Indigenous Missions News: Pioneer Evangelism

After recent scandals, I have become skeptical of the native missionary movement. I have been supporting native missionaries for decades now, but these scandals have really burnt my trust. Thank you for addressing trust and accountability in Prayerline letter.

— Jann F., IL

We give thanks to our loving, compassionate, Sovereign God for your ministries. Thank you!

— Rick and Debra R., WI

I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you, for such wonderful weekly articles. I look forward to each one, as it helps me to view beyond my own thoughts/circumstances enabling transformed and focused prayers outwardly to what God is doing around the world. It helps me to think outside of my little, local box, to see as God sees that there is more at stake than my problems. These articles and this ministry are a simple grace that is calling us to pray together as one body in Jesus Christ. Again thank you!

— Mark M., FL

God’s Joy and Blessings as we remember what Jesus did for us, new Life in Him.

— Jim and Lorraine H., WI

Thank you for all you do in helping us share in the needs of our brothers and sisters in God’s Kingdom! You are precious! Never forget the value of being the facilitating Hand of Jesus!

— Dale and Nancy D., NY

Thank you for all of your hard work in all of the hardest situations around the world, and thank you for making us aware so we can pray and help support your efforts. May God bless your efforts abundantly!

— David S., OR

Thank you for sending us the newsletters from the various ministries Christian Aid supports with its thrilling testimonies and their needs for us to pray for them.

— Keith and Carla H., CA

God bless you for being a great agent in the Hand of God to build His Kingdom!

— Doug R., GA

God bless your efforts on His behalf!

— Larry W., SD

May God richly bless your wonderful efforts on His behalf. Keep up the great work!

— Gary and Cheryl M., FL

Your work is superlative!

— Jacqueline B., IL

God bless you as you continue helping these hurting people! We serve a GREAT GOD.

Ryan and Cynthia S., WI

Thank you! We so appreciate your ministry.

— Bob and Tina R., OH

I pray daily using the prayer calendar. God bless you. As a former missionary kid, I commend you to God and to others for this wonderful work.

— Daniel S., TN

May the Lord bless you in all you do.

— David M., NY

God bless you and keep you safe. Praying for the needs of this ministry.

— Jerah C., PA

Just wanted to thank you this is such a great cause and so informative God bless you all keep up the great work so amazing

— Joey S.

May God continue to anoint and direct Christian Aid in co-laboring with His people in many far away and remote places.

— Dennis N., PA

I want to express my sincere thank you for being a bridge between concerned followers of Christ and the needs of the church worldwide. I have prayed for this many times, and now I can be a part of the lives of so many accross the globe.

— Debbie P., FL

Praying our Precious Lord Christ will richly BLESS you all. Love you lots and many thanks for your little notes.

— Sister Gertrude C., MI

Thank you for what you do, for the cause of Christ. Thank you for all your letters and the monthly prayer requests, and the magazine. My tears are pouring for the refugee families. I praise God for you.

— Gloria M., WA

Praise God for Christian Aid Mission. It is such a blessing to read and hear of how God is working in you all and through you all.

Bobby S., VA

May the Lord’s direction and wisdom be multiplied.

Lena B., NY

What a blessing to see all the awesome places you go to “live for the Lord.” God bless you!

Jennifer B., NH

I will be praying for you all in HIS ministry of the gospel & trusting God to multiply the little I can give and accomplish all His purposes, in Jesus’ Name!

Karen W., CA

I’m thankful for the tremendous work your mission does.

— Sue B., TN

I appreciate your monthly prayerline and pray for these groups/individuals each day. I also just finished reading the Reformation for Missions and it was a real eye-opener and definitely should be the new model for missions in this century. Thank you, and God bless all you are doing.

— Fredrica S., TN

I am thankful that I can give some of my money from cake ball sales to Christian Aid to help needy kids! God bless!

— Corinne L. (11), NH

Your most recent message was very motivating. We are alive, today, for such a time as this. We love you so much! Thank you for the honor of allowing us to help our brethren!

