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Pastor Bobbie Houston Explains Why Hillsong Church Does Not 'Sideline the Girls'

Christian Post - Church & Ministry - Sat, 10/25/2014 - 9:08am
Hillsong Church co-founder Bobbie Houston recently explained why she believes "the church needs to come of age sometimes and just grow up" when it comes to fully embracing women in various roles in Christian ministry.
Categories: Christian Post

Tim Keller to Christian Leaders at Movement Day: Call Out City's Sin Without Boasting, Help Bring Peace

Christian Post - Church & Ministry - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 2:33pm
Pastors and Christian leaders should be unashamed to call out a city for its sin while at the same time working towards peace, said Tim Keller, the lead pastor at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, at the Christian leadership conference called Movement Day.
Categories: Christian Post

Couple gets jail time for animal abuse

WGRC News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 1:42pm

90 days in jail is the punishment for a Northumberland County couple found guilty of animal abuse.
John Loar and Chasity Shutt were charged with animal cruelty in March after one horse was found dead and others were malnourished in Jordan Township. The couple waere each fined $750 and were ordered
to pay $3,400 restitution to the SPCA.

Categories: Local News

NYC Doctor diagnosed with Ebola

WGRC News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 1:41pm

A 33 year old doctor who recently returned to New York City from West Africa has tested positive for the Ebola virus. Doctor Craig Allen Spencer, a Harlem resident who worked with Doctors Without Borders, tested positive at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan, where he is being treated. The doctor had a 103 degree fever and gastrointestinal symptoms when he was taken to Manhattan’s Bellevue Hospital yesterday.

Categories: Local News

The Power of the Holy Spirit

Christian Post - Living - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 9:18am
The week before He would die by crucifixion, Jesus talked to His disciples about what was to come: After His resurrection, they would receive a Counselor—the Holy Spirit—who'd be with them forever (John 14:16). He would indwell each believer, providing His power to make it possible to live a victorious Christian life. The Lord will also empower us with His divine strength if we cultivate certain Christlike qualities.
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ISIS imposes new education rules on Iraq, Syria

Mission Network News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 5:00am

(Photo courtesy Flickr/CC/Quapan)

Middle East (MNN) -- There's a cultural revolution going on. Words like that bring to mind Iran, Russia, and China…but it's underway right now in territories controlled by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Todd Nettleton, a spokesman for the Voice of the Martyrs USA, explains, "They want to be a state. They want to be a nation. They established a court system there, government structure. They established a way to hand out food to the needy, and now they're establishing an education system." Last month, ISIS declared the start of the academic school year under new rules and a new curriculum. They abolished classes about history, literature, music, and Christianity. The new rules also declared patriotic songs blasphemous and ordered certain pictures torn out of textbooks. Nettleton says that the indoctrination "is really the next step in the Islamic State setting up the structure and the culture--a permanent society that they want to exist in the areas that they control." What this means is a permanent shift. The Islamic State is trying to change the face of Iraq and Syria for good. However, the "Islamic State Education Diwan" stipulates that pictures that violate its ultra-conservative interpretation of Islam must be ripped out of books. Anthems and lyrics that encourage love of country are now viewed as a show of "polytheism and blasphemy" and are strictly banned. Scientific research has stopped because of funding disruption due to the war, too.

(Photo courtesy Flickr/CC/Quapan)

Sounds a lot like what happened during the uprisings that changed the face of France, Russia, China, and Iran--and not for the better. Nettleton agrees. "These movements typically don't move a country forward. We've already seen Christians being kicked out of the areas that Islamic State controls. We've seen backwards movement on religious freedom, on freedom of expression. I think we'll see that in this educational reform, as well." Although ISIS is called a terrorist group, the path they've carved out for themselves looks like one that's meant to be generational. It also means Christians who've been displaced are probably not going to be able to return home. That's not to say the light of Christ has gone dark. It's more that it's in a dark lantern--very much alive, but concealed so it can be revealed later. "There are Christians in the area, there are Muslim converts who are there. They're lying very low, at this point in time, trying to stay out of sight and keep their faith very secretive." For them, says Nettleton, it's a matter of life or death. "If they are exposed as a Muslim convert, they would be executed." Gospel work has been disrupted with the exodus of believers from the region. VOM comes alongside the refugees. "We are in contact with people who have been displaced from the areas of the Islamic State. We are providing aid and help to them. The challenge is trying to provide help and encouragement back to Christians in the areas that the Islamic State controls." What's happening is changing the face of the nations. It's spiritual warfare that requires as many soldiers to stand shoulder-to-shoulder and resist. "The other thing that I would encourage people to pray for is for the Lord to move supernaturally in these areas where all the Christians have been kicked out, where any Christians who are there are keeping a very low, underground profile. God is moving in the Muslim world through supernatural means, through dreams, through visions."
Categories: Mission Network News

