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Millions donated to Bible translation effort

Nov. 29, 2008 - Wycliffe Bible Translators recently received an anonymous gift of $50 million. The funds are to help translate the Bible into the remaining 2,400 or so language groups worldwide which do not have their own translation. Wycliffe president, Bob Creson, said...
...we really believe that this generation could be the generation that sees the last Bible translation need started."
Source: OneNewsNow

Pentecostal Christians Widening Influence, Says Poll

Oct. 6, 2006 - A survey in 10 nations revealed that Pentecostal and charismatic Christians have grown at a greater rate than other branches of Christianity. In nine of the countries they comprise at least 10 percent of the population.
The surveys were conducted over the spring and summer in Brazil, Chile, Guatemala, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, India, the Philippines, South Korea and the United States.
Pentecostal believers may influence government policies in the future because they are willing to bring their beliefs into public debates.
Source: Fox

Pope stresses Gospel over giving

Sept. 11, 2006 - In Germany yesterday, Pope Benedict XVI said that humanitarian aid is good, but spreading the good news of Jesus Christ is more important.
Source:Washington Times

Bibles in High Demand in China and India

Sept. 5, 2006 - Among the 1.3 billion people in China, at least 80 million are Christians, and they do not have enough Bibles to go around.
According to the magazine Bibel Report published by the German Bible Society in Stuttgart. The People’s Republic of China has an official Bible printing house. Since 1987 the press in Nanjing has turned out more than 46 million copies of the Bible and the New Testament.
A new printing press in Nanjing will be able to print about ten million Bibles per year.

Bibles are also being smuggled into China, but the number is not known.

Source: Assist News Service (Story no longer on line)

The New Missions Generation

Aug. 31, 2006 - Read this article that shows that the great missions movement that began 200 years ago among college students is still going strong, but it has changed its basic assumptions to fit our age.
Source: Christianity Today

Bold Witness

Read this short story about a Pacific Rim Missionary's fear of witnessing to Muslims, and his one bold talk that led to more than 70 conversions to Christ in one neighborhood.
Source: Pacific Rim

Expert Thinks Evangelicalism Could End Chinese Communism

June 2, 2006 - D.J. McGuire, president of the China Support Network, believes evangelical Christianty could fill the void that Chinese people have. An article in the Chinese newspaper, the Epoch Times, says that "years of Communist rule has not brought the Chinese people satisfaction or spiritual transcendence, with the result that many are turning elsewhere to fill the void." The thing that makes evangelical Christianty different is the fact that it is decentralized. This makes it harder for Communists to stop.

Winning the Oral Majority

Mar. 17, 2006 - Missions strategy has depended too much on using literature to reach the world, but 70 % of the people can't, don't, or won't read. Lately there has been a greater emphasis on storytelling and singing the Gospel stories, and it is very effective for evangelism among "oral" people.
Source: Christianity Today

"The End Of The Spear"
The Rest of the Story

Jan 18, 2006 -
Half a century after killing five missionaries, the 'Auca' find themselves on the cutting edge of modern missions. by Rebecca Barnes
Read this excellent article about the remarkable movie, "The End Of The Spear" for some of the detail you don't get from the film itself.
Source:Christianity Today
Controversy: Gay actor in film - Crosswalk

Messianic Jews in Israel claim 10,000

Apr. 29, 2005 - There may be as many as 80 Messianic Christian communities in Israel, and the number of believers is approximately 10,000.
This figure has approximately doubled since the wave of immigration from the former Soviet Union began in the late 1980s.
Source:Jerusalem Post (Story no longer online.)

Internet Evangelism: Casting a New Kind of Net

Apr. 15, 2004 - A growing number of people are claiming that they have accepted Christ on the Internet.
Nearly one-billion people worldwide use the Internet, and according to CBN.com Marketing and Ministries Director Craig Von Buseck, religion is the second most popular subject on the Web -- pornography is number one.
Kasia’s story - CBN
Meet some web evangelists - CBN

Ministry Leader Sees Trouble Ahead for Christian Missions

Feb. 23, 2005 - K.P. Yohannan,founder and president of the Gospel for Asia ministry, says that the attack on 6 Bible college students in Southern India is indicative of increased hostility towards Christianity all over the world. The students were out evangelizing on Sunday, February 13, when they were surrounded, abducted, and beaten unconscious.

