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Monk run over by US tank, then attacked by ISIS, now ministers to refugees

 

By Mark Ellis

First he was run over by a US tank, then ISIS forced him to flee his monastery in northern Iraq.

Raeed, a monk from Qaraqosh, eventually established a temporary monastery in a refugee camp in Erbil, where he has become an inspiration to many, according to a report by World Watch Monitor (WWM).

In 2001, Raeed answered a call from …

Iranian teenager heard God’s voice, left Islam and Iran to follow Jesus

By Mark Ellis

He grew up in a Muslim family that was less than rigorous about their faith. When the still small voice of the Lord began to call him he resisted, but ultimately, he could not challenge the beautiful truths he found in Jesus.

“[My family] were Muslims, but never very strict,” Mehdi* told World Watch Monitor. “My parents were both teachers …

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 …

More than a quarter million underage girls serve as temple prostitutes in India and Nepal

By Women Without Borders

It is called religious or ritual servitude, but the name is a mask for one of the most heinous forms of female slavery today.

“It’s hard for us to understand the depths of the exploitation these women suffer, the brokenness of their spirits. A devadasi is a dalit [untouchable], so she’s low on the social scale anyway. But …

God moves among unreached in India, freeing many from demons, healing the sick

By Mark Ellis

The ethnic Bhuiya are one of the most unreached people groups in India, with less than one-tenth of one percent of the tribe professing Christianity — until this year –when the gospel reached 35 of their villages, freeing many from the grip of the evil one.

“They worship the spirit of the nearest mountain, among other things, and indigenous missionaries …

Crash kills young missionary family about to leave for Japan

By Mark Kelly

A young missionary family of five from Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis is being mourned after a highway crash in western Nebraska took their lives July 31.

Jamison and Kathryne Pals, both 29, and their three children, Ezra, Violet and Calvin, ages 4 years to 2 months, died when their minivan was rear-ended by a semitrailer truck in …

Atheist kindergarten teacher omitted ‘under God’ from ‘Pledge’, but God showed her His love

By Sabrina McDonald

Kim Menon was an avowed atheist. As a child, her parents took her to church but no one could satisfy her with the answers she sought.

“I thought believers just weren’t intelligent enough,” Menon said.

Now a kindergarten teacher in Seattle, education is a central part of Menon’s life. Striving to get involved in her students’ lives and to …

Muslim father killed daughter and threw her down a well, but Jesus caught her and restored her life

 

By Mark Ellis

She was born into a strict Muslim family in the Middle East. Because she was born in the Muslim month of Ramzan, her parents named her Ramza.

“I was a religious girl from my childhood,” she told Bibles for Mideast. “I was always in front of the line for the Islamic practices for reciting the Koran, doing prayers five …

Pokeman Go party at seminary leads six gamers to Christ

By Mark Ellis

With the Pokeman Go craze in full swing, a Texas seminary recognized a unique outreach opportunity to host a “lure party,” which drew several hundred from the community – and six people prayed to receive Christ as a result.

Realizing the unusual occasion for outreach, students and faculty at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary hosted a “lure party” at the …

Imam finds Jesus, loses family, house, and livelihood

By Mark Ellis

An evil spirit tormented Imam Kuluseni Tenywa for many years. Out of desperation, he visited Elim Church in his village in late May 2016.

“I was prayed for in the power of Issa [Jesus] and invited him into my heart, which broke the strength of the evil spirit that was troubling me,” he told Morning Star News.

The strong man …

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