Finishing the Task Partners Committed to Reaching UUPGs

World renowned mission agencies have challenged local churches to work with them in Finishing the Task (FTT). This vision, to launch indigenously-led church planting movements to targeted groups around the world, was presented 14-17 November at the Billy Graham Training Center, in Asheville, NC, USA.Read more…

Motives for Mission

The mission of the Church may be defined as Ì¢‰âÒwhat God has sent the Church into the world to do.Ì¢‰âÂå This includes both evangelistic and social responsibilities. Many speak of our mission, but what about our motivations for mission?Read more…

Around the World

With the enormity of impact and seemingly increased frequency of natural disasters, many people may develop what some experts call a “global desensitization” to the overwhelming amount of information they are receiving from media sources. However, according to Rita GuerraRead more…

Africa

Teen Missions International is holding ten boot camps in sub-Saharan Africa designed to train teenagers from Zimbabwe, South Africa, Zambia, Mozambique, Uganda and Tanzania for ministry. Teens involved partake in projects such as building, orphanage work, agriculture, evangelism and otherRead more…

ARGENTINA

A small church of only two hundred people reached nearly their entire community by distributing more than two thousand copies of the Book of Hope, a compilation of the four Gospels which tells the story of Jesus. Over a two-monthRead more…

BURMA

A new report from the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners-Burma (AAPPB) reveals widespread torture occurring in Burmese jails. The report, based on interviews with thirty-five former political prisoners, includes details of poor prison conditions, deliberate medical negligence, severe beatings andRead more…

INDONESIA

Christian Freedom International (CFI) has delivered more than twenty thousand pounds of medicine, cooking utensils, tools and clothing to residents on Nias Island. Ninety percent of the residents are Christian and many believe the Indonesian government has been discriminating againstRead more…

NIGERIA

Nigerian evangelists say that a revival is sweeping the ranks of the police force in Africa’s most populous nation as thousands of law enforcement officers are casting aside their weapons and surrendering their lives to Jesus. According to the evangelists,Read more…

ISRAEL

A census taken just before the state of Israel was founded in 1948 showed that eighty percent of Bethlehem’s inhabitants were Christians. Today, Christians only make up forty percent of the town’s forty thousand residents. According to reports, the townRead more…

PUERTO RICO

The Church of God is one of many denominations in Puerto Rico that has a growing burden for world missions. Although at one point the missionary zeal in the country seemed to diminish, in the past six to eight yearsRead more…

ROMANIA

The Bible League has reached a milestone in Romania with the establishment of 1,065 new evangelical churches since 1993, when the organization first began working with national Christians. In 2005, eighty-one new churches and more than 18,200 church members wereRead more…

SOUTH AFRICA

Claudine Storbeck, a Nazarene from South Africa, was recently appointed as a World Federation for the Deaf (WFD) Expert in the area of education. Storbeck’s role will include research, planning and implementing surveys and studies on specific areas pertaining toRead more…

SWEDEN

Swedish pastor Ake Green was recently acquitted of hate speech by the Swedish Supreme Court, the nation’s highest court. The precedent-setting verdict upheld freedom of speech and religion. Green was accused of the crime after denouncing homosexual behaviors in aRead more…

TAIWAN

The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and a prominent congresswoman in Taiwan have endorsed the distribution of the Book of Hope, a compilation of the four Gospels which tells the story of Jesus, to public schools in Taiwan. ToRead more…

UNITED STATES

The eighty-member First Baptist Church in Avondale, Louisiana, USA, has seen two middle-aged women come to trust in Jesus Christ in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The first woman wandered into the church on the first Sunday the congregation metRead more…

UNITED STATES

U.S. churches say they have made significant advances in the fight against human trafficking in recent years, due in part to the opposition of faith-based groups. Lutherans, Adventists, the Salvation Army and the National Association of Evangelicals are educating theirRead more…

VIETNAM

Six ethnic minority Montagnards have been sentenced to between seven and seventeen years in jail for “threatening national security,” the Vietnam News Agency reports. The men, from the Central Highlands, are Protestants who follow an evangelical Christian church not sanctionedRead more…

Aceh: One Year Ago and Today

At 6:58 a.m. local time on 26 December 2004, a trembling started in the ocean off Sumatra Island some 155 miles southeast of Banda Aceh and two hundred miles west of Medan.Read more…

Lausanne Women’s Network Letter

The Forum on World Evangelization hosted by Lausanne in Thailand at the end of 2004 seems like a long time ago, but the memory of 1,500 people from 130 countries all working on particular issues related to obstacles and opportunities for the gospel still lingers.Read more…

More than a Band-aid

It would take more fingers than I have to count all the times one of my boys has fallen down and skinned his knee, arm or other appendage. In more serious crashes (meaning it involves crying and an initial hysteria that cannot be soothed by words or hugs), the only possible cure is a quickly-delivered band-aid.Read more…