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May 17, 2018 - An indigenous missionary with a far-reaching radio ministry in Laos was on the last day of a week-long medical outreach on the Thai side of the border when he met a villager who wanted to talk with him about Jesus.
The ministry leader, Pastor Keoki, took the man to the back of church building to talk about Jesus, but then he noticed more than 30 people waiting to see doctors had come over to listen. He saw this as a great opportunity to lead many to Jesus just from talking to one man.
After he finished his message, he asked those who wanted to accept Christ as Lord and Savior to raise their hand. No one raised their hand.
May 10, 2018 - As a young schoolgirl in the Middle East, Ayah was taught that Christians were only out to undermine and overtake her Muslim country, and she was furious when her mother became a Christian.
The 16-year-old could not understand how the woman who raised her as a devout Muslim could now be spouting talk that would make them exiles among their own relatives, community and country.
Feeling betrayed at the deepest level, the girl could barely contain the shrillness in her voice as she told her mother she had been tricked by the ridiculous material she had seen on the Internet. Her mother, Noura, had been watching online videos of a pastor talking about what it means to believe in and follow Jesus Christ – a message that indigenous missionaries throughout the region see yielding much fruit.
May 3, 2018 - When the director of an indigenous ministry in the Philippines visited a pastor on the island of Mindanao for a few days, the pastor and his son vowed not to sleep at night during their stay.
"We will stay up all night keeping watch with guns," Pastor Enso told the director, Bayani Leyson. "Islamic insurgents sometimes pass through, and Communist guerrillas are watching our movements, and they could attack if they see outsiders come in."
The growth of Christianity was hindering Communist recruiting efforts, and the guerrillas were out to put a stop to it by any means. On Nov. 27, 2015, Pastor Enso and his son were bathing in the Culaman River at 6 a.m. when gunmen believed to be members of a Communist death squad fired on them. Native missionaries throughout the Philippines are braving such opposition to expand God's kingdom.
April 26, 2018 - Adama had lived in his village in Burkina Faso his entire life – 90 years. Suddenly, he was banished.
A 6-year-old girl had mysteriously died, and tribal leaders used a divination ritual to determine what had provoked local spirits to commit such an outrage. A shadow fell on Adama, and they accused him of employing witchcraft to bring a deadly disease on the girl.
The traditions of the animist village called for him to be expelled for two years to verify his guilt; if he managed to survive in the wilds, he would be declared innocent and could return. Gaunt and broken, he was cursing some rocks when indigenous missionaries spied him while they too were being escorted from the village; in their case, for preaching Christ. Like native missionaries throughout the country, they were trying to bring wholeness and healing to entire communities.
April 19, 2018 - Some were driven from their tents or slum dwellings by surly Turkish neighbors, some saw the government bulldoze their tents. For one reason or another, the Syrian refugees were no longer welcome in the city in southern Turkey where they had lived for years since fleeing the atrocities of their war-ravaged country. They gave up on urban life and fled to a vacant wasteland, where an indigenous ministry discovered them – 8,000 desperate people living in deplorable conditions. Like indigenous missionaries working throughout the Middle East, the workers found people eager to hear about eternal salvation.
April 12, 2018 - When the director of an indigenous Christian ministry in Turkey was a small boy, his Muslim family used to watch the television show, "Little House on the Prairie." "They were so kind to one another, and spoke so nicely about one another, that my mother once said, 'Look how nice these infidels are to one another,'" he said. "As I grew older, my mother's words remained deep in my heart and caused me to think positively about getting to know our Lord Jesus Christ."
April 6, 2018 - In the midst of a long drought, the birth of a girl in western Kenya had created quite a dispute in her family about what to name her. Due to malnutrition she had been born prematurely, which among the Bukusu tribe called for the name Nambuswa. But she cried for long spells during the daytime, which the Bukusu took to mean an ancestral spirit on her mother's side was trying to signal that the child should be named after her. Yet there were no maternal ancestors named Nambuswa. The family of animists in a village near Chwele town, on the remote western edge of Kenya, was torn. The family patriarch would ultimately decide, but the arrival of an indigenous missionary would determine the name's meaning – as native missionaries throughout Africa bring meaning to people's lives.
March 29, 2018 - The rebel fight for Afrin in northern Syria has driven thousands of civilians out of the city, including Christians who fear for their lives as they find themselves displaced alongside radical Muslims. A native missionary team bringing aid to people trapped in Afrin and displaced in outlying villages has stood alongside Christians facing hostility from Muslim radicals. “Anywhere we go, they say, ‘You are infidels,’ and they are not accepted by people, and if they are, they are treated very poorly and badly,” she said. “And in the villages where many are now located, because they cannot return they are very scared that they will be slaughtered and killed because of their faith.” Native missionaries there and throughout the Middle East are in prime position to meet needs and share the gospel.
March 23, 2018 - Deep in southeastern Bangladesh's Chittagong Division, the very trees, bamboo, vines and even holes in the ground were the objects of the Chakma tribal villagers' devotion.
March 15, 2018 - In a coastal town on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines, an impoverished young mother had a hard enough time raising four children without putting up with a drug addict for a husband.
March 8, 2018 - An alcoholic in northern Peru had heard about Jesus many times, and it didn’t seem to matter. His wife and kids were afraid to go near him, and it didn’t seem to matter.
March 1, 2018 - Lebanon was never a welcoming place for refugees after Syria’s civil war broke out in 2011, as an 11-year-old boy who lost his father to a bombing found out.
February 22, 2018 - A tumor in her jaw caused the impoverished woman in Ghana too much pain to do anything, and it had so disfigured her that other Muslims thought she had been cursed by Allah – so they shunned her.
February 15, 2018 - Suddenly the indigenous ministry leaders had to do what only medical personnel normally do – deliver the worst news a parent can hear.
February 8, 2018 - From helping a trigger-happy president to rid the country of drug addicts to aiding victims of an Islamist siege, indigenous missionaries in the Philippines are certain that God is sending them to troubled places for the advance of the gospel.
February 1, 2018 - As he lay dying on his bed, the farmer in West Africa wondered: If Jesus was more powerful than the evil spirits he had served before he was saved, then how was it that they could return to destroy him?
January 25, 2018 - Civil war in Syria has left the country in ruins, leaving many dejected Muslims ready to hear about Jesus.
January 18, 2018 - Everyone in his world knew of his humiliation, but that wasn't why an alcoholic in Bolivia was thinking about jumping off a cliff.
January 11, 2018 - A ministry director in Turkey helps bear Syrian refugees’ burdens in a way that only a native, near-culture missionary can.