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January 23, 2020
Muslim Fulani herdsmen seeking grazing lands among predominantly Christian tribes have made the north-central areas of Nigeria very volatile, the leader of a native ministry said. Some of the ministry’s most effective church planting and humanitarian work has taken place in the area, including water boreholes in three villages and a school for the children. “The greatest challenge remains security of the area and for our missionaries,” he said. “We have suffered losses there – some missionaries killed, and one for three years still missing. We have no idea what happened to him.”
January 16, 2020
Muslim Fulani herdsmen seeking grazing lands among predominantly Christian tribes have made the north-central areas of Nigeria very volatile, the leader of a native ministry said. Some of the ministry’s most effective church planting and humanitarian work has taken place in the area, including water boreholes in three villages and a school for the children. “The greatest challenge remains security of the area and for our missionaries,” he said. “We have suffered losses there – some missionaries killed, and one for three years still missing. We have no idea what happened to him.”
January 9, 2020
Muslim Fulani herdsmen seeking grazing lands among predominantly Christian tribes have made the north-central areas of Nigeria very volatile, the leader of a native ministry said. Some of the ministry’s most effective church planting and humanitarian work has taken place in the area, including water boreholes in three villages and a school for the children. “The greatest challenge remains security of the area and for our missionaries,” he said. “We have suffered losses there – some missionaries killed, and one for three years still missing. We have no idea what happened to him.”
January 2, 2020
A law passed last year providing health care for all people in the Philippines takes effect this month, but that will not matter to remote villagers where there are no doctors or medical facilities. Impoverished villagers have long suffered from lack of access to health care in the Southeast Asian country. Against this backdrop, a 4-year-old boy in Mindanao whose hernia made it too painful to play with other children didn’t realize how lucky he was.
December 26, 2019
In his refugee tent in Turkey, a Muslim father of two was talking with native missionaries who had just given him tarps to help keep out the rain. He wanted to know why they were doing it. The Turkish ministry leader realized the refugee believed they would expect something in return for helping them. He needed to put him at ease. “Who are you?” said the refugee, a schoolteacher in his native Syria. “We never heard that we should help unbelievers. If we had the chance, our priority would be to kill you.”
December 19, 2019
In a Vietnamese village where everyone worships the gods, goddesses and spirits of their ancestors, the gospel seemed a rude intruder. When a young man found Christ in another village and brought it back to his family, the God of his salvation message seemed to them a foreign imposter. Then the Holy Spirit began to stir their hearts.
December 12, 2019
While conflicts between Muslims and Christians do break out from time to time, relations between the two groups in a north-central African country have historically been tolerant and cooperative. So when a fervent Muslim who fanatically tried to convert Christians to Islam was offered an opportunity to translate the Bible, it seemed to him a task well suited to his education and abilities. He welcomed the opportunity to mingle and discuss Scripture with prospective converts to Islam.
December 5, 2019
Five years ago, a Muslim family man in northern Iraq believed Christians were misguided and that Islam was the solution to the world’s problems. When Islamic State (ISIS) militants took over his town in the Nineveh plains, he rejoiced that Islamic law would finally be implemented. Within a month, ISIS forces had beaten his sister and mother on the street and killed his brother.
November 21, 2019
He had lost the woman he had married 11 years before when she finally decided she had to get away from the violence erupting from his addictions to drugs and alcohol. Enrique knew his life was in ruins, but the 35-year-old electrician in Peru felt helpless to repair it. When a neighbor in his village brought him to a native missionary’s church, he seemed impervious to the gospel preaching but liked the worship atmosphere. He returned to the Sunday services for months.
November 14, 2019
A police officer in Burma (Myanmar), fired from the force after 10 years on duty due to a drug offense, was listening as a native ministry leader spoke of Christ at his prison. The leader provided the inmates with food as well as spiritual nourishment, and the former policeman, Nyan, sensed the presence of the Holy Spirit. As the ministry team left, the preacher had no way of knowing his impact on Nyan’s life.
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