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Visas, Part One

We recently had an appointment for a visa interview. Many were praying that all would go well and our visa request would be approved. Before the day arrived, we packed the car to try and alleviate some of the stresses which would come with a trip into the city. While…

Counting the Cost

“I haven’t told my family that I am a Christian,” Jet admitted as we sat together at our regular Friday evening Bible study. We had guessed as much based on earlier conversations. This time, our topic had him thinking about the need to tell other people about Jesus. How could…

Perungsu’

As I looked around the room, I saw many faces—each with a story, some happy, some sad. Nanlinen and Arnil’s faces reminded me of Nanlinen’s pregnancy and how we struggled to stop the threatening preterm labor. Their faces reminded me of all the weeks we checked on their premature, two-pound…

I Asked God to Remember

As I prepared to leave Ama, I remembered the many visa trips I had made into the mountains of our neighboring country—the fresh cool breezes and the beauty of God’s creation, with time to contemplate and pray. My heart ached with the desire to see these places just one more…

Please Help Us!

“Please help us. My seventeen-year-old daughter, Mariam, has been working for one year in the town of Kalindo, and the family promised to send her to school, but they have been keeping her at home. She has to do all the housework, take care of the baby, and go and…

Brother Sam

We’re calling him Brother Sam. Using some creative back-of-the-envelope calculations, Brother Sam is one of an estimated 2,500 Buddhist monks in the province of Surat Thani. We have never met Brother Sam, but we are praying for him. Will you pray for him too? Rising at 4:00 a.m., Brother Sam…

God’s New Call

God’s call to mission service is a high calling—one extended to every child of God. Whether in the mission field of our home country or serving overseas, we are called to be the hands and feet of Jesus (Romans 10:13-15). I have been involved in ministry for most of my…

Right Place, Right Time

“Hurry! Quickly! Call the ambulance. She’s having her baby in the bathroom right now.” The grandmother called for help as she rushed out of the house and past us down the road to find the village health worker. We were visiting children around the village this Sabbath morning, going from…

Ripples

Sonary, a widow in Dumchi village, started attending the group’s Bible study. She quickly decided that she wanted to have her house cleansed of evil spirits and study for baptism. Every week she faithfully came to church and Bible study. She and another widow began to read the Bible together…

All of These Are My Disciples

Layla woke up confused and disturbed by her dream. She was a Muslim, so why did the foreign prophet come to speak to her? Seeing the man in white, she knew right away who he was: Isa, son of Maryam, or Jesus, son of Mary—the prophet of the Christians, whom…

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