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Thanks for stopping by. As a Christian Aid supporter, you share our passion for native missionaries worldwide. And likely, you’re already reading about how God is working through them in Prayerline, Christian Mission Magazine, Missions Insider, and other publications. The purpose of this blog is to get a little more personal with you, our extended family of faith. And because we do see you as family, we’d like to share with you what’s going in our hearts and include you in some of the happenings here at "mission headquarters."

Posted January 31, 2017

Stop Inventing Ways to Serve God by Brittany Tedesco

So often, we dream up what we'd like to do for God, and then ask Him to bless it. But God's not sitting around waiting for us to come up with cool ideas so He can get some work done on the earth. God already knows what He wants to accomplish. And if we'll wait and listen for His voice, He'll call us to join Him in that work. Read full post.

Posted January 24, 2017

Surprised by Mercy by Brittany Tedesco

The enormous debt Christ paid for us is cause to shout, cry, dance, and sing. But how often do we go out from His presence to inflict our demands on others? Read full post.

Posted January 17, 2017

We Don't Work for God by Brittany Tedesco

Henry Blackaby, author of Experiencing God, explains a fundamental principle that many Christians miss, myself included. He posed the question: "What is a servant?" Someone who works for God, right? Wrong. We don't work for God. God works through us. If we don't understand this, the fruit of our Christian lives will be extremely limited. Why? Because everything we do will depend on us—on our human capacity. Read full post.

Posted January 10, 2017

Has Latin America Been Reached by the Gospel? by Brittany Tedesco

Foreign missionaries excitedly report back to their churches about the number of people who respond to altar calls in various Latin American countries. A little over a year ago, I spoke with one such missionary who told me about a tribal group in Mexico who had supposedly accepted the gospel. He'd seen the crucifix they now incorporate into their harvest festivals! In the world of missions, some people feel that Latin America has been reached by the gospel. A peek beneath the façade, however, tells a different story. Read full post.

Posted January 3, 2017

Sparkles of Grace in the Midst of Tragedy by Brittany Tedesco

With all the heartbreak and suffering in the Middle East, it's easy for me to view the region as one big, godforsaken nightmare. But God hasn't forsaken the people who live there. You and I have watched a tragedy unfold from afar, but we don't see what's happening on the ground, on a personal level. Read full post.

Posted December 20, 2016

Jesus Christ, Our Refugee by Brittany Tedesco

Our Savior isn't just vaguely aware of the refugee crisis on our earth today, He knows exactly what it's like to be a refugee in a strange country. And, no, I'm not just referring to His time in Egypt. I'm referring to the suffering He endured as a displaced person, if you will, on earth. He left all of the beauty, perfection, and majesty of heaven to live as an unwanted, homeless nomad on our planet. He did it for you and for me. . .and for all of the people living as refugees in our world today. Read full post.

Posted December 13, 2016

When the Final Frontiers Have a Witness for Christ by Brittany Tedesco

Christ will have a witness for Himself among all people—it's not a matter of if, but when. Until that day, Christian Aid Mission will keep working to see that the final frontiers have people who lift praise to His name. Read full post.

Posted December 6, 2016

For Such a Time as Christmas by Brittany Tedesco

This month's Prayerline prayer calendar is filled with opportunities to help native missionaries around the world hold Christmas parties and proclaim the Good News to the lost. Sure, God can rescue souls from darkness in some other way—but why forfeit this small window of opportunity to act? And in so doing, send the message to native missionaries: who knows whether you came to the Kingdom for such a time as this? Read full post.

Posted November 29, 2016

What Real Freedom Looks Like by Brittany Tedesco

Christian Aid Mission helps indigenous ministries around the world, specifically in areas of poverty where the effects of sin are a little more obvious than in areas where people are prospering. With your support, these ministries start income-generating projects, vocational training or literacy centers, and rehabilitation programs as ways to offer freedom to people who've known only oppression. Read full post.

Posted November 22, 2016

Real Thanksgiving Includes Our Enemies by Brittany Tedesco

There's a reason the Lord instructed us to pray for those who "spitefully use you" and to "bless those who curse you" and "do good to those who hate you." It's not just for their good. It's for our good. Not only does it hold the power to change circumstances, it fosters an authenticity in our Christian walks. Read full post.

Posted November 15, 2016

What Happens When the Money Runs Out by Brittany Tedesco

This week, I want to share a beautiful report with you from an indigenous ministry that Christian Aid Mission assists in Greece. I feel it perfectly summarized the sentiments we've heard from nearly all of the ministries we help who are reaching out to refugees fleeing Syria and Iraq. Read full post.

Posted November 8, 2016

The Hearts of Rulers Are in His Hand: A Post-Election Post by Brittany Tedesco

By the time you read this, we'll know who the next President of the United States is. But for now, in the cool of Election Day morning, I sit and contemplate the sovereignty of God. Read full post.

Posted November 1, 2016

Our Obsession with Blood by Brittany Tedesco

The time and resources that local believers are expending on the refugees point to the power of Christ's blood to infuse people with His sacrificial spirit. Read full post.

Posted October 25, 2016

Take Back the Territory You've Given to the Enemy by Brittany Tedesco

In these days when people are making up their own definitions of truth and living in false realities, let us be those who worship the Father in spirit and truth (John 4:23). Let us take back any territory we've surrendered to the Enemy. Let us be vigilant. Read full post.

Posted October 18, 2016

A Worldwide Great Awakening by Brittany Tedesco

What have I deduced from all of the reports I've read from native missionaries on the field? That God's Spirit is moving across the face of the earth, opening people's eyes and hearts to the truth—freeing them from bondage. He's calling a people for His namesake out of every tribe and nation. And though He's been doing this ever since the first century A.D., it's happening on a massive scale right now. It's ramping up. Read full post.

Posted October 11, 2016

The Beauty of These Times in Which We're Living by Brittany Tedesco

Is prosperity the most important thing to us? It may well escape our grasp, but our divine purpose remains. God has work for us to do, and if we'll seek it out, we'll find beauty in the blackest of night. Read full post.

Posted October 4, 2016

Our Mental Health (and Faith) Crisis by Brittany Tedesco

In last week's post, I lamented that the Church has the answers to all of the problems plaguing mankind in the person of Jesus Christ, and yet we persist in looking to the government (and other sources) for solutions. I mean, we can't just be doing crazy things like praying in faith over and for people and situations in our lives, can we? That wouldn't be very logical, would it? Read full post.

Posted September 27, 2016

When the Church Becomes Irrelevant by Brittany Tedesco

If we, as the Church, begin to look to anything other than God for the answers to the problems facing our world today, we've become irrelevant. We've replaced our Source with some lesser god, just like everyone else on earth. Read full post.

Posted September 20, 2016

Faith Has No Money-Back Guarantee by Brittany Tedesco

Real faith doesn't come with a money-back guarantee—a guarantee that everything is going to be "okay," according to our definition of okay. To the contrary, "Faith is the deliberate confidence in the character of God whose ways you may not understand at the time," as Oswald Chambers put it. Read full post.

Posted September 13, 2016

When Bad Guys Are Rendered Powerless by Brittany Tedesco

If only we could see what goes on behind the scenes, in the spiritual realm, I think we'd be both shocked and relieved. Shocked by the kind of demonic attacks leveled against us...and relieved by our security detail. And by "security detail," I mean angels, whose Commander is none other than Jesus Christ, head over all rule and authority. Read full post.

Posted September 6, 2016

A Church That Throws Parties for Whores by Brittany Tedesco

You and I may not belong to a church that throws birthday parties for whores, but they exist. They exist because people like Vihaan and Anaya plant them. People like Vihaan and Anaya collect the broken souls of discarded women and girls and redeem their lives by pointing them to our Redeemer. They act as their parents, in every way—even arranging Christian marriages for them. It is not your karma to live this way, they tell the devadasis. You don't have to dedicate your body to the temple of a false god. You can be a temple of the Living God. Read full post.