Disaster recovery updates

Mission Network News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 5:00am

Severe Tropical Cyclone Phailin lurking just off the northeast coast of India at peak intensity.
(Image courtesy NOAA, caption courtesy TheSurvivialPlaceBlog.com)

India (GFA/MNN) -- Last October, India's eastern coast experienced the worst cyclone it had seen in 14 years: Cyclone Phailin. The storm damaged or destroyed 800,000 homes, and many people lost every earthly possession they owned. Recovery efforts, initiated and carried out by believers in the affected areas, are putting Christ's love into action. Phailin Recovery Right after Phailin struck, Gospel for Asia (GFA) teams responded with the compassion of Christ and cared for survivors' basic needs. Ministry leaders also initiated a reconstruction program. As they monitor progress in each affected area, local pastors and other ministry leaders pray over the houses as they're being built.

“Now I understand the deep love of Jesus for me and my family,” said one house recipient.
(Photo, caption courtesy GFA)

So far, GFA teams have rebuilt 141 homes for Phailin survivors, with plans to rebuild at least 1,000 homes over the next three years. In addition, GFA-supported nationals are providing education for affected children through the Bridge of Hope program. "Jibu" and his family lost their house and all their belongings when Cyclone Phailin swept through Odisha. After receiving a home as part of GFA’s Phailin Housing Project, he said in tears, “We are a very poor family. No one was there to help us when we lost everything during Phailin. Even our own relatives did not help us. But I am so happy that GFA helped me. I am so grateful to the church.” Click here to help GFA reach their goal of 300 rebuilt homes by December 31. At the same time, GFA Compassion Services teams are bringing help to families who were affected by the most recent storm, Cyclone Hudhud. Hudhud Recovery

All the food packets were prayed over before being given to those in need.
(Photo, caption courtesy GFA)

On Sunday, believers and GFA pastors packed up a truck with food packets for 400 families living in three areas hit hardest by Cyclone Hudhud. Each food packet contained 22 pounds of rice, 2 pounds of dal, 2 pounds of sugar, 1 quart of oil, and various cooking spices. Hudhud left hundreds of people homeless, seeking shelter in relief camps or under plastic tarps issued by local authorities. About 95 houses belonging to believers have been damaged. Forty families of children attending a Bridge of Hope center in Andhra Pradesh and at least 28 pastors have been affected. These efforts and actions have led to a lot of curiosity and questions about the Gospel message. Pray for the immediate and eternal impact of GFA's disaster recovery projects. More India stories here.
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Paradise Bound seeks to purchase airplane and multiply ministry

Mission Network News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 5:00am
Guatemala (MNN) -- The average person doesn't replace their car every two years. But the average vehicle used by Paradise Bound Ministries in Guatemala only lasts two to three years because of bad road conditions. Because of the immense growth Paradise Bound has seen in Guatemala, they have an extensive network of lay pastors to serve. No longer is traveling by road sufficient or efficient.

(Image by Paradise Bound Ministries)

