Village church

Remote villages in the Himalayas receiving Jesus, many baptized

By Megh Gurung

Last week I visited several remote villages in the Himalayas. This time is the rainy season in Nepal but God heard my prayer so there were no obstacles to travel on the way.

There are unpaved roads and along the cliff there are many bends. They are living without electricity or communications. But they are communicating with our living …

Welch, Ed on motorcycle2

He survived a brutal father and the most violent cellblock at San Quentin

By Mark Ellis

Beatings by his father put him in the hospital at a young age. “State-raised,” he was incarcerated intermittently from the seventh grade onward, until he reached the most dreaded cellblock at San Quentin.

“My father was a very bitter, angry man, especially when he was drinking,” says Ed Welch, who is currently struggling with a diagnosis of terminal cancer …

Homeless man benefits from church’s Facebook campaign

By Melissa Nordell

The Dwelling Place Church in Hemet, California, known for being the first church in the U.S. to be in George Otis Jr.’s first “Transformations” video, is continuing the prayers and declarations needed to transform their community within a 30 mile radius of the church, located between Palm Springs and Lake Elsinore.

Senior Pastor, Bob Beckett, taught the church how …

ISIS marks Christian homes in Mosul

From The Assyrian International News Agency

The Arabic letter “n” (inside red circle), signifying “Nasarah” (Christian), on a Christian home in Mosul (photo AINA)

ISIS has begun marking Christian homes with the Arabic letter “n” which stands for the word “Nasrani,” which means Christian in Arabic. The word comes from the name “Nestorian,” historically attributed to the Holy Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church …

Text of chilling ISIS statement

Text of ISIS statement ordering Christians to convert, pay tax, or die

 

By the Assyrian International News Agency

ISIS issued a statement asking all Christians in Mosul to convert to Islam, pay the jizya (the poll tax on Christians) or face the sword. ISIS gave July 19 as the deadline to comply with its demands. Most Assyrians of Mosul responded by fleeing the city. Many families were robbed of all their possessions as …

Why Hebron belongs to the Jews

By David Wilder

I’m frequently asked about my motivation to live in Hebron.  Why live here? My answer contains a few elements.

My usual first stop when giving tours in Hebron is Tel Rumeida, which is a great place to begin because this neighborhood is actually ancient Tel Hebron. If Ma’arat HaMachpela [Cave of the Patriarchs] is where the Patriarchs and Matriarchs are buried, Tel Rumeida is …

Villages in India outlaw Christianity

By Anto Akkara                

Several villages in central India have outlawed the open practice of Christianity – a move of questionable legality yet one that worries church leaders who say it already has encouraged anti-Christian violence.

“The situation is becoming worse. The anti-Christian propaganda is becoming stronger,” Arun Pannalal, president of Chhattisgarh Christian Forum, told World Watch Monitor on July 15. Chhattisgarh …

Taking Jesus to ‘Crack-land’ in Rio

By Don Graham

The team ministers to an HIV positive couple in Rio’s infamous “Crackland” (Photo Baptist Press)

Locals know it as “Crack-land,” a run-down, crime-ridden neighborhood in the heart of Rio where addicts come to get their fix. Many never leave. Crack cocaine is the star attraction, and its victims line Crack-land’s streets. They’ve lost everything to the drug — jobs, …

Tomb of Old Testament Prophet Jonah smashed by ISIS

By Mark Ellis

He was swallowed by a gigantic sea creature after he tried to run from God. Chastened in the belly of the behemoth, he later preached to the people of Ninevah and turned an entire city to God.

Tradition places Jonah’s grave close to the city of Mosul, near the ancient site of Nineveh. The Christians there still trace their …

Billy Graham with Kim IL Sung

Behind-the-scenes: Arranging Billy Graham’s first historic visit to North Korea

By Mark Ellis

The notoriously closed “hermit kingdom” of North Korea ran into a problem in the late 1980s. They wanted to teach the history of various religions at their foremost university, but because they had done everything humanly possible to destroy religion, they couldn’t find anyone qualified to teach on the subject of Christianity.

“We have found someone to teach Buddhist …