In 1971, David J. Cho made several trips to various Asian countries, discussing the possibility of calling the All-Asia Missions Consultation. This proposal was warmly received and the Consultation was held on August 1973. As a result of that Consultation, the Asia Missions Association was formed in August 1975.
It consisted by 14 Asian nations, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Brunei, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. Today, almost every nation in Asia is represented at AMA.
The objectives of AMA are the following seven points:
- To promote cooperative action in mission among member agencies and associations;
- To provide coordination, service, and exchange of information;
- To provide mutual assistance in developing missions and exchange of personnel;
- To establish missionary research, development, and training centers in Asia and hold seminars to encourage and instruct Christian in missions and explore mission strategies;
- To encourage the establishment of national missions associations where non exist;
- To cultivate sound relationship of churches and missions;
- And to take all other convenient and prudent actions in the interest of the member associations.