Since April, the staff of Paradise Bound has been asking for your prayers regarding an aviation program. Dan Smith of Paradise Bound shares some exciting updates with us. "God has led us to a specific aircraft," he says. A man from Minnesota is selling this aircraft to Paradise Bound. The ministry knows that it's a little more complicated than buying a plane. It's a transition to a whole new way of operating. Smith says, "The first step for us was stepping out in faith. God called us to it, and so we step out in faith, and we know that. It's been confirmed through prayer, it's been confirmed through many, many doors that have been opening for us." Not only is the cost of replacing and repairing vehicles becoming a bigger problem, the accessibility to villages leaves something to be desired. Smith explains that during certain times of the year, they cannot reach some villages at all. Right now, if all goes well, Paradise Bound can visit three villages in three days and share the Gospel with them. That's the best-case scenario. A plane would change that. Smith says, "If we were to fly to those same three villages, we could do all three villages in the same day going from one village to another village, to another village, and still be back home in time for supper. "And we will have presented the Gospel to hundreds more people than what we would have over the course of three days." Smith says that this will end up costing half the amount of money with all factors considered. "So you begin to see real quickly that there is an efficiency factor that far outweighs the cost factors of the aircraft in the time savings alone." The initial cost to get the plane into operation for Paradise Bound is $250,000. This includes the cost of the plane, the first years of flying, and more. This is a large number for such a small ministry. Smith says they have a current matching grant for $50,000. That will bring their raised funds to $100,000 if donors match that amount. The gifting will determine how soon Paradise Bound can raise the rest of the funds. Smith says, "I know even now that there are listeners today that could write a check for $250,000, and it would not hurt them financially. If anything, it would actually bring gifts into their lives as you cannot out-give God. But there are also those who are listening today that couldn't even do $2.50 without hurting them right now." Smith says that traditionally, their ministry has been sustained financially through small gifts. He wants potential supporters to know that this is an incredible opportunity for anyone to partner with a ministry that will share the love of Christ with people who have never heard about Him before. He also assures us that they are more than ready if a generous donor would cover all the costs. They are leaving it up to God and how He moves your hearts. If you'd like to contribute to this cause financially, click here. Pray that Paradise Bound would be successful in getting this program off the ground and that they would be able to minister to many more souls. Also, if you're in the Holland, Michigan area, check out information here about an Open House on November 6, 2014 where you can learn more about this aviation project.
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Islamic State expansion and ripple effects

Mission Network News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 5:00am

Current military situation as of October 20, 2014. The gray-shaded area signifies Islamic State territory.
(Map obtained via Wikpedia)

Middle East (MNN) -- Evidence of Islamic State expansion is mounting. The terrorists are continually advancing, broadening their physical footprint, and U.S. officials said yesterday that ISIS is "the world's wealthiest terrorist group." In addition, their transition from shocking acts of terror to widespread societal reform carries troubling implications. How will this Islamic State reformation affect ministry in Muslim nations? We asked Bruce Allen of Forgotten Missionaries International (FMI), whose goal is to reach Muslims for Christ by partnering with indigenous Gospel workers. "This is not just a 'flash in the pan,'" Allen states. "This is saying, 'We are revamping society wherever we can.'" Last week, several Taliban leaders pledged allegiance to the Islamic State, broadening the reach of radical Islam. "The brick and mortar offices of ISIS have been established in several cities across Pakistan. One of those offices is just a couple of kilometers away from where we have about 10 church planters and pastors and evangelists working," says Allen, adding that ISIS also has an active presence in Bangladesh. "It's as if whatever ISIS starts off with in Iraq and Syria…they're expected to do that in these other places now, too." With no world powers stepping up to stop them, ISIS only shows signs of growing and expanding into more Muslim-majority nations. Allen says the indigenous Gospel workers they support in these places are standing firm, despite the dangers posed by global Islamic State expansion. Islamic State expansion and society

Muslim woman reading the Koran.
(Photo credit Been Buddy Longway via Flickr)

In a report issued earlier this week, Al-Monitor exposed new IS rules on education being implemented throughout Syria and Iraq. The IS reforms covered a broad array of issues: from altering Iraq and Syria's names to Islamic State and banning classes in music, art, philosophy, and history of religious minorities, to imposing religious curricula that aligns with Saudi Arabia's Salafist theology. Allen says the educational changes will be implemented in Pakistan; it's only a matter of when. "They are going to start eradicating formal education if they get to have major dominant influence in Pakistan," FMI's leader in Pakistan told Allen recently. "While that's a threat, it's also an opportunity." Islamic State expansion and the Church Allen says FMI-supported Gospel workers are already adapting their ministry to accommodate for Islamic State expansion into Pakistan. Pastors and church planters are adding classrooms onto their church buildings, providing education for the believers they shepherd and a Gospel opportunity for other religious minorities in the community.

