Entering God's Story
Bashir is a member of a tribe in North Africa which comprises fifty percent of the country’s population. Despite the fact that slavery is officially outlawed in this country, current estimates state that four percent of the populace are enslaved, most of which are from Bashir’s tribe.
Recently, I went into a local prison to visit a friend of mine named Pascal. Six months ago, he was leading a church. Now he’s in prison. Six months is a long time to be in a horrible place through no fault of your own. The prison is crowded, dirty, and full of corruption.
“It takes a full day of travel for us to reach the community of Sinai,” explained Alan Foster, long-term worker in Panama, “which includes a four-hour journey in a four-wheel drive and then at least another three to four hours up the river in a dugout canoe.”
I needed a helper. I was asked to organize the children’s ministry component for a family camp, and so I needed someone to help me tell the stories in Thai. I asked one girl, but she wasn’t available. Then I thought of Guy. When I asked her, she happily agreed.
When Art Loewen retired from teaching in 1999, he was ready for a new adventure. “I enjoyed my thirty-three years as a high school mathematics teacher, but I always had this dream of being involved in cross-cultural mission work overseas.”
During my TREK assignment in Thailand, our team had the privilege to visit a remote tribal village high in the mountains of northern Thailand. We were taken there by Bin, our Thai teacher and good friend. It took more than a day for us to reach the village. It felt like we had arrived in another world.
At a recent gathering of church planters in Central Asia, I heard a man named Dameer (not his real name) tell his amazing story. He grew up in Germany, the son of immigrants, and was a very angry young man.
“God, help us,” we prayed as we approached the village. “Only you can open a door!”
We had no idea of how God would do it.
Mama Mananga arrived at the seminar with a ready heart. She was eager to study the Bible with fellow believers.
We have charts with zeros on them, charts that are meant to keep track of how people groups in our region are being engaged by the Gospel.
They share the Gospel through a facebook account. In a country without religious freedom, these two brothers in Christ are able to speak plainly about their faith. Although they use pseudonyms, they are able to connect with people online and offer encouragement.
“I never imagined that this war would be possible in my country,” says Roman Plechun, a self-employed plumber and active member of the New Hope Church in Zaporozhye, Ukraine.
I felt naked without my Bible. I felt lost.
It was only nine months from diagnosis until death. We buried my mom in the same cemetery as her father.
Proclaiming the Gospel
As a child, I had a big dream about being famous, and I took many expensive music lessons to make my dream come true.
A Dream of Clean Clothes and Young Translators and Lost Sheep
I was fifteen when I was arrested. My boyfriend was thirty-five.
An Interview with an Evangelist
“I left my business because I felt a call to ministry,”
Summer 2014 - Editorial
My name is Tashi and I was born in the Himalayan plateau. I come from a family of nomads.
“At first, it was just an idea. Actually, it was a God-sized dream"
In 1994, I was sitting in a university classroom while genocide was ravaging Rwanda.
An interview with Rudi Plett
Sometimes, God orchestrates interesting conversations when we least expect them.
A TREK team arrived in Chachoengsao, Thailand, and discovered Koi’s Coffee, a small coffee shop in their neighborhood.