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Loving his enemies

Loving his enemies

A sheikh from the local mosque issued a fatwa, a legal opinion from an Islamic religious leader, demanding that Haytham and Mary be expelled from the community they went to serve with the gospel.

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Saved in prison

Saved in prison

Out of six months in prison, Nehad spent 55 days in solitary confinement. He regards them as the best days of his life because in that place he was comforted and knew the Lord.

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Together on the other side

Together on the other side

For many years a Romanian believer was beaten twice a week by the secret police. It is easy to become bitter, but a true Christian always seeks another person’s highest good—even when mistreated.

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When God calls you to pray

When God calls you to pray

Ellen told us she would pray for our ministry on the mission field. Ellen came and visited us in our new country four times. On each visit, she brought more people to come and pray in our Muslim neighbourhood.

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A special delivery

A special delivery

Rashid had nothing for his children, not even bread. He remembered in the JESUS-film Jesus fed a crowd with fish and bread. So Rashid prayed under the stars. “God, I believe you fed the crowd. Would you please feed my family? I ask in Jesus’ name.”

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Recognising Jesus

Recognising Jesus

They had set up this film showing about the life of Isa (Jesus). Tariq wasn’t sure he could trust them, but he was curious. About 15 minutes into the movie, someone appeared on the screen he never expected to see.

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Drawn by love

Drawn by love

“Islam says that faith is the greatest,” Danyal comments, “but in the pages of the Quran I mostly encountered torment and fear.” Hearing that the New Testament puts love at the summit, Danyal wanted to read more about the Bible.

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Reshma’s story

Reshma’s story

The world with its violence and aggression, its oppression of women, its sadness and loss were not how it had always been. There is a God who made the world beautiful and good. This news was water to the dry soil of Reshma’s heart.

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The cure for discouragement

The cure for discouragement

After all the years of preparation and language learning by a missionary couple, they feared that they would fail to make it through more than a single day in the African desert.

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The words of women

The words of women

An unfamiliar man slipped into the room and sat on a bench at the back. Respect in this culture means handing the microphone to anyone with social standing. But who is this man?

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In pursuit of truth

In pursuit of truth

In a Bible study with Muslim women discussing the deity of Christ, Maryam asked, “But how can Jesus also be God?” The study leader suggested, “Maybe you should ask God to show you the truth of who Jesus is.”

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In spite of the beatings

In spite of the beatings

Two men in north India found a family interested in hearing about the God who made the world. The meetings became regular. The neighbours began to notice and liked the stories too.

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Divine appointment

Divine appointment

We know that God answers prayer and sometimes He answers quickly! What a privilege to witness how He purposefully connects us with the right person at the right time.

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Breaking shackles of fear

Breaking shackles of fear

Everywhere she turned, Munmun felt like the evils of the world were trying to claw their way into her heart and her mind. She lived in this state for 10 years before the plight of her anxiety came to a head.

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An extravagant gift

An extravagant gift

A missionary “home” staff member had prayed many times for God to provide, but her funds were not growing fast enough. She believed, but her inner battle was doubting whether God would miraculously provide for her.

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Transformed life in New York

Transformed life in New York

Aulton was placed in a cold, dark jail cell – completely alone, with no bright future. He didn’t know anything about Jesus and didn’t want to know anything. But in that moment in that cell, he said, “God, if You are real, come into my life.”

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Great faith

Great faith

Bira discovered that we can’t know everything. “There is no point asking ‘why’ because the whys become a mire in which we might drown. We should trust the Lord.”

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Finding gratitude in hardship

Finding gratitude in hardship

Being a church-planter in India is risky, but Nadimah is so grateful for how God has impacted her life and how He is using her to share the Gospel, she is willing to accept the risks that come with it.

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A Christlike response to suffering

A Christlike response to suffering

There is a common idea that suffering and persecution always strengthens faith and leads to church growth, but this is not true. The power of prayer is what allowed Farshid to make it through the intense seasons of suffering he endured.

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Forgiving others

Forgiving others

For Christians in West African countries like Benin, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast and Ghana, forgiveness is hard and many have strained relationships. Yet God has forgiven us and calls followers of Jesus to do the same.