Sheik armed with knife & pistol teaches
recruits in Islamic State boot camp.
(Screenshot of YouTube video courtesy Karl-Ludwig Poggemann via Flickr)

ISIS will kill anyone who doesn't adhere to their worldview, Allen explains. This means Shi'ite Muslims in the Middle East are just as vulnerable to Islamic State violence as their Christian counterparts. In fact, Allen says eight Shia Muslims were recently killed while on their way to a marketplace in Pakistan. "In a place where Christians will rise to the challenge and say, 'We want to have outreach in this community and provide education; we want to show an alternative to the horrors of ISIS,' that will speak loudly to other minorities, such as the Shi'ite Muslims," says Allen. Islamic State expansion and you While the raw statistics can be overwhelming and you might feel helpless in the face of growing Islamic State terrorism, there are at least two things you can do.

(Photo credit the prayer continued via Flickr)

"I'd encourage people to pray for these church planters and pastors and evangelists, for their courage and their vision for ministry, [for] their abilities to lead congregations to take advantages of these windows of opportunity that they still have, [as well as] new opportunities that may miraculously become available, just like in the days of Esther," Allen says. "Scriptures tell us the weapons of our warfare are different. Physical battles find their source actually in spiritual ones, and so we have to be dedicated to using spiritual weapons like prayer and fasting." You can also come alongside indigenous Gospel workers financially. "Donations to help support the pastors and church planters are vital, so that they can lead their congregations and continue to have outreach in their communities." More ISIS updates here.
Categories: Mission Network News

Flood destroyed everything, AMG brings aid

Mission Network News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 5:00am
Pakistan (AMG) -- Editor's Note: Christina Javed is a national worker with AMG International in Pakistan who is involved in various ministries such as providing free legal aid to poor Christians and distributing food to families in need. The following is an AMG update from Pakistan: Recently, Pakistan experienced heavy monsoon rains and severe flooding that affected many families. In the name of Jesus, Christina Javed and her team were able to distribute 70 food packs to 70 families who were devastated by the flooding. They were also able to share the story of the woman at the well from the Gospel of John. Christina was able to minister to a woman named Rabia who lost a family member in the flood. She writes, “Rabia’s family is one of those families who were severely affected by the 2014 floods in Pakistan. She got married in December 2013. She told us, ‘We live in a village near Jhang, and when the rainy season started, our family was very worried because we were still recovering from 2010 floods.’ She was pregnant at that time.

Christina with Rabia and her baby (Photo courtesy AMG Int'l)

Her father-in-law and her husband are farmers who got a small piece of land on lease, and the whole family works in the fields. She said that they were sleeping when the flood water entered their village. “It destroyed everything,” said Rabia. She lost her mother-in-law in flood. She, along with her husband and father-in-law, managed to escape and came to the Jhang city. She gave birth to a baby girl in the camp, and now she is living in the camp. She has nothing to eat and wear. Pray that Christina and her team will be able to continue working in others' lives and sharing the gospel.
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In Thailand as learners

Mission Network News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 5:00am
Thailand (MIS) -- Editor's note: Kelsey Gaines and Melissa Mitchell interned in Thailand and wrote about their life-changing discoveries. Neither of us has a background in teaching or a plan to pursue a career in education, and yet somehow we have both found ourselves in southern Thailand doing just that: teaching. We had learned in our intern training about the importance as entering cultures as “learners.” So we decided that our approach should be to spend the months in Thailand as learners, even though our role was that of teachers. As the first group of students arrived to the classroom, our hosts, Ubolwan and Nantachai, informed us that we would be teaching, even though we had thought we would simply be observing. We didn’t have a lesson planned; we didn’t know how much English the kids could speak or read. The next hour was absolute chaos! One of us was flipping madly through books, while the other was writing various English words on a white board and having the students read them aloud. In the midst of the insanity, we realized something very important: the skills and talents we had would not be enough. We would have to be dependent on the Lord. He made it evident that this ministry was already established and that, above all, we were to serve our hosts and love their students without an agenda. We realized we were not here for ourselves. We were here to be used by God as a bridge for Ubolwan and Nantachai (a Thai couple who has ministered for many years among their own people) to be able to talk with their students about the character of the Savior, who loves them greatly. Approaching this internship as learners has allowed both of us to grow in understanding of God’s character, to abandon our agendas, and to genuinely love those we come in contact with. This internship has given us a time and place to better understand our individual roles in God’s mission for the nations. Through the ups and downs of being immersed in another culture, God has spoken truth into our lives that we can carry forward into our future ministries. In the beginning, we were not sure why the Lord had us here in Thailand, but our saying "yes" to this opportunity has allowed us to understand the importance of being obedient. Through this, we have experienced a bit of what God is doing in this nation, and we have realized that through our obedience, God reveals His plans for us. Gaines says, “After learning much more about who God is and what He is doing in Thailand, my current plans are to finish my degree at Texas A&M and attend seminary for counseling following graduation.” Mitchell says she wants to graduate from Georgia Southern University in December and begin school for occupational therapy. She writes, “After this, I plan to pursue medical missions with a specialization in therapy for children with disabilities--wherever the Lord leads me!" Pray that the Lord will continue leading Kelsey and Melissa to where they are meant to be and that they will continue to rely on Him.
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Ebola kills, Jesus heals

