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Doing Battle against Suicide and Witchcraft

October 17, 2019

Alberto, who had been raised to believe in God in Colombia, borrowed a motorcycle with the idea of ramming it into oncoming traffic to kill himself.

He had taken to carousing with new friends who led him to alcohol and drug addiction, but when he became seriously ill, they had abandoned him.

His choices had led him to the edge of a dangerous pit of despair.

Syrian Refugees Thought It Couldn’t Get Worse

October 10, 2019

More Syrian refugees flooding into job-scarce towns in Turkey further agitate Turks who have already derided and attacked them as Arabic-speaking trouble-makers.

Unwelcome in Turkey, Muslim refugees from terrorist-infested Idlib, Syria face the threat of officials sending them back if they are suspected of association with Islamist extremist militants and rebel fighters there.

More than eight years after war drove millions of Syrians out of their country, a cascade of geopolitical events has hit refugees in Turkey especially hard.

Obstacles, Opposition Come with Kingdom Expansion

October 3, 2019

Relatives hostile to Christian faith, flooded roads that damage motorcycles, government restrictions on travel – all can instill fear in both native missionaries and new Christians in Laos.

In one of the world’s last bastions of communism, a 2016 religion law known as Decree 315 threatens to cripple efforts to spread the gospel. Gathering together, holding worship services, traveling and planting churches where none existed require prior permission.

Native missionaries are confronting a new level of fear and intimidation.

When the Call of Allah Leads to God’s Son

September 26, 2019

An influential Shia Muslim leader in a Middle Eastern country heard Allah telling him to go to a majority-Sunni Muslim country to convert Sunnis to Shia Islam – or so he thought.

Zain was well suited to Allah’s call: Soon he had converted a number of Sunni Muslims to Shia Islam.

Somehow, God broke through to him – and his Shia converts. The native missionary who baptized them is still wondering how it all happened.

Kingdom of God Comes Quietly in Central Asia

September 19, 2019

Raised in a well-off Muslim family in Kyrgyzstan, Alima could not believe that she and her two children were suddenly homeless.

She had always been a deeply devoted Muslim, reciting prayers five times a day, and was zealous to do good, according to native Christian missionaries. Her husband worked hard so the family could live comfortably in the impoverished Central Asian country, but then last year his coughing and shortness of breath hit, they said.

As Tariq’s health deteriorated, his attendance at the mosque became more frequent and intense, but soon he was so weak and in such pain that he had to be hospitalized.

Investing their Lives
in ‘Lost’ Causes

September 12, 2019

Witchcraft was a way of life for an ethnic Mixtec father of six in a Mexican village who lost his two youngest children to mysterious illnesses.

Villagers who relied on his potions and rituals in their yearning to acquire fortune or favor believed that Roberto’s two young sons must have died in a war of spells between him and another specialist in witchcraft – and that his rival’s spell also doomed his other children to die.

It took a long, long time for Roberto to realize his perpetual drunken stupor would not take away the pain.

They Need Health Care – and Someone Who Cares

September 5, 2019

Villagers in the Philippines had waited in vain for foreign aid organizations to fulfill their promises to bring free medical clinics to treat their first-degree burns, pneumonia, respiratory infections and other ills.

Then a stranger from their own country showed up.

“He was attired in a traditional manner,” a ministry director said of the native missionary. “With blackened teeth strengthened by chewing betel nut, he smiled and disclosed that he came all the way from a tribal village together with his wife, children and grandchildren.”

The Forbidden Light of Christ Begins to Shine

August 29, 2019

In the countries of North Africa where only a scant few have heard the gospel, Muslims are taught that Christians worship three gods including the Virgin Mary, and they routinely hear that the Bible is riddled with major textual corruptions. While the Bible alone has been known to lead some people to faith in Christ, amid the region’s miasma of misinformation a personal connection is critical; one question leads to another, and nothing short of face-to-face answers will do. Following up with those who contact their website, native missionaries travel to different regions of the country – increasingly, with results forbidden by the surrounding society.