Posted August 30, 2016

Keep Calm...and Leave Room for God's Wrath by Brittany Tedesco

We can't know the hearts of our enemies. We do not possess the ability to determine who God might choose to redeem and who He might choose to punish. That is His job, not ours. Read full post.

Posted August 23, 2016

The Power of a Godly Heritage by Brittany Tedesco

Do you have a godly heritage? Thank the Lord if you do. But even if your biological parents didn't or aren't following God, someone led you to Christ—and hopefully someone was or is discipling you. This is your godly heritage. The only question that remains now: how will you continue the legacy? Read full post.

Posted August 16, 2016

The Racism Remedy by Brittany Tedesco

In our fallen, human state, we live in such disunity with one another. But we still sing songs and write poems about peace on earth. Because isn't that the ultimate goal. . . despite the prejudice we see every day around the world, and the prejudice we struggle with in our own hearts? Deep down, don't we all want the same thing? Read full post.

Posted August 9, 2016

Taking the Pain out of "Back to School" by Brittany Tedesco

This week (August 9) the UN observed its annual International Day of the World's Indigenous People. This year's cause is education. It asserts that indigenous tribal people are typically the poorest in their nations, but that their poverty should not keep them from receiving an education. We happen to agree...except we don't need campaigns or special awareness days. The Holy Spirit, living inside of God's people throughout the world, is more than sufficient for this cause. Read full post.

Posted August 2, 2016

Listening for God's Timing by Brittany Tedesco

God sees what's ahead, and if we'll just stay close to Him and seek Him in humility, we'll be led to act and move according to His will. From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank you for supporting Christian Aid Mission as we seek to hear His voice and act according to His leading. You've made this work possible. Read full post.

Posted July 26, 2016

Three Implausible Agents God Used to Save People by Brittany Tedesco

I've heard people talk about how unfair it is that some people groups in this world have never had the opportunity to hear the gospel, as though God is partial to us Americans and not to a primitive tribe living on a remote island. But God is no respecter of persons, as the Bible tells us. He has specifically told us that the end shall not come until all the nations ("ethnos" in the Greek, meaning people groups) have heard the gospel (Matthew 24:14). Read full post.

Posted July 19, 2016

The Lord Shall Fight for You by Brittany Tedesco

Do you know that God will fight our battles for us, too, if we'll get out of the way and let Him? The reason we get defensive and think we need to strive and struggle to protect ourselves is nothing other than a lack of trust in God to protect us. Read full post.

Posted July 12, 2016

A Life Well Lived by Brittany Tedesco

I had a lot of growing up to do. In my immaturity, I'd marched down to her office and yelled at her. I can't even remember what my petulant display was all about, I just know it was terribly disrespectful. A few years later, I sheepishly approached her with an apology. The words had barely left my lips when she grabbed my hands and said, "Let's pray." What followed was a beautiful prayer, full of grace and forgiveness. Read full post.

Posted July 5, 2016

A Second Chance to Seek First God's Kingdom by Brittany Tedesco

I spoke with him on the six-year anniversary of his diagnosis. "June 30, 2010," he said. "That was ground zero for me." Dr. Arnaldo Zapata was an active cardiologist in Puerto Rico who didn't know how to slow down. Read full post.

Posted June 28, 2016

That (Doesn't) Offend Me! by Brittany Tedesco

In my last post, I wrote about how Christians in the U.S. need to plan for (but not fret about) persecution, because, one day, we may face something far worse than name-calling and labels like "bigot" or "homophobe." If we don't start forfeiting our "right" to be offended and angry by these kinds of things now, how are we going to demonstrate the grace of Jesus Christ when someone spits in our face? Read full post.

Posted June 21, 2016

Persecution: Plan For It, Don't Worry About It by Brittany Tedesco

This world changes, but Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Your security is in Him, not in your country. And He will never fail you. Read full post.

Posted June 14, 2016

What Christianity and Islam Teach about Homosexuality by Brittany Tedesco

Approximately 600 years after Christ ushered in this age of grace, Islam was born—and with it, a bunch of the oppressive laws and mandates. Different rules for different "classes" of people, like women and homosexuals. How sad and tragic. What a giant step backward. As people who've been set free from the penalty of sin and death, let's proclaim freedom to the captives. Read full post.

Posted June 7, 2016

When Christians Get Sucked into the Culture by Brittany Tedesco

What cultural compromises am I making that don’t line up with the teachings of God’s Word? I can’t even examine myself unless I first know what the Bible says. Wherever biblical illiteracy reigns, the church is corrupted. Read full post.

Posted May 31, 2016

How One Woman Aligned Her Heart with God's by Brittany Tedesco

There are those who pray mostly for themselves. Then there are those who frequently intercede for friends and family members. And then there are the rare ones—the ones who go beyond their little circles to the bigger picture, the ones who tap into the heart of God. Read full post.

Posted May 24, 2016

From Dependency to Dignity: Sara’s Story by Brittany Tedesco

With the help of our generous supporters, Christian Aid Mission has been able to provide for the basic needs of many refugees. And though they’re so grateful for the aid they’ve received from kind Christians overseas, they don’t want to be forever dependent upon it. We want more for them as well—more than just staying alive to live in squalor for another day. Read full post.

Posted May 17, 2016

Where Islam Reigns, Justice is Perverted by Brittany Tedesco

In reading the Bible, we learn that God hates the perversion of justice. Wherever Islam is being taught, however, justice is being perverted. So what can we do? How can we champion justice for the oppressed? Read full post.

Posted May 10, 2016

Tell Your Brothers and Sisters That We Are Living in Hell by Brittany Tedesco

As the suffering in the Middle East painfully drags on, it can be tempting to turn away. No one wants to dwell on such hardship and misery. But God forbid that you and I, as Christians, would turn away. Read full post.

Posted May 03, 2016

The Real Casualty of Islam is Truth Itself by Brittany Tedesco

Nina Shea, Director of the Hudson Institute's Center for Religious Freedom, clarified the situation for us. In ISIS-controlled regions, she said, there are no intact churches or Christian communities. You might have heard that when ISIS captures a city, they offer Christians the option of paying the jizya (tax for being non-Muslim) in lieu of enslavement, forced conversion, or death. This, Shea said, is simply not true. For the Christian, it's either one of the above options or flee from home. ISIS' goal is to exterminate every trace of Christian presence. . . to "purify" the land, Shea said. Read full post.

Posted April 26, 2016

When Your Home Address is Rock Bottom by Brittany Tedesco

People have a real problem with sin these days. Not just the action, but the definition. Sin = falling short of God's standards. That's a tough pill to swallow for people who'd prefer to measure their goodness by their own standards—which is easy to do when you're a decent, law-abiding person. It gets a lot harder when you're a convicted criminal. That's when the façade of goodness is stripped away—and that's when hearts are a little more open to the message of a Savior who died to redeem humans from the sin that separates us from God. Read full post.

Posted April 19, 2016

Heartless or Naïve: What's Your Stance on Middle Eastern Immigrants? by Brittany Tedesco

More people are on the move today than ever before. In fact, every four seconds, someone is forced to flee from their home (UNHCR). One-fifth of the globe is currently being impacted by some kind of violence (World Bank). How can we join God in the work that He is doing in the midst of this massive migration? Read full post.

Posted April 12, 2016

In the Shadow of the Pagoda by Nancy Charles-Parker

World traveler and long-time supporter, Nancy Charles-Parker, often visits ministries she helps through Christian Aid Mission during her travels. Most recently, she journeyed to Southeast Asia, where she spent time with an indigenous ministry in Vietnam. Read full post.

Posted April 05, 2016

Some Biblical Perspective during an Election Year by Brittany Tedesco

God is sovereign, He makes that perfectly clear throughout His Word. It doesn't matter how many uninformed voters head to the polls, it is He who appoints and deposes of earthly rulers. And whether the rulers He appoints are good, God-fearing people or evil despots, His purposes are never thwarted. Read full post.

Posted March 29, 2016

The Credibility of the Bible, Part II by Brittany Tedesco

The Bible was written over a span of 1,500 years by approximately 40 authors of various ethnicities and cultures–and yet, it's one cohesive book with a singular message: the redemption of mankind through Jesus Christ. Read full post.

