UGANDA: Lives Transformed, Churches Planted

Source: Global Partners, June 2017

Stephen and Ruth Ziraba had a difficult marriage relationship. Ruth had problems with demons, [came] came from a family that was demonized, [and] was chosen to be the next witch doctor in her family. She was so tormented that she took a chance and went to a pastor for help. He prayed with her. She was born again and set free.

But Stephen was not happy that Ruth was now a believer in Christ. He took another wife and sent Ruth back to live with her parents. The parents were also angry when they found out she was a Christ follower. Their demons stopped being effective when Ruth was around.

The church and pastor took her in—she lived with them for four years. During this time, they twice tried to find someone for her to marry. Each time she told them she would first ask God what his will was. God told her to wait for Stephen. She began praying for him.

Ruth and Stephen are now happily married with six children. They are both pastors of Bugeri Wesleyan Church in Uganda. They have planted two churches and have a vision of planting five more in 2017.

» See full story with pictures, and read another article from Global Partners about developments in Wesleyan Holiness churches in the British Isles.

INDONESIA: Gospel Makes Inroads with a Hindu Leader

Source: Christian Aid Mission, May 18, 2017

The head of a large Hindu temple in southern Indonesia needed a duck to sacrifice for a Hindu ceremony [and asked a Christian leader to help him get one].

“I asked what the duck would be used for, and he explained that it was for the Hindu ceremony because his god wanted it to be offered in order to be appeased,” the ministry director said. “He claimed that if it was not offered, the ‘big fish’ will be disturbed by a god and get sick.”

The [Christian] explained the role of animal sacrifices in ancient Israel and how they were no longer necessary as the blood of Jesus Christ is the perfect, final, and sufficient offering for the forgiveness of sin.

“I tried to explain it by using a passage from the Hindu scripture, Bhagavad Gita, verse 24.23.3, which says, ‘Only the life of God can be the sacrifice that can make people clean from sin,’” he said. “These words from the manuscript shocked him.”

The village head has since come to him many times to ask questions, he said.

“He says he now believes in Jesus Christ but does not want to be baptized, because he is still a leader of the village and also a leader of the main Hindu temple in the village,” the director said. “Please pray with me for him.”

» Read full story and pray for this Hindu leader.

» For another example of inter-religious discussion, see a recent article from Fouad Masri of Crescent Project and how he responded to a Muslim’s question about fasting.

GLOBAL: Christian Hackers Using Their Talents for God

Code for the Kingdom video screenshotSince 2014, Code of the Kingdom has held 44 weekend hackathons worldwide for programmers to help non-profits. “We write code and create technology to help release the oppressed, teach God’s Word, heal the sick, feed the hungry, clothe the naked and support the church and the body of Christ,” their website declares.

» The next Code for the Kingdom event will be July 28-30 in Chicago.

» See also Indigitous, which is planning a Christian hackathon for October.

Where Prayer and Missions Connect | May Resource Reviews

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  1. EVENT: Prayercast Ramadan Challenge
  2. APPLICATION: Daily Prayer
  3. ARTICLE: Just Don’t Do It!
  4. ARTICLES: Latest from Lausanne Global Analysis
  5. EVENTS: June Conferences, Courses, and More

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“If added power attends the united prayer of two or three, what mighty triumphs there will be when hundreds of thousands of consistent members of the Church are with one accord day by day making intercession for the extension of Christ’s Kingdom.”

— John R. Mott

APPLICATION: Daily Prayer

Source: Operation World, May 12, 2017

Operation World (OW), the definitive global prayer handbook, has been used by more than a million Christians to pray for the nations. Now, with a new prayer app for mobile devices, you can receive reminders to pray for the “country of the day,” research statistics on each country, and read the in-depth prayer request and praise reports given for each country of the world.

You may find this handy for folding prayer for the nations into daily devotions, small group meetings, and more. Mobilizers, this could be a good follow-up to prayer for the Muslim world (see above) or a discipline to invite those you mentor to consider.

» Download for free from Google Play or the Apple App Store.

EVENT: Prayercast Ramadan Challenge

A Simple Plan to Profoundly Impact the Muslim World

Source: Prayercast

We are bombarded almost daily with news of barbaric acts of terrorism. But if all we know about Islam is what we see on the news, we are missing an incredible story:

  • The greatest turning of Muslims to Christ in history is happening now.
  • Everywhere Islam exists, people are being drawn to Jesus Christ.
  • This is happening in direct correlation to increased movements of prayer.

God is MOVING, and he’s inviting you to join him.

Now is the time to PRAY because Jesus loves and died to save every one of the 1.6 billion Muslims in the world today.

Join Prayercast on a journey across the Muslim world during the month of Ramadan (this year May 27 to June 25). Each week we will focus on a different region, loving and lifting up representative nations in prayer.

Join the Prayercast Ramadan Challenge:

  1. Pray for the featured topic each day.
  2. Sign up below to receive daily reminders.
  3. Invite at least one other person to join you.

» Learn more or sign up here or TEXT ramadan to 22828, and poke around the Prayercast website for lots of great prayer videos and other resources.

» See also the more widespread and established campaign, 30 Days of Payer for the Muslim World, and/or pray with and for those you know serving in the Muslim world during this season of heightened spiritual awareness (and sometimes violence or tension).

ARTICLE: Just Don’t Do It!

Becoming a Missionary: Smart Steps toward Serving

Source: SEND International, The Missions Blog, May 16, 2017

We hear over and over again from our missionaries that their paths to the field started with a still small voice that amplified over months, years, sometimes even decades.