MAF first onsite in Meulaboh, Indonesia with tsunami disaster relief - HELP NEEDED

Jan. 2005 - This is an excerpt from MAF's own website. See the entire article and visit their site for updates on this ministry. We encourage direct donations to this trusted ministry!
Agency Efforts Coordination
Having served the people of Indonesia since 1954, MAF is a well-respected organization, both by the locals, NGOs, and the Indonesian government. MAF is well known for having conducted and coordinated effective relief efforts resulting from earthquakes and famines, several of them in Indonesia. Already, several NGOs and government agencies have requested that MAF provide the lead in coordinating multi-agency efforts, both to meet pressing needs as well as help in the rebuilding efforts expected to take several years.
Flight Support
At the request of the Indonesia Air Force, MAF has already positioned aircraft in Sibolga where more than 40 tons of supplies await distribution to survivors. This site is currently the primary MAF staging center of relief aid for the province of Aceh. From Sibolga and a second airstrip in Meulaboh, MAF will serve the islands of Nias and Simuelve off the west coast of Sumatra. MAF pilots, all of whom speak Indonesian, are presently assessing the Meulaboh airstrip’s viability.
Source:Mission Aviation Fellowship (Story no longer online.)

A Tidal Wave of Christianity

Aug. 2, 2004 - It has been largely ignored since the 9/11 attacks, but Christianity is growing an an "almost unimaginable" rate in developing countries, according to Dr. Philip Jenkins, distinguished professor of History and Religious Studies at Penn State University. In Jenkin's book, The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity, he shows that the greatest movement of the past century was not communism or capitalism, but Christianity, and especially "Pentecostalism."
Africans are running to accept Jesus Christ. It is a scene playing out all across the developing world. It may sound like an exaggeration, but it's not: Christianity is sweeping across the southern hemisphere and Asia like a tidal wave.
In Africa, the Christian population has grown from about 10 million in 1900 (10% of the population at that time) to 360 million today (50% of the population now).

Indian Churches Hail the Defeat of Hindu-Nationalist Government

May 17, 2004 - In a surprise result, India's people have unseated the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government led by the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Rev. Ipe Joseph, general secretary of National Council of Churches in India (NCCI) explained:
"By ejecting the NDA government out of power, most of the voters have shown that they reject the [Hindu] fundamentalism."
Christians and Muslims were persecuted by violence and propaganda during the years that the BJP-led coalition were in control.
India is the world's largest democracy. 81 percent of the population are Hindus, 12 percent are Muslims, and only 2.3% are Christians.
Source:Christianity Today

China, the Growing Stronghold of Christianity

Oct. 5, 2003 - China is fast becoming a giant in the areas of politics and economics. At the same time, it is also becoming a spiritual giant.
In 1947, there were just 700,000 Christians in China. Today, conservative estimates put that number at 70 million. And this dramatic spiritual change has taken place despite more than 50 years of Communist rule and repression of religious belief.
At the present rate, 20 to 30 percent of China’s population could be Christian within three decades. This article includes an interview with David Aikman, former Beijing bureau chief for Time magazine. Aikman has written Jesus in Beijing.
Source:CBN (Story no longer on line)

William Bright, founder of Campus Crusade for Christ, dies at age 81

July 21, 2003 - Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade For Christ, has died at his home in Orlando, Florida. He was 81, and had suffered from pulmonary fibrosis for several years. Campus Crusade is a $374 million-a-year organization, taking the gospel of Christ to people in 191 countries, and employing 26,000 people.
"A Christian can't lose," Bright said in an interview ... "If we live, we go on serving him. That's an adventure. If we die, we're in heaven with him, and that's incredible."
Source:CNN (Story no longer on line)

Christian Relief for Iraq
No Strings Attached

May 21, 2003 - A variety of Christian organizations stand ready to help the needy in Iraq with Christian aid. They are planning a low-key approach where people are generally aware that it is from Christian sources without being preachy. Some of the organizations involved are: Samaritan's Purse, Southern Baptist Convention, World Vision, Food for the Hungry, Venture International, and World Relief.
Source:Christianity Today

Missionary Tales from the Iraqi Front

April 24, 2003 -
Source:Christianity Today

Time magazine targets Christian missionaries

April 23, 2003 - Time Magazine is producing a story about evangelical missionary work in Muslim countries. Their report may cause exposure of people who do secular or humanitarian work in these areas, but preach the Gospel when they can. This may lead to imprisonment, torture, or death!