Mission Network News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 5:00am

(Photo courtesy Global Aid Network)

Liberia (GAiN/MNN) -- While virtually every NGO (non-government organization) has pulled its personnel out of Liberia, Global Aid Network’s Cru (or Campus Crusade for Christ) partners are remaining on the ground in Liberia, continuing to minister. GAiN USA is committed to sending medical supplies, medical equipment, food, and other requested items. University students who are involved in Campus Crusade’s ministry in Liberia have developed a pamphlet entitled, Ebola Kills, Jesus Heals. They’re offering the pamphlet as they help with the distribution of GAiN-provided food and medical items to people. The students also have set up a cell phone prayer chain. Each night from 10-11 PM, groups of five students on a conference call pray for the Ebola crisis, for salvation of specific people, for their country, and for many other needs. One Liberian doctor is an example of a man living out his faith, trusting in the Lord. Dr. Kortimai is chief of the hospital in Lofa County, site of the worst Ebola outbreak in Liberia. He is a government physician, a pastor, and an associate of the Campus Crusade for Christ ministry who was discipled by Campus Crusade when he was a student at the university. In a recent interview, Dr. Kortimai was asked why he stays in Lofa County. “As a pastor, I’m the shepherd of my sheep. The shepherd doesn’t leave his sheep. As a physician, I’m to care for my patients, not abandon them. I believe that my practice is not only for medical care but is also for spiritual purposes, and people’s lives can be transformed.” In talking about the fear that so many people are experiencing because of Ebola, he said, “In the midst of faith, fear ceases to exist. Let’s walk in faith.” When asked if he is returning to Lofa County, he replied, “If I don’t go, who will?” When he returned to Lofa County, Dr. Kortimai took with him 50 boxes of food sent by GAiN USA. This week, GAiN USA is sending another shipping container packed with bulk food (rice and beans), packaged meals, medical supplies, medical equipment, beds and mattresses, and other assorted material. Pray for a safe journey for GAiN USA deliveries and a quick hand out process when it arrives. Pray also for increased opportunities to share Christ with those who need eternal hope.
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South Sudan: breakthrough in talks

Mission Network News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 5:00am

(Photo courtesy Baptist Global Response)

South Sudan (MNN) -- South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and his former deputy Riek Machar have reportedly reached a deal in Tanzania. The agreement should end hostilities that have left thousands of people dead, but it's complicated. The two sides accepted responsibility for South Sudan’s civil war and stressed that the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), should be reunited. The 10-month war was between the army and defectors. However, the violence also became a tribal fight (Dinka vs. Nuer) and a sectarian conflict. Sadly, since December, nearly two million people have fled their homes, including 1.4 million who remain displaced within South Sudan. It's a far cry from the hopeful beginnings of July 2011 when South Sudan gained independence from Sudan. The next question: will the agreement hold? There's been a lull in recent fighting, and humanitarian groups aren't sure if that's because of heavy rains or conflict weariness. Due to that uncertainty, UN officials are concerned that next month's dry season could see violence flare up again. In the meantime, Jeff Palmer with Baptist Global Response says there are 30 refugee camps located in extremely inhospitable areas of Ethiopia, Kenya, and Uganda. Makeshift camps lack basic access to what's needed to keep war survivors alive. An assessment earlier in the year revealed one part of the need. "There were definitely food issues, there were issues in South Sudan, but also there were issues outside for some of the refugees that had come out into Northern Uganda."

