God is on the move.
His work is evident all over the world, as more and more people surrender to Christ and His Kingdom grows. Take a look below and see how God is moving in the world today.
Last updated 5/18/17
Indigenous missionaries on the island of Mindanao passed through dangerous areas where Islamist extremists and communist guerrillas posed a major threat. They reached remote tribal villagers and as a result, saw many come to Christ, including animists, government officials, and communist guerrillas.
An Indian pastor began coordinating Christmas parties in India, which were used as a tool to share the Gospel with those who attend. Today, the Christmas parties are held all throughout India by many other evangelists. In 2010, over 50,000 parties were held, and today, the parties are still considered one of the most effective methods of evangelism in India.
A local ministry in India rescues women and girls who are bound into temple prostitution. These women, who previously “served Hindu gods” are now being given a new home with safety, food, clothing, and medicine. Meanwhile, these women and children receive hope through the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Tribal converts in Thailand have received Christian leadership training by organization FARMS International, who have helped the people learn how to farm more efficiently. This community development has freed up pastors, who now have more time to minister to a country made up primarily of Buddhists.
Japan–of its 130 million people, less than one percent are evangelical Christians. However, after a 2011 tsunami and earthquake, Japanese radio station managers were finally willing to allow Trans World Radio (TWR) to broadcast 50 hours of four locally produced Gospel programs. Now, the organization is able to assist the local church even beyond radio.
An indigenous ministry is working among the Bhuiya in Jarkhand state, who worship the earth, sun, cobra, and the “spirit” of a nearby mountain. Less than one-tenth of the tribe claims to be Christian. The ministry has shared the Gospel with more than 2,800 native people and continues to fight in spiritual battle.
Vladimir Putin, president of Russia, approved a new anti-terrorism law this week that will limit sharing of faith to designated church buildings. Religious minorities and protestants who meet in homes fear the implications of this law, and many churches refuse to comply.
Two Hmong Christians were arrested by Laotian Authorities when they sought permission to speak the Gospel message. Authorities were concerned that if the men shared the Gospel, the tribal people might convert to Christianity. However, the two men carried out their sentences with faith and are now actively sharing the Gospel in Laos.
Within this last year, more than an estimated 200,000 Buddhists have come to Christ as a result of one Tibetan Buddhist priest choosing to follow Jesus. In the aftermath of a recent earthquake, the priest was moved to convert after seeing Christian workers provide aid and relief to the people of Tibet. Read the original report by Joe Handley here.
Massive evangelistic events are being held in Kandhamal, the very same district where Christians were once fleeing the lethal attacks of Hindu extremists. Even while the attacks still continue and societal persecution still exists, the number of new believers continues to increase against all odds.
A pastor in Turkey decided to limit invitations to his church’s Christmas day celebration in light of recent terrorist attacks. But hundreds more showed up, undeterred by the threat of terrorism. The missionaries rejoiced as several nonbelievers in the audience accepted Christ.
Ministry Life Matters Worldwide recently conducted two pro-life conferences in Eastern Europe, which has one of the highest abortion rates in the world: 38% of pregnancies in 2015 ended in abortion. This ministry covered pregnancy care, elderly ministry, healing for the sick, quality of life for the disabled, sexual trafficking, poverty, and primarily — the fullness of life to be found in Christ.
A young Christian man native to Morocco known as Brother Rachid is facing Islamic hostility with a gentle spirit. Having started a Christian T.V. broadcast in 2006, he has been targeted as a traitor to the Islamic faith and is thus persecuted. Meanwhile, his program has helped bring thousands of Muslims to Christ.
After a tornado tore through the town of Durant, Samaritan’s Purse arrived to help rebuild and share the Gospel. As a result, more than two dozen people gave their lives to Christ in less than two weeks.
One Virginia mom made a goal to feed over 30,000 people before she turned 30. Her motto: Love God. Love Others. Serve the World. She did just that–through coupons.
U.S.: Record low for Abortions in most recent report
A new report reveals that the annual number of abortions dropped below 1,000,000 for the first time since 1975. In 2014, the last year measured by Guttmacher Institute, there were 926,190 abortions in America.