Posted March 22, 2016

The Credibility of the Bible, Part I by Brittany Tedesco

Yes, the Bible contains multiple statements about its own truthfulness, but there's a wealth of evidence beyond this handful of verses to prove its validity—and not only its validity, but its preeminence above other so-called holy books that some claim share an equal platform with God's Word. As Chuck Missler put it in his fascinating book, Learn the Bible in 24 Hours, "The Bible is the only book that hangs its entire credibility on its ability to write history in advance, without error." Read full post.

Posted March 15, 2016

Naked and Afraid by Brittany Tedesco

Since the tragedy of original sin, man has sensed his own nakedness. We try to clothe ourselves in a million different ways to reclaim the glory we lost in Eden. We adorn ourselves in our accomplishments and good deeds; we constantly try to make ourselves look and sound better than we really are. Read full post.

Posted March 08, 2016

Finding the Way Out by Brittany Tedesco

Growing in Christ is exciting because, not only does it mean that bondages in our own lives are broken, it means we can show others the way out as well. Read full post.

Posted March 01, 2016

It's Not a Religion, It's a Relationship by Brittany Tedesco

You've undoubtedly heard the evangelistic catchphrase, "It's not a religion, it's a relationship." And it's ever so true. . . we just don't live like it's true. Read full post.

Posted February 23, 2016

I Will Yet Go Forward by Brittany Tedesco

In today's world, so many people are being forced to migrate to new lands. Frequently, God meets people for the first time after they've left home for a new location. He has helpers in place to receive and aid these pilgrims on their journeys. Read full post.

Posted February 16, 2016

Three Truths about Jesus Christ by Brittany Tedesco

Christ, who is our Maker, is also our Healer. The same God-Man who called the universe into being has the power to repair each and every cell in our beings. He still heals today, all over the world, for His glory. Read full post.

Posted February 09, 2016

Lost and Found in Ukraine by Brittany Tedesco

Can you imagine having to beg for your food or some basic necessity? Can you imagine having to do this without the hope of the gospel? This is the situation of many displaced Ukrainians. War has taken so much from them; it has also forced them to consider their mortality and the deeper meaning of life. In this spiritually fertile ground in Western Ukraine, near the Polish border, six young native missionaries are determined to establish a church presence. Read full post.

Posted February 02, 2016

Is Your Faith in God or in a Favorable Outcome? by Brittany Tedesco

I find that it's easy for me to confuse faith in God with faith that everything will turn out the way I'd like it to. But there's no assurance in the latter. Read full post.

Posted January 26, 2016

Choosing Truth over Tolerance by Brittany Tedesco

Despite a climate that is becoming ever more antagonistic toward the idea that truth exists, the message of truth continues to march forward. Unengaged people groups are hearing the gospel for the first time at a staggering rate. Read full post.

Posted January 19, 2016

How Your Gifts Are Supporting the Nation-Changers by Brittany Tedesco

To all of you supporters of Christian Aid Mission: your gifts are truly changing the world. How can I make such a lofty declaration? Because thousands of souls heard the gospel and were led to Christ last year. At the close of each year, we can look back and see how God's Kingdom grew—that more "living stones" were built up "into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood" Read full post.

Posted January 12, 2016

The Tower of Babel or the Kingdom of God by Brittany Tedesco

Beneath the surface of every good and noble act lies a motivation for that act, which is either the glory of man or the glory of God. And that motivation is the difference between Babel and Heaven. Read full post.

Posted January 05, 2016

Hug It Out by Brittany Tedesco

A hug is powerful, but how much more powerful from a person with the Spirit of Christ indwelling them? It's such a simple way native believers demonstrate the character of Jesus Christ, the One who stretched out His arms to embrace sinners like you and me. Read full post.

Posted December 22, 2015

Drug Addicts or Not, We All Need to Be Rescued by Brittany Tedesco

Christmas might seem like a strange time to write about drug addiction. But maybe not, when we consider that drug addiction is only one manifestation of the sin nature we're all born with. Drug addicts or not, We all need to be rescued from our sin nature. Read full post.

Posted December 15, 2015

The Only Real Basis for Human Rights by Brittany Tedesco

Humans deserve human rights because they have value because they are made in God's image. I know this. You know this. But let's consider for a moment those who don't know this, those who live at the mercy of myriads of gods and goddesses, those who believe they are trapped in the dreadful cycle of reincarnation. Read full post.

Posted December 08, 2015

Light Is Expanding and His Return Is Near by Brittany Tedesco

Can you remember where you were when Jesus found you? When Light found you? Maybe you already knew about Jesus but were resisting Him—hiding from Him. One more fun fact about light: it can bend around corners. Read full post.

Posted December 1, 2015

Disillusioned by the Church by Brittany Tedesco

When I got alone and held up the mirror of God’s Word to my heart, I saw the ugly things that couldn’t be banished by nodding my head in agreement at church. Those are things that could only be dealt with by God after I repented of them. If we all start doing this on a regular basis, I just wonder if we might not start to look like the ministry leaders supported by Christian Aid Mission. You know, the ones with “radical” lives for Jesus. If we belong to God, we have the same Spirit in us that they have in them. Perhaps the difference is in how we steward our faith. Read full post.

Posted November 24, 2015

When the Nations Came to North Dakota by Anne Easker

Luis Janeiro has dedicated his life to spreading the gospel. In his homeland of Mexico, he has served as a missionary to tribal people, planted churches in rural areas, and pastored a church for twenty years. None of his work would have been possible were it not for one family in the town of Mohall, N.D., who chose to take in a foreign exchange student one year. Read full post.

Posted November 17, 2015

Accurately Handling the Word of Truth by Brittany Tedesco

People of a shared culture define words the same way. Biblical truths like sin and atonement are much more likely to be conveyed accurately between two people with the same cultural background. Read full post.

Posted November 10, 2015

When 10,000 Muslims Come to Your Country by Brittany Tedesco

What might God be up to by bringing this group of Muslims to a country with a large Christian population? Read full post.

Posted November 03, 2015

God Wants His Glory Back in China by Brittany Tedesco

What if I told you that before Buddha. . .before Confucius. . .the ancient Chinese people worshipped the same God we Christians worship today? Read full post.

Posted October 27, 2015

God Wants His Glory Back in the Middle East, Part II by Brittany Tedesco

"ISIS is blessing." These words were spoken by two ministry leaders who recently visited Christian Aid Mission. One is from Jordan and one is from Iraq; both work among the refugees and both assert that they have never before seen a revival of this magnitude in the Middle East. It seems that, just like God used the ancient Assyrians to bring His people to repentance, so He is using ISIS to do the same thing. Read full post.

Posted October 20, 2015

God Wants His Glory Back in the Middle East, Part I by Brittany Tedesco

A few days ago, a ministry leader from northern Iraq, who's worked in that country since before the refugee crisis, drew my attention to the rich biblical history of Iraq. In fact, Iraq is second only to Israel in the amount of history and prophecy associated with it in the Bible. God chose that region to demonstrate His glory in a number of amazing ways—way before Islam took over the area. Read full post.

Posted October 13, 2015

The Pitfalls of the Indigenous Way of Doing Missions by Brittany Tedesco

When Dr. Bob Finley started Christian Aid Mission in 1953 to support native missionaries, the idea was controversial and met with heavy criticism. Skeptics questioned the prudence of trusting native missionaries to undertake the Great Commission inside of their own countries. Financial integrity and accountability were among the top concerns. Were the critics right? Is it unwise to support indigenous ministries? Read full post.

Posted October 06, 2015

The Blood of the Martyrs: Life Springs from Death by Brittany Tedesco

I don't understand God's ways. I don't understand why He designed life to spring from death. But we see it happening. "All that is happening is having more and more people being saved," a ministry leader told us. "In the past we used to pray to have one person from a Muslim background to come to the Lord. Now there are so many we can barely handle all the work among them." Read full post.

