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March 23, 2023
Efforts to help victims of the earthquakes that devastated Turkey have led to gospel opportunities, though ministry workers were seeing such openings grow even before the disasters. One worker, a Syrian refugee who accepted Christ and began helping to distribute aid, recently received a call at 10 p.m. from one of his countrymen – a refugee who had taken his sick child to a hospital emergency room. “He said that the doctor wanted to meet with me,” he said. “I was surprised and a little worried why the doctor would call me.”
March 16, 2023
The spiritual battles fought in outlying areas of Kenya are literally matters of life and death. In many areas, witchdoctors tell sick villagers that medical treatment would be futile against the curses placed on them, the leader of a native ministry said. “During our outreaches, we meet people who are desperate and helpless because of life’s challenges – many are bound by sicknesses and demonic spirits,” the leader said. “Some people opt not to seek medical help because they believe they are bewitched due to the falsehoods they are told. This is causing many people to die.”
March 9, 2023
Native Christian workers in the Philippines are taking a more holistic approach than they did five years ago, making gospel outreach even more effective, a ministry leader said. The coronavirus crisis of the past three years accelerated the new emphasis as workers were compelled to meet more physical needs. “Poverty and sickness are prevalent,” the native ministry leader said. “Addressing these needs together with the gospel is effective.”
March 2, 2023
The father of a displaced family in Iraq recently told Christian workers how he loaded up 21 relatives onto a pick-up truck to flee Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists in 2014. “Fadhil* suddenly saw in the mirror that his daughter, Lina*, had fallen from the vehicle, and the wheels of ISIS were not far behind them,” the native ministry leader said. “He was faced with a painful choice: Should he stop for his daughter, or continue on to save the rest of his family?” Silently agonized, Fadhil said nothing to his relatives of what he had seen.
February 23, 2023
Two devastating earthquakes and hundreds of aftershocks in Turkey and Syria have killed over 41,000 people, with the death toll continually rising, as people dig through the rubble of collapsed buildings in search of loved ones. Tens of thousands of people are now homeless in the bitter cold of winter. You can help meet people’s greatest needs for items such as food, water, diapers, and blankets with your gift today. Ministry workers are on the ground in the hardest-hit cities to help uncover bodies and distribute emergency aid, but the needs are immense. In Turkey alone, over 5,600 buildings were destroyed. Syrian cities devastated by years of war were further demolished.
February 16, 2023
His children tended to side with his wife in their fierce arguments, so a tribal man decided he would let them live without him. Living alone, he was stewing in a mixture of grief and resentment when native Christian workers paid him a visit and asked him why he was troubled. “Immediately he replied that he had fought with his wife, and that his children are always against him,” the leader of a native ministry said.
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