Category Archives: missions

Francis Chan: Don’t waste your life; help complete the Great Commission

By Mark Ellis

Noted author and preacher Francis Chan urged believers not to waste their lives on fruitless pursuits, but to join with him and others focused on planting churches among the remaining unreached people groups of the world.

“We have to mobilize to get the Gospel to these people,” Chan declared at the Finishing the Task conference December 8th at Saddleback …

Nigeria: British baroness barely escapes deadly attack

By Mark Ellis

Baroness Caroline Cox, a member of the House of Lords and important voice in Parliament for religious freedom throughout the world, narrowly avoided an attack by armed Islamist Fulani herdsmen on November 14th.

Baroness Cox and Bishop Stewart Ruch III were visiting Jos Plateau State where Islamist cattle herdsmen have become as great a threat as the infamous terror group Boko …

Hard truths about global missions

By David Joannes

Missionaries generally want to share the breakthroughs and powerful testimonies with you. To be clear, there are amazing things happening in the world and there are pockets of revival around the world.

But I feel led to share with you some of the dark realities of global missions. Eugene Bach shared something similar in his recent, incredibly moving …

Why Castro’s Cuba banned me

By Dan Wooding

Former Cuban dictator, Fidel Castro, who led a rebel army to an improbable victory in Cuba, embraced Soviet-style communism and defied the power of 10 US presidents during his rule, died November 25 in Havana at 90.

On my first visit trip to Cuba in 1982, I was still living in England, and had joined a team of Bible …

Muslim immigrant to UK led 600 Iranians to Jesus


By Mark Ellis

He was uncertain and purposeless when he immigrated to the UK from Iran as a Muslim. But eight years later, God is using Shapoor to build His kingdom among the refugee population.

“When I was a Muslim I didn’t believe God could talk to ordinary people and have any relationship or use ordinary people,” Shapoor told a ministry leader …

Myanmar/Burma: Thousands receive Christ at Franklin Graham festival

By Mark Ellis

Over three days, 170,000 people crammed into the Yangon Love Joy Peace Festival with Franklin Graham and more than 7,600 made decisions for Christ.

Christians comprise a small minority of the heavily Buddhist population, and Open Doors ranks the persecution level as “severe,” with radical Buddhist monks intensifying their campaigns against religious minorities and laws introduced for the “protection …

Rejected as an African albino, she found acceptance in Christ

By Mark Ellis

Christine Nabukenya’s mother died when she was only eight-years-old, during childbirth with one of her siblings.

She feared going to school because of a stigma she carried from birth — as an African albino.

In Sub-Saharan Africa, people with albinism have been persecuted, killed and dismembered, and graves of albinos have been desecrated. Witch doctors have exploited superstitions that albino …

Bishop’s wife took bullet to save her husband’s life

By Mark Ellis

Margaret Dehqani-Tafti, the steely woman of faith who took a bullet to protect her husband from assassination during Iran’s revolution, passed to her reward October 22nd. She was 85.

She was buried next to her husband, Hassan, in the grounds of Winchester Cathedral, not far from the remains of the noted author Jane Austen.

Margaret was the youngest daughter of William …

Imam hated Christians until Jesus raised him from the dead


By Mark Ellis

He not only hated Christians, he directed his followers at the mosque to attack them. But after he died and was being prepared for burial, he stunned his family by returning to life with a new message of salvation.

Munaf Ali*, 45, was an influential imam as well as scholar and preacher of Islam in a Middle Eastern country.

One …

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 …

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