Dawn M., MA

Updates from the Pioneer Evangelism Field

Christian Aid serves as a bridge between indigenous missions groups and Western believers. We strive to inform you about the desperate situations of millions of believers all around the globe as well as sharing with you evidence of the Love and Power of God among the nations. Christian Aid’s News articles offer you a glimpse into the lives of indigenous believers, their struggles and their triumphs. We hope that by informing you of the needs of your brethren, God will lead you to pray and support indigenous missions groups.

God Shows His Hand in Gospel-Resistant Turkey

January 19, 2017 - Having set out on Christmas Day to visit friends, a young Muslim woman never met up with them and could not explain how or why she had ended up at a church event. Read more.

Killed for Christ in the Philippines – a Love Story

January 12, 2017 - Throughout his Muslim daughter's courtship with a Christian, Datu had hurled stones at the suitor's father, a pastor, and threatened to kill his son. Then came the wedding. Read more.

In Aleppo, Syria, the Fight to Survive Goes On

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.

Evangelists in Burma Trust God
amid Hostilities

December 15, 2016 - In the face of daunting societal and official opposition in Buddhist-majority Burma (Myanmar), indigenous evangelists increase their faith in God in order to expand His kingdom. Read more.

Bringing Grace and Health to Tribal People of Peru

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.

Evangelists in Philippines Push Past Terrorists

December 1, 2016 - Islamist and communist militants have not stopped indigenous missionaries in the Philippines from expanding God's kingdom. Read more.

Syrian Refugees in Turkey Growing More Desperate

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.

Christmas Parties Prove Popular in Hindu India

November 17, 2016 - The year the Lord gave an indigenous missionary in northern India an avenue to share the gospel with his community, Hindu extremists put up a seemingly insurmountable obstacle: A promise to kill him. Read more.

Bringing Hope for Survivors of Ebola-Hit Sierra Leone

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.

Destruction Reigns as Battle for Mosul Begins

November 3, 2016 - A young woman in Iraq was attending an indigenous ministry's discipleship training recently when her eyes suddenly filled with tears. She had just received a photo of her home near Mosul. Read more.

War, ISIS Cruelty Traumatize Syrian Refugees

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.

Opposition in India Forces Shift in Evangelism

October 20, 2016 - Foreign missionaries and public preaching are meeting with increased opposition in India, forcing a greater emphasis on one-on-one evangelism that indigenous missionaries are best suited to carry out. Read more.

Battle for Mosul Portends Humanitarian Disaster

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.

Expanding Christ's Kingdom on 'the Island of Gods'

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.

Syrians Find Light amid Dark Nightmare

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.

Talking - and Listening - to God in India

September 22, 2016 - An indigenous missionary in India found conversing with God can get you into - and out of - a lot of trouble. Read more.

Aleppo, Syria Desperate for Cease-fire to Hold

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.

Temple Prostitutes Learn to Serve Lord Jesus

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.

Refugees in Turkey Forgotten after Failed Coup

September 1, 2016 - Syrian and Iraqi refugees in Turkey risk being totally forgotten, except by those clamoring for them to leave. Read more.

Secret Christians Multiply in Northern India

August 25, 2016 - Organized extremist groups hostile to the gospel are nearly nonexistent in a pocket of northern India, yet many residents there are secret Christians. A veteran, indigenous ministry is trusting God to further intervene. Read more.

Refugees in Lebanon Face More Abuse

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.

Evangelists in India Encounter Native Beliefs, Rituals

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.

Workers, Refugees Face Jihadist Dangers

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.

Church in Syria Helps Displaced Find New Life

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.

Facing Islamic Hostility with Gentleness

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.

Christians in Vietnam Face Beatings, Prison

July 14, 2016 - Authorities beat and/or threatened to imprison pastors for refusing government orders to consolidate their unregistered house churches into a single, officially approved church. Read more.

Nigeria's Displaced Struggle for Life, Livelihood

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.

Turkey Takes Brunt of Refugee Crisis

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.

God's Reign in the Former Kingdom of Nepal

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.

Muslims Come to Christ in Greece, Turkey

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.

