The cries of women and children fleeing for their lives rip loudly through the air of villages in northern Myanmar.
Since 2012, religious conflicts between minority militias and the Burmese Army (Myanmar's military forces) have not only put the most vulnerable at risk, but also directly targeted innocent families. Initial attacks and rebuttals triggered a nationwide persecution of Rohingya Muslim families that has resulted in both political oppression and physical annihilation.
"Disasters are opportunities for evangelism." At IDES, we abide by this phrase and mindset. No matter how devastating a disaster is to a community, we believe that God has a greater purpose for good.
Thanks to your generosity, the hope of the Gospel was made possible through physical assistance following several major rain-storms in Cambodia.
"The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me." - John 17:22-23
This passage has been weighing on me for quite some time. Nestled in the middle of "The High Priestly Prayer," it is easy to just gloss over. We have probably read it or heard it spoken dozens of times. But, there are two seemingly insignificant words that make all the difference in understanding what Jesus was truly telling us: "so that."
Try to imagine spending the majority of your life, over 60 years, living in a war zone.
Bullets and bombs, rapes and burglaries, fires and food-loss -- all of these things are a daily reality. Your family has struggled, week after week, just to survive. Would you believe in a personal God who loves you?
At the core of every human being, there is a deep sense of longing. You've felt it before.
Longing for what, you might ask?
I believe that we are all longing to belong. Think about it. Many of the most life-transforming moments in our stories involve this longing being fulfilled in some way.
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!