Small Business Start-Ups
Transform Lives

August 15, 2019

A young Christian woman in the Philippines whose speech impediment kept her in the shadows was devastated when her baby died before his first birthday. At any church service or gathering in an undisclosed town on the island of Mindanao, Maria Dominguez stayed back in a corner. In the past year she tried recovering from the trauma of losing her child by selling snacks in her neighborhood, a native ministry leader said. “Unfortunately, she did not have enough capital to finance her business,” he said.

Christ Begins to Rule
among Refugees

July 25, 2019

Refugees from Syria are so desperate for help they usually don’t see beyond their own needs, but native missionaries in Turkey recently noticed something different in them. When a native ministry’s food truck arrives at a given refugee settlement, usually the predominantly Muslim refugees from Syria crowd around it and clamor for distribution to begin. On a recent distribution, however, several Muslim women went not to the truck, but straight to the director. “I said, ‘Go around to the back of the truck, that’s where the food will come from,’” he said.

Overcoming Intense Opposition
to the Gospel

July 11, 2019

In northwest Vietnam, a new Christian was telling a fellow villager about Christ recently when a man came up and struck him with a machete. Most Christians, knowing such hostilities could erupt from hard-liners, are careful to speak of Christ much more privately. While officials harass and arrest Christians whose worship becomes too large or noticeable, pressures from tribe, family and clan present the greatest challenge.

When Demons Strike Terror
into Souls

June 27, 2019

A Muslim woman was suffering from an illness that neither witchdoctors nor medical doctors could cure: She was convinced she was surrounded by snakes. Though nominally Muslim, Rachida was raised with voodoo belief in a prominent serpent spirit.

Proclaiming Christ amid Conflict
and Opposition

June 20, 2019

Between ethnic rebels trying to recruit them as soldiers and evil spirits threatening to afflict them, young adults in Burma (Myanmar) have a lot to fear. Besides fearing that any illness may be a sign of punishment from a malevolent spirit world, young men in Burma also live in fear of militants from insurgent groups drawing recruits from ethnic groups. “They are frightened all the time, as they don’t know when rebels will come to their village and take them from their family and from their village,” a native ministry leader said.

Greece Still Awash with
War-Ravaged Refugees

June 13, 2019

Three years after Greece signed an agreement with Turkey to discourage refugees from trampolining off Turkey to Greece, Greek facilities for receiving them are still overwhelmed – prolonging the crisis. Many of the newcomers are disillusioned with Islam and open to the gospel. Most refugees in Greece today come from Afghanistan, including Muslims who must avoid hard-line neighbors finding out they are learning about Christ.

War-Scarred Muslims Find Life
in Christ

June 6, 2019

Muslims are still feeling the effects of the Islamic State’s occupation of Mosul from June 2014 to December 2017 after the terrorists killed thousands of civilians, and government forces killed thousands more – civilians fleeing ISIS who were suspected of belonging to the group. Families on both sides of the war who lost their men in the fighting are struggling.

Lasting Peace
in Lands of Violence

May 30, 2019

A widow in the Philippines who came to faith in Christ in her 80s was just beginning to get passionate about visiting homes to share the gospel when she knocked on the door of the man who had stabbed her son.

Ritual Human Sacrifice
Uncovered in Africa

May 23, 2019

Ben Adebayo was earning a good living cultivating human body parts from people he killed for witchdoctors who use them in potions or amulets, which in many parts of Nigeria are believed to make people invincible. “He used this to make so much money, and he became so deeply involved in killing that he destroyed more than seven girls,” a ministry leader said. With the same intent, Adebayo arranged to meet a young woman who, he was unaware, was a missionary with the locally based ministry.

Jesus Shows His Power
in Bangladesh

May 16, 2019

Earlier this year, a new Christian in Bangladesh overheard a Muslim tell a tea vendor that his health was getting worse each day. Hassan, a young father and construction worker who grew up Muslim, had put his faith in Christ only two months prior. He was taking a break at a tea stall near a home that he was building when he heard the vendor ask his Muslim acquaintance how he was doing. “That sick man replied with much depression that it was getting worse day by day,” Hassan said. “I asked him, ‘What happened with you?’”

