August 6, 2012
There is a movement afoot in the Church today, bringing with it fresh ideas, shifting focus and new strategies. This movement has the ability to completely shake what we thought was most important and to challenge us to look anew at what our churches value. This movement is about kids.
July 17, 2012
Using their own offering money, a group of Christians in Cambodia traveled almost 100 km. to share the gospel with an unreached people to share with them the life-changing news about Jesus. There were no churches or Christians in this area, where it said that evil spirits have many strongholds..
June 20, 2012
It is difficult to be a “rich” person in a society where many are desperately poor. Although it is a blessing to help others, how far do you go and where do you draw the lines? These are issues with which I often struggle.
Curious why this normally quiet and reserved boy had been transformed into one who resembled a dog chasing after a new toy, Mr. Coleman quickly opened the envelope . . . it seems important to Steven. Mr. Coleman marked his calendar and filled out the RSVP card.
April 19, 2012
It’s hard to avoid giving in to fear. The secret police are always watching and have been known to infiltrate many groups. With the pastor’s endorsement of our intentions, regardless of possible consequences, we believed it was a sign of God’s work in the church leader’s life and in his congregation.
“How can God love me if I’m a prostitute? I’ve always been told that God hates prostitutes.” I told her about Rahab and other women whom God blessed and used in special ways despite their reputation as “bad women.” I related the story of Jesus’ gentle, caring response to the woman caught in adultery. Jo was quite shocked to hear these truths.
March 13, 2012
“… What a difference your faithful giving has made for two villages in the third-poorest country in the world!” wrote the Hanscomes from Mali, recently. “All of this was made possible because of gifts to the Great Commission Fund!” The Hanscomes were referring to a medical outreach that included partnering with the Alliance church in Mali and a medical team from an Alliance church in Omaha. The team experienced remarkable spiritual breakthroughs in these Malian communities, previously shrouded in spiritual darkness. Before the outreach, there had been just one believer between the two villages. Now there are more than 25!
February 16, 2012
Recently, I visited a young woman in Tuzla whom I have been mentoring for several years. I had lived and worked in Tuzla from 2005 until 2008, teaching in the English school operated by the local church.
When Peter began his role in 2002, “about 10 students made up our small youth ministry,” he says. “As a growing number of students joined the group, I sensed God’s nudging to establish a proactive outreach to area youth—one that would be conducive to student culture, not a ‘churchy’ building, which might be a deterrent to joining the group.
Alliance missionaries brought the good news to the Dogon, a tribal people in Mali bound by ancestor and spirit worship, in 1931. Today, there are an estimated 15,000 Dogon believers, celebrating the culmination of decades of work—the translation of the Bible into their heart language.