Pentecost Miracle in Madagascar & Revival in the Caribbean

In this edition:

  1. Editor’s Note: Resurrected Welsh Hymns and Multi-Cultural Worship
  2. India and Nigeria: Representing the Ends of the Earth
  3. Madagascar: A Pentecost Miracle
  4. Dominican Republic: Seeking Revival in the Cradle of the Americas
  5. Bhutan: A Pastor Is Imprisoned and His Family Needs Help

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Header image from Nigeria from Unknown Nations, via Mission Network News.

Resurrected Welsh Hymns & Multi-Cultural Worship

Greetings!

This story might make Heaven’s headlines: “Cancelled” Welsh hymns on mental illness and addiction resurrected by singer (The Guardian). Lleuwen Steffan is performing these lost Welsh hymns—which also speak to concerns of our day—in chapels throughout Wales. I am fascinated and can’t wait for the English translations! Learn more.

Also, thanks to Global Christian Worship for highlighting the multi-cultural, Jesus-centered worshiping community Proskuneo Ministries, which gets its name from the Greek word for worship. The timing of the discovery was God’s gift to me as I plan for Pentecost Sunday (also International Day for the Unreached) this Sunday, May 19. Watch some of them perform The Blessing in English, Spanish, and Korean below and scroll through the playlist for more great worship.

Pat Noble

India and Nigeria: Representing the Ends of the Earth

Source: Mission Network News, May 9, 2024

Only [days] remain until the International Day for the Unreached! A third of the world’s population is still waiting to hear the good news about Jesus, but you can help change that.

Unknown Nations’ Greg Kelley, a member of the Alliance for the Unreached, says awareness is the first step.

For example, “We need to become more aware of India and Nigeria because of how strategic they are from the Kingdom standpoint,” Kelley says. “You can make a case that India and Nigeria are representative—more so than any other country in Asia and Africa—for the ends of the earth. Yet most Christians don’t think that way.”

Why start with these two countries? First of all, “There’s no country in the continent of Asia that has more people groups than India, and more unreached people groups, just like Nigeria is to Africa,” Kelley says.

Read the full story and learn about Alliance for the Unreached. You can access more IDU materials from their website.

See also Why Are the Unreached Unreached? (The Mission Podcast).

Madagascar: A Pentecost Miracle

Source: Wycliffe Bible Translators, May 3, 2024

[Translation consultant] Olivia Razafinjatoniary was asked to lead door-to-door evangelism efforts in a Tsimihety community in Madagascar, sharing the gospel with people there [at the time the newly translated Tsimihety Bible was dedicated]. But there was one issue: Olivia was from another region and didn’t speak any Tsimihety.

As Olivia knocked on the door to a house, she encountered a woman who was initially resistant to the gospel message. But neither the woman nor Olivia had any idea that God was about to do something incredible.

Read the story and watch a three-minute video (also below).

You might also be encouraged to hear about a church born in a camp for the displaced in Myanmar after audio Bibles were distributed there (Unknown Nations).

Dominican Republic: Seeking Revival in the Cradle of the Americas

Source: Haggai International, May 9, 2024

Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean in the north and the Caribbean Sea in the south, the Dominican Republic is known for its beaches, historic sites, and merengue music. Also called the Cradle of the Americas, this region hosted one of the earliest known Mesoamerican civilizations, the Olmecs. But a lesser-known fact is that the Dominican Republic is the only country with a Bible on its flag.

With this heritage of faith evident in his country, Haggai leader Roberto Peña is committed to continue sharing the gospel through preaching, teaching, and equipping new leaders. As the senior pastor of a church in Santo Domingo, he says, “We have reached hundreds of people in the last year through different evangelical campaigns. …This is a great time when the church of Jesus needs to be prepared for the great revival that is coming.”

The full story briefly mentions ways this ministry is reaching people beyond the Dominican Republic (in the Middle East!)

You might also be interested in a story from neighboring Haiti, where a young man has become MAF’s first Haitian pilot/mechanic (Mission Network News).

