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.
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. Read more.
January 5, 2018 - Celebrating Christmas in an area known as a training ground for Islamic terrorists nearly proved fatal for an indigenous missionary from northern Africa. 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.
August 31, 2017 - Amid the heart-break, trauma and burn-out of working amid war in Syria, the leader of an indigenous ministry has another problem. 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 10, 2017 - For two years in an area of northern Ghana where indigenous Muslim missionaries had created a climate of fear, only three Muslims had shown the slightest interest in Christ. The Holy Spirit then stunned Christian indigenous missionaries. Read more.
June 29, 2017 - In rural villages in Vietnam's Central Highlands, it's what you don't do that gets you in trouble. 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.