Sri Lanka Struggles to Stay above Water

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.

Bearing the Scars of Spiritual Battle

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.

Refugee Life Takes Psychological Toll

May 26, 2016 - Without jobs, without hope and often traumatized, Syrian refugees welcome someone to talk to. Indigenous missionaries are listening. Read more.

Aleppo, Syria Collapses into Chaos

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.

Nepal Still in Anguish One Year after Temblors

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.

Breaking Through Barriers in Kenya

May 5, 2016 - The landscape in Kenya is replete with animists, witches, bandits and Islamist terrorists. Indigenous missionaries are sent forth as sheep in the midst of wolves. Read more.

Going Where Christ is Unknown in Burma

April 28, 2016 - Indigenous missionaries in Burma (also called Myanmar) do not let jungle predators, civil war, language barriers or anything else block their efforts to reach villages where Christ has yet to be proclaimed. Read more.

Abraham’s Seed Blesses Another Nation

April 21, 2016 - If “The God who made heaven and earth and everything in it” was a good enough starting point for the Apostle Paul at the Aeropagus, then it was good enough for indigenous missionaries befriending tribal people in the Philippines. Eight months later, they began teaching about the suffering of Jesus. Read more.

Evangelism Thrives in India Despite Persecution

April 14, 2016 - Long known as a hotbed of Hindu persecution of Christians, Kandhamal District in eastern India is becoming known for something else – amazing works of the Lord Jesus. Read more.

Survivors of Bombing Languish in Pakistan

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.

Cease-Fire or Not, Syrian Refugee Crisis Persists

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.

Historic Visit Highlights Cuba’s Quest for Hope

March 24, 2016 - Urging further reforms in Cuba, U.S. President Barack Obama said in Havana this week that lasting change must come from Cubans themselves. To that end, indigenous missionaries have been doing their part. Read more.

Defeating Dark Powers in the Jungles of India

March 17, 2016 - Mental illness drove an ethnic Korwa animist in central India to wander in the jungle for weeks at a time. As a result of a chain reaction that began with an indigenous missionary more than 30 years ago, he's now planted five churches. Read more.

Herculean Efforts Mounted for Refugees in Greece

March 10, 2016 - A Syrian refugee who had just arrived in Greece asked an indigenous ministry worker if he was a Christian or a Muslim. Guardedly, the worker asked him why he wanted to know. As tears streamed from his eyes, the refugee said, "I need someone to talk with me about Jesus." Read more.

In Zimbabwe, Overcoming a World of Despair

March 3, 2016 - In a time of severe drought, joblessness, poverty and AIDS, a pastor in Zimbabwe gave up all hope and abandoned his congregation. Then he happened upon an indigenous missionary preaching in his remote, forgotten village. Read more.

Miracles Sought, Found in Crisis in Syria

February 25, 2016 - The Syrian administration and opposition groups that have fought a civil war for five years agreed on a plan for a cease-fire this week, but some war-rattled civilians put more hope in Christ's miracles. Read more.

How to Reach ‘99% Christian’ Quechuas in Peru

February 18, 2016 - Reaching an ethnic group steeped in pagan rituals can be tricky. An indigenous ministry in Peru has found Spirit-powered hard work and the inherent power of the gospel is paramount. Read more.

Spiritual Battles Rage in Sri Lanka

February 11, 2016 - On an island country where spirits, gods and demons are prevalent in public consciousness, indigenous missionaries are being trained and sent to the frontlines. Read more.

Syrian Refugees Desperate as Winter Bites

February 4, 2016 - In what is regarded as one of Turkey’s coldest winters, refugees from Syria and elsewhere are suffering from severe hunger and dying from swine flu. The director of a ministry based in Turkey continually receives pleas for help. Read more.

Fuel Crisis Hits Earthquake-Stricken Nepal

January 28, 2016 - Still reeling from earthquakes as winter cold bites, Nepal has been hit with a blockade that has cut off supplies of fuel, electricity, food and medicines. Indigenous ministries are in prime position to help. Read more.

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