(Photo courtesy Baptist Global Response)

Palmer says one issue "that we really identified was water. Since there were several other organizations working in the area, we decided that we would take the water sector." Rebuilding can't happen without the right building blocks. First, there's access to clean water. "We worked initially with three wells with the refugees, but then expanded that to six deep wells. In the end, it serviced almost 16 different camps." Sitting on the foundation of the clean water block are the tools for food production, like seeds.  Even if a ceasefire happened tomorrow, a food crisis would still emerge in South Sudan because of "decades of conflict: you've got disruption of people being moved from place to place, no time to have the whole season to plant and to harvest, and so you've got all kinds of food production issues."

(Photo courtesy Baptist Global Response)

Vocation training plays a role in building the "new normal" for the displaced. So does education. BGR estimates that 5% of the kids are unaccompanied minors just trying to find a safe place. Palmer says there are "a lot of issues about education because of IDPs and relocations, and children's schooling being disrupted. So we partnered to do some education initiatives, feeding of the school children so that they can stay in school, and some water and some income-generation projects." Why? After all they've been through, the survivors need to hope in a future. "As they're responding to food, shelter, and water needs, working through a trusted local partner who is like-minded, like we are, is also a way to also ensure that there's also a message of hope for the future, and that hope is in Jesus Christ." A generational grudge-match could undo any progress made in reunification, but few care. South Sudan just isn't a priority in global concerns compared to Iraq, Syria, the Ebola crisis, and ISIS. Palmer acknowledges that, but he says that doesn't lessen need or responsibility. "I know there's a lot of things happening in the world, but don't forget South Sudan. Keep praying for those in need. Keep praying for those responding. Keep supporting organizations like Baptist Global Response."
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Sharing the Gospel in India

Mission Network News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 5:00am

(Image courtesy baba via Flickr)

India (MNN) -- You know all those stories we've shared about persecution in India? We've heard many accounts of violence against those sharing the Gospel in South Asia. Haggai Institute alumna and Indian publisher Ingrid Albuquerque is sharing an insider's perspective. "This is all taking place in rural areas, in small villages," she states. "There's simply no evidence of it in the metropolitan cities, where we are able to practice our religion freely." Persecution or no persecution? On the topic of persecution in India, Albuquerque says it is "more of a perception than a reality." Violence against those sharing the Gospel peaked in 2008, she adds, when Christians were blamed for the murder of a well-known Hindu swami. Today, Albuquerque says, "It's more a battle of semantics than an actual fight between communities."

(Photo of Narendra Modi courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

However, during Modi's first 100 days in office as India's Prime Minister, attacks on religious minorities in rural areas became a regular occurrence. "There have been around 600 attacks on persons from other [religious] communities," says Albuquerque. Roughly 4,000 Christians were attacked in 200 major incidents last year. "Many people have banished non-Hindu missionaries, and now there's a new campaign come up," she shares, saying the English translation of the campaign means Come Home. "Those who converted to Christianity are being asked to return to Hinduism." In urban areas, like the city of Bangalore where Albuquerque's publishing house is located, Albuquerque says Indians are more open to hearing about other faiths. "In India, there are no problems because the spirit of people, the heart of people, is really spiritual. It's not fanatical, it's spiritual," she states. Sharing the Gospel strategically

Ingrid Albuquerque-Solomon has been part of the mainstream media in India for 32 years.
(Caption, photo courtesy Berean Bay Publishing Company)

The Haggai Institute's training helps believers in positions of leadership share Christ within their societal context. Albuquerque says the training helped her move from "compartmentalized Christianity" to a lifestyle of sharing the Gospel. Learn more about Haggai's training here. One of the ways this took place was through Albuquerque's biography of Basant Kumar Birla and his wife, Sarala devi. The Birla family is famous in India, and industrialist Basant Kumar Birla's father was a close associate of Mahatma Ghandi. Albuquerque wrote the book through the lens of God's Word. "The book was written in such a way that nobody could find fault with it," she says. "And that, I will tell you, is the Haggai Institute training." If you've ever wondered how to share your faith without causing offense, consider this: "What you believe in has to become your lifestyle," Albuquerque states. "It's that simple. Why do we complicate it?" Find more Haggai alumni stories here.
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