Imagine a basketball team that travels up and down the court. They really get along well with each other, but they never throw the ball into the hoop. They seem to think that all that really matters is that they get along well and enjoy each other. In fact, they say, “People will know us […]
Hara is a Syrian widow with 5 kids. She and her family fled the country months ago to escape the violence. They’re struggling to survive as they deal with heart-breaking losses.
Hara asked, “Will you tell me more about Jesus? I’ve been reading about him in the book you gave me (the Bible). I want to know more about him!” We shared, and she grinned as she listened to the stories.
It is a time of both reaping and sowing for a group of our missionaries. Having been faithful to disciple the ones God has already given them, our workers felt Holy Spirit’s nudging to again sow His seed in the villages surrounding them. Though they have found these villages to be unresponsive to the good news in the past, they are learning to trust in God’s wisdom and timing at a deeper level, and to continually engage in prayer-soaked evangelism as an act of faith.
What’s it like sharing one’s faith in a persecuted country? One of our field workers shared a story of Jesus’ forgiveness with a man of Muslim background. He had heard about God’s law and judgment all his life. Tears streamed down his cheeks as he heard about God’s mercy for the first time. We’re excited to see how the Holy Spirit continues to move in his heart and life, showing him a God bigger than he’d ever imagined!
One of our church planters works in a closed access country and we asked her to tell us recent stories from her ministry there. Here is some of what she shared. “When I tell people where I go in ministry, even the local Christians usually discourage me by saying it’s too dangerous, etc. But I find that God opens up opportunities. A few weeks ago, I had a dream to go to a very heavily Muslim area.