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If not now, when?

If not now, when?

An Iranian woman confessed: “I read a copy of the Quran from cover to cover. When I finished, I closed it and decided there was nothing in this book for me. There is no hope and no love in this book.”

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Jesus speaks

Jesus speaks

The Holy Spirit had awakened a hunger in Samesh to hear more from Jesus, but he was heartbroken to discover that there was no Scripture translated into his language.

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Ripples of salvation

Ripples of salvation

We must never underestimate the power of Scripture to bring faith in people’s hearts and the effect that Christian literature can have on unbelievers. Our responsibility is to make it available to them!

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Jesus sets free from fear

Jesus sets free from fear

The Holy Spirit is the One who directs us to ask the right questions and He reveals the secrets of a person’s heart, so that the doors are opened for the gospel to be shared.

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Mustafa’s story

Mustafa’s story

Mustafa began watching YouTube videos about inconsistencies and mistakes found in the Qur’an. He felt as if the scales had fallen from his eyes and that he was finally seeing things clearly.

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God uses our words powerfully

God uses our words powerfully

Lauren had rolled out of bed without making coffee, eating breakfast or even opening her Bible. That morning she felt incredibly underprepared to share the gospel at the ministry event she was going to attend.

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Why has He forsaken me?

Why has He forsaken me?

Disaster and difficulties left Baher heartbroken and full of bitterness, and made him turn away from God and the Church. He needed rescue in a hopeless situation.

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Go, spread the Word

Go, spread the Word

Satabdi did not want to accept the New Testament handed out at her Hindi school. She did not feel she needed it, because as Hindus they had enough gods and goddesses. But when the New Testament was handed out again at a new school, she dared to take one.

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Clothed in brand new skin

Clothed in brand new skin

After experiencing discomfort about his faith, an Arabian Gulf man researched Islam and Christianity. Then he contacted a digital media organisation that shares the gospel with Muslims. His testimony and love for God is inspiring!

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Finding freedom

Finding freedom

On arrival in the Middle East, a Himalayan man discovered there was no job waiting for him. He’d been tricked. He was arrested and detained by the police. What would become of him?

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Rescued by God’s love

Rescued by God’s love

Gülay and her husband, Sedat, faced adversity, but they were completely lacking love from others. When this Turkish couple visited one congregation in their home city, the church continued to show them God’s love. Any remaining doubts the couple had about Christianity were eroded.

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Searching for the truth

Searching for the truth

It’s quite common for a Muslim to have a dream about Christ. It seems to be one of the Holy Spirit’s favourite ways of getting the attention of those who follow Islam.

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Surrendered

Surrendered

Michael had been gambling with work’s money for nearly two years, and the public university where he was employed caught on. In jail he closed his eyes, picked up the Bible, and pointed to a verse.

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Praying and going

Praying and going

God spoke to a missionary and confirmed without a doubt about a specific people group in India He wanted to send him to. The missionary answered boldly: ‘I will go and do it!’

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Love for Jesus

Love for Jesus

A Syrian woman and her family fled to a country where there was more openness to explore faith and religion. In these difficult circumstances God not only changed her heart, but used her to reach many more.

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Thirst no more

Thirst no more

Various circumstances can bring a person to search for the truth of who God is, but there is just One who can satisfy the longing of a thirsty heart. This is what three Muslims found during Ramadan, the Muslim holy month.

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Dreamers and believers

Dreamers and believers

Inspired by her father’s search to better understand the Quran, a teenager named Rahel began her own search for truth by reading online about Jesus. Then she asked God, “Show me Your truth.” And He answered her prayer.

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Majid and the sheikhs

Majid and the sheikhs

A Christian’s relationship with Jesus can be a powerful witness to unbelievers. Such was the case for Majid when he saw Ben’s life and desired to follow Jesus in the same way.

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I’m baptised!

I’m baptised!

When we don’t know what the right decision is regarding a matter, God can confirm His will to us. This is what a new believer discovered in a Muslim majority country in West Asia.

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The cure

The cure

If a sickness came to town and was killing everyone, and you had the cure, would you give it to them or keep it to yourself?

