GOD STORIES

The Word makes it clear that we are to pray and ask of God, that He hears and will answer us. When we pray we are to have an expectation that, if we ask according to God’s will, we will receive from Him what we ask. Every moment, God is in the process of answering prayers of those who call out to Him. We want to give God glory and encourage intercessors, by sharing some stories of what God is doing in answer to prayer. We call these God stories, because these testimonies are all about Him.

The business of rescuing people

The business of rescuing people

Moon fought anyone and was afraid of no one. He even drank the blood of goats when they were butchered in the market. What kind of person was this? And what would become of him?

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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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God’s provision in Southern Romania

God’s provision in Southern Romania

Tavi’s home country of Romania was hard ground in which the seed of the gospel did not easily sink in and grow roots. He was discouraged and wondered if God didn’t want him in ministry anymore.

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Sold by traffickers, saved by Christ

Sold by traffickers, saved by Christ

As a teenager, Eun-Young made the extraordinary decision to defect from North Korea. But after her escape, she became a victim of a dark industry that impacts many North Korean women in China.

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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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Navin’s dramatic healing

Navin’s dramatic healing

Discover Navin’s dramatic story of healing from disability that changed him into a living testimony of Jesus’ message of hope and transformation.

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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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Fearfully and wonderfully made

Fearfully and wonderfully made

Doctors informed Dee that her unborn child would really struggle with disabilities and they encouraged a termination. She went to bed that evening, convinced she would not keep the baby.

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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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Dreams come true

Dreams come true

A missionary prayed and a young man in Central Asia had a dream of being at the bottom of a pit unable to get out. God was at work.

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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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Patience in German church planting

Patience in German church planting

Bacause of loving and patient Christians, a German man who might otherwise never have set foot back inside a church is now regularly attending one and learning how to study the Bible.

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Prayer impact across an ocean

Prayer impact across an ocean

From a human perspective, for missionaries to move to a 99% Muslim North African coastal town to plant a church without a local support team doesn’t make sense. But for prayer…

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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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Ready to believe

Ready to believe

Ajmal had dozens of experiences being exposed to the Gospel before I met him. God used these to prepare him to enter the Kingdom.

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You are never too old

You are never too old

“Now I know why God has allowed me to live to be this old. It’s so I might know the truth, and also share it with my family.”

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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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Discovering truth in the Bible

Discovering truth in the Bible

An Indian man sought answers from his gods, asking why they would not bless him. From reading the Bible he came to realise that true peace and joy came from knowing the one true God.

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A thrift store in Romania brings hope

A thrift store in Romania brings hope

Like most other people in Romania, Dina would never have crossed the threshold of an evangelical Christian church. However, the love and hope she received at a thrift shop opened her heart to Christ.

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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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From the Sahel to the Arctic

From the Sahel to the Arctic

How can Bible translations and recordings in an African language be useful in Alaska? The power of God and His Word must never be underestimated!

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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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A true follower of Jesus presses on

A true follower of Jesus presses on

Giving your life to Christ does not mean that life will be easy. He told us that the journey will be difficult. However, because He gave His life to rescue us, we press on.

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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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Unexpected baptisms in French prison

Unexpected baptisms in French prison

For fifteen years, Leroy had faithfully shown up at the prison in Longuenesse, France, to minister to the inmates. Bible studies there never seemed to work out and there were no baptisms, until recently!

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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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Former atheist proclaims the gospel

Former atheist proclaims the gospel

Silas, who grew up in Turkmenistan when it was part of the Soviet Union, was once an atheist in his mind and a Muslim in his heart. Watching the Jesus Film changed all that.

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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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Sharing Christ for the first time

Sharing Christ for the first time

You never know when the time is right for someone to hear the gospel. It is important to take the step of obedience to share Christ. Do it, and see what God will do.

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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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A place at the table

A place at the table

For thirty years, a Frontiers team has added a special reminder to their communion time, and God is using it to bring more Muslims to the table.

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A life transformed

A life transformed

How is it possible for a Muslim Afghan man to become a Christian? Only through the transforming power of the Living Word.

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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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Has God forgotten His children?

Has God forgotten His children?

“How long, oh Lord? Will you forget me forever?” It’s a heartfelt cry, but is it the truth? Has God forgotten His children in North Korea? For that answer we have to investigate the spiritual life of North Korean Christians.

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No separation from His love

No separation from His love

A teenager who suffered under the Khmer Rouge communist forces when they took control of Cambodia in 1975, was filled with hatred and wanted to get revenge. How would he respond when facing his persecutor years later?

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One family’s redemption

One family’s redemption

Ntate Thabo became a follower of Jesus, but his mother was involved in demonic activities and hated all born-again Christians. Still, after being chased away from his village, he did not give up on his family.

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God is on your side

God is on your side

A Christian family’s deep love and acceptance of others set a young man on a journey of serious inquiry about what it was that enabled them to live and love so freely.

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Recognising significant opportunities

Recognising significant opportunities

One day she realised she didn’t have any friends who weren’t believers. That seemed normal. Except, there was that little verse in Matthew 28 about making disciples. There was that… But she found strangers scary and intimidating.

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Finding faith in the Himalayas

Finding faith in the Himalayas

When Tom’s grandfather died he began to search for the meaning of life. Others expected Tom to go into the priesthood at a Hindu temple, but he had questions.

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Wonderful fruit!

Wonderful fruit!

Ninety percent of the time, when Jay invested his time and energy in sharing the gospel with Muslim men, he didn’t see fruit resulting from it. God had never promised his followers that they would see fruit.

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What the church was meant to do

What the church was meant to do

Russia invaded Ukraine on a Thursday and by that Saturday the first Ukrainian refugees arrived on the front steps of a church in the Bucharest area in Romania. How would the church respond?

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My Son gave Himself for you

My Son gave Himself for you

Geylan asked God why He had allowed them to go through wars and lose their home in Syria. She asked Him if Jesus was really God. Then, as she slept, she saw her spirit leave her body and ascend high up. And God spoke to her.

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A greater harvest of souls

A greater harvest of souls

Upon hearing yet another testimony of a believer’s martyrdom, many questions can rise. “Why this tragedy, Lord? How long will you allow this to continue? What is the sense in all of this?”

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Will He not care for you?

Will He not care for you?

Aunty Alice was the wife of Pastor Allen Yuan in China, who was imprisoned for 21 years. She had five children and her mother-in-law to care for. One night her mother-in-law informed her, “There is no rice left to feed the children tomorrow morning!” Alice complained to the Lord.

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Deliverance from an evil spirit

Deliverance from an evil spirit

In Southeast Asia frontline workers were told that the people had been waiting for them to pray for a man who were troubled by an evil spirit. The spirit made him physically and mentally disabled. And so the frontline workers prayed.

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Sent home to love the unloved

Sent home to love the unloved

Catea was asked to start a project to support the elderly in her home village in Moldova. She was worried what people in the community might think, as they knew her and her background.

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God gives favour

God gives favour

The Vice Principal at Nina’s school wanted to take their science team to a Buddhist temple before they compete in a competition, but Nina didn’t want to enter because she is a Christian. So she prayed for God’s favour in the situation.

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Prayers of faith

Prayers of faith

“When we pray, we should pray by faith that the Lord indeed answers our prayers.” This is what an Arab believer discovered in the Holy Land.

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Buddhist monks turn to Jesus

Buddhist monks turn to Jesus

As the Buddhist monks learned about Jesus, they said: ’Well, somebody has to be wrong here. Either Buddha is god or Jesus’. They wanted to test and see who really was God.

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