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April 9, 2020
Countries throughout the Middle East are reeling from the novel coronavirus, with already suffering refugee populations especially vulnerable. For refugees and other displaced people there is little meaning to stay-at-home and social distancing orders. If they don’t work, they risk starving, and if they do work, they risk bringing the novel coronavirus into their crowded tents and run-down apartments.
April 2, 2020
Local missionaries in the Philippines are facing steep challenges to help people afflicted by the coronavirus even as the pandemic threatens their own lives and families. Ministry workers have temporarily curtailed activities, while others are in areas so remote the virus hasn’t slowed them. Those who are able are striving to meet physical needs while bringing the message of hope in Christ.
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.
February 13, 2020
With the economy in his Middle Eastern country in tatters and his wife leaving him, Mohammad saw no hope for himself or his young daughter. He spent most nights drinking, and his daughter was largely uncared for during the day as well, when he would look for odd jobs. “They were very poor, and when he took out a loan, he spent it on alcohol and other nasty habits,” said a native missionary in Turkey. “Then he came to Turkey as a refugee and decided to repent of these bad habits and return to his Shiite religion.”
February 6, 2020
Native missionaries in a country in West Africa did not know what to expect when they went to preach to inmates at a prison they had never visited, in a town unknown to them. They had a plan for how to proclaim Christ in a way that would most resonate with the inmates, but some things you couldn’t plan for in the Muslim-majority country. After a more than six-hour trip, they were stunned to be greeted by a social service officer who had witnessed their preaching in the prison closer to their ministry base.