Posted September 29, 2015

Sit By the Gate and Watch by Martin Li

In a remote region in Laos, a plot of rainforest land owned by local Christian farmers remained uncultivated, as they were unable to afford the equipment necessary to develop it. The farmers did what they could to earn a living, but the Buddhists who dominate the area didn't make it easy for them. In fact, many farmers were badly persecuted for sharing their faith. A few years ago, however, everything changed—starting with a tractor and a bag of seeds, provided by Christian Aid Mission. The leader of an indigenous ministry in Laos recently visited our office to tell us what our support had produced in the hands of those farmers. Read full post.

Posted September 22, 2015

What Do You Know about Spiritual Warfare? by Brittany Tedesco

Do you know much about spiritual warfare? I'll admit, the notion has intimidated me. Ignorance has characterized my understanding of this topic, which I imagined was all exorcisms and brazenly rebuking the devil. Who am I to engage in such spiritually lofty business? I'll just steer clear of that stuff. . .I'll just stand on the sidelines and occasionally be a victim of my circumstances. The only thing is, we're all in a battle whether we like it or not. You can stand on the sidelines and put your weapon down only if you want to get beat up. Ephesians 6:12 tells us that our struggle isn't against human beings, but against spiritual forces of evil. Read full post.

Posted September 15, 2015

Am I My Brother's Keeper? by Brittany Tedesco

About a week ago, a terrible photo circulated the web. The heartbreaking image of a drowned toddler whose body washed up on a shore in Turkey after a refugee boat capsized seemed to capture everyone's attention. But attention spans aren't what they used to be. While the world paused for two seconds to be outraged at an injustice that has gone on for years, native missionaries continue working day in and day out amidst the broken, hurting masses. Read full post.

Posted September 08, 2015

Seeking and Saving the Lost by Mindy Belz, editor, WORLD

The church in the 10/40 window—the area between 10 and 40 degrees north of the equator where mission experts say most unreached people live—is experiencing dizzying growth. Even in the midst of persecution, a tremendous movement of God to convert unbelievers to Himself is underway. Read full post.

Posted September 01, 2015

The Big Faith and Quiet Diligence of a Print Shop Missionary by Anne Easker

It's a few months late, but this year we celebrate Gary Frankson, our Print Shop Manager, for his 30 years of diligent service to Christian Aid Mission. Here is his story. Read full post.

Posted August 25, 2015

Cultural Christianity: The Enemy of True Faith by Brittany Tedesco

When it's easy to be a Christian—when there's no opposition or when you're actually rewarded in some way for identifying as a Christian—you can relax and start to coast. Our need for God can become less apparent to us. Read full post.

Posted August 18, 2015

What If You Knew the Holocaust Was Happening? by Brittany Tedesco

What would you have done if you knew the Holocaust was taking place? Would you have done anything to save the victims from certain death? Guess what? A holocaust is taking place. And guess what else? You have an opportunity to save some lives. Read full post.

Posted August 11, 2015

The View of God from the Garbage Heap by Brittany Tedesco

Jesus told us a person can't serve God and wealth. If sorting through garbage is your sole means of earning income, you don't have the temptation—let alone the option—of chasing after wealth. You are the poorest of the poor. But according to Scripture, that's not such a terrible place to be. Read full post.

Posted August 04, 2015

Exploiting the Weak and Vulnerable Like Jesus Did by Brittany Tedesco

From what I gather, no one is calling for an end to the aid these Christians are distributing among destitute Yazidis—they just want the evangelicals to keep their mouths shut while doing it; to refrain from the type of radical Christianity that would attempt to convert others from their religion. Read full post.

Posted July 28, 2015

How to Prepare for a Zombie Apocalypse by Brittany Tedesco

God is faithful to His own, at all times. Unlike those who've rejected Jesus Christ, Christians are under the constant shadow of His wings, no matter what happens. If the world turns upside down, guess where we'll be? In the palm of His hand. Certainly not abandoned. Let's look at some examples. Read full post.

Posted July 21, 2015

Watch, Weep, and Pray, but Don't Turn Away by Anne Easker

Resources are wearing thin in the Middle East, and it's been going on so long most of the world is tired of hearing about it. We've moved on to the next most interesting thing. Refugees can't do that. Read full post.

Posted July 14, 2015

The Freedom to Accept Humiliation, by Brittany Tedesco

Paul E. Miller, in his book, Love Walked Among Us, writes, "We can't fake humility. It's so foreign to us that it takes the very energy of God. Because Jesus depends on his Father, he doesn't need to depend on his position. When we depend on God, we don't either. Faith frees us to be humble." Read full post.

Posted July 07, 2015

My Journey through the Five "Stans" of Central Asia, by Nancy Charles-Parker

World traveler and long-time supporter, Nancy Charles-Parker, often visits ministries she helps through Christian Aid Mission during her travels. Most recently, she journeyed to Central Asia, where she spent time with an indigenous ministry in Kyrgyzstan. Read full post.

Posted June 30, 2015

How Oil is Fueling the Battle for Souls, by Brittany Tedesco

Do you realize that a battle for souls is raging right now, as you're reading this? And I've got news for you. Even though Islam seems to have the oil-wealth advantage, we Christians hold a lot of wealth as well. Read full post.

Posted June 24, 2015

Thanks for Bucking the Narcissism Trend, by Brittany Tedesco

An interest in world missions requires us to submit to what God says is important . . . to shift our focus away from ourselves in order to cast our gaze on people who've never heard the gospel before. There's no room for narcissism in that. Read full post.

Posted June 16, 2015

Two Responses to Ridicule and Mockery, by Brittany Tedesco

Jesus Christ was willingly mocked and humiliated for our sakes. In startling contrast to Mohammad, who killed those who mocked him, Jesus cried out on behalf of his mockers, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.” Read full post.

Posted June 09, 2015

Christians: Let's Start Being Strategic in Our Giving, by Brittany Tedesco

Can we acknowledge that the world's solutions won't fix the world? And are we ready to be strategic about where we put our resources? Allow me then to present to you something that's actually working. Allow me to introduce to you, in the words of a Guatemalan mother, a "special man who loves children." Read full post.

Posted June 02, 2015

Leading Cannibals, Polygamists, and Naked People to Jesus, by Brittany Tedesco

If you led a cannibal to Christ, what might be the first thing you’d tell him to change about his lifestyle? For Bayani Leyson, a native ministry leader in the Philippines, this isn’t a hypothetical question. Read full post.

Posted May 26, 2015

How Surrender Changes Everything, by Brittany Tedesco

Surrender. That's the secret. In our human nature, we do whatever we can to preserve our comfort. But surrender puts us in a position to actually partake in the very mind and heart of God. Read full post.

Posted May 19, 2015

My Trip to Nepal: A Firsthand Look at the Aftermath, by Sarla, South Asia Director for Christian Aid Mission and a Native of Nepal

When I boarded my 13-hour flight to Nepal, all kinds of thoughts raced through my mind. What would Kathmandu, the place I'd lived for years, look like? I had a connecting flight in Dubai where I met several Nepalese returning home because of the earthquake. They talked about whether their houses were still standing and if they'd lost any family members. Worry etched their faces as they contemplated what might await them back home. Read full post.

Posted May 12, 2015

Five "Every Day" Things That Could Build God's Kingdom, by Brittany Tedesco

It never dawned on me that missionaries struggle to haul items from one place to another because they lacked something as simple as a bag. Read full post.

Posted May 05, 2015

Where is God in Tragedy of Nepal?, by Kendall Lankford

Currently, we are suffering in a world that aches and longs to be redeemed! A world that is deep into its labor pains (Matt 24:8). A world that looks forward to the day when it will join God's children in glorious freedom from sin and death (Romans 8:21). Read full post.

Posted April 28, 2015

Thy Will Be Done, in North Korea, as it is in Heaven?, by Brittany Tedesco

In the West, we talk about finding God's will for our lives. What's God's will for people in places like North Korea? Read full post.

