What is your favorite way to witness?
We could easily identify a dozen or more witnessing styles based on examples found in the Gospels, the book of Acts, and other New Testament passages. I want to focus this brief article on just one.
The threat of starvation and violence bears heavily upon families in South Sudan, each of whom are extremely anxious for peace and food security.
Following several years of ongoing civil war, as well as a remarkably hot drought that killed all of the crops, famine is sweeping through the nation during the first few months of 2017. This would be a most difficult environment for any Christ-follower to spread the hope of Jesus. The forces of darkness seem insurmountable. But, the light of Hope is eternally more powerful.
Thanks to your generosity, our brothers and sisters in Christ in South Sudan are making a difference in the lives of families who are suffering. We wanted to share their story with you, because we believe we can all learn from their example of faith.
The ferocious "chatter" of machine guns just around the corner from one's home is as regular as birds in the morning for displaced families in Myanmar. Fear is a constant state of being, necessary for mere survival in the midst of the war that these families have no part in.
The brutal battle rages on between the central Myanmar government and regional militarized rebels, with thousands of innocent lives caught in the crossfire.
Before you continue, we must warn you that this story is extremely difficult to read.
The excuses we have for not sharing the good news of Jesus are endless.
Here are just a few examples. Do any of them ring true for you?
People in our world are suffering. But, YOU can make hope possible. Find out how in this video and share to spread the word!
One year ago this week, the country of Ecuador was struck with a massive earthquake. According to USAID, 660 people were killed, over 4,600 were injured, and more than 30,200 were displaced from their homes.
In the midst of catastrophic devastation such as this, it is difficult to see how God could possibly use the situation for good. But, He does indeed! Thanks to your faithfulness in caring for these suffering families, local churches and Ecuadorian mission organizations in the area are being equipped to rebuild homes and share the Gospel. And, God is working miracles amongst them.
In lieu of this week's normal Project Story, we are excited to share with you a new video!
Two IDES staff members were recently blessed to spend time with several mission partners in India. This video shares the story of how YOUR generosity is transforming lives in Jesus' name. Thank you so much for taking the time to watch - please continue to pray for those who are suffering, and for those who are serving!
According to Pioneer Bible Translators, "160 million people in nearly 1,800 languages are Bibleless." In other words, 2.3% of human beings in the world do not have access to God's Word in their own "heart-language."
This huge number does not include those also without access to biblical commentaries and educational resources. If it did include them, the number would be astronomically higher. This is humbling when considering that most of us have unlimited access to free bibles, commentaries and educational resources in our pockets on mobile devices.
He is a 35-year-old man who lives in a poorer village in Myanmar that IDES serves in regularly. Myo is married and has three children. For the majority of his adult life, he has struggled with an addiction to alcohol and tobacco.
Myo's addictions were taking a serious toll on his marriage and his health, and he and his wife were contemplating separation. But, this was not the end of his story.
Acts 4:12 says, “There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.” This is a powerful, definitive statement about Jesus. It doesn’t allow much wiggle room. IDES works with partners who are presenting this to people, many of whom mistakenly think they are saved by some other name- Mohammed, Buddha, Krishna or any other name. And they believe this fervently. They are as strong in their beliefs as you or I are in ours.