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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 Lamp Unto My Feet

Many adolescents wonder about life – who will they be, what will they do, and where will they end up? Larisa in Russia was no different. She wanted life figured out for her; however, God tends to light one footstep at a time.

Larisa was troubled by her situation. She looked at her friends and the choices they were making and was downright scared. Shallow and empty lives surrounded her, and she knew she needed to find a different path.

Unbeknownst to Larisa, her parents were praying daily that she would take a step closer to God. After thinking about it for quite some time, Larisa made her own decision to visit church. She had barely entered the worship hall when a deacon directed her toward a table full of books.

In her heart, Larisa knew she had made the right step. She felt that God was telling her it was time for her to study the Scriptures. In that moment, she became a woman of God. She left the worship hall with two books that would help her study the Bible.

When she arrived home, she greeted her father by asking for forgiveness, and the two were able to talk about God. Larisa’s mother came home and, realizing what had occurred, burst into tears of joy.

As Larisa learns more about the Bible, her passion for reaching others has grown. “A conscious repentance is a real miracle,” Larisa notes. “I became free. Free to talk about my God. I have learned that love is not taking, but giving. I want to change my world around me.”

Larisa is starting a Bible study group for students, with the help of her church and her family. Larisa says, “I am convinced that if these books had such an influence on me, they will also be able to help my classmates escape the grip of this sinful world.”

God lights one step at a time, and Larisa continues to follow His path.

All in God's Plan

Things were not going according to plan for an evangelistic event held in a Bulgarian village. The local team of church planters had secured electricity for their event, only to have it fall through at the last second. Not to be deterred, the team found another woman willing to let them set up their equipment in front of her home. Then, they discovered that this woman’s son was notorious in the village for being against all things Christian.

With such a bumpy start, the team was unsure how they would pull off a successful event. Just as the testimonies began, the notorious son pulled up to his mother’s house. Shouting, cursing and issuing threats, the man demanded payment for the use of the electricity and created chaos among those who had gathered.

The church planters were able to calm the man down, but the group was now distracted. The man’s very presence was still a disruption, and all were wary of what might happen next. But, the event progressed, and several more church planters gave testimonies.

When the time came to invite those who wanted to accept Jesus as Savior to come forward, it seemed that no one was willing to come with the angry man present. Then, to the surprise of the crowd, the man they feared was the first to step forward to accept Christ as his Savior! He asked the church planters if God was really able to forgive his sins.

He confessed his sins before God and the group of people assembled and said a prayer of repentance. Following the man’s example, many others came forward to repent and receive Christ.

Though the day certainly had not gone according to the church planters’ plan, it had gone according to God’s plan!

Train Up A Child

Across the globe teams of believers work to reach the hearts of the lost, to change lives, and to bring the Kingdom of Heaven a little closer. Sometimes it’s hard to measure the work these people do. It’s especially difficult when it comes to Children’s Ministry programs.

Are these children hearing what is being taught? Are they truly understanding in their hearts and with their minds? Will the seeds planted one day blossom into lives lived for Christ?

This month we learned about one little boy whose heart is hungry to know God more.

Daniel is eight years old and lives in Poland. Though his parents are both believers, they were anxious to find Christian role models for their son. With the hope of seeing Daniel earnestly seek the Lord, his parents enrolled him in a children’s Bible course.

His mother wrote to the teacher, “After a few classes [Daniel] asked me to read him a Bible story every night instead of regular books. He also asked me to pray with him and to help him memorize scripture.” Daniel’s family is very busy, yet he chooses to study the Bible with his parents rather than watch movies or play computer games. Daniel’s mother reports, “He gave his life to Jesus, and I know that he did it extremely honestly and with understanding. His life has really changed.”

Daniel’s little brother, who is only five years old, has also started the Bible courses. Thanks to the gracious teachers and his older brother’s example, this child is also beginning to have a spiritual revolution.

“I’m thankful to God for His Holy Spirit, and that He has worked amazingly in my children’s lives,” writes their mother.

Please join us in giving a special thank you to the men and women who devote themselves to training up children in the ways of the Lord, so that when they are older they will not depart from our wonderful Savior.

A Heavenly Inheritance

Like the rest of her family before her, Dani was brought up in the Buddhist faith in Myanmar. She even served as a Buddhist nun. One of her responsibilities as a nun was to go out in the community and collect offerings. One day while she was doing this, someone put a Christian tract in her offering bowl. Dani had an eye problem that the doctors could not fix, but despite unbearable pain in her eye, she took the time to read the tract.

The tract said that Jesus died for her and that Dani was invited to come to Him for His peace. Reading it forced her to make a decision. Right away, she cried out to the Lord.

In Dani’s village the Buddhist monks are not only religious leaders, they serve as village leaders as well. They don’t allow Christians in the village. In Myanmar (which is also known as Burma) and other Asian countries, Christianity often is viewed as a religion for Westerners, not for Asians. But a Burmese pastor associated with Reach A Village had come to town to plant a church.

Because the pastor was Burmese, Dani invited him to visit her. During the visit, he explained to her about Jesus. Dani lived near the church, and every night they would sing a song that spoke about being a son of God and being forgiven. It touched her heart. The Christians prayed for her eye, and Dani was healed! As a result, she believed in Jesus and became His follower.

Dani’s family isn’t happy about her becoming a Christian. They no longer recognize her as a family member and have cut off her inheritance, which means she no longer has any right to the family’s land. But her family can’t deny that Dani was healed, so they have not prevented her from attending church. They also allow her to come home from time to time to show respect to her parents.

In spite of all this, Dani testifies about the great peace and joy the Lord has given her, and she has a burden for her family’s salvation. Although she has lost earthly property, Dani has gained heaven!

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