"Don't come home! Go to your friend's house," Donya’s* mother warned her over the phone. "Three men came here looking for you. They searched our house, took your computer and told me that they have questions for you. I was so frightened! It's not safe for you!"
Why was Donya in danger in her own home? She’d chosen to follow Christ.
Like one in six city residents in India, Nazia and her husband, Dameer1, live in an urban slum. Christar workers began visiting their area in November 2011, praying that God would provide opportunities for ministry. By the beginning of the next year, doors began to open and Christar workers got a clearer view of the physical and spiritual suffering of Nazia’s community of least-reached Muslims.
Please pray for the residents of Shangri-La, Yunnan Province, China, specifically those who lived and worked in the Old Town section of the city that was demolished by fire early in the morning on January 11, 2014. While 240 homes and many businesses were destroyed, we thank God that no casualties were reported.
“Their people killed our people, burned our houses, stole our harvest and destroyed our economy,” explained Lebanese Pastor Ayoub* about his Syrian neighbors.”They occupied our land for more than 30 years. Our hearts were filled with hatred and enmity.” He continued, “We prayed for God to take our revenge, to destroy their land as they did to our land, to sink their country with blood and tears. This is what’s happening now. Shouldn’t we be thrilled? Isn’t this the natural reaction?”
God is at work! From new doors for ministry among Syrian refugees to a new version of the Bible that will make Scripture accessible to Urdu speakers in India, we rejoice in the many ways we see the Lord moving to make His glory known in least-reached communities! And, we’re infinitely grateful for the part that Christar workers are privileged to play in what He’s doing! Here are just three snapshots of His incredible work:
When Lindita arrived home after visiting Light of the World Church for the first time, her Muslim husband told her, “I don’t know what you did at that place today, but if you are going to continue to be this happy, you can go back there whenever you want!”
“I don’t know your name, but I know you are here,” Adelina* prayed. As a high school student in the 1990s in Albania, Adelina heard about God through the ministry of the Christian workers who entered her homeland when the 33-year Communist ban on religion was lifted. Although she didn’t read the Bible she was given, her interest was piqued and a seed was planted.
For ABC Health Foundation Director Nedzat*, the goal of providing quality health care with equity and compassion isn’t just a faceless goal. It’s personal! Five years ago this Albanian businessman’s mother was rushed to the hospital with a heart attack; however, the medicine she needed to halt the damage to her heart wasn’t readily available. Not only that, but not offering a bribe caused a diagnostic test normally given right away to be delayed for months! Nedzat has a vested interest is seeing Albanian health care reflect the integrity, hope and love of Christ.