The nation of Côte d’Ivoire in West Africa may be similar to first-century Ephesus in its strategic role for reaching surrounding regions with the gospel. With the strategic potential of Côte d’Ivoire, Kevin and Moriah Thompson are currently strategizing to combine their history of dramatic conversions to Christ, training they have received and will continue to receive at the Daloa Basecamp, and tabernacle evangelism to reach the northern regions of Côte d’Ivoire – with a goal of facilitating outreach throughout West Africa.
Around the world today, there are countless Muslim women living in shame and despair. Their worldview tells them that no one sees them. Just like the Samaritan woman at the well, these Muslim women of today are thirsting for the honor and dignity that only Jesus gives. And they are poised to tell their Islamic community about Jesus, the Savior who knows their deepest needs. Ryan and Lauren Plute are investing their lives to train Christian women to reach their Muslim counterparts through Christ-pointing friendships.
FROM ADVANCING NATIVE MISSIONS:
Dramatic Conversion from Islam to Christianity in Central Asia
Rastin and Maryam (not their real names) grew up in a Central Asian country that was formally a Soviet republic. Rastin grew up as the son of a nominally Christian Russian mother and an East German father who thought God was a tyrant, punishing those who misbehaved. Maryam was the daughter of an observant Muslim family. Both Rastin and Maryam came to faith in Christ, met each other, married, and now pastor a house church and support themselves through a bee-keeping business. Click the button below to read the rest of the story!
FROM THE LAUSANNE MOVEMENT:
The Extraordinary Re-Evangelization of Europe
“No other continent (but Europe) has been exposed to Christianity for such a prolonged period and in such an extensive way. Yet just as Europe was the first continent to be Christianised, it was also the first to be de-Christianised … Many see Europe as thoroughly post-Christian or secular, yet the reality is much more complex than that. And out of the spotlight, an extraordinary re-evangelisation of Europe is taking place. Three dimensions of this can be identified: diaspora churches, church planting movements and platforms, and the next generation.”
Thor Is Beating the Lutheran Church in a Battle for Believers in the Land of Fire and Ice
Iceland’s fastest-growing religion is Ásatrú, a revival of the worship of Viking deities. It tripled in size from 2007 to 2017 while the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Iceland that once made up 90% of Iceland’s population in the 1990s but has now fallen to 64 percent of the population.
While Iceland has been called “the most godless country in Europe,” in reality God has not abandoned this nation of about 300,000 inhabitants. After reading the Newsweek article, read this 2017 article by Gunnar Gunnarsson, the pastor of Loftstofan Baptistakirkja, the only Baptist church in Reykjavik: Europe’s Most Godless Country May Surprise You.
FROM ADVANCING NATIVE MISSIONS:
Lebanese Christian with Hearing Loss Becomes a Fisher of Men
A fisherman who had given his life to Jesus after a missionary explained the gospel to him was in the habit of praying and praising God with a loud voice — because of the hearing loss he had developed from listening to the thunderous noise of the inboard motor on his fishing boat. Not only did God hear Amal’s loud prayers and praises, but Amal’s neighbor Zenab heard as well. And the more Zenab heard the name of Jesus, the more she wanted to know Him. Click the button below to read the rest of the story!
Could it be that the small nation of Switzerland is strategic in God’s plan to reach the countries of Europe? And even beyond Europe, could reaching the 8.5 million residents of Switzerland — just over one tenth of one percent of the world’s total population — with the gospel be an incendiary spark for reaching people around the world? Bob and Erin Stetz, Assemblies of God missionaries, aim to find out — with a bold vision and an innovative strategy.
Fifteen months ago, Matthew and Marsena Cunningham were well into their support raising season for a future assignment in Edinburgh, Scotland. Then COVID-19 began to take hold and fundraising for missions became very difficult. Matthew and Marsena were unsure of how the Lord would direct them in fulfilling their passion to reach the lost, but like five of the virgins in Jesus’ story about the ten virgins and the bridegroom, they were prepared to be faithful.