Two Pastors in Charlotte, North Carolina, have decided to join together their white and black congregations with the hope of changing the atmosphere of racial unrest to one of unity and love.
MMA fighter Willie Peterson surrendered His life to God and found himself freed from a previous life of drugs, addiction, alcohol, and partying. With his new hope, God led him to witness to a Pygmy tribe in the Congo.
Huntsville, Texas is known as America’s “Prison City,” with roughly a quarter of its population incarcerated. First Baptist Church in Huntsville is taking up the much needed task of ministering to both those inside and outside the penitentiary walls.
All across the nation Christians are working together to stop a Satanic temple from starting an after-school satanic club in an elementary school in Portland.
Two pastors in Houston have joined their racially homogenous congregations together, working side by side to drive out gangs and drugs through work with elementary schools, tutoring programs, and single mothers and dropouts. They have gained the support of thousands of volunteers as well as the support of the Mayor’s office and local businesses.
At Gretna High School, Junior Bridget Christenson is challenging her school’s decision to deny her pro-life club’s presence during school hours. The club is part of Students for Life of America, which seeks to end abortion by providing students with the training and resources to help educate others as well. The school deemed the club too “religious” and “controversial.”
Three years ago, a local fertilizer plant exploded in West, Texas, shaking the town at the magnitude of a 2.1 magnitude earthquake. Fifteen were found dead, 200 injured, and many buildings leveled. That’s when the local churches stepped in, and since then, many have come to saving faith.
Based in New Mexico, Faith Comes by Hearing is an organization that has just finished recording New Testament audio dramas in 1,000 languages–which means that 83% of the world’s population now has the New Testament in audio and the Bible in text. The organization is part of a greater movement that hopes to have a scripture translation for every world language by the year 2030.
David Timothy quit his job in 2003 to begin the SoupMobile ministry, which now distributes over 200,000 meals a year and offers the homeless of Dallas counseling, job placement, clothing assistance, and a place to worship.
Nearly 720 volunteers from Samaritan’s Purse responded to a deadly West Virginia flood in June by helping homeowners prepare their homes for repair. As a result of their loving efforts, 53 people made the decision to follow Christ.
Crossroads Bible Institute is currently providing a Bible study program for 150 Guatemalan prison guards and policemen. Their lives are changing as a result, and that in turn changes the culture of a country where jails are 250% filled beyond their capacity.
The Comprehensive Care Center, a program begun by Orphan Outreach, is providing comprehensive care for families who live in extreme poverty. These families must work 12-14 hour days in order to earn 3-4 dollars a day. The program strengthens families by providing educational support, Bible studies, and basic living necessities.
Athletes in Action, a ministry team with around 100 multilingual staff, currently has the unique opportunity of ministering to the athletes gathered in Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Summer Olympics. The staff engages with the athletes in their own language, offering chapel services, prayer time, Bible studies, and evangelistic material.
Gospel organization Set Free Ministries recently built a new school in a small town in Uganda, replacing land once belonging to a local witch doctor. A now full-fledged primary school recognized by the government, the school has grown exponentially and developed into a symbol of hope and freedom for the community.
A missionary sentenced for life in Sudan for allegedly spying against the state has been pardoned by President Omar al-Bashir. He had remained 445 days in prison, where he says he was humiliated, beaten, and blasted with frigid air, losing more than 50 pounds.
Rashid M’Balaka, after meeting an evangelist named Joseph, gave his life to Christ and underwent a major life transformation. As one who used to beat his wife and dig up human bones to sell for ancestors worship, Rashid became a new creation in Christ–leading his wife to Jesus in the process.
Set Free International began its work in Kenya a few years ago, when the organization received an email from a Kenyan contact that a Christian orphanage was being used as a front for sex trafficking. These 24 young girls were rescued by the organization, and it has saved another 100 Kenyans over the last few years.
In the Bwindi Forest of Uganda, the country’s oldest living tribe the Batwa Pygmies is beginning to accept Jesus Christ. A couple who moved nearby the tribe to begin a ministry has now baptized scores of Pygmies, who have founded first Christian Pygmy church. At times, the church sees thousands of attendees.