Kneeling Down Sick,
Raised Up Healed

May 9, 2019

Caroline’s husband didn’t come home and beat her because he was drunk; he beat her because she was drunk. In a remote, undisclosed village in Uganda where few people could read, Bwambale Nakonde* believed that if he punished his wife enough times she might stop being an alcoholic.

Remembering the Forgotten Millions of Syrian Refugees

May 2, 2019

Millions of Syrians remain as refugees in countries such as Turkey even though Syrian government forces have retaken large areas previously lost to rebel forces; why? Refugees living in tent camps and dilapidated apartments tell native missionaries that they have nothing to go back to but more danger. The Syrian army bombed their homes or set them on fire, and security authorities are threatening those they suspect of supporting or sympathizing with the uprising against the regime of President Assad.

Secular Jewish Refugees Discover the Living God

April 25, 2019

A Jewish refugee couple from Russia was not interested in hearing more about Christ after they attended an evangelistic event in Israel, but they did accept an invitation to participate in a marriage seminar. A native ministry based in Israel offered the seminar as part of its effort to meet needs in the community.

When Overcoming Evil Becomes a Family Affair

April 18, 2019

Though at times in her right mind, in fits and spurts Ramya had spit insults and obscenities at nearly everyone in the village. No sorcerer within or outside the village had been able to drive the evil spirits out of her. A lifelong Hindu, Vijay was puzzled that she was just as devoted to the idol images of their gods as he was. He sensed in her the same evil presence that he had seen in his grown daughter.

Muslim Witchdoctor
Freed from Occult

April 11, 2019

Mamadou was a shaman in West Africa who made amulets and charms inscribed with verses of the Koran for people trying to ward off illness and evil forces. In the peculiar blend of Islam and tribal animism practiced in some parts of Burkina Faso, a shaman can make a decent living as a traditional “healer” providing trinkets and incantations attributed with power to keep malicious spirits and other beings at bay.

Colombian Rebel Lays Weapons Down

April 4, 2019

Roberto was a rebel guerrilla in Colombia until he opted for freedom in Christ – a decision that landed him in jail. Soon after putting his faith in Christ, he began attending worship services. Roberto shared his dramatic testimony in streets and parks, proclaiming Christ’s salvation and inviting others to refrain from doing evil and instead serve the Lord. Recently his devotion to the will of God made another dramatic leap.

Spiritual Battle Rages
in Addict’s Soul

March 28, 2019

As a boy growing up in Southeast Asia, Revo* was the top student in his Sunday school class, eventually becoming a full member of his church. Then came the evil spirits. Revo said he opened the door to the evil spirits when he fell in with an unruly gang: “We reveled in drunken orgies and even offered sacrifices to evil spirits.”

Buddhist Boy Finds New Meaning
in Death and Rebirth

March 21, 2019

When Tumo went to the temple as a little boy in Bangladesh and saw his parents worshipping the Buddha idol, he could not help thinking that it did not move and did not have life. “I used to tell my parents,” he said, “‘This idol does not have life, cannot speak and cannot hear – then why should we worship the idol of Buddha?’”

Good News for Those Spreading Good News

March 14, 2019

The scenario of tribal animists coming to Christ and being expelled from their village has played out time and again in Laos, but this time was different. Amazingly, district officials went to the village heads and told them to stop persecuting the Christians. They were able to remain in their homes and continue worshipping. That was not the case in another village, where a young couple faced expulsion.

God Abides with Former Teacher of the Koran

March 7, 2019

Kazim Safisa was once like the young Muslim men waiting for him in front of his village home in West Africa with knives, clubs and cudgels. Returning home from a long day working his farm in Ghana, the new Christian knew the cultural dynamics behind their Islamic zeal. Not long before, Safisa had been a zealous sheikh, going village to village teaching on the Koran. He knew why they felt “infidels” like him must die.