Posted April 21, 2015

We Attract a Certain Type. Are You It?, by Brittany Tedesco

Christian Aid Mission attracts a certain type—we have from the very start. This type questions the status quo, thinks critically, and wants to use their resources strategically as part of a bigger picture. Read full post.

Posted April 14, 2015

Inbred Ideas: Islam's Teaching Produces Disabled People, by Brittany Tedesco

One word explains the disproportionate number of mentally and physically disabled children born to Muslim families: incest. Read full post.

Posted April 07, 2015

People: More than Just Souls to Be Won, by Brittany Tedesco

Ours is a culture that likes to separate the elements that comprise a human being, as though one aspect (such as the spirit) doesn't affect the other (such as the body) and vice versa. Read full post.

Posted March 31, 2015

Our Pain, Our Suffering: Jesus Enters It All, by Emily Coleman

As we prepare our hearts for Good Friday and Easter Sunday, we'd like to share a guest post with you, our extended family of faith, written by our very own Emily Coleman. On the cross, Christ "took up our pain and bore our suffering." But what does this mean in light of the suffering that we—and the native missionaries we serve overseas—still endure? Read full post.

Posted March 24, 2015

History Doesn't Lie: The Truth about Islam (Part II), by Brittany Tedesco

Islam is employing age-old tactics to wipe out Christians and the evidence of their history. But the tactic is backfiring. They're inadvertently creating more of them. Read full post.

Posted March 17, 2015

History Doesn't Lie: The Truth about Islam (Part I), by Brittany Tedesco

ISIS has been destroying millennia-old relics from ancient civilizations, including some of the earliest Chaldean manuscripts of our Bible. Are they just depraved barbarians? Or is there more to it than that? Read full post.

Posted March 10, 2015

An Upbeat Read about Death, by Brittany Tedesco

As Christians, we mourn the loss that death creates, but not like those without hope. If the person who died had the Spirit of Christ living in them, they are with Him in glory now. In a place without sorrow and pain. Anticipating their new bodies when Christ returns. In the words of John Piper, “Death is like my car. It takes me where I want to go.” Read full post.

Posted March 03, 2015

Holy Cows and the Wisdom of This World, by Brittany Tedesco

Since BJP party leader, Narendra Modi, won the election in 2014, Christians have experienced increased persecution from Hindus who see them as unwelcome propagators of a foreign religion. Is it any wonder that the political party most opposed to Christians is also the one that has long since pushed the idea of cows being sacred? Read full post.

Posted February 24, 2015

A Biblical Meditation on the ISIS Execution of 21 Christians, Guest-post by Thomas R. Schreiner

Most of us have read the story of 21 Egyptian Christians kidnapped in Libya. An ISIS video showed about 12 of them being beheaded, and it is quite certain that all of them were murdered. Read full post.

Posted February 17, 2015

People's Feet: Wash or Dismember Them?, by Brittany Tedesco

You might have heard that great numbers of Muslims are turning to Christ in the Middle East right now. Do you want to know why? In a word, contrast. More specifically, they’ve had their feet washed by native believers empowered by the spirit of Jesus Christ to follow His example. Radical Christians. Read full post.

Posted February 10, 2015

The Biblical Basis for Supporting Indigenous Missions, by Brittany Tedesco, with Bob Finley, Raul Hernandez, and Amie Cotton

Would it surprise you to learn that there’s no record in the New Testament of Christians going to share the gospel in foreign countries where they didn’t know the local languages? Nor is there a record that any of the original apostles ever went to a foreign country as foreign missionaries. To the contrary, the strategy we find in the Bible is strikingly similar to the indigenous missions model. Read full post.

Posted February 03, 2015

The Problem of Racism, by Charles Burge

Racism is not uniquely American or a fairly recent development. A simple consideration of history and culture shows this sin crosses borders and time. Read full post.

Posted January 27, 2015

The Written Word of God: Is It Always Necessary?, by Brittany Tedesco

Written translation? Audio translation? It’s easy for me to theorize from afar how to best reach the world. But theorizing and knowing are two very different things. The indigenous ministries we support know what method will work most effectively with the people they’re reaching, and we trust they’ll choose wisely. It’s our job to support their decisions. Read full post.

Posted January 20, 2015

God Concerns Himself with Foolish Things, by Brittany Tedesco

Just another example of how counterintuitive God’s ways are to us. Read full post.

Posted January 13, 2015

Some Suggestions Regarding Child Sex Trafficking, by Brittany Tedesco

I’m not going to lie. I didn’t want to write this post. I didn’t want to read the disheartening stories and review the chilling statistics. I’d much prefer to pretend like the problem of child sex trafficking doesn’t exist. But it does exist and it’s not going away. The practice has actually increased in recent years. Read full post.

Posted January 06, 2015

It's Not Practical...And That's a Good Thing, by Brittany Tedesco

Spending resources on toys when food, medicine, and shelter are so desperately needed might be impractical, but then again, it might be exactly what the doctor ordered. Read full post.

Posted December 30, 2014

I Saw What Hope Looks Like, Guest post by Nancy Charles-Parker

As a former career counselor, you’ll understand why I was drawn to Living Stones Ministry. Since it opened, over 1,000 children have completed the program. To date, none have joined the dangerous teen gangs that cripple Guatemala’s security and economy. And none have fallen victim to the lure of the human traffickers who require thousands of dollars in exchange for transportation to the U.S./Mexico border. Read full post.

Posted December 23, 2014

Ten Ways Your Gifts Changed the World in 2014, by Brittany Tedesco

When you accept Jesus’ invitation to participate with Him in the act of giving, you can forever change the world too. Because you equipped native missionaries around the globe with the resources they needed this year, hope, life, reconciliation, and redemption was produced in the lives of those who heard and accepted the good news of Jesus Christ. Read full post.

Posted December 16, 2014

How to Read a Persecution News Story, by Jeff Sellers

In response to requests from readers of the persecution news service I edit, Morning Star News, I’ll share how I handle dealing with so much horrific news that can leave one either despondent or desensitized. Read full post.

Posted December 09, 2014

Leaving Home for Christmas, by Charles Burge

The sights, smells, and sounds of the holiday season from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day center on the theme of home and hearth. We seem to find comfort in the thought of being “home for Christmas.” But we should remember the story of Christmas includes homelessness. Read full post.

Posted December 02, 2014

What Kind of Cocktail Are We Drinking?, by Brittany Tedesco

While the Bible says “Do not love the world nor the things in the world” 1 John 2:15, Western Christianity teaches that Jesus’ job is to make us wealthy and comfortable. What kind of weird theological cocktail are we drinking? And why are we exporting this strange brew overseas? Read full post.

Posted November 25, 2014

Can’t We All Just Find Some Common Ground about Jesus Christ?, by Brittany Tedesco

You see, people are cool with a Jesus who is meek, humble, and quietly supports their agenda. But start talking about the cross that Jesus endured, where His blood was poured out for your and my sins, and you start irking people. Read full post.

Posted November 18, 2014

Our ? Which Art in Heaven, by Brittany Tedesco

Would you be surprised to learn that an Arabic version of the Bible has been published in which God is never referred to as Father? Why has this been done? For one reason: common ground. Specifically, common ground with Muslims. Read full post.

Posted November 11, 2014

Persecution: Is a Workaround Possible?, by Brittany Tedesco

Do Jesus’ followers really need to be so bold? What if they just toned down their message a bit, and shared the gospel more selectively? What if they tried not to stand out so much? Can’t they just find some common ground with the peoples around them? Read full post.

Posted November 4, 2014

The Difference between Using and Equipping, by Brittany Tedesco

“Using” implies putting other people to work to carry out our objective, our vision. “Equipping” involves asking questions like “What do you need to fulfill your vision?” Read full post.

Posted October 28, 2014

A Place in This World, by Brittany Tedesco

Isn’t that what everybody wants? A place in this world? We who are Christians know that God created humans with this desire, not so He could sadistically watch us flounder around trying to find our purpose in life, but so that we would look to Him and find this desire met in Him. Read full post.

