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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.

No Formulas for 'Success' in Evangelism

May 17, 2018 - An indigenous missionary with a far-reaching radio ministry in Laos was on the last day of a week-long medical outreach on the Thai side of the border when he met a villager who wanted to talk with him about Jesus. The ministry leader, Pastor Keoki, took the man to the back of church building to talk about Jesus, but then he noticed more than 30 people waiting to see doctors had come over to listen. He saw this as a great opportunity to lead many to Jesus just from talking to one man. After he finished his message, he asked those who wanted to accept Christ as Lord and Savior to raise their hand. No one raised their hand. Read more.

When Daughters Want to 'Disown' Mothers

May 10, 2018 - As a young schoolgirl in the Middle East, Ayah was taught that Christians were only out to undermine and overtake her Muslim country, and she was furious when her mother became a Christian. The 16-year-old could not understand how the woman who raised her as a devout Muslim could now be spouting talk that would make them exiles among their own relatives, community and country. Feeling betrayed at the deepest level, the girl could barely contain the shrillness in her voice as she told her mother she had been tricked by the ridiculous material she had seen on the Internet. Her mother, Noura, had been watching online videos of a pastor talking about what it means to believe in and follow Jesus Christ – a message that indigenous missionaries throughout the region see yielding much fruit. Read more.

Risking their Lives for God's Kingdom

May 3, 2018 - When the director of an indigenous ministry in the Philippines visited a pastor on the island of Mindanao for a few days, the pastor and his son vowed not to sleep at night during their stay. "We will stay up all night keeping watch with guns," Pastor Enso told the director, Bayani Leyson. "Islamic insurgents sometimes pass through, and Communist guerrillas are watching our movements, and they could attack if they see outsiders come in." The growth of Christianity was hindering Communist recruiting efforts, and the guerrillas were out to put a stop to it by any means. On Nov. 27, 2015, Pastor Enso and his son were bathing in the Culaman River at 6 a.m. when gunmen believed to be members of a Communist death squad fired on them. Native missionaries throughout the Philippines are braving such opposition to expand God's kingdom. Read more.

Traditional Ritual Stuns Village Patriarch

April 26, 2018 - Adama had lived in his village in Burkina Faso his entire life – 90 years. Suddenly, he was banished. A 6-year-old girl had mysteriously died, and tribal leaders used a divination ritual to determine what had provoked local spirits to commit such an outrage. A shadow fell on Adama, and they accused him of employing witchcraft to bring a deadly disease on the girl. The traditions of the animist village called for him to be expelled for two years to verify his guilt; if he managed to survive in the wilds, he would be declared innocent and could return. Gaunt and broken, he was cursing some rocks when indigenous missionaries spied him while they too were being escorted from the village; in their case, for preaching Christ. Like native missionaries throughout the country, they were trying to bring wholeness and healing to entire communities. Read more.

Displaced Refugees Driven to Remote Wasteland

April 19, 2018 - Some were driven from their tents or slum dwellings by surly Turkish neighbors, some saw the government bulldoze their tents. For one reason or another, the Syrian refugees were no longer welcome in the city in southern Turkey where they had lived for years since fleeing the atrocities of their war-ravaged country. They gave up on urban life and fled to a vacant wasteland, where an indigenous ministry discovered them – 8,000 desperate people living in deplorable conditions. Like indigenous missionaries working throughout the Middle East, the workers found people eager to hear about eternal salvation. Read more.

Opening Young Hearts to Know Jesus in Turkey

April 12, 2018 - When the director of an indigenous Christian ministry in Turkey was a small boy, his Muslim family used to watch the television show, "Little House on the Prairie." "They were so kind to one another, and spoke so nicely about one another, that my mother once said, 'Look how nice these infidels are to one another,'" he said. "As I grew older, my mother's words remained deep in my heart and caused me to think positively about getting to know our Lord Jesus Christ." Read more.

Animists in Kenya Find Meaning in Christ

April 5, 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.

Displaced Christians in Syria Fear for Their Lives

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.

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