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A little goes a long way in Ukraine

Mission Network News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 5:00am
Ukraine (MNN) -- You’ve heard it said that a little goes a long way, but have you ever wondered just how far a small gift would go? According to a recent report from Slavic Gospel Association, you’d be surprised. Earlier this year, Slavic Gospel Association received a gift of $10 from a young partner named Charlotte. She wanted to assist Ukranian churches in a project to distribute food and other aid to some of the needy refugee families in the area.

(Photo courtesy Slavic Gospel Association)

The results were astonishing, so much so that the Ukranian churches produced a video thanking Charlotte for her gift and showing her how God can turn something small into a powerful method of spreading His love. The short video showed a van loaded with as many as 50 loaves of bread. The volunteers took the bread to a small town in Eastern Ukraine, where they distributed the loaves to the needy. They also gave out stuffed animals and toys for the children, Christian literature, clothes, bedding, food, and more. Charlotte was able to send in just $10 dollars to Slavic Gospel Association’s Crisis Evangelism Fund and supply as many as 50 loaves of bread. Slavic Gospel Association wants to continue that trend. For example, they’re asking you to give a small $15-gift to provide a food pack, which contains flour, cooking oil, pasta, and other basic food items, as well as some Christian literature. Larger gifts are also appreciated and can fund things like mattresses, pillows and bed linens, Bibles, and general support for church leaders in conflict zones. It’s easy for a small gift to have a powerful impact; just ask Charlotte!
Categories: Mission Network News

ISIS sets date for open warfare; pastors push on

Mission Network News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 5:00am

Dust jacket of the book "Mein Kampf,"
written by Adolf Hitler.
(Courtesy of the New York Public Library
Digital Collection - Wikipedia)

Pakistan (MNN) -- Have you heard the latest about ISIS? They’re planning “open warfare” on the world’s non-Muslim population. “And the date for that to begin is 2017: a year-and-a-half away,” shares Bruce Allen with Forgotten Missionaries International (FMI). Open warfare is Phase Six of a detailed, 32-page ISIS strategy recently discovered in Pakistan called “A Brief History of the Islamic State Caliphate (ISC): The Caliphate According to the Prophet.". “It is a significant document that has been authenticated by the U.S. Intelligence Committee,” explains Allen. “This reveals their intentions.” Intelligence officials are reportedly comparing the document to Hitler’s Mein Kampf – a 1925 manifesto that detailed Hitler’s ideology and future plans for Germany. In similar fashion, the ISIS document calls all Muslims to rally under the caliphate. The document “lays out their intent, their goals and objectives, a red flag to which we must pay attention,” retired U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency Director Gen. Michael Flynn tells Israel National News. Pakistani pastors helped by FMI aren’t giving up though, Allen says. “We want the Christian community to be people who do not have a victim mentality but a victor mentality, because we are more than conquerors through Jesus Christ,” the leaders are telling Allen. A growing ISIS presence ISIS’s Mein Kampf isn’t the only indicator of an increasing Islamic State presence in Pakistan. “I know of one province in western Pakistan that already has 10,000 to 12,000 people saying, ‘We are ready to stand with Islamic State as fighters,’” Allen shares. “That’s just one province of the many [provinces] in Pakistan.”

ISIS insurgents
(Wikipedia)

According to the recently-discovered document, ISIS has two main plans for Pakistan and Afghanistan. “Number one: to get any nuclear materials or technologies; but number two: to establish terrorist base camps,” explains Allen. Many of these “camps” already exist and are simply operated by different terror groups, such as al-Qaeda and the Taliban, he adds. “All of those terror groups--and others--have already sworn allegiance to ISIS. So, if Islamic State says, ‘Ah! You can help with logistics for this project,’ [they will obey].” Even though indigenous pastors and church planters are aware of the growing ISIS threat and are watching it diligently, that’s not where their primary focus lies. Instead, pastors are asking Allen, “How can we be light in such a dark place?” He uses Paul’s words in Philippians 2:12-16 to encourage them. “We know the sky is dark at night, but that’s when we see the brilliance of the stars.” Helping pastors persevere

An elder of a Pakistani village church. It is estimated that only about 2% of the nation's population claim to be Christian.
(Photo, caption courtesy FMI)

