Fierce flooding in northern Peru has killed more than 75 people and left at least 100,000 people homeless since January. Rains 10 times stronger than usual have sent raging masses of water over houses, crops and schools, injuring nearly 300 people and leaving thousands without food, water and shelter. Flashfloods and mudslides have washed away roads and bridges. Read more.
March 16, 2017 - The prospect of Islamist expansion beyond the southern Philippines is just one reason evangelization is a matter of high urgency, an indigenous missionary says. Read more.
March 9, 2017 - While indigenous missionaries regularly expend much time and energy to reach remote tribal people in Peru, their radio ministry overcomes geographical barriers in an instant – and brings relief to years of pain. Read more.
February 23, 2017 - In the urban nightmare that is Aleppo, Syria, a rare combination of outside aid, indigenous workers and government support has created a unique opportunity for gospel advance. Read more.
February 16, 2017 - The Muslim population of Sierra Leone has vaulted past the number of people following Christ, but an indigenous missionary said the moment has arrived to harvest the lost souls of his country for God. Read more.
February 9, 2017 - Their 2-year-old daughter had never been able to walk due to a birth defect, but the couple from Vietnam's Central Highlands canceled their doctor's appointment in Ho Chi Minh City when they began to see the power of prayer. Read more.
February 2, 2017 - Christian workers in Turkey say that no matter how sharply Syrian refugee mothers may be suffering, they first ask for help for their children – if they still have their children. Read more.
January 26, 2017 - Addicted to alcohol since childhood, a young man in Burma (Myanmar) with an infant daughter showed up at a recovery center far from mental stability, much less sobriety. Read more.
January 5, 2017 - The retaking of Aleppo, Syria freed tens of thousands of civilians from danger of being bombed or otherwise killed, imprisoned or forcibly “disappeared” as suspected rebels, but residents remain in sharp need, an indigenous ministry leader said. Read more.
December 22, 2016 - The military campaign to retake Mosul from the Islamic State (ISIS) has driven more than 100,000 from their homes. Most of them are Sunni Muslims whom ISIS has also driven from their religion. Read more.
December 8, 2016 - Angry ghosts and harmful spirits can be terrifying to the ethnic Ashaninka of the Peruvian Andes, but indigenous missionaries are bringing them the light of the gospel. Read more.
December 1, 2016 - Islamist and communist militants have not stopped indigenous missionaries in the Philippines from expanding God's kingdom. Read more.
November 23, 2016 - Syrian refugees in Turkey are despondent, hopeless and hungry as winter comes on after more than five years of war – putting more pressure on indigenous ministries to provide more food, warmth and gospel hope. Read more.
November 10, 2016 - This month marks one year since Sierra Leone was first declared free of the Ebola virus that killed thousands of people and wrecked the economy. An indigenous ministry is helping to pick up the pieces amid opposition and despair. Read more.
October 27, 2016 - An elderly Syrian in Turkey lost two children and other relatives following intensified airstrikes and bombings in Aleppo, Syria. He is one of thousands of refugees in need of trauma counseling. Read more.
Damages to crops and infrastructure in Haiti by Hurricane Matthew have left hundreds of thousands of people on the impoverished Caribbean island without food and clean water. The 125 miles-per-hour winds and flooding from the hurricane's Oct. 4 landfall, which killed at least 546 people and damaged about 200,000 homes, swept away cattle and knocked out electricity. Organizations on the ground say cash is more helpful than donations of clothing and food, which can obstruct coordination of relief aid, and an indigenous ministry that Christian Aid Mission assists seeks such funding in order to provide clean water, rice, sugar and oil. "We are distributing food because people have lost all their gardens and businesses," the director of the ministry said. "We have five churches destroyed and 11 churches need repair — some don't have a roof. Pray for us and pray please for the Haitian people. We're counting on your prayers and assistance." Read more.
October 13, 2016 - A long-awaited battle to retake Mosul, Iraq from Islamic State terrorists appears imminent – along with the attendant humanitarian crisis. Read more.
October 6, 2016 - Islam is growing on Indonesia's island of Bali, but for most inhabitants, Hindu/Buddhist belief mixed with animism, magic and mythology permeates their lives. Local missionaries are well suited to the gospel challenge. Read more.
Residents of five villages in an area of Punjab Province, Pakistan that has received no flood relief assistance have no way to earn a living a month after rains inundated their fields and homes. The area in Jhang District is populated mostly by farm laborers whose fields are still four to five feet under water. "The survivors of the flooding are very worried about their families, especially for the children, women and elderly people to escape from hardships of the season, as the weather has been changing here in Pakistan," said the director of an indigenous ministry that Christian Aid Mission supports. Read more.
September 29, 2016 - Fierce fighting has resumed in Aleppo, Syria after a failed cease-fire, but people are coming to Christ amid civilian casualties and shortages of basic survival items. Read more.
September 15, 2016 - Some 2 million people in Aleppo, Syria were in danger of coming under siege from various factions before a cease-fire went into effect this week, bringing some hope to people weary from despair. Read more.