Posted October 21, 2014

How to “Civilize” Primitive People, by Brittany Tedesco

When a life is surrendered to Christ, the Holy Spirit comes into that life and transforms it from the inside out. People who once identified themselves solely by their ethnicity or culture now have a new identity. Read full post.

Posted October 14, 2014

Praying for ISIS, by Charles Burge

Christian Aid Mission has been working with local churches and ministries in Iraq, Syria, and other areas in the Middle East affected by ISIS for years. They are in place, supplying not just food, shelter and physical essentials but also spiritual counsel and prayer. Read full post.

Posted October 7, 2014

The Bob Finley I Remember , by Dee Stowe

In this post I want to share my impression of the Bob Finley I knew. Last year, the 60th anniversary of the origin of Christian Aid, I read several descriptions of him and somehow, as praiseworthy as they were, I felt something was missing in the tributes made to him - the essence of the man. Read full post.

Posted September 30, 2014

One Talent, by Brittany Tedesco

Humans are creative beings. It just comes with the territory of being created in the image of a creative God. And when creativity and faith merge, it doesn’t matter how many talents you’ve been given—five, two, or just one—you can always find a way to invest them for His glory. Read full post.

Posted September 23, 2014

The Wise Man Built His House upon the Rock, by Brittany Tedesco

And where biblical illiteracy hides under the guise of Christianity, spiritual problems follow. Without a solid foundation, how can lasting change occur? Read full post.

Posted September 16, 2014

The Captain is the Last to Leave, by Steve Van Valkenburg

I respect the missionaries who have stayed behind in Syria and Iraq. They stay because they have an opportunity to share Christ like never before. They stay because they´re shepherding flocks, groups of believers meeting together secretly, and the captain is the last to leave a sinking ship. Read full post.

Posted September 09, 2014

It's Not About Indigenous Missions, by Brittany Tedesco

The issue isn’t indigenous versus foreign. The issue is presenting the gospel in the most effective way possible. It's apparent to us that God is using native missionaries for a strategic purpose in these last days. Nothing He does is random, and nothing we do has to be either. Find out where God is at work, and join Him in that work. Read full post.

Posted September 02, 2014

Straight from the Horse’s Mouth, by Brittany Tedesco

For several weeks now, my thoughts have been consumed with the Iraqi people and what’s happened to them. So what are they doing? What are they seeing? What is a typical day like for them? Our Middle East Director asked them these questions and more. The answers? Here they are, straight from the horse’s mouth: Read full post.

Posted August 26, 2014

#HelpLocalIraq, by Brittany Tedesco

If you’re paying attention, the world isn’t getting any friendlier toward Christians. It’s rapidly becoming more hostile toward us. We knew this was coming—the Bible tells us so. Should we be surprised or apoplectic about the world’s indifference toward the suffering saints? Those aren’t their brothers and sisters caught up in a terrible situation. They’re ours. Read full post.

Posted August 19, 2014

Top Five Ways to Become a Business Investor, by Brittany Tedesco

Though Christian Aid doesn´t provide full support to any of the ministries we assist, we have provided many of them with the means to start income-generating projects that will meet their needs well into the foreseeable future. In many cases, a small business doesn´t just provide a missionary with income—it is the very avenue through which a missionary can reach people. Read full post.

Posted August 12, 2014

An Ordinary Way Our Extraordinary God Speaks to Us, by Brittany Tedesco

Have you ever gone through a rough time and cried out to God for answers...and then He brought answers in the form of a book? A book authored by someone whose writing provides insight into your problem—someone who perhaps went through the exact same thing you´re experiencing. Read full post.

Posted August 05, 2014

You Really Think You're in Control?, by Brittany Tedesco

We received a note from a houseparent at a school for underprivileged children who live way below the U.S. poverty line. “She is able to understand that even though she has very little here, there are many in this world with huge needs and so much less,” wrote the houseparent. What would’ve become of this little girl with the heart of gold had she not been rescued by someone with the means to help and the faith to pray? Read full post.

Posted July 29, 2014

Defeat or Divine Plan?, by Brittany Tedesco

“How can a culture survive without salt?” our Middle East Director, Steve, rhetorically asked us during one of our weekly meetings. “Salt” referring to Christians. And “culture” referring to Mosul, Iraq, which has all but lost its Christian presence. Read full post.

Posted July 22, 2014

Heaven is For Real , by Brittany Tedesco

If you’re like me, the spiritual realm can feel so near sometimes—and yet so far away at the same time. Earthly stuff can dominate my life. I speculate that this is why God has allowed certain people to have “other-worldly” experiences and visions: to keep their attention where it needs to be. Read full post.

Posted July 15, 2014

Top 9 Reasons to Love Christian Aid Mission, by Brittany Tedesco

As my 10-year anniversary at Christian Aid Mission grows nigh, I think back to what first caught my attention about this wonderful ministry that supports highly effective native missionaries. It wasn't the "highly effective native missionaries" part. It was goats. Read full post.

Posted July 8, 2014

The Issue With Prayerline, by Brittany Tedesco

Here at Christian Aid Mission, we send out a monthly prayer guide called Prayerline. For every calendar day, we include a prayer request from an indigenous ministry we assist. These prayer requests have dollar amounts attached to them. And every now and then, this becomes the focus of a staff discussion. Read full post.

Posted July 1, 2014

Unveiled: Part II, by Brittany Tedesco

... Pierced to the core, Isik´s inner struggle began. Jesus was so opposite of the god of Islam…and yet how could she break allegiance with the only god she´d ever known? He was hateful, but familiar. Read full post.

Posted June 24, 2014

Unveiled: Part I, by Brittany Tedesco

... Inside that suffocating blanket of fabric is a woman who longs to please her god—the only god she knows. And part of pleasing him is accepting what he says about her as a woman (and how she should be viewed and treated). She veils herself for reasons that extend beyond male oppression. Read full post.

Posted June 18, 2014
Systematic Torture of a Christian Minority… Why We Should Care and What We Can Do, by Brittany Tedesco

June marks the third anniversary of the conflict between the Kachin people and a government that seems dead-set on destroying them. A report just released by a human rights agency paints a grim picture of the horror this Christian ethnic minority has endured since 2011. Read full post.

Posted June 10, 2014

Crooked, by Brittany Tedesco

Even though native missionaries don’t set out to change cultures, a funny thing happens when the gospel takes root in a community. Some cultural practices change on their own… Read full post.

Posted June 03, 2014

Toilet Day, by Brittany Tedesco

On a previous trip to China, Paul visited Christian Aid Mission-assisted Handan Bible School. He reported that here, not only are the men’s and women’s facilities a row of holes in the concrete floor, but there are no stalls separating them. No privacy. Rustic, even for Chinese standards. I think Paul included this detail in his report to give us a clear idea of the kind of simple lives these Bible school students willingly lead for the sake of the gospel. Read full post.

Posted May 27, 2014

The Fight for Freedom , by Joan Hutter

Courageous and fruitful indigenous pastors and missionaries boldly share the gospel in closed countries. Many end up in prison, some for the rest of their lives - others for a few years. They come out with an intimacy with the Lord Jesus that is only instilled through Gethsemane nights in the valley of the shadow of death. But they know. They believe. Those valleys are only shadows. Read full post.

Posted May 20, 2014

Pharisee Lover, by Brittany Tedesco

You see, all are precious in His sight. Persecutors of Christians included. Saul of Tarsus, the Pharisee whom Jesus saved while he was on his way to persecute more Christians, isn’t just an extreme example from days of old. Stuff like that happens all the time today. Read full post.

Posted May 13, 2014

The First Among the Last, by Brittany Tedesco

Encountering a new species, I would imagine, is an unforgettable moment, and most likely means some sort of scientific recognition. Encountering the first “new creations” from a previously unreached people group is an unforgettable moment for the Christian, who knows it means that Christ's return is just a little bit closer. Read full post.

Posted May 06, 2014

What To Do With Muslims, by Brittany Tedesco

Are Muslims really our enemy? Or are they simply people like you and me, but caught in the trap of Islam? I think we would do well to set our fears and baggage aside, and engage with them. Read full post.