In Muslim-majority countries like Pakistan, FMI partners with indigenous believers to fulfill the Great Commission. “We want to come alongside of them and explain, ‘Here’s how to shine brightly. Let us provide tools for you; here’s how we can stand beside you in prayer,’” explains Allen. Could you help FMI meet some of the Pakistani pastors’ and church planters’ practical needs so they can keep pressing on for Christ? “It’s our privilege to come alongside them--partner with them, provide training when necessary, provide financial resources--so that they can accomplish the work that God has mapped out for them.”
Categories: Mission Network News

Deaf in Africa find hope in the Gospel

Mission Network News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 5:00am

(Photo courtesy Deaf Bible Society)

Africa (MNN) -- For many who can't hear, simple tasks like communicating one's feelings and understanding spoken language can be nearly impossible. But what about the eternal ramifications? Only 2% of Deaf people have ever read or seen God's Word, making them one of the most unreached and unengaged people groups on earth. That’s why Deaf Bible and DOOR International, both ministries to the unhearing, have partnered to share Christ with the deaf in Africa. Their goal is to create a self-sustaining evangelism process in Deaf communities by bringing them the Gospel and training villagers for continued outreach. “What DOOR International has done, is they have taken [it upon] themselves to use a brilliant idea by following Scripture, where Jesus sends the disciples out in pairs of two,” says JR Bucklew of Deaf Bible. “They said that even among the Deaf community, there’s sometimes such a low self-view because ‘We’re deaf, we haven’t been respected in the past by our communities or in our cultures.' “But when you have them in teams, there’s teamwork that happens, there’s collaboration...there's admonishing each other, exhorting each other, encouraging each other in the Scripture. And so they’ve trained several key leaders in each country where there’s a Bible translation project. And these leaders will then bring on board what we might consider a ‘Timothy.’ And so these two guys will go out into the field, and they act as evangelists, pastors, church planters. They start bringing Deaf people together on a weekly basis to just engage with the Scripture.”

(Photo courtesy of Deaf Bible)

But this can't be done without the proper tools and resources. That’s where Deaf Bible comes in. “We’ve begun development of solar-powered tablets that can be used in the field. We’ve just done a huge distribution in East Africa of Bible content on micro SD cards, where the content is accessible on smart phones and dumb phones,” Bucklew says. “We’re working...to do everything we can to make Scripture accessible so that these 2x2 teams 2 can engage the community." Though all unreached groups equally need salvation, Africa’s Deaf children are especially at risk. They endure horror because of deeply-ingrained cultural myths. “In Western Kenya, there were several villages where there were fabled rumors that if you wanted to rid yourself of HIV and AIDS, the way you do that is you have sex with a deaf child,” Bucklew says. “And so we were seeing lots of deaf children raped. They end up in prostitution, trafficking, with HIV and STD’s. “They begin to truly believe that their sole purpose, the reason they are deaf, the reason that they’re here, is to rid people of their HIV and AIDS.” But hope isn't lost. Through the work of Deaf Bible and DOOR International, villagers are finding hope in salvation, and children are discovering their value in Christ. “What happens when the Gospel comes into these communities, and they can sit down and they’re engaging with these 2x2 teams, and they’re seeing the Gospel message, God’s Word in their heart language...: their lives are totally changed because now they’re told, “No, your purpose is in the Gospel,” Bucklew says.

(Photo courtesy of Deaf Bible)

Can you help the Deaf in Africa continue to discover their purpose? One simple way you can help is by prayer. Bucklew asks that you pray for both organizations as they bring God's Word to the Deaf. You can learn more about Deaf Bible's work and find ways to support it by clicking here. Click here to learn more about DOOR International and how you can help it continue reaching the Deaf for Christ.  
Categories: Mission Network News

New children’s Bible reaches the un-reached in Eurasia

Mission Network News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 5:00am
Int'l (MNN) -- Across Eurasia, children’s literature is in high demand. There are many people who have no complete Bible or New Testament in their language, and not many children have a good incentive to learn how to read. Enter Operation Mobilization and The Right Choices Bible. The children’s Bible storybook has been produced in 12 Eurasian languages, and it’s a great way to share the Word of God with people who haven’t ever heard the good news of Jesus.