People in Venezuela, a country in economic crisis hit hard by falling oil prices, are arriving at points along the border with Colombia to keep from starving to death. Some of the desperate Venezuelans have managed to get through after Colombia temporarily re-opened some crossings since closing the border in 2015, while others arrived before last year’s closure. An indigenous ministry that Christian Aid Mission assists on the Colombian side of the border is providing food and sharing the news of eternal life in Christ with these desperate families. Read more.
September 9, 2016 - When an indigenous missionary couple in India learned that children of temple prostitutes were in the rooms with their mothers while the women entertained customers, they realized they had to do something. Read more.
August 19, 2016 - At least 110 people have died in Bangladesh in what residents are calling the worst flooding in 30 years. U.N. and other agencies estimate that 3.7 million people have been affected in 19 districts, with 17,000 houses washed away and 65,000 others ruined by riverbank erosion. More than 250,000 homes are reported damaged. Read more.
August 18, 2016 - A recent suicide bombing of a predominantly Christian town in northern Lebanon has sparked more hostility toward Syrian refugees - subjecting already traumatized, innocent people to more abuse. Read more.
August 11, 2016 - Many ethnic Bhuiya in India hold the earth and sun as their highest gods, and many worship the cobra. Indigenous missionaries are not surprised at how often the Bhuiya ask them to pray for deliverance from evil spirits. Read more.
August 4, 2016 - Providing aid to people suffering unspeakable loss, indigenous ministry workers must take care sharing the gospel. Some onlookers could report them to Muslim terrorists. Read more.
July 28, 2016 - Hundreds of thousands of people from other parts of war-torn Syria have recently fled to the relative safety of the country's seaside town of Tartus - presenting even greater challenges to a local church already overrun with displaced people. Read more.
July 21, 2016 - After being forced to flee to a new country for leaving Islam, a Moroccan Christian asked his wife, then pregnant for the first time after eight years of trying to conceive, why they weren’t still proclaiming Christ to Muslims. Read more.
July 7, 2016 - Tens of thousands of children in northeast Nigeria, where Boko Haram militants have tried to impose Islamic law on all Nigerians, will die of malnutrition this year without increased aid. An indigenous ministry seeks to provide immediate aid as well as means for making a living. Read more.
June 30, 2016 - Refugee attempts to board smugglers' boats from Turkey to Greece fell by more than 90 percent in the past three months - one reason Turkey now has even more refugees than it can handle. Read more.
June 23, 2016 - Various crises in Nepal the past year united churches and its people as they worked together to survive, but divisions afflicted some congregations. Indigenous missionaries were crucial in helping to heal the church and build the kingdom. Read more.
June 16, 2016 - Recent policy decisions in Europe have multiplied refugee needs in both Greece and Turkey. Though hard-pressed by the enormity of helping, Greek and Turkish ministries are welcoming the opportunity to serve so many Muslims. Read more.
June 9, 2016 - Needs for food, potable water and medicines continue for people displaced by flooding in Sri Lanka. Indigenous missionaries are eager to work with and for their countrymen in the name of Christ. Read more.
June 3, 2016 - Indigenous missionaries serving Syrians and Iraqis displaced by war are on the frontlines of a spiritual battle. There is a cost for refugees coming to Christ in droves, and indigenous missionaries are paying it. Read more.
May 26, 2016 - Without jobs, without hope and often traumatized, Syrian refugees welcome someone to talk to. Indigenous missionaries are listening. Read more.
May 20, 2016 - At least 60 people have died and 500,000 people have fled their homes after the heaviest rains in a quarter of a century pummeled Sri Lanka in the past week. The government reported 21 of 25 districts of the island nation off the coast of India had been affected, and indigenous ministries that Christian Aid Mission assists immediately began providing relief items. Read more.
May 19, 2016 - A series of short-term truces in Aleppo in the past few weeks has helped stem the bloodshed, but fighting between rebels, government forces and terrorist groups such as the Islamic State (ISIS) has continued to deprive civilians of life and livelihood. Read more.
May 12, 2016 - A year ago today, the second major earthquake in three weeks hit Nepal. The rubble still remains, literally and figuratively, for thousands of people who suffered devastating losses. Read more.
April 18, 2016 - At least 654 people have died and more than 2,658 have been injured as houses and buildings collapsed from a 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck coastal Ecuador on Saturday evening (April 16). Read more.
April 7, 2016 - At a section of a park for children’s rides in Lahore, Pakistan, a suicide bomber’s explosion did not discriminate between Muslims and Christians, tearing apart bodies and leaving survivors devastated beyond words. Pakistani Christians are ministering to the bereaved and the wounded. Read more.
March 31, 2016 - Many Syrian refugees are women and children, since Islamic extremist groups like the Islamic State (ISIS) and government forces pressure Syrian men to join their ranks. One month after a cease-fire took hold, refugee needs are greater than ever. Read more.