiwan, Japan, and Korea. Key missionaries, as well as national workers, participated in establishing and leading those churches. This chapter narrates and highlights significant historical events in this early development country by country, paying special attention to Korea, where Presbyterianism has flourished most in Asia. The chapter discusses the state of Presbyterian churches in those areas in general, their involvement with social, political, educational, and charitable activities, and the problems with which they have dealt. It concludes by analyzing the contextual challenges Presbyterians are facing in twenty-first-century Asia.

Keywords: Asia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Pakistan, Missionary, Taiwan, Thailand

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