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Despite the presence in a refugee camp of Islamic relatives and neighbors, a Muslim family of six has put their faith in Christ after hearing the gospel from local missionaries who provided aid. The family members are inviting others in the camp to meetings.
Torrential rains caused flooding in southeast Bangladesh this summer that caused many people to lose both their homes and their daily work, and local missionaries provided emergency food and shelter to hundreds of them, including some recently baptized Christians.
In discipleship training with local missionaries, two young men learned to bless and do good to those who curse and hate them. When a co-worker found out they were Christians and began reviling them in foul language, their refusal to retaliate and instead respond with kindness piqued his curiosity.
During the three and a half months that a pandemic lockdown kept a church from meeting, the gospel advanced beyond its normal reach as local missionaries created Zoom and YouTube links for services. Ministry team members also planted 10 house churches over the course of six months.
An elderly man had repeatedly rejected the gospel, but he returned to local missionaries when he was in the final stages of cancer, and they again shared the message of salvation with him. He repented of his sins, received Christ and was joyously anticipating heaven at his death.
In gospel outreaches that included screenings of the Jesus Film and home visits, local missionaries recently led 47 people to Christ and planted five churches. A woman who received an Arabic Bible attended discipleship courses along with her children, received Christ, and now she composes songs that she and her kids sing to worship God.
Inmates in prisons, prostitutes and refugees are receiving the imperishable inheritance of salvation after listening to local missionaries share the gospel. Officials in one city were so impressed by the transformation they saw in immigrants, prostitutes and narcotraffickers that they provided a place for workers to minister to them.
An inmate continued selling drugs in prison and extorted money from other prisoners until he heard the testimony of a cellmate whom a local missionary had led to Christ. Touched by how his cellmate’s life had been redeemed, he accepted Christ, receives biblical discipleship at the church workers planted inside the prison and shares the gospel with other prisoners and their families.
More than 1 million internally displaced people and refugees remain unable to return home due to military destruction or ongoing violence, about half of them children. Some of these people have lost loved ones to Islamic extremists or other militants, and all have lost their homes and jobs.
From soccer tournaments where youths hear the gospel to seminars for merchants on how to do business with Christian principles, local missionaries have seen much fruit from multiple opportunities to proclaim Christ. Through their sports ministries, 179 young adults have received the Lord’s salvation.
A 35-year-old farmer whose foot had to be amputated after a minor wound became infected went to a Christian retreat for a local Quechua community, where he put his faith in Christ. Workers continued to care for him and, through biblical reflections, helped him reconcile with family members, which led four of them to receive Christ.
When two or three families put their faith in Christ, initially they worship at a local missionary’s church in a nearby village until some can be trained to lead church services at a home in their own community. This can lead to persecution by relatives, neighbors and officials in their own villages, but Christians have refused to renounce their faith.
Men in a tribal area showed no interest in Bible studies, saying they were too busy working and that such meetings were only for women, but a local missionary has involved men from two villages in study of God’s Word. “These men have shown great change in their lives by committing themselves to join the Bible study,” the ministry leader said.
Two young men from Africa survived an Islamic extremist attack that killed the rest of the members of their family and fled to Spain, where they received aid and a secure place to heal at a local ministry’s center. After putting their trust in Christ, they were zealous as they shared their faith with other refugees.
Knowledge of the Lord is transforming lives throughout the region. A young man who was working to help support his parents and siblings had an accident that left him unable to stand, creating hardship as his mother was paralyzed and his father struggled to support them as a day-laborer.
Praises that churches on the verge of collapse due to the pandemic have been revived, and home visits have resulted in many people coming to the Lord. In one area terrorized by the sound of screams and of invisible stones hitting homes, local missionaries organized Christians to pray against unclean spirits.
In remote areas as well as urban centers amid daunting difficulties, locally based missionaries are making disciples in spite of threats from disease and opposition. Often their biggest obstacle, however, is poverty. Your support enables them to take on these challenges to proclaim the gospel in joy and in confidence with the backing of the worldwide Body of Christ.