Jesus for Asia exists for one purpose: to take the good news of Jesus Christ and His care for humanity to the uttermost parts of Asia. We do this by reaching out to the lost and by calling the church to partner with Christ in this endeavor. In other words, we do mission and we advocate for believers to do mission. All for the sake of the joy that is set before us!
How we started
Jesus for Asia began as a desire to serve the Lord full time in Jon and Natalie Wood’s hearts. They prayed for several years, especially the last 6 months of 2004. Jon’s prayer was “Lord, I want to work for you full time. But I want my job description to come from you, not me. And even more than my desire to work for you, I want to be in the dead center of your will.”
That December, 2004, Jon was on a trip through Thailand and India with some students from the college he was teaching at when the big Tsunami that killed 250,000 people struck. It was a sobering time as Jon was able to film the survivors on a beach where many had perished. It was at that time that the Lord began to raise up a movement that was to become Jesus for Asia. When Jon came home, his students edited the video and showed it in church that weekend, raising $6,000 for disaster relief through ADRA. Jon then uploaded the video to the internet and the following week someone donated $2,000 toward ministry on the beach where Jon had been. With those funds, rice was given to families hard hit by the disaster, meetings were held and 35 people were baptized. Also, several Bible Workers were hired and it was these workers that formed the beginning of what has become Jesus for Asia.
Soon more Bible workers were hired and Jon and Natalie began to sense the Lord calling them into this ministry full time. They had no home equity, no money in the bank, but they believed that “when God calls, He provides.” So they tendered their resignation to Pacific Union College and stepped out by faith. So, in June of 2005, they moved out of their rented mobile home in Angwin, California, and hauled everything up to Idaho into a house they rented from Jon’s parents on their amazing country property where they could raise their two children.
In July of 2005 the ministry was incorporated (as Jesus for India) and in August became ASI members.
In January of 2007 they felt the call to work in Thailand and Cambodia and so changed the name to Jesus for Asia.
In 2010, Jon and Natalie felt the call to move again. This time to Tennessee where a TV studio was being underused. There they started MissionTV.
In 2015 the Lord moved them to their current house/office/studio in Collegedale, TN.
Jon, Natalie and the whole team at Jesus for Asia are amazed at what God has done and are humbled by His ability to use the least promising of all His people. They can often be heard to say “If He can use us, He can use anybody.”
"What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?"
India Director"I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the Lord, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel." Isaiah 45:3
"And place your gold in the dust... Then the Almighty will be your gold and choice silver to you. For then you will delight in the Almighty and lift up your face to God."
Foreign Correspondent - Thailand
"Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness."
"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."
Mary Ann Wood
Programming & Production
"Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the Lord pondereth the hearts."
Video Editor & Graphic Designer
"And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love."
1 Corinthians 13:13
Foreign Video Correspondent - Philippines
"Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ"
Foreign Video Correspondent - Philippines
"And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again."
2 Corinthians 5:15