Doing Spiritual Warfare – with Youth Gangs

February 28, 2019

In a slum in Guatemala, a pre-teen boy can earn $30 for killing a store owner who refuses to comply with the local gang’s financial demands. This option was too tempting for 11-year-old Octavio. Living in extreme poverty, his fatherless family struggled to survive, and he was thinking of joining a gang to earn “good money.”

Bringing Sunday School to Unchurched Kids

February 21, 2019

Children’s Sunday school is a great way to teach Bible basics, native missionaries in Burma (Myanmar) reasoned, so why not use it to evangelize? The missionaries trained Bible college students to go out on Sunday mornings and invite children, most of them from Buddhist families, to what they called Good News Club.

No Baptism Is Routine in Muslim Country

February 14, 2019

For a government official of a Muslim country to leave Islam was unthinkable. But he decided to secretly put his faith in Christ. Living near a port city, his position had earned him great status and wealth. He had the faith to attend worship services at an established church pastored by the native missionary who led him to Christ, but he didn’t risk baptism.

Following the Holy Spirit amid Opposition

February 7, 2019

A year ago a large mob of tribal villagers in southern Mexico, armed with guns, ordered two native missionaries to leave for preaching about Christ. Deeply suspicious of anyone outside their village, the tribal people feared that the native missionaries were going to draw people away from their religious mixture of indigenous and Catholic practices. Already two families were paying close attention to the Bible.

Native Missionaries Desperate to Help Syrian Refugees

January 24, 2019

Winter is slowly killing Syrian refugees in Turkey, and native missionaries are praying for help. “Refugees are physically weaker now, as we can see just from looking at them,” a native ministry leader said, adding that cancer is increasing due to the harsh conditions. “Their already weakened bodies will not get enough food, and some of them may not survive the winter”

Gospel Workers Push through Hardship

January 17, 2019

A team of 26 native missionaries prayed that it would not rain during a recent outreach to a village in West Africa, because most of them would be sleeping in the open air. The village in central Togo had little space for visitors to spend the night. They managed to find a small shanty to rent for the women, and the others slept on the ground or on benches. No rain water fell, but later stones did rain down on some of them.

Muslim Refugees Know Christians by their Fruits

January 10, 2019

The leader of a native ministry in Turkey was shocked when a wealthy Muslim friend told him he was planning to buy a Syrian refugee girl as a slave. The leader’s friend told him, “In a few weeks I’m going to go down to the camps. I have a wealthy old friend who bought a young Syrian girl and made her his second wife; I was going to go pick one for myself.”

Trying to Snuff Out the Candle of Jesus’ Light

January 3, 2019

For all of his 60 years, Karim had been a staunch Muslim in a rural area of Bangladesh where few knew of anyone who was not a Muslim. Leaving Islam was also unheard of. So when a young Bangladeshi from outside the village began visiting homes and telling families about Jesus, Karim was as perplexed as he was scornful.

Urgent Need to Seize Huge Opportunity

December 27, 2018

Suppose the Lord found plenty of workers to go into the harvest – and then, before they could bring in anywhere near the full number of the redeemed, they left. That’s the problem a native ministry leader is facing, just as a huge opportunity to bring the gospel to Muslims in Syria has opened up.

Redeemed Vessel Hits on Unique Ministry

December 20, 2018

When a native missionary in Brazil went to an unreached people in the country’s southwest, it didn’t take long before he found out about the most hated man in the village. The missionary had heard that Carlos* looked for excuses to fight with his neighbors. Constant drinking fueled his temper, and his drunken rages often left his wife with bruises impossible to hide. When his wife dragged him to an open-air evangelistic event, they never dreamed what a powerful ministry would emerge from it.

