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. Read more.
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. Read more.
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." Read more.
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. Read more.
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. Read more.
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. Read more.
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. Read more.
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. Read more.
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. Read more.
February 1, 2018 - As he lay so sick on his bed he could not talk or eat, the farmer in Liberia 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? Read more.
January 25, 2018 - Civil war in Syria has left the country in ruins, leaving many dejected Muslims ready to hear about Jesus. Read more.
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. Read more.
January 11, 2018 - A ministry director in Turkey helps bear Syrian refugees’ burdens in a way that only a native, near-culture missionary can. Read more.
November 30, 2017 - Ahmad hadn't planned to marry two women, and the chaotic life of a refugee was a factor in how he ended up wanting both. Read more.
November 23, 2017 - Giovanni refrained from telling those living on the street with him that he was from a well-off family. But the kinship he felt with an indigenous missionary led him to reveal that and more. Read more.
November 16, 2017 - Her husband imprisoned amid Syria’s civil war, Haya left everything behind when she and her children fled to Turkey four years ago and set up home in a dilapidated house with an outdoor toilet. Then last month neighbors set it on fire. Read more.
November 9, 2017 - Hurricane winds collapsing already crumbling homes compounded the crises that many Cubans live with daily. A regime allergic to outside aid did not help. Read more.
November 2, 2017 - The Muslim soldier who returned from Syria's civil war was not the same man he was before – and it was unclear if he ever would be. Read more.
October 26, 2017 - Between the threat of kidnapping and anxiety over families torn apart by war, it is not easy being a child in Syria. Read more.
October 19, 2017 - A 6-year-old Syrian refugee girl saw that her mother was desperate to feed her family. Then she saw a man in a white robe like "the prophet Jesus." Read more.
October 12, 2017 - A shaman's blood-letting attempt nearly killed a 10-year-old girl in Burma and left her with chronic pain in her neck. The healing process included getting kicked out of her home. Read more.
With Puerto Rico's electrical grid destroyed by Hurricane Maria on Sept. 20, a trusted network of pastors on the main island will distribute as many gas-powered generators as Christian Aid Mission donors can supply to desperate residents. The U.S. territory's 3.4 million people are lacking the electricity required for critical needs such as water and refrigeration for food. "The greatest need now in Puerto Rico, and it seems it will be like that for a while, is for gas-powered generators," a Latin American representative of Christian Aid Mission said. Read more.
October 5, 2017 - Most of the women behind bars in Mali had been convicted of infanticide. One Muslim woman was not eager to say what crime she had committed. Read more.
Indigenous ministries are rushing to aid victims of earthquakes that shook central Mexico on Sept. 19 and Oaxaca state on Sept. 7. A Christian Aid Mission representative was present in Oaxaca during the 8.1-magnitude quake that killed at least 90 people, as well as the 7.1-magnitude temblor centered in Puebla state that toppled buildings there, in Mexico City and in Morelos state, leaving more than 200 people dead. “The first one was so violent that my son thought it was the end of the world,” he said. “The second one was also very powerful. Thousands are rushing to provide help, and the church is part of that, with the added benefit of sharing the peace with God.” Read more.
September 21, 2017 - Impoverished children in the Philippines learn that life is more than trying to get all you can just to survive. Read more.
September 14, 2017 - Surviving in Egypt's underworld is hard enough without provoking goons to violence by opting out of a criminal gang. It's even more dangerous for a gang leader thinking of embracing Christ. Read more.
While international aid agencies may help victims of Hurricane Irma in Cuba for a week or so, an indigenous ministry will continue to provide clean water, food and construction materials for weeks of recovery from the damage that the Category 5 hurricane caused. Taking the brunt of the hurricane and thus reducing its strength to levels 4 and 3 by the time it hit Florida, Cuba suffered catastrophic damage on its northern coast. Read more.
September 8, 2017 - Having lost everything and watched his father die while fleeing to Europe from Islamic State atrocities in Syria, God's love was not on Amer's mind when he arrived in Spain. Read more.
While Americans are rightly concerned about flooding in and around Houston, more than 1,000 people have died in the West African country of Sierra Leone after torrential rains set off floods and mudslides in Freetown on Aug. 14 – followed by a massive fire. A near-culture ministry has set up a cooking and distribution site to feed destitute victims who have lost everything in the ongoing crisis, but it urgently needs to do more. Read more.
Native missionaries ask for prayer after torrential rains created flooding and landslides in Bangladesh, Nepal, and bordering areas of India that left an estimated 250 people dead. Millions have been left homeless. Read more.
August 17, 2017 - One Islamic State militant grabbed the young mother's arms while another snatched her screaming 3-year-old daughter out of her lap. If the family had no money to give in exchange for remaining alive, then they would take little Christine. Read more.
August 3, 2017 - First Turkish authorities said they would give thousands of refugees a month to move out of a makeshift tent camp. The next day, they didn't give them even five minutes. Read more.
July 27, 2017 - Sniffing glue or taking drugs was once the only way for street kids in the Ukraine to escape the cold realities of their lives. Then came the miracles of holistic healing. Read more.
July 20, 2017 - Some Syrian schoolchildren haven't been to school in six years. They need a recess from refugee life. Read more.
July 7, 2017 - A 3-year-old boy from Syria who was born in a makeshift refugee camp in Turkey does not walk or talk. An indigenous missionary seeks to bring a little light. Read more.
June 22, 2017 - A weary mother in drought-stricken Niger had already seen two of her children die from starvation, and now her 2-year-old son's skin was clinging to his bones. She feared that spirits were angry with her. Read more.
June 15, 2017 - Rushing waters destroyed homes, roads and lives in Peru this spring, but indigenous missionaries are on hand to help survivors.
June 8, 2017 - They have lost everything – home, health, business, homeland – and now Syrian refugees are also losing their children. Read more.
June 6, 2017 - More than 200,000 people in the southern Philippines are desperate for food, water and other essentials for survival after fleeing an attack on Marawi City by an Islamic State-linked terrorist group. The ongoing terrorist assault that began on May 23 sent thousands of families fleeing, most to Iligan City, where Christian Aid Mission supports an indigenous ministry that risked rescuing some residents and is striving to provide critical aid to those who have escaped. Read more.
June 2, 2017 - North Korea this week defied the West with another missile test, further provoking a nuclear threat that has brought Chinese and North Korean soldiers to their common border — and shut off aid to starving people. An indigenous missionary, however, has found a way to get relief in.
May 25, 2017 - Devastating hunger has left millions of people hungry in northern Kenya and the Rift Valley as under-funded native missionaries wonder if Western media have paid any attention. Read more.