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According to Mission Network News, Afghanistan represents the world’s third-largest humanitarian operation before this month’s crisis. United Nations and World Health Organization officials call for an immediate humanitarian “bridge” to get aid into the country before they run out of critical supplies: Fear is tangible on the ground. “The Taliban has a hit list of known Christians they are targeting to kill. They are raiding houses and going through people’s phones to look for any Christian apps,” Heart4Iran’s Mike Ansari says. “Afghan believers are in danger, and they are fleeing to the mountains. Many of them feel they have been abandoned.” Heart4Iran has been broadcasting Gospel programs into Afghanistan since 2007 through its media division, Mohabat TV. “Many Afghans are familiar with Mohabat TV and regularly call and email us,” Ansari says. “Since Kabul fell to the Taliban, we started going live into Afghanistan five days a week on social media and satellite T.V.” Mohabat TV broadcasts include programming in Dari and Ḥazāra. An hour-long live program, Voice of Christ, reaches viewers each week with worship, news, Scripture, and more. Virtual Church gives Afghan Christians a safe place to connect with fellow “secret believers.”
According to Mission Network News, The brunt of the devastation is in the southern part of the country, in the Jeremie area. It appears that Jesus Film Project national workers and their families are safe, but please pray for the many others. Meanwhile, the death toll continues to rise. Chuck, a Jesus Film team leader, reports: “You’ll remember that this same area is the region that was devastated a few years back from Hurricane Matthew. The bright side of that is, because of our response back then, they [Cru] have partners ready to respond once they have resources to respond with. And that is the problem, they have no cash to purchase the needed resources with.” The pandemic’s impact is another “bright spot.” Haiti hasn’t suffered “like so many other countries. There have been around 800 deaths total since the beginning,” Chuck says. Cru’s national director in Haiti, Esperandieu Pierre, can purchase essential items such as water, food, hygiene kits and tents from Dominican Republic businesses and take them to the people where they are most needed, but he needs the funds now. In this extremely poor country where many people’s hearts have been steeped in bondage to voodoo and spiritism, film teams and partners have an opportunity to show the love of Christ and share the hope that only comes from knowing Him. This is a critical “window of opportunity” to respond to men, women, and children with tremendous physical, emotional, and spiritual needs.
According to Mission Network News, In India, COVID-19 and its variants are creating another tragedy: Orphans. Approximately 30,000 Indian children have been orphaned or lost a parent due to COVID-19. Erik Morsehead with Mission India says, “With the amount of spread and all of that, we saw an extreme amount of people passing away and perishing from the COVID Delta variant. So what happened was lot of children lost their parents and caregivers. “So not only are children trying to stay healthy during that spread and now, but now they lost their way to have income because their parents can’t bring money in. They lost their parental leadership. And they lost that love and that support they had.” The most heartbreaking question for these kids is, “What now?” Morsehead says, “We have a children’s rights group. They said they are getting 70 calls a day for help for children whose parents have died or are hospitalized with COVID-19. “You can just imagine the ramifications for a child. Even if they didn’t get COVID, what is one to do now that you’re orphaned?” In the midst of this, Mission India is standing in the gap for these kids. Mission India works with local Indian believers to run Children’s Bible Clubs. Both their 10-Day Children’s Bible Clubs and Year-Long Children’s Bible Clubs introduce these kids to God’s love and let them know they are never alone. “Our Children’s Bible Clubs have come around these kids who have lost that support of their parents — whether the parents have passed away or are hospitalized,” Morsehead says. “They’re there to provide that love and that support and a listening ear. And they also get to provide the love of Jesus to a kid who’s just reeling and desiring to find that love that they so desperately need at a time like this.”
According to CBN, CBN’s Operation Blessing helps people recover from natural disasters around the world. The international disaster relief team delivered 70 food kits to those in need in a remote area of Haiti, following the recent deadly earthquake in that country that killed more than 2,200 people and destroyed 50,000 homes. The Operation Blessing team met with representatives from the country’s ministry of health to demonstrate the process for purifying water with the technologies the team offers. The ministry authorized the OB brigade to provide lifesaving services in different areas of Haiti.
According to Mission Network News, How much would you risk to share your faith? Uncharted Ministries co-founder Tom Doyle says a new believer in Syria recently put her life on the line for Christ. “We’re seeing so many young Muslims coming to faith in Christ, and they’re sharing their faith. God is using new believers; they’re spreading the Gospel rapidly throughout the Middle East,” he says. “What we’re seeing today is a wave of holy boldness.” When a Muslim woman we’ll call “Lydia” came to saving faith in Jesus, she immediately thought of her family. But not in the ways you might expect. “She has a brother in the Islamic State [and] her brother is fighting with terrorists in Libya. She picks up the phone and calls him, and tells him she’s accepted Jesus as her Savior. He said, ‘Well, that distresses me and we will have to do something about this; I’m coming home.’ That next week she was baptized, and it wasn’t just her,” Doyle says. “She had already led three other Sunni Muslims to faith in Christ. They were all baptized together.” Lydia’s brother is still hunting for her, but thankfully she’s in a safe house. Pray for her continued protection, and pray the Lord will appear to her brother in a vision or dream. Pray he will understand God’s truth, and believe in Christ.
According to Mission Network News, For months, a civil war has raged in Ethiopia’s Tigray region. Forces aligned with the Ethiopian government have carried out mass sexual violence against women and girls in Tigray. One local pastor talked about it with Eric Foley of The Voice of the Martyrs Korea. He says soldiers asked him the whereabouts of a certain woman in order to attack her. He has also visited hospitals and seen a special wing designated for rape victims. The pastor says this kind of violence is being used as psychological warfare. One daughter was raped in front of her father as a way of punishing him for supporting the Tigray side of the war. Foley says the number of these crimes has even been underreported. “Crimes related to rape in these kinds of honor and shame cultures often go unreported. In these cultures, a woman who admits that she’s been raped brings shame to her family and also jeopardizes her possible future as a woman. She can’t get married. She can’t be considered an honorable or honest woman. These are issues which we as Christians should be especially sensitive to.”
According to Mission Network News, From Change Media and Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF), the inspirational documentary ENDS OF THE EARTH will debut in movie theaters nationwide for two nights this October. This documentary explores faith, passion, and how hope emerges from tragedy. ENDS OF THE EARTH weaves together true stories of MAF pilots — past and present — who strive with missionaries and local believers to take the Gospel to remote and isolated people. One true story features Betty Greene, MAF’s first pilot. Chris Burgess, MAF’s Creative Director says, “She was a World War II veteran and she just was an amazing person who flew MAF’s first flight in Mexico and then laid the groundwork in Latin America and in Africa and Indonesia — laid the groundwork not only for MAF’s work, but for the work of a lot of missionaries over the past 75 years.” Fathom Events and Collide Media Group are presenting this film for a two-night event in US cinemas on Monday, Oct. 18 and Thursday, Oct. 21 at 7:00 p.m. local time (both days). ENDS OF THE EARTH will also be released to churches the same day as the theatrical release through Fathom’s Faith Content Network.
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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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