A Muslim’s First-Hand Education in Islam

December 13, 2018

A staunch Muslim in Iraq who hated Christians had a very personal reason for wanting to learn more about Islam. Mahmod Mohammed* was happy to see the arrival of ISIS in northern Iraq in June 2014. Three months later, ISIS militants seized his home and turned it into a weapons storage site. When he tried to resist, they beat him and took his wife. He never saw her again. Because the militants had a Koranic rationale for everything they did, Mahmod resolved to learn more about Islam.

New Way to Preach Christ amid Hostility

December 6, 2018

The gospel spreads primarily by word-of-mouth in Laos, especially if you count the mouths of radio broadcasters, but a native ministry has discovered a key role for social media in the advance of God’s kingdom. It is illegal to post anything that could harm the reputation or “national security” of the country, but a native ministry says response to the Facebook page it began in June – including that of non-Christians – has been overwhelming.

Islam in the Light of Christ Poses Danger

November 29, 2018

A native missionary in West Africa was showing a documentary about Islamic extremist atrocities to villagers at an earthen-walled, thatched-roof home when a neighbor showed up saying the police were on their way. The native missionary, Eric*, took his equipment and left, telling the others to disperse as quickly as possible. Muslim Akposso leaders had directed the police to arrest him.

Alcoholic Convict Finds Freedom – and More

November 22, 2018

A woman in Kazakhstan had been an alcoholic for many years before a native missionary told her the gospel, and she learned about Jesus Christ for the first time. Within months, she was sent to prison for nearly killing someone. She had a New Testament the native missionary had given her. That was all she needed.

Jungle Books: Critical Supplies for Spiritual Battle

November 15, 2018

Patricio went into a prison in Ecuador for aggravated assault and came out wanting to plant a church among the unreached in a remote northern jungle. Evangelists with a native prison ministry led Patricio to Christ, breaking through the spikey shell shielding his tender core and seeing him change from hardened hot-head to determined missionary. He spent months in Bible study, and he knew sweet fellowship in an otherwise hostile environment. But that was just his first transformation.

Healed, Saved – and
Condemned

November 8, 2018

A 68-year-old man in Laos who met Jesus in a miraculous way found that not even the Lao culture’s deep respect for elders could protect him from anti-Christian fury. Seriously ill most of last year, Keoki* put his faith in Christ one year ago after a native missionary and others prayed for him, and he was healed.

Picking Up the Pieces of a Shattered Life

November 1, 2018

Some years ago a concern that most parents had about their daughters in North Africa was marrying them off, but 17-year-old Mariam’s parents were especially concerned. Though beautiful, their daughter had mental abilities that doctors said were lower than those typical of her age, and they feared she would degrade the middle-class family’s honor by failing to have any children and living in poverty.

Christian Answer to a
Muslim Prayer

October 25, 2018

A Muslim mother of three trying to bring her family from Syria to Lebanon across snowy mountains feared they would freeze to death if they stopped moving. Even with the help of a paid guide to smuggle them into the country, the refugee family was blocked – snow had piled up on a road through the border area’s windy mountains. Her exhausted children, who had been hearing only sharp commands to keep moving or else they would freeze to death, were relieved to get a rest. At first.

The Gospel at God’s
Speed

October 18, 2018

Coastal humidity mingling with desert heat blew in through the window of his family’s third-floor apartment as Mostafa listened to a former Muslim on his laptop screen talk about Christ. His parents and siblings were away, but the 19-year-old didn’t dare try to turn the laptop volume up when, outside, the noon call to prayer from a mosque loudspeaker drowned out the speaker on his screen.

How To Be Fruitful
and Multiply

October 11, 2018

Before two native missionaries in the Philippines got married 15 years ago, they decided they wanted to have 12 children. “We hoped that God would grant our desires, for we really wanted to have a big family,” said Marco, who leads the ministry the couple began. Fifteen years later, they have one child, a girl. “God has given us one wonderful gift – a loving daughter who is now 13 years old,” he said.

A Syrian Father’s Life-Changing Journey

October 4, 2018

A Muslim father of three in Syria, Achmed, dreamt that God told him He wanted him to know Him. It was unforgettable but left him uneasy, since he had no idea what the Almighty meant. Taking his family out of war-torn Syria, to Madrid, Spain, Achmed’s journey as a refugee was only beginning.

