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Baptist pastor poisoned after theological dispute with Muslim villager

By Mark Ellis

A Baptist pastor in eastern Uganda was poisoned to death after an intense theological dialogue with a Muslim villager, sources told Morning Star News.

Micah Byamukama, pastor of Kasecha Baptist Church in Kasecha village, died at Kabweri Health Centre on May 15th after consuming an insecticide laced into his food. He was 61.

Ahmed Mupere, the alleged assailant, was said …

Bo with Mrs. Clinton

Unemployed coal miner who confronted Clinton invited her to join revival sweeping West Virginia coal country

By Mark Ellis

Bo Copley, an unemployed coal miner, who gained media attention after he challenged Secretary Clinton’s statements about the coal industry, is a strong Christian who has been at the heart of the revival sweeping West Virginia.

He prayed and fasted before meeting Mrs. Clinton, then invited her to attend a revival meeting that night only a short distance away from …

Pastor Sameli and his wife (Photo: Suhas Munshi/Catch News)

Hindu extremists terrorize pastor and pregnant wife, set fire to church

By Chad Dou and Mark Ellis

“Where is your Jesus?” the Hindu extremist growled, pressing the edge of a sword against Pastor Dinbanhu Sameli’s neck. “Now, say, ‘Jai Shri Ram (Victory to the god Ram)’.”

Sameli, 30, and his pregnant wife, Meena, invited the two men inside after they showed up and asked for prayer on April 17. Once they stepped through …

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The day after ‘Azusa Now,’ God sent revival to humble coal-mining town in West Virginia

By Mark Ellis

The day after 70,000 people jammed the L.A. Coliseum to cry out for revival, God sent the wind of the Holy Spirit many miles away to a humble town of 500 in West Virginia coal mining country.

“We’ve prayed for many years for this,” says Mitchell Bias, pastor of the Regional Church of God in Delbarton, West Virginia. His …


God spoke to Rick Warren in the depths of burnout and it paved the way for ‘Purpose Driven’


By Mark Ellis

With tenderhearted affection, Pastor Rick Warren recently commissioned 110 pastors from 30 countries who are committed to his strategy for building healthy churches, transforming communities, and planting churches among unreached people groups worldwide.

The historic launch took place May 10-12 at Lakeside Mission in Rancho Capistrano, a sprawling church and retreat center only a few miles from Saddleback Church’s …

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Nepal: Demon-possessed woman collapsed in church service, found deliverance


By Mark Ellis

In an area of Nepal still recovering from the 2015 earthquake, a volunteer team of Southern Baptists from Texas were visiting a small country church in response to their request for relief and assistance.

Caroline Anderson, a writer for IMB, was at their Saturday night service with the volunteer team when Anderson witnessed a woman who appeared to be demon possessed.


TV star was so unchurched he had never seen anyone pray

By Mark Ellis

Hollywood actor Bob Turnbull played everything from gun smugglers to Coast Guard captains on television and films like “Hawaii 5-0,” “Cagney and Lacey,” and “Tora Tora Tora.”

Growing up, he attended high school in San Diego with Dennis Hopper, the co-star of the 1960s classic “Easy Rider.”

Irina's group

Woman faced financial pressure, had no time for God, then He healed her on the way to the hospital

By Mark Ellis

Irina had a difficult life as the lone bread-winner for her three kids—and the wife of a man who spent money wildly. As a result, the family was deeply in debt and she was angry about her depressed circumstances.

One day after she returned from work her neighbor Valya approached her with a surprising message: “God loves you and …

Berki walking

God miraculously healed Ethiopian Christian, saved him from brother’s plot, protected from wild hyenas

Written by Kim Farr, photos by Esther Havens, The Seed Company

“What happened to you?” Berki Banko’s mother faced her exhausted, bloody son. He’d just found his way home after nearly dying in the Ethiopian wilderness.

To his mother, Berki was still lost. His choices had brought shame to their family and she was desperate.

“Berki, this breast nursed you when you were a child,” she …

Underage girls on display for men

Young American woman horrified by sex trade in Thailand, decides to pray for the women and men

By RaeLynn DeFalco

They say when you work with a sex industry ministry, your heart has to break for both parties. Let me be the first to say, that is much harder than it sounds.

I have never hated men more in my life than the week I spent in Pattaya, Thailand. The city was covered with middle aged white men just …

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