The nation of North Macedonia has historically been characterized by poverty, unemployment, and war, and as a result, hopelessness is no stranger to North Macedonian society. Abortion, drug abuse, suicide, and human trafficking are just some of the evils which unfortunately fill the vacuum. But Assemblies of God missionaries Tim and Elle Bentley are bringing hope by introducing Macedonian communities to an authentic relationship with Jesus.
When she gave her heart to the Lord at the age of twenty, Tamara Henkes told Him she would give Him her all and that has been the focus of her life ever since. As she likes to put it, she is “all in” for Jesus. That means being willing to step out and do things that are out of her comfort zone, that she may not feel equipped to do. Now, she is being stretched to make disciples in a land where roughly .05% (not five percent, but 5/100 of one percent) of the population is evangelical.
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From the Bahá’í Faith to Porn to Alpha to Jesus
As Emily Armstrong headed to college at the age of 17, she was a perfectionist, wanted to be an adult, and desired to assert her independence. For her, the ultimate statement of such independence was joining the Bahá’i faith, a religion she believed would ensure perfect order in the world — “no more war, poverty, or racism. One language, one currency, and equality of the sexes.” A “perfect” faith for a perfectionist. she now realizes that “He (Jesus) is our perfection, so I don’t have to be.” Click the button below to read the rest of the story!
Bob and Edie Lafon are Assemblies of God missionaries and serve almost 3,000 different missionary teams around the world, providing technology, media, and communication consulting to free those missionary teams to declare the gospel. Joining their team through prayer and financial support would be one of the most strategic choices you could make for the cause of world missions because their influence, though it often takes place “behind the scenes,” is vast in its scope.
God has opened an incredible door of opportunity for David and Patti Thomas as they return to Ecuador to help resolve a crisis in ministerial formation and discipleship through David’s new role as the Dean of Ministry Formation of the Higher Institute for Pastoral Ministry in Guayaquil, Ecuador – the only accredited school of higher education for evangelical Christians in the country. Find out how you can be a part of their team.
In the book In Search of Persons of Peace, Dr. Carolyn Knight explores the biblical references to the person of peace concept and combines insights into these passages with biblical and historical stories of missionaries who encountered persons of peace in the people groups they were/are trying to reach with the gospel. Dr. Knight finishes with several practical tips on how to find and interact with persons of peace.