Posted April 29, 2014

A Bigger Plan than Anything I Imagined, by Sarla Mahara

To go and represent Christian Aid in South Asia last month was such an honor. The pastors and missionaries we assist carry on their work in the face of persecution without adequate resources. Regardless of their circumstances, they move forward, putting their faith in the Lord to provide. Ministry isn’t just a job for them; it’s their calling. Read full post.

Posted April 22, 2014

Where is Your Focus? , by Brittany Tedesco

You and I are alive now, in this society, for a reason—for such a time as this. So how do we “make the most of our time because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:16)? By focusing on our rotting culture and trying to change it? Or by taking a page from the strategic handbooks of native missionaries? Read full post.

Posted April 15, 2014

Unfurling Flags of Resurrection Truth, by Jackie Peake

The “Coexist” bumper sticker clearly broadcasts the idea that truth can be customized to one’s personal taste. Its message is intended as a vote for “peace” between different worldviews. While we do not wish any harm to those of different viewpoints, Christians hold that true peace is dependent on Christ reigning in the hearts of men. Read full post.

Posted April 08, 2014

Anything for Jesus, by Joan Hutter

A few weeks ago I sat on the television set as an international evangelist spoke to millions of people in the Muslim world through a TV camera. I sat there, along with a handful from the staff at Christian Aid Mission, and interceded while Isik Abla spoke a gospel message in Turkish on God’s awesome power. I don’t understand Turkish, but I felt the encouragement in my heart as she prayed with people calling in live from Turkey and across the Middle East. Read full post.

Posted April 01, 2014

Faith, by Brittany Tedesco

I became almost enamored with these native missionaries, “What kind of faith is this?” I'd ask myself in awe. Surely, I thought, we in America have no idea what it's like to sacrifice like they do. That's right about the time when I found a letter from a supporter named Richard, who'd sent in a $10 donation. The money, he wrote, came from selling plasma. He had nothing and was sleeping on a mattress in a church basement. Read full post.

Posted March 25, 2014

What To Do With A Coincidence, by John Scully

Sometimes we experience coincidences that make us stop and think, is there something more than just a coincidence happening here? Read full post.

Posted March 18, 2014

Sandwiches and Salvation , Guest post by Paul Tatham

The gospel is what distinguishes the Church from good, charitable organizations; without the hope of eternal life Christ offers, eternal benefit for the recipient is diminished or extinguished. As Jesus once asked His disciples, “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul?” (Matthew 16:26). Read full post.

Posted March 11, 2014

The God Who Sees , by Brittany Tedesco

Have you ever gotten a hug from God? Not an actual hug, obviously, but something unusual that breaks into your world that seems random but isn’t random at all…and you just know it’s God saying, “Hey, I see you.” Read full post.

Posted March 04, 2014

Take Part in Upheaval!, by Jackie Peake

Not all upheaval of establishment leads toward corruption of society. Satan assumed that the Church led by some uneducated fishermen would tank. But fishermen who bought into the Father’s plan of being bold “fishers of men” started a movement that within a few years prompted critics to say they had “turned the world upside down” (Acts 17:6). The gospel internalized triggers major upheaval in individual lives, communities, and societies. Read full post.

Posted February 25, 2014

Let's Keep the Party Going, by Brittany Tedesco

Christian Aid supports missionary work done by locals in their own countries because we believe they're more effective—that they have the capacity to bring more souls into the Kingdom in less time—precisely because they have fewer hurdles to cross than foreigners do. In other words, they're keeping the party going in heaven. And we help them do it. Read full post.

Posted February 18, 2014

Life Changing Words, by John Scully

Someone wrote a book called, “One Word That Will Change Your Life.” The authors believe that if a person chooses a single word, focuses on it and lives by it, “… life will become more rewarding and exciting than ever.” I think this works because our motivation comes from within, rather than trying to follow a list of do’s and don’ts. Read full post.

Posted February 11, 2014

Caution: Handle With Gratitude, by Brittany Tedesco

People are people—we haven’t changed all that much from ancient days. We’re still prone to forget, still prone to put our trust is something other than almighty God. I’m convinced the antidote to this, our human condition, is gratitude. Gratitude forces us to remember the Source of our help. It causes us to acknowledge the Giver. Read full post.

Posted February 04, 2014

Free Indeed, by Brittany Tedesco

“You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men,” the Apostle Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 7. As Christians we understand his statement. We know that human life is immeasurably valuable. But what about the many who don’t know this truth? Read full post.

Posted January 31, 2014

I Have a Broken Heart, by Brittany Tedesco

A few months ago, I read a report from the leader of a group of Lebanese believers who’ve focused their attention on ministering to the Syrian refugee children pouring into their country. Most of these children have been out of school for more than three years. Knowing how much trauma they’ve experienced, the Christians try to create a safe, fun environment for them—if only for a few hours each week. Read full post.

Posted January 28, 2014

Where is your cah?, by John Scully

Language can be confusing. Words have certain meanings, but they can mean something entirely different depending on how they are used. How would anyone without a natural grasp of the English language manage to understand these language nuances and cultural quirks? Yet, when a Christian couple thinks it’s a good idea to be a missionary in a foreign culture, they often fail to consider language problems and cultural differences until it is too late, and they cannot understand why they are having no impact on the people they are trying to reach. Read full post.

Posted January 24, 2014

God's Got It Covered, by Brittany Tedesco

Part of what I've learned while working at Christian Aid is that God has some very creative ways of reaching people. And He's not limited like we humans are. Last week, a visiting native missionary from India told us a story about the Malto tribe—a completely unreached, mostly Hindu, group of people living in a remote region near the border of Bangladesh. Read full post.

Posted January 21, 2014

Vintage, by Brittany Tedesco

This excerpt I nabbed off our website further explains: “Our leadership and staff do everything we can to keep our administrative costs very low. In fact, one of the first things most visitors to our main office observe is the well-used furniture, desks, and filing cabinets. Many items have been donated to us through the years.” “Oh sure,” you might think. “You haven´t updated your furniture in the last, what, four years?” Try the last four decades. Literally. Read full post.

Posted January 17, 2014

The Comfort Zone, by John Scully

And then there are cyclones, typhoons, and floods which often result in contaminated water, diarrhea, cholera, and respiratory infections. It’s not so hot living in hot places. Who wants to go there to do missionary work? Read full post.

Posted January 14, 2014

An Assault by Grace, by Brittany Tedesco

“Faith-based diplomacy”…as a solution to national conflicts? Interesting concept. So how’s that supposed to work in the real world? In a world like Syria, where evil seemingly rules and where terrorists aren’t exactly ready to sit down for a cup of tea and play nice. Faith-based diplomacy? There? To borrow Yoda’s phraseology, skeptical I am. Read full post.

Posted January 10, 2014

What it takes to get groceries in(to) Syria, by Joan Hutter

Here we fight traffic to buy groceries. In Syria, traffic takes on a whole new meaning, as does attaining food. Consider the following report from brave missionaries who crossed the border with a van-full of supplies for a little house church in Syria. Read full post.

Posted January 07, 2014

Choose this Day: Shrink Back or Press On?, by Joan Hutter

Across the globe men and women say yes to frontline battle in the name of Jesus Christ; they live with abandon to take the beachhead for the Lord, no matter the cost. Many face death if they confess Christ as Lord. They have a choice and it’s serious. Read full post.

Posted January 03, 2014

Lost, by John Scully

But this was a good trip for us. We were able to experience life on a different level, and yes, it was uncomfortable at times. We worried a bit about the threat of mosquitoes infecting us with dengue fever, constantly having to remember not to drink the unsafe tap water, and fearful of being lost while driving in a country where no one speaks English. And one day - we did get lost. Read full post.

Posted December 31, 2013

Worse Than Hate, by Brittany Tedesco

Hate. It can be daunting and scary...ruthless and unpredictable. To go near it is to take a risk. In predominately Hindu, Muslim, or Buddhist countries, the risk of bodily harm for sharing Jesus Christ is incredibly high. But so is the reward. Read full post.

