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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.  

 

Loved and Accepted

With the summer months in full swing, church planters are busy orchestrating events for their local communities. Summer Bible camps provide a welcomed relief to teenagers in Serbia. Nicole’s story demonstrates that just a few days of studying the Word and learning about God can transform a life.

Like most of the teenagers attending the summer Bible camp, Nicole came from a difficult life. Her home life was stressful, and she felt tremendous pressure to fit in with her peers. Nicole often made poor choices in the hopes of fitting in with her friends. Her poor choices only served to make her feel increasingly empty and alone.

By the time Nicole arrived at the summer Bible camp, she had experienced years of loneliness and rejection. She was deeply discouraged and had tried many times to physically hurt herself. At one low point, she had even attempted suicide. But at the Bible camp, Nicole found that she was accepted by the rest of the teenagers attending. She connected with others who also struggled to make good choices amid pressure from worldly influences.

The campers regularly spent time in the Word and discussed the truths they learned. Nicole began to not only feel the love and acceptance of her peers, but also the divine, heart- changing love of her Lord Jesus Christ.

God’s acceptance gave Nicole hope. She realized she was part of a bigger family – God’s family. The love she felt from this family of believers began to transform her heart and mind. During camp, Nicole accepted Jesus as her Savior.

Becoming part of God’s family has given Nicole a new perspective. Today, she makes her choices based on what God has called her to do, not according to what the world says. She has discovered abundant love and acceptance in knowing and walking with God.

By the grace of our Lord and Savior, Nicole is no longer lonely.

Jesus Is My Explanation

Although Myat May attended church regularly as a child, she explains, “As I got older, I was experiencing a lot of trouble and I didn't feel peace at all.” She hung around with Buddhist friends and would curse and yell at others. “I loved the world more than Jesus,” Myat May says.

In 2006, Myat May met and married Kaung Myo. “He made me very happy, and life was good,” she shares. Unexpectedly, Kaung Myo was diagnosed with leukemia. He was told that the cancer was in its final stages and he had only two more weeks to live. “Once again, my world tossed upside down,” Myat May relates. “I was crushed, because I feared for his death and wanted to be able to love him for my entire life.”

Kaung Myo and Myat May passed each day hopelessly at the Yangon General Hospital cancer ward. One day, a Christian woman came to visit and talked to them about Jesus the healer. She prayed for healing and told them, “He is still able and, also, He is our Savior.” Kaung Myo didn't feel anything different at the time. After the woman left, Myat May immediately went into the bathroom, knelt down, and cried out to God. She promised to be true to Him and serve Him the rest of her life if He would restore her husband's health.

“After three days, my husband got up early in the morning, looked active and ready to meet his doctor,” Myat May recalls. “We went to see his doctor, and he had the strangest look on his face. He paused a moment and said the cancer was completely gone. He added that there was no scientific explanation as to why this had happened. I smiled back and said, ‘No, Jesus is my explanation.’”

That day, Myat May gave her heart to God, and she was baptized. Since Jesus saved her, Myat May notes, “I have found true enjoyment and joy in speaking what is pure, true, holy, lovely, and edifies and helps others.”

Myat May began studying the Bible twice a week with a group of eight women, five of whom were not Christians. “I couldn't have been happier when three of them were saved two months after our group started studying together. I am proud to say that they want to serve Jesus and live for Him,” Myat May comments. “I'm so incredibly blessed with the privilege of serving the Lord.”

God of My Salvation

Despite the fact that Steven in Serbia grew up in a family without Christian values, he could see the hand of God in his life. “God arranged so many things for me to find Him,” Steven says.

At the age of 18, Steven accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior. He had every intention of walking the path that God had laid before him. However, not long after becoming a believer, Steven met and married a woman who did not share his faith in Jesus. He began to stray from God’s truth. He turned to alcohol to save him from the stress of his life. He waited for his marriage to get better, but it did not.

Steven and his wife divorced. He maintained custody of his son until alcohol made it impossible for him to care for his child. Years passed while Steven sank deeper into despair. He felt unable to find his way back to the God of his youth.

In the midst of this extremely low point in his life, Steven was hit with yet another shock. His son had a brain tumor. Steven realized that this was a problem he could not fix and a situation from which he could not hide. Only God could save his son.

Steven began to pray and meet with a local church planter. Through the church planter, Steven was connected with other believers and began to fellowship and study the Bible with them. He renewed his faith and commitment to Jesus.

Today, Steven shares, “My son is alive by the Lord’s grace, but the most important thing for us is that His Son, Jesus, is alive.” Steven’s heart is filled with joy because he walks with the God who brings salvation to all men.

Healing Power in Jesus’ Name

When Wai Thet in Myanmar was 8 years old, his brother was so ill that the village physician gave up on him. “We thought he was dead. So, my mother screamed in the name of Buddha,” Wai Thet shares. But nothing happened. His brother was no better.

“That evening, a Christian worker visited us, prayed for my brother and gave some medicine. I was so impressed by his love and concern for my family,” Wai Thet recalls. “When he left, he said ‘Jesus is able to heal, and he will.’” The next day, Wai Thet’s brother got up early in the morning, totally healed! However, his grandparents claimed that it was their good deeds (karma) that caused his brother's life to be restored, and they warned his family to avoid the Christian worker.

Later, when Wai Thet was 14, he was home alone because his parents were out farming and his brother was at boarding school. Wai Thet began to experience spiritual oppression. “It made me so miserable that the only thing I look forward to in life was sleeping because that was the only escape I had from the oppression,” Wai Thet says.

One day, the thought occurred to him that if Jesus raised his brother from death, couldn’t He also heal Wai Thet? “I began to pray in Jesus' name all night long, and to my amazement, the oppression disappeared!” Wai Thet remarks. “I was completely astonished by this and incredibly relieved. The power of prayer is awesome! There is power in prayer in the name of Jesus if we just persevere and stand against the enemy when sickness tries to take a hold in our bodies.”

A few months later, a Christian friend invited Wai Thet to visit his church. “I was amazed at how joyful and friendly the people were. I ... felt so loved by these people I had just met,” he comments. After his healing, Wai Thet had been praying for the right church. “I was so excited that God had answered my prayers to lead me to a church, and I was full of newfound joy and hope,” he tells.

Still, it wasn’t until a visiting evangelist preached the Word of God at the church that Wai Thet fully understood what it means to be saved. “What's going to happen to you when you die?" the speaker asked. "Nothing is more important than where you will spend eternity,” he stated.

“I understood I wasn't really ready to die. I gave my life to Christ on that day,” Wai Thet relates. “Suddenly I felt the burning desire to tell others about Jesus ... Like never before in my life, I had a hunger for God's Word. Many of my habits and opinions changed.” With the Lord’s help, Wai Thet overcame many obstacles and was baptized. “Having a personal relationship with God and the assurance of salvation brings true peace,” he submits.

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