A Little Kingdom Yeast for Harsh Societies

September 27, 2018

When her 4-year-old son disobeyed, the mother of two young children in North Africa would burn him with a hot knife. Sara* felt she was being lenient; when she was a girl, her mother had punished her with cuts from a cutlass heated over fire. Her son’s slowness to clean up his messes had seemed an afront to her and her authority, she told a social worker for a children’s rights project sponsored by a native Christian ministry.

Bravery and Sacrifice in the Face of Death

September 20, 2018

Abdel, a young man in a Middle Eastern country, knew something was wrong when his mother showed up at his apartment with a checkbook in one hand and a burial cloth in the other. It had deeply wounded her when Abdel told her he had left Islam to become a Christian. He knew that embracing Christ would mean being shunned by his family.

Christ’s Light Brings a Breath of Fresh Air

September 13, 2018

Three tribal men in Vietnam had been friends for decades, helping each other through financial hardships, family struggles and illnesses by means of one great, shared love – marijuana. Illegal and condemned by the government since they were teenagers in the 1960s, marijuana seemed to be the only constant in their frequently unpredictable lives.

Christ amid the Witches and Ghosts of Cuba

September 6, 2018

The top witchdoctor in a village in Cuba was an alcoholic whose specialty was said to be animating bits of dead people into living beings. Using bones, hair and other bits of the deceased, Jorge claimed to devise messengers who would bring messages to the living. A native missionary on the communist-governed island heard about Jorge’s sorcery and made his way through jungle paths to meet him.

Girl Sold into Life of Oppression Finds Freedom

August 30, 2018

Deborah was only 14 years old when her parents gave her as a wife to a man she didn’t want to marry in exchange for a horse. This practice was not uncommon in her impoverished region of the Philippines. Drug trafficking was also common, and her husband tried to overcome poverty by selling methamphetamine known as shabu.

Signs and Wonders as Churches Emerge in India

August 23, 2018

The Lord told a native missionary to erect a church building in southern India, which he obediently did. By the next day, villagers had destroyed it. The missionary had come to a village where no one knew Christ. God had told him that He desired a church building there, however, under the philosophy, “If you build it, people will come to Christ.”

How to Go Where No Missionary Has Gone

August 16, 2018

More than two centuries of foreign missionary efforts in Liberia did not reach tribes in the thick jungle of the interior, with its predators and disease, and it wasn’t easy for a native ministry either. But 27 native missionaries recently got into a large canoe at 10 p.m. to paddle for nearly three hours, arriving at a village where the gospel had never been proclaimed.

Gospel Advances in Paraguay Despite Dangers

August 9, 2018

A village strongman in a remote area of northeastern Paraguay told a native missionary that he would kill him if he continued talking with people about Jesus. No Protestant missionary had ever gone there before Oscar. The strongman, Gonzalo, told Oscar the Christians were causing division in the community.

One of Many Gospel Bridges to the Unreached

August 2, 2018

One of the things Nurul most disliked about the home for widows in Indonesia was the joy an elderly Christian woman there exuded. The 68-year-old Muslim could not stand that another widow, Amelia, could sing and smile so much in the home for widows and orphans. Besides having no money, Amelia had no children or other relatives to care for her, Nurul thought; was she demented?

As Gospel Spreads in Laos, so Does Opposition

July 26, 2018

Kaipo had fled his native Laos after his father called police to arrest him for becoming a Christian. Taking refuge at a native Lao ministry on the other side of the border with Thailand, he asked its director whether he should return home. The 17-year-old’s father, an influential witchdoctor in the village, had thrown Kaipo and all his belongings out of their house after learning that he had left their ancestral rituals.

The Beauty of Christ v. the Ugliness of Cancer

July 19, 2018

People with cancer in Vietnam are not suffering through their painful treatments in clean hospitals with meals provided. From Hanoi in the north to Ho Chi Minh City in the south, cancer patients eat only what their families bring to dirt-laden hospitals that are so overcrowded that the sick are often lying in the hallways. To these people go native missionaries who bring the hope of Christ to people in physical, emotional and spiritual agony.

