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According to Mission Network News, God is moving mightily in the Muslim world, and Ramadan is the perfect time for Him to show up. Each year during this Islamic holy month, Muslims worldwide fast from sunrise to sunset and intently study the Quran. More Ramadan headlines here. “People [are] searching for the answers, searching for a different life, or searching for a God that will answer your prayers,” Uncharted Ministries’ Josh Doyle says. “We’re praying that God will show up in dreams, visions, and show Muslims that He is the true Messiah.” Uncharted just launched Season Two of its I Found the Truth series. Each episode spotlights believers who left Islam to follow Christ. “We had people share their stories; people from all around the world,” Doyle, who spearheads the project, explains.
According to Assist News Service, More than seven million people across six countries in East Africa are on the brink of starvation, according to Christian humanitarian organisation World Vision. The charity warns if the international community does not act now, thousands of children could face long-term health consequences or die. “It’s heart-breaking that the lives of millions of children in East Africa are at risk due to a perfect storm of conflict, changing or unpredictable weather patterns, and the aftershocks of COVID-19,” said Edgar Sandoval Sr., president and CEO of World Vision U.S. “The long-term harm of malnutrition on children’s development hinders their ability to achieve their God-given potential.”
According to Mission Network News, Translating God’s Word is not a cushy office job with regular hours. Every day presents a new challenge for Indonesian Bible translators, Wycliffe USA’s Melissa Stillman says. “Many of the translation team members have a full-time job. They have family commitments, and they’re working to translate Scripture,” she explains. “In addition to that, transportation in the area is notoriously difficult.” Most of Indonesia’s Kuhin people follow a religion influenced by the spirit world. There are a few Christians – like the ones on this translation team – but most of the believers have nominal faith. Kuhin Christians don’t have God’s Word in their language, so they often mix faith with Spiritism. The Bible translation team desperately wants to change this. “They’re very dedicated to seeing God’s Word made available in their language,” Stillman says. “Their work requires the personal sacrifice of their time, resources, and sometimes even their safety.” You can help the Kuhin on Wednesday, April 21. Learn more here. “Give the Word Wednesday is a one-day digital giving campaign, and Wycliffe hopes to raise $12,500 that day for the Kuhin translation project in Indonesia,” Stillman explains. Many Kuhin place their trust in spirits. With your help, they can be freed of their burdens and trust in the living God.
According to Assist News Service, A German pastor fighting expulsion from Turkey is hopeful that he may be the exception to a wave of foreign Christian leaders expelled from the country as “threats to national security.” Though Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization has applied the label to pastor Michael Feulner, he told Morning Star News said that a hearing last week gave him hope that a court will strike the “security threat” designation and allow him to stay. Pastor Feulner said the three judges in the March 22 hearing in Ankara were much more open to reviewing evidence his attorney presented than judges at a February hearing in Istanbul. “I felt I was heard by the judges,” Pastor Feulner said. “They asked the police department in Ankara if there was anything against me, and there was nothing. For this reason, I am hopeful they will hear our claim.”
According to Mission Network News, Osama bin Laden, who helped plan the 9/11 terror attacks, was killed in 2011. Ever since, his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan has sat in ruins. Some want it transformed into a playground for children. Others think it should become a cemetery. Jason Woolford of Mission Cry says the place has a dark history. That’s why the ministry wants to send thousands of Bibles to the surrounding houses. Woolford says, “It’s a big project. We can’t talk too much more about it. But we need funding for this. This project is going to cost about $11,000. But we are going to be able to get strategically the Word of God in and around that area. We can’t talk about specific timeframes, but it will be done this year, as people come alongside.” Woolford asks listeners to pray for the safety of the delivery team.
According to Assist News Service, A court ruled that the 2018 Lancashire Festival of Hope with Franklin Graham in the North of England was discriminated against by the Blackpool Borough Council and Blackpool Transport Services Limited by taking down bus ads that simply read “Time for Hope,” according to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association UK. “We thank God for this ruling because it is a win for every Christian in the UK,” evangelist Franklin Graham said. The court emphatically affirmed that Christians and people of other faiths who hold and publicly express traditional religious views about marriage and human sexuality are entitled to protection under the law. Blackpool was ruled to have been in violation of the Equality Act 2010 in discriminating against the Festival specifically because of the religious views of Franklin Graham. The court found that Blackpool also interfered with the Lancashire Festival of Hope’s rights of freedom of expression without justification.
According to Mission Network News, Kenya, near the border of Somalia, has become an increasingly dangerous place for Christians. Unrest and violence tend to spill over from Somalia, and Kenya does not monitor the border closely. Vincent Michael says Forgotten Missionaries International hopes to connect with ministry work in the area. “[Somalia holds] 16 million Muslims, who are very, very impoverished. And the culture is very violent. We’d love to see the Gospel make inroads.” Forgotten Missionaries International recently sent a team to the area to gather information and create friendships. They found an astounding level of persecution. The terrorist group al-Shabaab freely crosses from Somalia into Kenya, harassing and even murdering Christians. Michael says, “It’s a very scary place right now. And so we’re praying for boldness for those workers, that we will find them and that they will be boldly reaching.”
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In closing, remember, God loves you. He always has and He always will. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” If you don’t know Jesus as your Saviour, today is a good day to get to know Him. Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead for you. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
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