Category Archives: evangelism & outreach

God bringing momentous growth to Iranian church

By Mark Ellis

More than 200 Iranians and Afghans were baptized in mid-September at a jubilant, pool-side service near Iran. People from eight different Persian-speaking churches gathered together to share the story of how Jesus transformed their lives, according to a report by Elam Ministries.

The theme for the day was “Jesus changes lives,” and this powerful truth was underscored by many testimonies. One man …

Man hears how wonderful Jesus is, asks for His phone number and contact info

By Mark Ellis

During an outreach at a train station in Sydney, Australia, a Youth With A Mission (YWAM) team member had a conversation with a man about Jesus that led to a very unexpected exchange.

After praying, the YWAM team felt led by the Sprit to the Blacktown train station, in western Sydney. “None of us had any idea what would …

Embers of revival fire still burning in North Carolina

By Mark Ellis

He hadn’t set foot in church for 12 years, but got caught up in the revival that hit Burlington, North Carolina this year and became one of its primary evangelists. He’s been preaching almost every night since the revival “officially” ended, but God is still moving and many are responding.

“We’ve seen over 300 people saved over the last 4-6 …

Church leader operating in Middle East receives death threats, asks for prayer

By Mark Ellis

Pastor Paul and his team are courageously spreading the Gospel in restricted countries in South Asia and the Middle East. A very pointed, dire death threat he received recently caused him to reach out and request prayer from believers around the world.

This is the text of the death threat he received October 15th:

“Hey Paul, son of Kafir,

You are not …

Report: ISIS filling moats with oil as battle for Mosul looms

By Mark Ellis

Signals on the ground suggest the retaking of Mosul from ISIS terrorists is imminent, and in their desperate attempt to ward off “infidels” they are resorting to nefarious, medieval stratagems.

Christian ministries in the region are bracing for a massive humanitarian crisis resulting from the battle for Iraq’s second-largest city — still containing over a million people.

Scrap of paper in the road led man to Christ


By Wycliffe Bible Translators

(Note: the story of Silverio Lopez was first told by William Cameron Townsend, the founder of Wycliffe)

Silverio Lopez was one of the few in his village who understood a little Spanish. When he went to work in Guatemala City, he bought a Spanish Bible. But it was filled with so many words he couldn’t understand that he …

Syrian woman had dream for six nights of men coming with Good News; on the seventh day they arrived


By Mark Ellis

As the Syrian civil war continues after a failed cease-fire, many Muslims are encountering God, including a mother with confounding dreams that left her in a state of anticipation.

“The woman dreamt repeatedly of a man who told her that three people would come and bring her good news,” according to a ministry director for Christian Aid Mission (CAM).

“She …

Jesus appeared as bus driver to Muslim pilgrim in Mecca

By Mark Ellis

When a discouraged Muslim pilgrim boarded a bus in Mecca to return home, he wasn’t prepared for a personal encounter with Jesus and the filling of the Holy Spirit.

“Omar’s life was empty and yet full of troubles,” recounts Erick Schenkel, executive director of the JESUS Film Project. “He was weary and without hope,” he notes, relating a story …

Muslim from prominent family rejected Jesus until a powerful vision changed his life


By Mark Ellis

He was the son of an Islamic scholar and part of an ancient, prominent Muslim family in South Asia.

“My grandfather is the founder of the present mosque and my ancestral home is very close to the mosque,” says Paul Ciniraj, founder of Bibles4Mideast. “There was not even a single Christian in the schools where I studied.”

Ciniraj was brought …

David Platt recounts story of man raised from dead in Southeast Asia

By Mark Ellis

In a remote Southeast Asian village, a leader’s death and apparent resurrection from the dead fueled revival among a previously unreached group.

Pastor David Platt shared the story with the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee Sept. 19 in Nashville, according to Baptist Press. Platt currently serves as president of the Southern Baptist’s mission board. The report came to Platt …

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