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April 23, 2020
Traumatized from violence in northern Iraq, a Muslim woman was weak with an unknown illness after she and her young children took refuge in Jordan. She began attending a women’s Bible study and attending church services, but then she stopped after relatives visited. “She fasted in the month of Ramadan with them, fearing that she would be caught,” the ministry leader said. “She lived in terror of the discovery of her faith and of her participation in church.”
April 16, 2020
A Sunday morning church service seemed as good a place as any for an armed stranger to begin looking for the man he had been hired to kill. Inside the church building, he heard the preacher reading from the Bible about someone asking Jesus what the greatest commandment was. It was the following, second greatest commandment, however, that caught the gunman’s attention: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
March 26, 2020
The question put to a 38-year-old native of a village in southern India startled him. “How many of you are not Christians?” Raised in the rites of a traditional Christian denomination, Thomas was taken aback that the answer wasn’t initially clear to him.
March 19, 2020
Doing dangerous drugs with her boyfriend by night and earning a decent wage by day, Sarah dismissed a male friend’s talk of eternal life in Christ. In their native Philippines, they were too busy climbing the economic ladder in their urban metropolis to pay much attention to ancient things. Things changed, though, when Sarah ran into her friend – and the gospel – in a place that seemed like another planet.
March 12, 2020
Among the more than 2 million people who have fled Islamic extremist violence in northern Nigeria are hundreds of Christians who have been denied resettlement help because of their faith, aid workers said. Displaced Muslims have received government-built homes, new land and financial support for resettlement, but 347 Christians in urgent need have been denied help because of their faith. “We cannot watch them die while others unwillingly turn to Islam to get support while we look on,” the leader of a Christian organization based in Nigeria said.
March 5, 2020
Nine months pregnant when ISIS soldiers began going door-to-door in search of opponents and people non-compliant with Islam, an Alawite mother was terrified and immediately fled with her family to another part of Syria. The family made it to a hospital hours away just as Haya went into labor. She gave birth as bombs fell, but soon nurses told her that everyone had to leave the hospital. The exhausted Haya said her temperature was dropping fast, and that she could not move.
February 27, 2020
At a gathering of refugees in Greece, a native missionary’s message about hospitality and serving others struck a note with a new Christian sharing a large tent with 10 other families. “She came up front for prayer,” the native ministry director said. “She stepped in front saying, ‘I do not have a house, as I live in a tent, but I want to be used by Jesus.’” Prayers that the Lord would use her for His kingdom were soon honored in an unexpected way.
February 20, 2020
In a country where rice is already in short supply due to drought in some areas and flooding in others, those who follow Christ are even more threatened as officials withhold rations from those who have left the ancestral gods for Christ. At the same time, villagers refuse to sell staple items to Christians. Many villagers are torn between love of the Lord and need for food.