As a young adult growing up in North Macedonia, Braden saw Christianity as a set of rules listing activities that were off-limits. He was a musician who enjoyed partying, and his whole world seemed to clash with religion.
“My goal was to find the things that deliver the most satisfaction, so I dove into alcohol, pills. Then, I found the opportunity to try heroin, and I gladly took it. In the beginning, the satisfaction from heroin was good; I liked it. But as time passed on, that satisfaction was diminishing,” Braden tells. However, if he didn’t use the heroin, he would have aches and pains...
Right now, a tremendous work of God is taking place in Central Thailand. Thousands of people who have never before had a chance to hear are learning about the salvation of Jesus. New believers are being added daily. This effort is being led by a grassroots movement of Thai believers through the Free in Jesus Christ Church Association (FJCCA).
“God answers our prayers before we even pray them!” proclaims one of our church planters living in Ukraine.
War in the region has created great turmoil and upheaval. “Many ministers were forced to leave the ministry and resettle elsewhere,” the church planter tells. “Those who are willing to stay are overloaded and find it difficult to provide for their families.” The personnel shortage was growing, and at the same time, the demand for ministers seemed to increase tenfold as many are seeking God in the midst of war.
Unsure what to do, the church planters who remained began to pray that God...
"Jesus replied, 'What is impossible with man is possible with God.' " Luke 18:27
Though we often pray for miracles, few of us would say we have experienced a burning bush event. Most of the time God works in the process, in the journey, over time. But God still does use miracles to win hearts for heaven as Varik, a church planter in Bulgaria, recently reminded us.
A large group had gathered for the service, and Varik was well into his sermon when he noticed that the congregation had grown restless. Then, he spotted an old woman sprawled lifelessly in her seat.
As the crowd began to...