Posted December 27, 2013

What happens when a Ukrainian evangelist prays for you?, by Joan Hutter

I don’t know a lick of Russian but I promise my heart knows the word spoken by a Ukrainian evangelist preaching the gospel in his language. I am not saying I can translate Russian or Ukrainian. But the heart knows the gospel, no matter what the language. Read full post.

Posted December 24, 2013

What's In An Image?, by Brittany Tedesco

It was the height of the holiday season, and the city was completely decked out for the celebration and revelry. Holiday shoppers crowded the stores and markets. Tiny colored lights twinkled from the eaves of homes and businesses. Children dressed up in costumes to re-enact the ‘old, old story’” ... the birth of the one to whom they sing praises: Ganesh. Read full post.

Posted December 20, 2013

Men of Whom the World Is Not Worthy, by Brittany Tedesco

This week in staff meeting, Steve Van Valkenburg, our Middle East Director, read us the most recent report from a native Lebanese ministry leader who risked his life to take food and supplies, provided by Christian Aid donors, to Christian leaders left in war-torn Syria. Read full post.

Posted December 17, 2013

Power in a Name, by Dee Stowe

“We’ve got to wake up Dr. Finley,” I shouted, and we went to the door of his room, which was at the opposite end of the house and started banging and shouting, “Dr. Finley, get up! The house is on fire!” We heard him say, “Okay, I’m coming!” Assured he was right behind us we left by the front door, the smoke so fierce we felt our way out by memory. Read full post.

Posted December 10, 2013

I Will Strengthen You and Help You, by Brittany Tedesco

Honestly, I don’t know where the time has gone. I find it tough to believe an entire year has almost passed under Cynthia Finley’s leadership—perhaps because time flies when you’re having fun. This year for Christian Aid has been unprecedented in growth and blessing. How fitting it is also the same year we celebrate 60 years of ministry. Read full post.

Posted December 06, 2013

Winning the World to Christ - in America, by Joan Hutter

The nations gather right here in America. Right here within a few feet in one room. Read full post.

Posted December 03, 2013

God Works it Out, by Brittany Tedesco

God takes our finite resources and multiplies them into something wonderful. Read full post.

Posted November 26, 2013

A Wonderful Way of Giving Thanks, by John Scully

There may have been an era in our history when this day was a time to remember God’s provision, a time to pray, and a time to express thanks to Him. But those things are no longer a part of the tradition. Except, I think, in Christian families. Read full post.

Posted November 22, 2013

Where is God at Work?, by Brittany Tedesco

In 1948, Christian Aid founder, Bob Finley, pleaded with God that, in his lifetime, he would see believers in Nepal—an official Hindu Kingdom at that time and home to no known Christians. Read full post.

Posted November 19, 2013

What a Church Building Means, by Brittany Tedesco

Meeting underneath a tree, inside a home, or out in a field are par for the course for poverty-stricken, persecuted believers that comprise the Church worldwide. And they’re willing to do it. But as I’ve discovered, a church building means something significant to a person who’s left everything to follow Jesus in a hostile land . . . Read full post.

Posted November 15, 2013

The Method, by Brittany Tedesco

In 1983, Barau entered a community of Koma people, a tribe who ate grubs and lived naked in a jungle, not one person among them had ever heard the gospel message. Read full post.

Posted November 12, 2013

Voices from the Philippines, by Brittany Tedesco

Our thoughts and prayers this week focus on the victims of Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms on record. Read full post.

Posted November 08, 2013

“Such men deserve recognition”, by Brittany Tedesco

Last week, Gabriel Barau, a visiting native missionary from Nigeria spoke in our staff meeting. Christian Aid has a 27-year relationship with Barau, who's led thousands to Christ since the beginning of his ministry in the early '80s. Read full post.

Posted November 05, 2013

Claustrophobia, by Brittany Tedesco

The closest I’ve come to solitary confinement in a small, dimly-lit space is almost being trapped inside the Christian Aid elevator. A few other staff members actually experienced this several years ago when the erratic apparatus jolted to a stop for several moments with them inside. Read full post.

Posted November 01, 2013

Remember My Chains, by Brittany Tedesco

This Sunday, November 3, is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. It’s a day for Christians, like me, who live in relative ease and freedom, to remember their chains and intercede for believers throughout the world who are suffering because they will not deny the Lord. Read full post.

Posted October 29, 2013

Making Sense of the Great Commission, by John Scully

Today Christians can be found in every country, and they are doing mission work among their own people, far better than I, or any other American, could. Read full post.

Posted October 25, 2013

"Teach Us to Pray", by Brittany Tedesco

People are selfish by nature. We’re born that way. We want to live life for ourselves and on our own terms. Furthermore, prayer doesn’t come naturally to any of us. After all, is it not pride and selfishness that prevent us from bowing the knee to God in submission? Read full post.

Posted October 22, 2013

Thanks for Never Letting Us Forget, by Brittany Tedesco

Dr. Bob Finley, founder of Christian Aid Mission who resigned as president several years ago, often used staff meetings to educate us. He made sure we never forgot where we came from and the purpose for our existence as a mission. Read full post.

Posted October 18, 2013

My Most Favorite Person Ever, by Brittany Tedesco

We all have our favorites. . . those people at work or church, in our friend circles or even in our families who we just seem to have more of an affinity for than others. It’s pretty normal and, I think, unavoidable. It turns ugly, however, when we show partiality. Read full post.

Posted October 15, 2013

A Goat in a Ravine, by Brittany Tedesco

A steep hill on Christian Aid's property used to be covered in a heinous vine described in the dictionary as “a hairy leguminous climbing plant.” Read full post.

Posted October 11, 2013

He is ALL They Have, by Joan Hutter

They live in destitute countries where muddy streams serve both as bathtub and drinking source. A clump of rice on a cardboard flap – maybe daily but for some, weekly – is their only food. So, for these believers, Jesus is truly their All in All. Their only hope. Their portion. Read full post.

Posted October 8, 2013

Exercising while working could make a big difference in the life of an out-of-shape office dweller, by Brittany Tedesco

For as long as I can remember, my mother has been into healthful living, and regularly sends me emails containing health-related tips. Read full post.

Posted October 04, 2013

Am I a Missionary?, by John Scully

Am I engaged in spreading the gospel to the uttermost parts of the earth? Certainly not as we traditionally define a missionary--that is, someone who must leave the security and comfort of an American lifestyle and--GO!-- to live among a strange people in a strange land. Read full post.

Posted October 01, 2013

Living in the Desert, by Brittany Tedesco & Emily Coleman

Emily Coleman is a people-magnet. Her easy laughter and good-natured teasing draw people in. And once they´ve gotten to know her, they discover she´s authentic, honest, and steady. Emily´s parents and six siblings are the same way, which explains why they´re so close. So the announcement in staff meeting a few months ago was hard to comprehend. Read full post.

Posted September 27, 2013

Feasting on God´s Word . . . Literally, by Brittany Tedesco

The other day I opened my Bible to the book of Ezekiel and read the passage where God commands Ezekiel to literally eat a scroll containing His Word. Fortunately for him, the scroll tasted sweet. Read full post.

Posted September 24, 2013

Prepare Yourself by the Spirit of Prayer, by Joan Hutter

Prayer raises warriors for God´s kingdom, bowed yet emboldened, surrendered yet equipped and commissioned. Without it, we go to battle empty-handed. But with prayer, we are fully armed. Read full post.

Posted September 20, 2013

"He who is not with Me is against Me", by Brittany Tedesco

Without Christ, all of our minds are darkened. As non-believers we may not have murdered people, but all of us worked against Christ in some form. A person cannot be neutral. Read full post.

Posted September 11, 2013

The Most Beautiful Thing, by Brittany Tedesco

Years ago, I picked up a book that contained no words. On each page was a photograph of a person from a unique ethnicity, eyes looking straight at the viewer. Oh the shapes, the colors, the variety in those pages! The images were powerful, though they were nothing more than people's faces. They spoke of God's creativity, and it was beautiful. Read full post.

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