“I Am Ready!”

“I Am Ready!”

“I have some great news to tell you,” Job shared with Ben over the phone. “I’m ready to follow Jesus!” 

Thrilled to hear this good news, Ben invited Job and his wife Sarah over for dinner later that evening to celebrate and hear the rest of the story. Since then Job has invited his friend, Chris, to also discover God. Chris said,”Yes,” he is interested in reading the Bible and learning about Jesus. Now the two men are looking for a third person to join them in a new discovery Bible study!

Behind the scenes, over the past year, Job heard the good news, met followers of Jesus for the first time, and began reading the Bible. He was interested, but he wasn’t ready to make a commitment to obey and follow Jesus. 

Then, during the Sacrifice Holiday (Eid Al Adha) this past June, when you and hundreds of  other people were praying for the Muslim world, Job made a decision to follow Jesus. 

When God’s people pray for the lost, He responds. 

You can make a difference for more people like Job.  Learn more how to double your impact.

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WHY HAD JESUS APPEARED TO HER?
She often prays this prayer for Muslims in general and for her friends in particular, so this notion was not out of the ordinary for her  read more …

I’M BAPTIZED!
Knowing that it’s generally better to baptize someone together with their closest community, the women pondered whether to wait for Havva’s husband to  read more …

OUR WORK AMONG TURKIC PEOPLES
The Turkic peoples are part of old and proud civilizations that have spanned continents and learn more …

Who is Stronger? Jesus or Black Magic …

Who is Stronger? Jesus or Black Magic …

“I’m tired,” wept Sunil* as he explained to Gia* and Samir* all the things he had done to appease the evil spirits and bring good luck for his family. “Every time I’ve seen a sacred tree with ribbons tied on it, I’ve gone and bowed down to worship the tree spirits and the gods. I bought expensive hens from the village witch doctor who told me that they would bring good luck to my family. The black magic, the hens, the worship of the spirits…. nothing has worked!” 

Sunil continued, “But then, I saw some people in our village listening to the Jesus stories. They stopped practicing black magic and stopped bowing down to the sacred trees. I watched and waited for them to be cursed by the gods and the evil spirits. To my surprise, they weren’t cursed! Instead, they were happy and peaceful. Please tell me more about this Jesus!” 

Gia shared with Sunil and his family the good news of Jesus, the one who is stronger than black magic. Sunil and his family also began listening to audio recordings of the Jesus stories and discovered who Jesus is. Recently, all five in Sunil’s family decided to follow Jesus and leave behind black magic. Join us in praising the Father for this new family of disciples!

Pray for Sunil and his family as they walk in this new journey of discipleship. Ask that their lives would be transformed by the power of the gospel, that they would obediently apply what they are learning, and that they would begin sharing with their neighbors and friends the good news they have discovered. 

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CAN CHRISTIANS MESS UP THE PLAN?
They didn’t know the local culture, local practices, or the local language. Although they most likely had good intentions, their visits caused much division. read more …

REMEBER GIA, THE DETERMINED NEW DISCIPLE?
Gia* knocked on Samir’s* door. “I am Gia, a cousin of Bahar.* I am a village chief of Azville,* and now  read more …

A MODERN DAY LUKE 10 STORY
Natalie* and her friends followed the promptings of the Holy Spirit and traveled to a new town in the large Muslim nation where they live. read more …

“I’m Baptized!”

“I’m Baptized!”

After months of doing Discovery Bible Studies with Sue, Havva decided she wanted to be a Jesus follower. 

Knowing that it’s generally better to baptize someone together with their closest community, the women pondered whether to wait for Havva’s husband to come to faith too. And where could they hold the baptism? Bathtubs are rare in their part of West Asia. They brought these matters before God. 

When Havva remembered a public pool she once visited, she called immediately. “Okay, I’m just going to tell you straight,” she said to the owner. “I’m going to be baptized, so I want to come when no one else is around.”

“Oh really?! I’m so happy for you!” the man said. “Yes, please come early. We open at 10, but you can come at nine before anyone else arrives. We’ll be waiting for you.”

Havva and Sue were not expecting that response! On the contrary, a more expected reaction in a 99%-Muslim country would have been anger and a lecture on why she shouldn’t do it. They were amazed! God had made a way.

Later that day, Sue saw a man with a Matthew 28:19 T-shirt walk past … in the middle of Islamic West Asia. “All I could do was gawk as he walked by,” Sue says. “When I finally collected myself, I breathlessly read the verse to Havva, and in [Havva’s language] the verb “baptize” is written in the command form. It hit me like a ton of bricks: the Father is confirming His will to us: ‘Do it.’ I had been worrying, but God had given us a place and a command.”

The following morning when they were in the warm pool waters, Sue got momentarily caught up in the mechanics of how to baptize someone in a pool with no shallow end. “But Havva was focused and got it done,” Sue recalls. “She said, ‘In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, I’m baptized!’ And then she dipped under the water and popped back up. 