More than 640 missionaries gathered in the village Kakamega to minister to the people in practical ways while sharing the Gospel. Within 10 days, 6,944 people chose to follow Christ.
Pastors express their appreciation for the building of over 500 new churches by Samaritan’s Purse through the Church Reconstruction Program from 2005 to 2012. These churches were rebuilt after the destruction of a two-decades long civil war. Now, the ministry is providing evangelism and discipleship training for members.
The Voice of the Martyr recently funded training for 120 churches in Niger, where 94% of the population is Muslim and where Christians are highly persecuted. The churches received the resources to share the Gospel as well as respond to persecution.
Voice of the Martyrs has recently distributed Bibles to the town of Chibok, the same place Boko Haram kidnapped 276 girls from a school two years ago. Amazingly, the demand for Bibles outnumbered their supply, so another distribution is currently being planned.
A Samaritan’s Purse hospital run in South Sudan by a lone full-time surgeon continues to provide care and the Gospel Message to a country steeped in danger and turmoil.
After Ebola ravaged Liberia, Samaritans Purse created a program that is now providing survivors with vocational training, support, and the opportunity to hear the Gospel. Two hundred survivors have enrolled in the program and are receiving Biblical encouragement.
In Mosul, two American missionaries passed through ISIS territory and dodged bullets to rescue a young girl who had been trapped under concrete for three days. Watch the video by clicking below.
In 2016, Habib shared the Gospel with his Muslim family, and in response, they threw him from the top of a building. But Habib survived, and due to his demonstration of love and forgiveness toward his family, many of the members were baptized in 2017.
As a result of one ministry’s video production of Jewish testimonies and Gospel explanation, a movement for Christ has begun among the Jewish people. According to a flood of feedback, many have responded by accepting Jesus as the Messiah.
Boarding a Jerusalem bus, Marike Veldman, a Dutch woman who moved to Jerusalem to become a foster mother to Arab children, narrowly escaped a brutal terrorist attack by two Palestinian men.
Despite continued fighting between the Syrian army and anti-government forces in the city of Aleppo, 10% of Christian church members remain and are sharing the love of Christ with their Muslim neighbors. Their kindness and love is causing many Muslims to question Islam and hostility toward Christians.
Thirty Christian girls were rescued from an ISIS terrorist attack, as Iraqi special forces successfully retrieved each girl without the terrorists noticing. These terrorists rushed into the Christian school, heavily armed with explosive belts. “The Lord blinded the terrorists,” Bishop Touma says.
Iraqi special forces are currently preparing to retake Mosul, one of the largest Christian towns in the country, back from ISIS. Hundreds of Christians who had sought safety in the Kurdistan region sang and danced in the capitol city, thanking Christ for the expected liberation of their home city.
After three days of prayer and fasting, 50 newly baptized Christians experienced God’s protection as they fled from militants pursuing their bus. They escaped as a giant dust storm appeared and overtook the militants.
In 2014, Iraqi girl Athraa and her family fled their home in Qaraqosh just before the town was attacked and occupied by Islamic State. Two year later, She is a completely new person and has found the peace of Christ, even in the midst of ongoing displacement.
After the Iranian revolution of 1979, many feared that the tiny Iranian church would be completely wiped out due to persecution. In fact, over the last 20 years, more Iranians have become Christian than in the last 13 centuries combined. This makes Iran home to the fastest growing church in the world.
As more and more displaced people flood Syria’s coastal region, an indigenous ministry is making plans to build a new church in the town of Tartus, where 700,000 people have fled from other parts of Syria. The ministry’s 15 workers will visit the tents and homes of the displaced to deliver food, medical care, and of course, the Gospel.
The U.S. State Department has finally declared that ISIS is currently committing a genocide against Christians in the Middle East. Now there comes a call to Western Christians to speak up for their Eastern brothers and sisters.
In Saudi Arabia, all forms of religious expression beside Islam are not tolerated–even Atheism. But Muslims continue to convert and follow Christ.
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