“I HAVE SEEN THE POWER OF GOD AT WORK.”

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Prang escaped the power of evil through the steadfast witness of believers. Photo courtesy Mark Fischer The spiritual world was always real for Prang. But it was the world of dark, evil spirits. Prang’s mother was a medium who communicated regularly with an ungodly spirit. “When my mother prayed she could sense the spirit surrounding her,” Prang recalls. “My mother knew something in the darkness was trying to tighten its grip on her. And the longer she worked for the spirit, the more afraid she became.” That terror spread to Prang’s entire family. “Everyone in my family was very fearful, and we all suffered because of these spirits,” she says. “Our family had no peace.” Prang’s escape from the darkness came through Simon, her Christian employer, who demonstrated his strong faith even through severe trials. “I saw a wonderful thing in Simon’s life,” she remembers. “I became a Christian because … Read More

After the Terror —The Healing Begins

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Christians return to their homes in war-torn Nigeria. Christians in northeast Nigeria have been suffering extreme persecution and horrific terror attacks by the Islamist group Boko Haram—often causing them to flee their homes. But because of your support, they’re beginning to return and rebuild their lives! Your giving to support persecuted Christians in Nigeria has helped two communities rebuild their churches that were destroyed, and your gifts are providing food for refugees facing hunger because of the ongoing strife. Binding the unseen wounds The physical impact of war is horrible, but the spiritual and emotional wounds are just as real. Your support of Trauma Healing workshops is helping heal those wounds. Much of the world became aware when Boko Haram cruelly kidnapped 276 schoolgirls in 2014. But more than 2,000 other women and children have already escaped the terrorists’ grip. And there are certainly more being held right now. When … Read More

A STOREFRONT GOSPEL

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Businesses can be missionary opportunities, too!  July 18 used to be a difficult date for Miriam. On that day years ago her husband walked out on her and their two children. It has been a painful reminder each year since—until now. Miriam was one of the first employees of a missional business started by SIM missionaries Bill and Charis to share the gospel in North Africa. After years of unemployment, raising her two children on her own, Miriam was hired and started her very first job—on July 18. “I have started a new life and I can start making new memories,” she says. “This can only be from God.” Bill and Charis started a business because they were eager to find effective ways to reach their neighbors. Many areas of Muslim North Africa are hostile toward the gospel, but the couple was burdened by people’s need for Jesus. Many people … Read More

My Story: Cries of the Heart

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Loud wails rose into the office at Redlight Greenlight from the girls’ residence two stories below. I ran down the uneven stairs to find Manisha trying to force the door open. She was crying, “I want to go home! I want to go home!” Though she was taller and much stronger than me, the look on her face reminded me of a three-year-old, lost and wailing for her mother. Manisha’s wailing soon turned into banging her head against the wall. One of our caregivers appeared, whispered something into her ear, and gently moved her away from both the door and the wall. Her cries continued. This became a pattern with Manisha. She had been with us for almost a year, but her agitation – related to manic depression – suddenly escalated. Her outbursts were causing Redlight Greenlight to become emotionally and physically unsafe for the other girls. She would now … Read More

PATHFINDERS | STORIES OF BEGINNINGS

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Sports Friends has ministries in many of the far-flung corners of the world; from Peru to Nigeria to Thailand. The mental scenes that correspond to those places might be something like a dusty plain with children playing football under a tree with wide, spreading branches. Or a field lined with palm trees, young girls avoiding monsoon-season puddles as they practice volleyball. And sure, these picturesque rural settings really are some of the places where Sports Friends works, but what about sports ministry in an urban context, where fields and courts are not in open spaces but tucked amidst buildings and side streets? “Wherever you are, kids are kids,” Coach Si says of what it’s like reaching out to young people in the city. But that only goes so far. “It’s hard to develop relationships with kids here.” Coach Si is a pastor at a small church in Bangkok doing outreach … Read More

Stitching Dreams

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By Sarah K. The morning is in full swing at Kiran. Sitting in the middle of the room, Kashvi is crocheting colorful yarn into egg-shaped balls that will become owls and octopi. Next to her, Eva is sewing a handbag from cloth with a delicate floral design set against a white background. Near the window, Anaya has stopped sewing a pocket into a handbag to examine the design of a layered necklace made from recycled sari cloth. Her fingers run the length of a strand of cloth beads before stopping to prod at an individual bead. “There must be something wrapped inside of this,” she observes aloud before passing it on to the next seamstress for consultation. In their own casual – but expert – way these women are reverse-engineering products like this necklace all the time. Kiran is a not-for-profit business started by the staff at Shalom, an NGO … Read More

University Student Outreach: a Campus Tour

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By Violet Chiang I thought I was done with that life – those days in university that included late nights writing papers, a caffeine addiction that enabled the aforementioned late nights as well as 8 am lectures. Not to mention sharing a bathroom with three other girls and dining hall food. But here I am, back on campus. This time, I’m at a university in China to learn more about the cross-cultural work SIM is doing on campuses and what it means to live life with students. The Classroom Surviving your morning lecture Thomas and I are late for his 8 am lecture (my fault, of course). All of his students are already there, seated and ready, notebooks laid out and pens plucked out of pencil cases. Travel mugs of hot tea line the long desks, some with tea leaves still suspended in them. Thomas is a SIM cross-cultural worker … Read More

Open Doors: Affordable Education Where It Is Scarce in South Asia

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By: John Stuart Since its humble beginnings more than four decades ago in this South Asian city, Allied Model School (AMS) has been about opportunity. What started from the vision of a local believer has transformed into a community where students and teachers receive education and training that is truly bettering lives. Under the management of SIM since 2003, about 600 students and staff are currently part of the AMS family. There are few options for a good education in this part of South Asia; many lower-income families spend nearly all their income on their children’s studies. AMS was established to provide an affordable Christian education in these communities. It’s a place where students, regardless of their religious background, benefit from a solid education in a safe environment. For students from a Christian background, the school has tremendous spiritual influence, as these students receive practical Bible teaching. This education is … Read More