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An orphan finds a Father

An orphan finds a Father

In 1980, a woman gave birth in the middle of a road in a small village in South Asia and left the baby in the street with the umbilical cord still attached. What would become of such an abandoned one?

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He preached in Greek – I heard Farsi!

He preached in Greek – I heard Farsi!

During the preaching of a Greek priest, an Iranian man heard the words in Farsi, his mother tongue. However, after the service, he could not ask the priest his questions concerning faith because he didn’t understand him anymore.

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Training children

Training children

I told the children, “The Lord can turn nothing into something!” and I reminded them of the story of Elijah and the widow. They had a simple child-like faith and believed that God could provide for their need.

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The Son sets free indeed

The Son sets free indeed

Disillusioned with religion, Hamid sought escape from his painful circumstances in drugs and alcohol. “The Pastor on TV said to pray with him during the programme and Jesus Christ would help me.”

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Holocaust survivor saved

Holocaust survivor saved

On the ship to Israel we met a Jewish family who believed Jesus was the Messiah. We wondered how Jews could possibly fall into the trap of giving allegiance to the Christian God. Nazis and some of the Russians who tried to kill us, also believed in this Christian God.

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A doctor’s heart healed

A doctor’s heart healed

His mind was consumed with the physical—anything spiritual did not concern him. To this doctor, there was no soul, just a body. But his own medical crisis changed all that.

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Even when we don’t feel useful

Even when we don’t feel useful

Jan thought she had gone to Japan to share the love of Christ with the Japanese, yet in those early years she could understand so little of their language. She learned that God uses us even when we don’t feel very useful.

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Expelled

Expelled

In Mexico’s Chiapas state, more than 35,000 indigenous evangelical Christians have been expelled from their communities just because they are no longer taking part in their community’s religious practices and rituals.

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Am I worthy?

Am I worthy?

Helen, a missionary to the Congo in Africa, was raped twice, beaten and savagely kicked, losing her back teeth through the boot of a rebel soldier. After spending 11 years of service for the African people, she wondered whether it had been worth it.

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An incalculable price

An incalculable price

In the Gulf states, believers from a Muslim background face intense persecution from their family, communities and governments. If they are found out, new believers are at serious risk of even losing their lives. And yet, still people across the Gulf are choosing faith in Jesus!

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A dream and encounter with death

A dream and encounter with death

He knocked and a man in a white garment opened the door. “Who are you?” Jaffar asked. The man told him he was the owner of the door and invited him in. Knowing what was behind him, Jaffar stepped over the threshold.

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Spread the flame of Christ’s love

Spread the flame of Christ’s love

Hundreds of millions witnessed Gladys Staines forgive her family’s murderers in the name of the gospel on Indian television. It “may have achieved more for the gospel in India than many years of missionary work,” according to an Indian evangelist.

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God is a good Father

God is a good Father

Even if we don’t have a biological daddy anymore, we have a much better heavenly Father who is the founder and Creator of everything, including you! He cares about you and sees you where you are now.

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Plan A is that we pray

Plan A is that we pray

“We live in a place that desperately needs change. I can’t do it. I can share, I can love people, but I can’t change a single person’s heart—only God can. And so, Plan A is that we pray, and we ask Him to do what only He can do.”

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God is in control

God is in control

J. Thomas was a Welsh missionary with a burden for the kingdom of Korea in the middle of the nineteenth century. He went up the Taedong River and he took as many Chinese Scriptures with him as he could carry. When they reached Pyongyang, they were not welcomed.

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Pray, play and say

Pray, play and say

One night, as Abu fell asleep he saw somebody appear from a shining light. “Then the first question He asked me was: ‘Who are you?’ I asked Him: ‘Who are you, too?’ He said: ‘I am a King… you are a son of a King.'”

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It was a holy moment

It was a holy moment

As a North Korean woman was baptised in secret there were no photos, no baptism certificate, no crowd, no hearty echoes of affirmation. But in that tiny place in the middle of nowhere, three Christians stood on holy ground.

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How God uses vocation in ministry

How God uses vocation in ministry

Some cross-cultural workers trust the Lord to bring the right job opportunities in the right places with the right connections, all so that His name will be known and glorified among the least-reached.

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