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Stories of Transformation through Christ!

More than one million villages still have not heard the Gospel. You can help us reach as many as possible. People, just like these, are waiting to be transformed by Christ.

Every village that is reached results in amazing stories of transformation through the power of Jesus Christ. These are real stories of real people.  

 

A Second Home

Living conditions were difficult on the farm where 28-year-old Carine (first from the left) grew up in a village in Armenia. After she got married, the struggle to make a living continued. Although her husband was a very good furniture maker, there was not much work in the village. “There were days when we gave the last piece of bread to our two sons, and my husband and I were starving,” she shares.

Carine and her husband made the tough decision to leave the village and move to a large town over 100 miles away to try and make a better life for their family. They had no idea the eternal impact that decision would have on their lives!

One of their new neighbors told Carine about a church in the town that held a summer day camp for the children. Carine’s husband said that she should go with the boys, because “we don’t know what they are being taught there.”

“On the first day of camp, I was so impressed that I stayed with my children the entire time. It was a unique environment where the children were treated with warmth and love,” Carine recalls. “I learned that God is a Living God, that He is a God of love. The next day, the organizers not only allowed me to be present, but also offered to let me participate, helping to prepare the children's food and supervise the games.”

After camp was over, Carine and her family began attending the church. “That church became my second home,” she says. “We just finished a Bible study program, and now I have my own Bible! When we started praying as a family, things changed a lot. Now, we no longer go to sleep hungry; God cares for our needs, and we live a life of glory for His name."

Tears of Joy

Koni, a wife and mother in Bulgaria with a 6-year-old child, was diagnosed with an advanced form of cervical cancer at just 33 years old. During surgery, the doctors determined that nothing could be done to reverse the disease. The metastasis was too widespread to remove all of the cancer. They released her, telling her that she had little time left.

Koni lost her appetite and suffered from chronic bleeding and sleep deprivation. She fell into a depression and couldn’t properly care for her family. One day, she sat on a bench outside the house, where her child couldn’t see her, and burst into tears. That’s when God brought Maria into her life!

Maria had been a church member for many years, but had never really reached out to share the Gospel with others. She was generally a quiet woman, occupied with her own problems. Recently, however, she had completed one of our Bible study courses, where she learned that every Christian is called to serve as a witness, not just ordained ministers. So, Maria shared Christ with Koni, prayed for her, and invited her to come to church.

After meeting Maria, Koni ate with appetite for the first time in months. Then, she went to church. The entire congregation prayed for her, and that night, Koni slept peacefully, free of pain.

A few days later, she was scheduled to undergo another surgery. When Koni went for her pre-surgery checkup, the doctors could not find any traces of cancer in her body! After her doctor gave her the news, Koni broke down in joyful tears and witnessed to him about the new life she had received in Christ.

God Is Working Powerfully in Thailand

God continues to move powerfully across Thailand. In October, our ministry partners held a baptism for 630 Thai people! Everyone who participated in this public expression of faith has been a follower of Jesus for less than two years.

We estimate that over 800 people in total would have been baptized, but opposition from local religious leaders prevented believers in several villages from coming. In one case, a temple leader used her car to block a bus from leaving! Please continue to pray for the ministry in Thailand as 95 percent of villages still have not heard the Gospel.

Every day, the Good News is being preached through the faithful work of our ministry partners, the Free in Jesus Christ Church Association. Last year alone, over 6,000 Thai people committed their lives to Jesus, and 192 new house churches were established.

Thank you for your partnership to help reach and transform every village with the power of the Gospel!

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Astounded by God’s Grace

“I was so fed up with life,” Hlaing Arkar (at right) in Myanmar shares. “I have a lot of anxiety and depression due to terminal illness and poverty. I didn't think that the pain and suffering would ever end.”

It never occurred to him that God could possibly be real. One day, Hlaing Arkar was discussing his problems with his nephew. “He helped me learn a little bit about Jesus and prayer. I also found out about a meeting in their house, which led me to know more about God,” Hlaing Arkar tells.

As he attended the Bible studies with local Christians, Hlaing Arkar began to realize that nobody could help him but Jesus, Himself. “I felt like I couldn't trust my religion, people, money, fate, or even myself. So, I turned to the Lord. The day I gave my life to Jesus was Sept. 23, 2019,” he says.

The Bible verse that changed his life was Ephesians 2:8-9: "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast."

Hlaing Arkar proclaims, “I am totally astounded at what God has done for me! I've never been happier. Now I believe the Lord has taken away my sin, sickness and poverty. Eventually, He freed me from all anxiety and depression. I know I couldn't do this by myself, but the Lord has done it for me on the cross!”

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