(Photo courtesy Operation Mobilization)

The Right Choices Bible isn’t an ordinary Bible, either. It is family oriented, featuring questions and activities after each Bible story. The goal is to get not only the kids into the Word; this Bible can reach parents, too. The focus of many of the chosen stories is choice. Readers are encouraged to think about the decisions the people in the passages make and think about how a Christian should approach everyday choices. The colorful illustrations are entertaining for those who can’t read, but many teachers and parents say the kids are eager to learn how to read so they can take in Scripture themselves. The latest edition of The Right Choices Bible has just been printed and will be distributed in a country known for being primarily Muslim. Copies have been handed out in Albania, Siberia, Macedonia, and more. Thousands of the Bibles are being distributed across Eurasia, and Operation Mobilization is asking for your prayer for distributors, as well as for the families that receive the Bibles.
Categories: Mission Network News

70 years after WWII: ‘further generations shouldn’t be predestined to apologize’

Mission Network News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 5:00am

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
(Wikipedia)

Japan (MNN) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzu Abe brought dissatisfaction and caused a stir in several Asian countries with his 70-year commemoration World War II speech. But Asian Access is working to bring peace and unity throughout the Asian and global church. During his speech, Abe expressed grief and reaffirmed past apologies from Japanese leaders for the actions the country took in the war, as well as the losses it suffered. “History is harsh,” he said. “What is done cannot be undone.” Abe later added a twist to his apology, which has attracted complaints. “We must not let our children, grandchildren, and even further generations to come, who have nothing to do with that war, be predestined to apologize,” he said. Reports and leaders of neighboring countries have expressed their frustration and described his speech as a "watered-down apology." Gerald L. Curtis, an expert on Japan at Columbia University, told the Washington Post Abe’s speech didn’t satisfy anyone. But Curtis did point out the Prime Minister included the four "sacred words" past Japanese leaders have used in commemorative speeches: aggression, colonialism, apology, and repentance. “Even if not in first-person declaratory sentences,” Curtis said. “ And, he did not say anything so outrageous as to make an angry response unavoidable.” But even so, Abe's speech irritated retorts. According to the Japan Times News, China called his speech "evasive." “We know that the statement that ‘we should no longer apologize’ will be taken by Chinese government as quite negative,” says Takeshi Takazawa of Asian Access. Takazawa further explains that the Chinese government will view Abe as not taking full responsibility of the pain Japan inflicted on China and several other neighboring countries in the war.

(Photo courtesy Caribbean360.com)

Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Japan had "inflicted untold sufferings" on these countries during a press conference. In response to earlier accusations, Japan said China has been dwelling on the past for far too long. Though the diplomatic relationship between the two countries has been restored for some 40 years, tensions are still thick, and it’s taking a toll in the lives of younger generations. Japan has been revising textbooks in schools for several decades. The books are now covering less of the events leading up to, during, and after World War II, as well as Japanese invasions. “On the contrast, China and Korea--South Korea and North Korea--continue to educate young people what Japan has done,” Takazawa says. “So the gap between the understanding of what has happened during the war has been widened, especially among young generations.” 90-year-old war veteran, Mai Sanyi told Yibada News, Japan needed to become more sincere and should stop revising textbooks to "gloss over history." South Korean President Park Geun-hye also commented, “History can never be covered up. History remains alive through its witnesses’ vivid testimony.” What is Asian Access doing?

(Photo courtesy Asian Access)

The best move right now is to promote healing and unity, and that’s exactly what Asian Access is bringing to the 11 countries it serves in Asia. “We encourage spiritual leadership to take a step toward the future with the kingdom values,” Takazawa says. “We encourage [the] church to continue to keep the unity not just within Japan, but within the Asian churches as well.” You can take part in that encouragement by joining the global church in prayer for one another to have fellowship, for governments in Asia to have wisdom and to move forward with the Lord’s values in mind. Finally, Asian Access invites you to go to Japan and encourage believers and on-the-ground staff. Find details here.
Categories: Mission Network News

Viral miscarriage star Sam Rader kicked out of conference after Ashley Madison revelation

Christian Post - Living - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 3:48am
Viral miscarriage star and Christian vlogger Sam Rader was booted out of a conference after he allegedly threatened attendees with violence.
Categories: Christian Post

Albert Mohler, Franklin Graham Denounce Historic Baptist Church's Decision to Ordain Gay Ministers