A Life Condemned to Darkness Finds Light

July 12, 2018

After shelling in Aleppo, Syria wiped out her entire community, destroying her home and killing relatives outside of her immediate family, Jana lived in depression for five years as a refugee in Lebanon. Jana and her husband had never lacked anything in the life that was shattered in Aleppo, but in Lebanon they struggled to keep their five children fed and clothed. When a friend brought Jana to a prayer meeting at a church established by native missionaries, it did not solve all her problems. But she did gain a new perspective when she gave her life to Christ.

Unwanted Mom Agonizes over Unwanted Child

July 5, 2018

As a girl in a poor village in Ukraine who struggled in school, Maria had tried in vain to make her mother – the director of the area school – proud. Now she was pregnant and unmarried. Nevermind that the pregnancy was the result of rape. Maria’s mother could only think about family disgrace and insisted on an abortion. Maria wanted to put the baby up for adoption. Her life had not been kind to her, and she didn’t want to bring the baby into it.

Helping the Displaced Go Home Again

June 28, 2018

The young father and his family spent two years in a camp for the displaced in Iraq after Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists took over his town, burned his house and blew up his liquor shop. Like many in the camps, when ISIS was finally defeated, Zain found his hometown and his house in ruins. He saw no choice but to rebuild from the ashes. Native missionaries who had given his family critical aid in the Erbil camp came alongside him, providing basic supplies for rebuilding and helping to paint his house.

Breaking Up Rocks in the Hard, Holy Land

June 21, 2018

A Jewish follower of Christ doing street evangelism as a native missionary to his own people in Israel was unable to strike up a conversation with a married couple, but they did accept his book about prophecy in the Book of Isaiah’s chapter 53. A few days later they called him, asking for more literature on the subject. “The couple was involved in Jewish religion studies and believed in God,” said the evangelist, Jacob. “I tried to point to the sinfulness of man and to the true meaning of the sacrifices in the Law…”

Unraveling the Mystery of Iraqi Girl’s Trauma

June 14, 2018

At a school in Jordan run by a native ministry, an 8-year-old girl from Mosul, Iraq became terrified every time her father took her to class. School workers were used to seeing refugees traumatized from Islamic State atrocities in Iraq, but they were baffled at Miriam’s shrieks of fear every time her father brought her to school. Miriam’s mother had her hands full with a younger child and a baby, but she had to bring Miriam to school, as it was the only way the girl could arrive calm enough to learn. Except that she didn’t learn.

Signs and Wonders – and Sweat and Blood

June 7, 2018

An indigenous missionary in South Asia has seen miraculous healings and thousands of people come to Christ, but his work has been anything but easy. Vinay’s devotion to poor, remote peoples who are without Christ means travel on perilous paths, sleeping alongside jungle insects and snakes, and preaching amid hostile Hindus and Buddhists.

For Greece, War in Syria is Not Winding Down

May 31, 2018

Three young adults from the war-wracked city of Afrin, Syria evaded indiscriminate gunfire from Turkish border agents before they ran through Turkey to get to Greece. Turkey had seized their home city. Native missionaries in Greece are trying to meet a growing surge of needs as battles rage on in Syria. Thousands of refugees are continuing to stream into Greece, where the native ministry provides food, funds for shelter and points them toward legal assistance, but recently needs have outstripped supplies.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Animists in Kenya Find Meaning in Christ

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.

Native North African Missionary Attacked on Christmas

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.

For eight years Mehdi* had ministered in a village in northern Africa. He and his wife worked discreetly in the dangerous neighborhood God called them to, where the Islamic State (ISIS) and other terrorist groups find rich soil for recruiting suicide bombers among the high percentage of radical Muslims and restless youths seeking purpose for their lives.

Refugee Needs Greater than Ever in Turkey

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.

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