“I love that Havva was so determined that she didn’t need me to say or do anything; I just put my hand on her back as she went underwater. It was such a joyful morning! Our Father showered us with His kindness and care because we’re His beloved daughters.”

Sue asks that we pray for Havva to have the opportunity to baptize her husband and daughter when they, too, become followers of Jesus. Her husband is close, but something is still blocking him. Ask the Father for another miracle of faith. 

BALKING AT BAPTISM
Three thousand people believing and being baptized in one day?! It sounds too good to be true, yet we know it is.
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I, TOO WILL FOLLOW JESUS
As most of the village watched, Mii prayed for and baptized a young American man, the son of the family read more …

NO MORE SEARCHING …
“I have been searching for the way to salvation for 15 years. I have been part of Jihad for years, and many of my read more …

Breakfast Surprises

Breakfast Surprises

One day as Sue* and her friend sat down at a freshly laid food table, their West Asian host asked, “Will you pray for our breakfast?” 

“My friend and I were surprised,” says Sue, “because generally, Muslims give thanks after a meal, not before. Besides, she knows we are followers of Jesus Christ. How is it that she wants us to pray? I was caught off guard but happily obliged her request, awkwardly stumbling over my prayer in the local language due to my lingering shock.

Earlier that morning, Sue had been praying for this woman, her family, and the visit they were about to have. Sue asked God for a specific story to share from the Word, and He brought to mind the story of the woman caught in adultery. When she told the story, the host’s sister recognized it, even filling in a part of the story. The sister said she had heard the story in school, but when Sue asked another local friend about it, she was pretty sure no stories about Jesus were ever taught in the religion classes at school. “Could the sister have done some reading on her own?” Sue wondered.

Attempting to ascertain how spiritually hungry the two sisters might be, Sue led them in a mini-Discovery Bible study to draw out lessons learned from the story and ways to apply them. 

“We had a good conversation about the story,” Sue says, “but the real joy was hearing a few days later that our host had remembered and liked the story enough to share it with another foreign friend.

Before leaving, Sue and her friend offered to pray for healing for one of the sister’s kidneys. “As soon as we laid hands on her, without even uttering a word of prayer, she startled and broke out in goosebumps. She had been impacted by the power of the Spirit! After the prayer she not only felt at peace but our host pointed out that she really perked up and had much more energy. Praise the Father for touching her and showing up in power!

Please join us in praying for a miracle of healing and that she and their whole family might start doing Discovery Bible studies together, obeying and sharing as they learn.”

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READ OTHER STORIES AND MORE …

WHY HAD JESUS APPEARED TO HER?
She often prays this prayer for Muslims in general and for her friends in particular, so this notion was not out of the ordinary for her  read more …

I’M BAPTIZED!
Knowing that it’s generally better to baptize someone together with their closest community, the women pondered whether to wait for Havva’s husband to  read more …

OUR WORK AMONG TURKIC PEOPLES
The Turkic peoples are part of old and proud civilizations that have spanned continents and learn more …

Wife-Beating Drunk Meets Jesus

Wife-Beating Drunk Meets Jesus

After she became Jesus’ disciple, Gia* began to share her testimony with others in her village. Her testimony and the power of God’s word brought many, including Elif*, to faith in Jesus. 

Elif’s husband, Rahj*, became angry and threatened to harm Gia. He was known throughout the village as an alcoholic who beat his wife regularly and had even threatened to kill her. Gia decided to leave town for a little while. 

Meanwhile, Elif prayed for her husband. “If Gia’s Jesus truly is real,” she reasoned, “then he will change my husband’s heart.” One day, while Elif was praying, Rahj found some pages from a New Testament and read them. God opened his eyes, and Rahj decided to follow Jesus. From that point on, he was changed. He stopped drinking and beating his wife. God answered Elif’s prayers. After Rahj came to faith, Gia returned to the village. 

Before long, Gia and Rahj decided to have a prayer and testimony night in their village. Rahj wanted to provide food for those who came — his way of showing that he had changed. Around 150 people showed up, roughly 35 households. These families were both Muslims and Hindus. 

Gia and Rahj shared their testimonies, led a prayer time, worshiped Jesus through songs, and shared how Jesus changes people and frees them from demonic powers. Many of the families wanted to start listening to gospel stories. 

They began listening to the Bible from mp3 speakers, obeying what they learned, and sharing the stories with others. More than 50 new families have requested to have Jesus’ stories to bring to their communities. And recently, six new people obeyed God by being baptized!  

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IN SPITE OF THE BEATINGS
Unfortunately, her husband didn’t like her going to these meetings. He beat her after each one. He had no job… read more 

IT MUST BE JESUS WHO DID THIS
*Uhn was the town drunk and the senior patriarch of his large extended family. Over a year ago, a movement catalyst,… read more

THE DETERMINED NEW DISCIPLE
I don’t want you to tell my people about Jesus. It is my duty to tell them, and I passionately want to, but I, … read more