Christian Post - Bible - Sun, 08/23/2015 - 11:55am
Notable Christian leaders have denounced the decision of a historic southern Baptist congregation to allow for LGBT ordination and marriage.
Categories: Christian Post

Albert Mohler, Franklin Graham Denounce Historic Baptist Church's Decision to Ordain Gay Ministers

Christian Post - Church & Ministry - Sun, 08/23/2015 - 11:55am
Notable Christian leaders have denounced the decision of a historic southern Baptist congregation to allow for LGBT ordination and marriage.
Categories: Christian Post

Virginia Pastor Stabbed Multiple Times by 'Grandson' in His Sleep Returns to the Pulpit; Says God Spared Him and His Wife

Christian Post - Pastors - Sun, 08/23/2015 - 11:24am
A Virginia pastor and his wife who were stabbed multiple times while asleep in bed by a man the couple reportedly treated like a grandson, have made a full recovery and the pastor is back in the pulpit preaching at his church.
Categories: Christian Post

Virginia Pastor Stabbed Multiple Times by 'Grandson' in His Sleep Returns to the Pulpit; Says God Spared Him and His Wife

Christian Post - Church & Ministry - Sun, 08/23/2015 - 11:24am
A Virginia pastor and his wife who were stabbed multiple times while asleep in bed by a man the couple reportedly treated like a grandson, have made a full recovery and the pastor is back in the pulpit preaching at his church.
Categories: Christian Post

Planned Parenthood Protesters Attacked With Comet Cleaner Outside Portland Abortion Clinic

Christian Post - Pastors - Sun, 08/23/2015 - 10:58am
A group of Christians protesting against abortion outside a Planned Parenthood clinic in Portland were attacked Wednesday by a man who threw a white, powdery cleaning solution at them.
Categories: Christian Post

Planned Parenthood Protesters Attacked With Comet Cleaner Outside Portland Abortion Clinic

Christian Post - Evangelism - Sun, 08/23/2015 - 10:58am
A group of Christians protesting against abortion outside a Planned Parenthood clinic in Portland were attacked Wednesday by a man who threw a white, powdery cleaning solution at them.
Categories: Christian Post

What is the Best Posture for Prayer?

Christian Post - Living - Sun, 08/23/2015 - 9:35am
I heard the story of three ministers debating the best posture for prayer.
Categories: Christian Post

John Piper Prays Planned Parenthood Will Stop Killing Children Before Crowd of 6,000 at Minn. Protest

Christian Post - Church & Ministry - Sun, 08/23/2015 - 8:59am
As thousands of Christians and others gathered outside Planned Parenthood clinics across the country Saturday to protest government funding for the abortion provider, theologian John Piper stood among the crowd at a clinic in Minnesota and prayed for the highly controversial organization.
Categories: Christian Post

John Piper Prays Planned Parenthood Will Stop Killing Children Before Crowd of 6,000 at Minn. Protest

Christian Post - Pastors - Sun, 08/23/2015 - 8:59am
As thousands of Christians and others gathered outside Planned Parenthood clinics across the country Saturday to protest government funding for the abortion provider, theologian John Piper stood among the crowd at a clinic in Minnesota and prayed for the highly controversial organization.
Categories: Christian Post

Unbelievers May Feel Welcome in Your Church, But Do They Feel Convicted?

Christian Post - Church Growth - Sun, 08/23/2015 - 8:31am
Pastors and preachers must balance the prophetic (convicting) with the pastoral (shepherding).
Categories: Christian Post

Images of the NEW Meizu MX5 Pro Plus leaked

Christian Post - Living - Sun, 08/23/2015 - 7:32am
Rumours have been around that Meizu would be bringing out a new device powered by the Samsung Exynos 7420 chipset that has been called "Meizu MX5 Pro Plus". To support this images of the device has leaked out.
Categories: Christian Post

Android M is now 'Android 6.0 Marshmallow'

Christian Post - Living - Sun, 08/23/2015 - 4:24am
Google has just released the third and final version of the Android M Developer Preview, along with the Android 6.0 SDK. The company has also confirmed that Android M is the Android 6.0 Marshmallow and to prepare for it, the company will be opening up Google Play for apps that can handle the API level 23 found in Android Marshmallow.
Categories: Christian Post