Catastrophic Floods Hit East Africa

Using her bare hands, a woman dug through the rubble of a home devastated by a flash flood that swept through her Kenyan village in early May. She pointed out her cousin’s red jacket to a reporter. It was streaked with dirt and snagged on a tree branch. A few feet away, a broken bed and mattress lay amidst a heap of debris. She was certain that her cousin lay somewhere beneath it.
Since mid-March, flooding from the rainy season has killed more than 200 people in Kenya. In neighboring Tanzania and nearby Burundi, the death toll sits at more than 160 and 29, respectively, with tens of thousands displaced, including more than 50,000 refugees, many of whom fled Somalia over the last several years to escape drought. “No corner of our country has been spared from this havoc,” said Kenyan President William Ruto. “The forecast is that rain is going to continue, and the likelihood of flooding and people losing their lives is real.” In Kenya, murky brown water still rushes, rapid-like, across fields and roads, sweeping away cars and railroad tracks, and leaving at least one father grief-stricken when he lost his wife and baby. “The water came and I felt as if something was falling,” he told a Reuters reporter. “That’s when the water swept us. There was nothing I could have done.” In the worst-hit area of Kenya, a dam burst in the early morning hours, sending water and mud hurtling down a hill and killing nearly 50 villagers. “The military has been mobilized, the national youth service has been mobilized, all security agencies have been mobilized to assist citizens in such areas to evacuate to avoid any dangers of loss of lives,” President Ruto said. “It is not a time for guesswork, we are better off safe than sorry.” Indigenous missionaries are among those affected by the rising water and must strategize how best to continue their evangelism efforts in the midst of this dangerous crisis. “We are still having much rain all over the country and it has caused much havoc in some places as people have died,” one ministry leader said. “It is still raining but we trust God that it will stop.” In one area, ministry workers kept careful watch on the riverbanks, knowing that they could not conduct baptisms at the risk of peoples’ lives. But in places not prone to flooding, they were able to baptize new believers, and they joyfully celebrated each time someone joined their fellowship. “Many are testifying of the goodness of the Lord and have a desire to serve God because of what He has done in their lives,” a ministry leader said. The effects of this year’s rainy season will linger for months to come as communities band together to clean, rebuild, and mourn their losses. But even amid the heartache, missionaries recognize God is at work. “We thank our Almighty God for the great things He is doing in our midst,” the ministry leader said. “We have a lot of work to be done and without the help of our Lord, we can do nothing.” Pray for all those affected by flooding. And please consider a donation to support the missionaries throughout the region who work tirelessly to share the good news of Jesus.

URGENT: Crisis in the Congo

Two years of fighting. Nearly six million people displaced. Bombings, human rights abuses, and forced recruitment. This is current-day DRC, where armed rebels are closing in on one of the country’s main cities in its mineral-rich eastern region. As they march, families flee, and more than 700,000 are trapped behind the front lines, where lack of food, safe drinking water, and diseases such as cholera and measles are a growing and serious problem.

Community Service For The Sake Of The Gospel

Seventeen-year-old Mateo* hated his parents for the years of physical and verbal abuse he suffered at their hands. His resentment toward his family coupled with the constant peer pressure from his friends weighed heavy on his shoulders, and the burden grew more difficult to carry each day. But on the day that he met a native missionary in his rural community, his life changed in a way he never could have imagined.
The missionary told him about Jesus. About forgiveness and redemption and transformation. Mateo soaked up the truths the missionary taught him, and in return, the missionary listened to Mateo’s own troubling life story. Their conversation came exactly when Mateo needed it the most; and as the Holy Spirit moved, Mateo gave his life to Christ.
After he chose to follow Jesus, Mateo received a Bible that he read all the time, and he visited the missionary each day to discuss the stories he’d learned about in Scripture. He even forgave his parents, and with that forgiveness, the burden he’d struggled with for so long was lifted. Now, his once bleak outlook on life has dramatically shifted: he hopes to become a missionary, preaching among indigenous communities and helping change lives as his own was changed.

Witch Doctors Are No Match Against the Power of Christ

Charna’s* father is a priest in a traditional South Asian religion, but as followers of that religion, Charna noticed that her family seemed oppressed by an invisible darkness. “Almost all in the family were possessed by evil spirits and demonic attacks were very severe in the family,” she said.
Her father disliked Christians and would frequently perform rituals against the Christian families and ministry workers in their village while at the same time performing rituals seeking peace for his family.
His efforts were always in vain. The Christians in the community remained, and Charna’s family seemed to sink into an even deeper spiritual struggle. When someone fell sick, which was often, they sought answers from magicians and spent enormous amounts of money on special offerings and sacrifices.

African Refugees Find New Life After Tragedy

January was cold. Too cold to be crammed into a leaking boat filled with dozens of other terrified refugees desperate to escape Africa and reach Europe’s shores. But Amadou and his two young daughters had no other choice. They couldn’t turn back now; they could only squint toward the horizon and hope for land. The water lapped at their ankles, freezing Amadou’s youngest daughter’s feet. It was a terrifying sign of what would happen to them if the boat sunk. Even worse horrors befell his older daughter, but Amadou was helpless to protect either of his children.

Gospel Revives a Battered Life in Indonesia

A young man in Indonesia who had suffered setbacks throughout his life found himself trying to make a living by performing on the street. Osbert*, 28, told a Christian worker who engaged him in conversation that his wife had recently left him, and that he had no hope for the future, the ministry leader said. The worker shared how Christ cares for him so much that He died on the Cross to take the punishment for all sinners who accept His salvation.
“Since the first time he heard the gospel story, he immediately responded positively and then put his faith in Jesus,” the ministry leader said. “It wasn’t long before he accepted baptism.”

God Makes Himself Known to People in Lebanon

Invited to a native ministry’s Bible study in Lebanon by a Christian relative, an unbelieving man had arrived intent on criticizing it. The worker leading the meeting in Lebanon asked the visitor to read Psalm 91, but the man was stunned to find himself blinded to the words.
“I’m a university graduate, and I can’t read a single word,” he told the group. “Something is preventing me from opening my eyes. What is happening to me?”

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Your gift on this Giving Tuesday will equip native missionaries based in the world’s most difficult mission fields with the resources they need to share Christ with people who are still unreached with the gospel. And, right now, your gift will be DOUBLED up to $5,000 through a Matching Gift Challenge!

Special message from the president: persecution rising!

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So far this year, I’ve visited three major mission fields where indigenous Christians are experiencing unprecedented levels of persecution. Our brothers and sisters in Christ who are bravely sharing the gospel with people who’ve never heard it are facing an all-out assault from the forces of hell. What they are doing is the last thing our Enemy wants!

Reach more people like Mina with the gospel

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Mina, a 22-year-old Yazidi girl, was only recently reunited with her family in Iraq after being captured by the Islamic State years ago. She arrived at the tent camp, where her family now lives, in an ambulance, her hands and feet broken by the constant torture and beatings. She suffered from severe epilepsy and was bedridden for an entire year.