Christian relief plan riles Muslims

Mar. 27, 2003 - Franklin Graham's Samaritan's Purse organization plans to assist Iraqi refugees and others who are displaced, sick and hungry. Islamic leaders oppose the effort because their motive is to share the Gospel with the people they help.
"We realize we're in an Arab country and we just can't go out and preach," Graham said in an interview with Beliefnet.com
Also:Time Magazine Tackles 'Radical' Christian Evangelists in Muslim Nations - NewsMax

Telling the world about the Christ of Christmas
Dec. 24, 2002 - Reporter Larry Witham indicates that missionary work is still growing, with many people doing short term assignments, while career missionaries form the backbone of the work. Approximately 2.1 billion people in the world, living in 10,000 "people groups" have still never heard about the Christ of Christmas.
The work is difficult, and is why nearly eight in 10 missionaries prefer to work in Christian societies. An estimated 8 percent of all Christian missionaries reach tribal groups, 6 percent reach Muslims and 2 percent reach Chinese folk religionists.
Source:Washington Times (Story no longer online)
Brother Andrew: The Call of the Suffering Church
Sept. 19, 2002 - A new book by Brother Andrew chronicles persecution in the world against Christians. He also shows that we must reach Muslims now with the Gospel.

India Guru Teaches Christ to Followers
Aug. 26, 2002 -
Source:Worthy News

Gospel of Peace to Afghanistan
Aug. 23, 2002 - Gospel For Asia will begin daily Christian broadcasts in two languages in Afghanistan on Sept. 11.
With only 1,000 to 3,000 Christians, Afghanistan is one of the least evangelized countries.
Source:Absolute News (Story no longer on line)

For the Sake of the Call
June 11, 2002 - We live in dangerous times, but faithful missionaries still offer their service for the sake of winning the lost to Jesus Christ. David Barret's, World Christian Trends, estimates that 70 million Christians have died for their faith in the last 2000 years. Most of them have been national believers, but many have been the missionaries themselves.
At current rates, it is believed foreign missionaries have a three percent chance of being martyred, or about 131 missionaries may die in a year for their cause.
Source:CBN (Story no longer on line)

Enduring Faith in an Afghan Prison
Nov. 30, 2001 - After months in Afghan prisons, Heather Mercer and Dayna Curry were delivered by Northern Alliance soldiers while the Taliban control over Afghanistan was crumbling. Six other Christian aid workers were also rescued. The two American ladies have been giving God the glory for their freedom.
They say it was the power of prayer that saved them from the clutches of evil and paved the way for their harrowing escape. "We know we're here because of the prayers of people all over the country and all over the world," Mercer said.
Source:CBN (Story no longer on line)

Grandmas and grandpas become missionaries
May, 2000 - An inter-agency ministry called Finishers Project is helping to equip and enable retiring Baby Boomers (born 1946 to 1965) to have a second career as missionaries.
Source: Religion News (Story no longer online.)

Indian government to propose law to control foreign missionaries
Mar. 29, 2000 - Proposed ammendments to existing laws restricting the activities of foreign missionaries and the use of foreign funds will be introduced soon in India.
Source: Worthy News

Asian Outreach Plans To Expand Its "Great Commission Institutes" In Asia, Home To 65 Percent Of The World's Population
Mar. 17, 2000 -
Source: Worthy News

The State of World Evangelization
Feb. 2000 - "Evangelical Christians are the fastest growing major religious group in the world today and it is the only one growing rapidly by conversion." - Patrick Johnstone
Source: Mission Frontiers Magazine
See: Finishing the Task by Ralph D. Winter and Bruce A. Koch

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