Maybe you’ve heard the whisper but don’t yet know if it’s time to go. You aren’t raising support, packing your bags, or saying goodbye yet, but your daily decisions can still significantly help—or hinder—your ability to effectively engage the unreached in a cross-cultural setting.

If even in the very back of your mind you think you might want to become a missionary, here are some pitfalls to avoid:

  1. Don’t ignore your local church.
  2. Don’t focus solely on your home culture.
  3. Don’t stay put.
  4. Don’t take on more debt.

» Read the article. You could share it with prospective missionaries in your world or consider adding The Missions Blog to your regular reading list.

» See also The Christian Missions Blog (from TEAM), which recently featured eight public speaking tips for missionaries and eight things missionaries wish their supporters knew.

ARTICLES: Latest from Lausanne Global Analysis

Source: Lausanne Movement, May 2017

Lausanne Global Analysis seeks to deliver strategic and credible information and insight from an international network of evangelical analysts to equip influencers of global mission. Browse all the past issues and/or subscribe to email alerts to be notified as soon as new issues are published.

The May issue has a strong theme of engaging with and reaching out to Muslims. They look at how refugees in Europe are turning to Christ and in turn reviving the church there; assess disciple-making movements as a biblical solution for the remaining task of reaching least evangelized peoples; consider how we should view Islam and the importance of developing a biblical worldview that gives a framework for relating to Muslims; and, finally, ask what the Caliphate means and how we should respond to many Muslims’ aspirations for it.

» Read the editor’s overview of this edition. The next issue is scheduled to come out in July.

EVENTS: June Conference, Courses, and More

Source: Missions Catalyst Events Calendar

June 2-3, Prayer ConneXion (Portland, OR, USA). Where prayer and mission connect. Provided by Mission ConneXion.

June 4, International Day for the Unreached (international).

June 4, Global Day of Prayer (global). An annual event (see downloadable resources from WayMakers)

June 5-10, TOTAL It Up! Taste of Translation and Linguistics (Orlando, FL, USA). Provided by Wycliffe Bible Translators.

June 5-16, ACQUIRE (Joplin, MO, USA). Language and culture acquisition training for cross-cultural workers provided by TRAIN International.

June 5 to August 13, Perspectives on the World Christian Movement Course (online). Provided by the Perspectives Study Program.

June 5 to August 27, Encountering the World of Islam (online). A 12-week course on embracing Muslims with the love of Christ.

June 8-10, Serving Internationals (Virginia Beach, VA, USA). Annual conference by the Association of Christians Ministering among Internationals (ACMI).

June 9-10, The Justice Conference (Chicago, IL, USA). Annual event to promote dialogue around justice-related issues such as human trafficking, slavery, poverty, HIV/AIDS, and human rights.

June 12-16, Global DMM Catalyst Camp (Nairobi, Kenya). See inside disciple-making movements.

June 17-25, Single Vision Retreat (Basel, Switzerland). A member care program for singles in the mission community.

June 18, World Refugee Sunday (international). Churches praying for refugees and displaced people. Some also observing this event June 25.

June 19-21, Honor-Shame Conference (Wheaton, IL, USA). Inaugurating the Honor-Shame Network, working together to reframe our message for 21st-century ministry.

June 19-30, Engaging Islam Institute (Boulder, CO, USA). Provided by Horizons International.

June 20-24, Sahara Challenge (St. Paul, MN, USA). Training in ministry to Muslims provided by Crescent Project.

June 21 to July 1, Breathe (Wilderswil, Switzerland). Ten-day retreat for the renewal of cross-cultural workers, provided by Catalyst International.

June 22-24, National African-American Missions Conference (McLean, VA, USA). Theme: “Send Me.”

June 23-25, Rethinking Forum 2017 (Houston, TX, USA). Conference for those walking alongside Hindus as they explore a relationship with Jesus.

June 25-30, TOTAL It Up! Taste of Translation and Linguistics (Lancaster, PA, USA). Provided by Wycliffe Bible Translators.

June 26-27, Personal Support Raising Boot Camp (Orlando, FL, USA). Provided by Support Raising Solutions.

June 27-29, Amplify Conference (Naperville, IL, USA). National conference on evangelism sponsored by the Billy Graham Center (and others).

» View the complete calendar. Please let us know about mistakes or omissions. For more about a specific event, contact event organizers.

Worship in the Wilderness | World News Briefs

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In This Issue:

  1. ERITREA: Anniversary Protest Vigil
  2. CHINA: When You Can’t Blend In
  3. INDONESIA: Christian Governor Imprisoned for Blasphemy
  4. VIETNAM: Overcoming Difficulties
  5. ZIMBABWE: Father of Gospel Music

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Helen is an Eritrean gospel singer who spent 32 months imprisoned by the Eritrean authorities in a shipping container. Freezing cold at night and burning hot by day, and even tortured, Helen chose to worship. In her wilderness, God gave her a new song. See story below.

Greetings,

Do you know that there are more than 30 “protracted” refugee situations in the world today? In each situation, more than over 25,000 refugees have been displaced for more than five years with no resolution in sight. Want to educate your fellowship about refugees with World Refugee Sunday approaching? As I sleuth for news I’ve found some really good stuff that will reveal the depths of their plight and give you some fresh ideas on how you can help.

Thursday, May 18, a coalition for the persecuted in Eritrea will protest in the UK as they declare 15 years of oppression is enough. See the story below.

Praying for those without hope,
Pat