Jonas couldn’t believe what was happening. For years he had been covertly entering hard labor work sites in remote unnamed locations where modern day slaves were “employed." The slaves had been sent by North Korea as part of a corrupt government program. His mission was to bring food, medicine, and the message of the Gospel to the men who lived with little or no hope.
As militants stormed their small Syrian city, Bahira and her family did the only thing they could...flee. Finding refuge outside of Damascus, the hurting family took up shelter in an unfinished building with a simple roof over their heads. There were no walls, no electricity, and no water. It was a shack by all definition, but at least for the time begin, they were safe from ISIS.
With the advancements of communication, it’s mind boggling that a country like North Korea can control the spread of information and remain a mystery. It’s rare to get an unadulterated peak behind the curtain that surrounds North Korea, and even more rare for it’s people to hear truth from the outside world.
When Ezekiel accepted a New Testament, he had no idea how much his life was about to change. The young man had grown up in Northern Africa in a family who faithfully practiced Islam. At age 23, he could already recite the entire Qur’an by heart.
Jamie is an onsite Alpha Relief partner working along the Burma border. She offers hope to thousands of impoverished orphans and families living under the oppression of the Burmese army. Her heart’s greatest desire is to pioneer new areas of the war-torn country and reach displaced villagers with the love of Christ.
Elias had no reason to have hope. His family is among the thousands who fled from the Syrian civil war to a border country. Before escaping their home city, the family had been trapped in a war zone, cut off from supplies, forced to eat leaves, twigs, and grass to survive. Elias had to endure the pain of watching his oldest son killed in front of him by bomb shrapnel. Though they are now far from ISIS’s continued devastation inside Syria, the family still must endure life in a refugee camp where food, medicine, and other critical resources are severely limited.
With all this stacked against him, Elias does have hope. So where could it possibly come from?
Abram and Siri are friends of Alpha Relief who answered God’s call to be underground missionaries inside the refugee camp to which Elias fled. Elias’s entire family was overwhelmed when the missionary couple came to their tent offering food and other relief aid. Although sharing Jesus is forbidden in the camp, and severely punished if discovered, Elias listened intently as Abram and Siri spoke about Christ. The missionary couple prayed for Elias’s youngest son Joram who had been diagnosed with leukemia in Syria, and committed to bring the boy to a local doctor. This unprecedented act of kindness, in an environment where professional medical care is almost non-existent, began to open the family’s hearts. What happened next would truly transform them.
On their way to an appointment with the doctor, Elias told Abram that, although it was against everything Islam had taught, he believed the missionary’s prayers to Jesus on behalf of Joram had been answered (Matthew 21:22). In the doctor’s office, the group listened overjoyed as their beliefs were confirmed. The test results were negative. The cancer was gone. Elias now knew the truth. Jesus was the Savior and He had miraculously healed his son.
Shortly after the miracle, Elias’s entire family gave their lives to the Lord. They were the first-fruits of a secret movement, even now spreading through the refugee camp. The risk of persecution still exists, but our Heavenly Father continues to open doors through relief aid and medical care, offering Abram and Siri access to a seemingly countless number of Muslim refugees who are hungry and thirsty for the Truth. Joram’s story of miraculous healing continues to draw those in need of hope who live in Elias’s community and the family is now working alongside Abram and Siri as underground small group planters in the refugee camp. There truly is reason to celebrate.
Friends, would you join us in continuing to pray and support Elias, Abram, and Siri? Pray that many Muslim refugees around these brave underground church planters see the love we as fellow Christians are offering. Pray it prepares them for their own miracles, drawing them out of darkness into the marvelous light of Jesus.
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I am amazed at what the LORD can do with a forgiving heart and a willingness to humbly follow His lead. This month I want to introduce you to Bo and Annie, a couple who know firsthand the hardships of following Christ in a restricted nation.
I'll never forget the look on her face the first day I saw her. She was so shy. So afraid to look up.
There was no smile.
No sparkle in her eyes.
Last month I had the privilege of representing Global Advance at a NextGen conference in Panama City in partnership with Youth Solutions based in Colombia. Over 850 spiritual leaders from Panama and other nations registered for the Light the City event which was held at Hosanna Church in downtown Panama City. To our knowledge this was the first event of its kind in Panama. Over 30 churches participated in what many felt was a movement of the Spirit to unite churches and encourage leaders to bring the light of Jesus Christ to their respective communities.
Europe is changing before our very eyes. Amidst the beautiful steeples and quaint homes of Germany is a culture that is struggling to find its identity. Hundreds of years ago this land produced great giants of the Christian faith that still echo truths to our generation. What would Martin Luther, Nicholas Von Zinzendorf, and Dietrich Bonhoeffer think of today?
A growing buzz of voices filled the room as women overflowed into the small hotel conference room located in the Sichuan Province of China.
Kuwat knelt in his prison room feeling his face begin to swell and his lips crack from the beating he’d just endured. This was not the first time he’d tasted his own blood for being a follower of Christ, but it was the first time he’d been beaten by someone he knew … his own family.
Jesus said in Acts 1:8 that we will receive power to be His witnesses in Jerusalem; Judea; Samaria and ends of the earth.
Here are 5 REASONS MISSIONS MUST STAY TOP PRIORITY even in these difficult times.
About 120 women had gathered in a room designed to hold 100. It was hot and crowded, but there was joy and a sense of anticipation in the atmosphere. In attendance were women in leadership: representatives from seventeen denominations from across South Sudan. Their love for God was evident in their exuberant worship (in both English and Arabic) and in the warm smiles on their faces.
I wonder how people might interact differently if they could see the future when meeting someone for the first time? Make sense? You know, like if you met me and you could see my future (somehow) and know that I was going to be a millionaire that would in the near future be funding all kinds of projects (yes please!) like the one you are thinking of starting. Make sense now? How might you act differently, if any?
Jake has a masters in Intercultural Studies from Fuller, a masters in Governance and Sustainable Development from Staffordshire and degree in Philosophy from the University of California...oh and he started a "church" in a coffee shop.
Up untill last week, I had never heard that type of combination of worship style, especially in Spanish.
The dust kicked up in the air as our car made its way down the boulevard that was teeming with cars, pedestrians, motorcycles, and bicycles all maneuvering their way through the directionally complicated and congested city streets. The African sun pounded with intense heat off the city streets of Douala, Cameroon. We had traveled through the night to arrive in time for our scheduled frontline pastors meeting.
As the early morning sun splashed the path where I walked and prayed, a quiet confidence met my expectant heart. I was moments away from convening frontline leaders from the urban and rural villages that cover the landscape around the Sichuan Provence of China. While I prayed and prepared to train church planters to plow the soil and gather a harvest of souls, peasant workers worked their own gardens nearby.
I peeked around the weary brick wall to find her smiling and stirring away. The pot on the fire contained a simple meal; the work of her aging hands would feed hundreds of hungry children that day who might not otherwise have access to food. Tucked away in a dark corner she faithfully tended to her post, pausing frequently to wipe her sweaty brow with the edge of her skirt.