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. Read more.
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.
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. Buddhism calls for looking within to achieve perfection rather than anything outside of man, and though they called themselves Buddhists, they still strove to appease the various nature gods as their animist ancestors had for centuries. 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.
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.
December 21, 2017 - Thanks to the Islamic State (ISIS), for the first time in the history of Qaraqosh, Iraq, an evangelical church this month will hold a Christmas service in the ancient city. Read more.
December 14, 2017 - When one of the most poisonous snakes in the Amazon bit the guide an indigenous missionary had hired for a research trip in Peru, team members pleaded for the Christian to administer anti-venom serum. He had none. Read more.
December 7, 2017 - A dying 54-year-old in a mountain village in western Mexico did everything the witchdoctors told him, but all medical doctors could tell him was to prepare to die. 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 24, 2017 - Kiran felt he had lost his entire future when his parents disowned him for leaving Hinduism, and he was looking to the evangelist who led him to Christ for some answers. 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.
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 13, 2017 - The dream of a shelter for indigent children and seniors that an Egyptian seminary graduate had nursed for 20 years turned to dust when another party finagled his land from him. His vision, however, remained intact. 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 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 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 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.
May 19, 2017 - The director of an indigenous ministry in Indonesia was not sure why the village head was asking him to provide a duck for a Hindu sacrifice, but he had a ready answer. Read more.
May 11, 2017 - Growing up in Iraq, Mahmoud had been told that Christians are sinners and liars, and that he should not trust them. Then he fell into the Aegean Sea. Read more.
May 4, 2017 - Church leaders in Vietnam unwilling to submit their congregations to religious freedom violations accompanying registration leave themselves open to arrest, but somehow churches continue to sprout. Read more.