“Be hopeful. God is moving.”

Refugees in Crisis

ReachGlobal – March 2, 2016 2 Comments

View from the Citadel

I felt assaulted by the heat and the noise yesterday at the Citadel, high up on a hill in the heart of Amman. From the ruins you could look out over much of the city, taking in thousands of years of history while pointing out the collections of satellite dishes adorning the apartment buildings. I really wanted to push up my sleeves, but I didn’t want to offend or scandalize the Muslim women covered head to toe who were behind us taking selfies. In my head I heard again the words of our partner in Jordan, “Be hopeful. God is moving.”

The war that has raged on for five years in Syria has now invaded Iraq as well, and has brought millions of refugees into Jordan. The walls of communities and family networks that have kept everyone in their place for generations are beginning to crumble as families are scattered across nations. Today we prayed as we walked through two different neighborhoods in Amman, praying for the ministries and the people we met there. There were women in burkas who refused to meet my eyes, and others who called out greetings in English. I felt the condemning eyes of many men on me as we walked past, but one raced over to shake my hand and welcome me to his neighborhood. Later we met with a woman and prayed for a ministry to empower single mothers in a Muslim nation. Be patient. God is moving.

Many of the refugees are disillusioned with their faith, the same faith that is proclaimed by their persecutors. They are willing to talk to foreigners and Christians that they shunned and scorned not long ago. These are the people who are reaching out to help them now. A faith that was considered unshakable a decade ago is shaking now. While many of these people may end up with no faith at all, this is a chance for the church to reach out and engage in conversations that would never have been possible before. Be hopeful. God is moving.

I can’t imagine what will happen tomorrow as we go out to a village to support a church that is reaching out to Syrian refugees. I can’t imagine a thousand tomorrows from now, when that little girl who is heavy on my heart will take her place behind the veil. I can’t know the long-term impact of the home visits we will go on, a chance to hear the stories of families who fled war to come to a country where they aren’t allowed to work. I am unprepared for the reality of a medical clinic in Lebanon, for the women and the children I will meet there that I can’t speak to because I don’t know their language. But I am hopeful. And I am patient. Because anyone with eyes to see can see that God is moving here. And I am blessed to bear witness to it.

Serving Brings Blessings in Brazil

A mission to compassionately respond.

ReachGlobal – February 29, 2016 Leave a comment

Pastor Lucas has a vision to see a movement Gospel centered churches in the 30 cities of S. Brazil’s High Valley region. A few months ago, this area was inundated by record floods, which barely made a blip on the U.S. news, but affected thousands of people. With a his disciplemaking heart and compassion for these impacted families, he now also had a mission to compassionately respond.

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Celebrating Life and Mourning Loss

Mária shares the meaning of All Saints' Day

Kacie Mullally – January 22, 2016 Leave a comment

Mária, who attends many of the English conversation classes hosted by the Budapest city team, visited the graves of several family members last November, as she does every year. But for only the second All Saints’ Day, she visited her sister Éva’s grave.

Maria places flowers on her mother- and father-in-laws' grave

Mária places flowers on the grave of her mother- and father-in-law to pay her respects

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Telling The Story of Roma Revival

Documenting a modern movement of God

Tom Becker – December 15, 2015 Leave a comment

Enrique, Jim, Sam, Tom

“It’s like seeing the book of Acts come alive!” was my first thought as I listened to Enrique sharing miracle after miracle that God had performed in order to open doors for the Roma (Gypsy) evangelists.  Sitting in the “Museum of Ham” restaurant after experiencing a beautiful and lively Roma worship service, Enrique shared his heart for ministry among his own people. In one story, a group of evangelists arrived to share the gospel in a Spanish Roma village.  The village leader threatened to kill them with a machete Continue Reading…

Hope for Sarajevo

Kacie Mullally – December 1, 2015 Leave a comment

A Society Divided

Bosnia-Herzegovina’s capital city, Sarajevo, holds a place of historical notoriety as the site of the inciting event for World War I and the location of the longest siege in modern history during Bosnia’s civil war of the 1990s.

These and other clashes, such as the simmering conflict among the religiously divided Serbs, Croats, and Bosniaks, have left physical and social scars.

Damaged building facade

Building facades throughout the city still show the damage from the shellings they sustained during the Bosnian war of the 1990s.

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