Category Archives: evangelism & outreach

Blacksmith in India made iron crosses for Christians, discovered their meaning

By Mark Ellis

He was the only blacksmith in his village in India, making plows and other farming instruments. He usually was paid with food and rarely received cash from other villagers.

One day something surprising happened. “Two people from the Baptist Church came to my village and asked me to make two dozen iron crosses for their church,” Ballipati Barburao told …

Nepal: A pastor’s report one year after the earthquake

By Pastor Megh Gurung

Last year was so bad for me and others too. There was devastation of all things here by the earthquake. Nobody could rebuild their houses and even now the government is not helping. But last year Christians and NGOS helped those who have died and had collapsed houses. Many victims are waiting for help from the government, …

Prolific Cuban church planter: 300 churches planted and 1,000 leaders trained

By Mark Ellis


Otoniel Martinez grew up in a Christian family. His father was a pastor in a time when government pressure made it difficult to follow Jesus. Otoniel was a gifted student and could have attended one of the top schools in Cuba.

But in order to attend a top university, he had to deny his Christian faith, which he would …

Islamic terrorist hunted pastor, but Jesus foiled plot with unusual vision

By Mark Ellis

Al-Rashid was the commander of a fanatical Islamic group that sought to convert everyone to Islam and make all nations fall under Islamic rule.

He was angered by reports of Muslims converting to Christianity and spreading the Gospel. So he formed a special task force to track down the Christian leaders who were responsible and convert or kill them.

Evangelist at ‘Azusa Now’ event preached to a ‘perverse’ generation

By Mark Ellis

At the climax of a lengthy, Spirit-filled day of prayer and worship in the L.A. Coliseum on Saturday, fifth generation preacher Daniel Kolenda delivered an evangelistic message aimed at a “perverse generation.”

Organizer Lou Engle hoped to fill the venerable sports venue to capacity and had 115,000 registrations prior to the event, but spotty rain dampened the attendance to …

Jesus appears to bedridden Muslim mom, brings healing and salvation to family

By Mark Ellis

Fadila* was raised in a devout Muslim family in the Middle East, one of eight children. Her father – who farmed a date plantation — also had a second wife who bore four children.

As a young woman, Fadilla dedicated herself to the practices of Islam every day. “I was always wearing the abaya, which is a large, black …

California church plant baptizes 84 in their first 18 months

By Mark Kelly

While everyone else at New Song Parkside Church stood to sing — including Rick Hynes’ wife Antoinette, — Rick stayed in his seat with his arms crossed.

Later, when pastor Jim Britts was able to spend some time with Hynes, the veteran of nine Marine deployments told him, “There’s no way God could forgive me for some of the …

Nepal: Prayer in Jesus’ name heals man’s paralyzed arm

By Mark Ellis

Tyler Connell, with the Ekballo Project, was recently in the foothills of the Himalayas in west Nepal, one of the most unreached places of the world distributing Bibles, praying for the sick, and preaching the Good News.

The Ekballo Project uses film as a mobilizing spark on college campuses and churches to send believers into the unreached, unengaged regions …

She buried 11 children, endured an alcoholic husband, then Jesus spoke to her in dreams

By Katie Kuykendall and Mark Ellis

Selmira was a young teen when she married, older than most of the girls in her Napo Quecha village in Peru. Selmira had asked if she could wait until she finished primary school before her marriage. She wanted to learn to read first.

Shamanism and alcoholism are widespread in the culture of her village, according to …

Iran has fastest growing evangelical population in the world

By Mark Ellis

Iran is one of the most dangerous countries in the world for followers of Jesus Christ. Almost all of the above-ground, Farsi-speaking churches have been closed and house churches are raided routinely, with their leaders and members arrested, according to a report by SAT-7.

Evangelism by Christians is against the law and may even be punished by death. But …

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