Bhutan: A Pastor Is Imprisoned and His Family Needs Help

Source: Back to Jerusalem, April 3, 2024

“One of our brothers has been thrown in prison,” Pastor Anil (not his real name) reported on Monday. “Please pray for him. His family has no other way to get support.”

Bhutan’s ruling Drukpa people are 100% unreached and strictly enforce the Buddhist religion. “The government does not want to say that they put him in jail for being a Christian, so they made up charges against him,” Pastor Anil said. Pastor Anil is one of the few Drukpa Christians in Bhutan and is in charge of a nationwide fellowship.

The pastor has a daughter who is currently in school. With her father in prison, she has no way to pay for tuition.

Read the full story. BTJ has a scholarship fund to help the children of persecuted pastors.

Did you know? Many Buddhists observe Buddha’s birthday today (May 15). Learn how Buddhists in different countries celebrate and why they do so on different days (AP/RNS) and, to join Christians who want to see the Buddhist world transformed, watch or listen to the Change the Map podcast.

Cabbages in the desert | a mission shared in Lebanon

In this edition:

  1. Kenya: How God Transformed a Devout Muslim
  2. Lebanon: Movement Day Unites Lebanese Christians
  3. Sudan: A Left-Behind Bible Leads to Churches
  4. Myanmar: Baptist Pastor Re-arrested the Day He Was Released From Prison
  5. India: Violence Returns to Troubled Manipur State
  6. India: Christian Leaders Attacked by Sikhs With Swords

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Kenya: How God Transformed a Devout Muslim

Source: Mission Frontiers, May/August 2024

Aila Tasse began attending the mosque at an early age. Raised in a strong Muslim family in northern Kenya, he took his Islamic studies seriously and avoided Christians. At around the age of nine, he developed a deep desire to know more about his Islamic faith. He started spending time with the elders after each day’s afternoon prayers, listening to them discuss the Qur’an and other issues. But a question gnawed at Aila’s heart: Who is Allah?

Through unexpected and terrifying circumstances, God opened Aila’s heart to receive the gospel and Christ’s forgiveness. Aila describes the details of this radical transformation in Cabbages in the Desert: How God Transformed a Devout Muslim and Catalyzed Disciple Making Movements Among Unreached Peoples.

Read more (excerpts adapted from the book). Want more? The book will launch Friday, May 3. Currently, you can purchase the Kindle edition for just US$2.99, though the prices will likely go up on Monday according to collaborator Dave Coles.

This edition of Mission Frontiers features a variety of articles about the Perspectives movement. Take a look.

Lebanon: Movement Day Unites Lebanese Christians

Source: Mission Network News, April 17, 2024

Lebanon is poised to be a strategic spiritual influence in the Middle East. Approximately one-third of the country identifies as Christian, and the laws safeguard religious freedom and equality. Many Christian groups in Lebanon have made progress sharing the gospel among local Lebanese, Syrian refugees, and Palestinians.

But so far, they have worked independently. The country’s first-ever Movement Day recently mobilized Christian leaders for greater impact together.

Hunter Williamson of Thimar-LSESD says, “This was a one-day conference that brought together more than 100 local Christian leaders from various sectors, including business media, NGOs, and churches. The idea behind the event was to create a venue for local leaders to meet and collaborate in order to promote the gospel throughout Lebanon. And it was also aimed at fostering unity.”

Movement Day is an initiative that has traveled around the world to connect local Christian leaders and help them start gospel movements in their area. The conference in Beirut was organized by Thimar-LSESD, Heart For Lebanon, and other ministries. The Supreme Council of Evangelical Community in Syria and Lebanon helped facilitate the event.

During the day, representatives from more than 20 Christian NGOs met together for the first time and began planning how to better support each other moving forward. Watch a five-minute video summary.

Read the full story or learn more about the Movement Day strategy.

Also from Lebanon, read Grape Leaves and Frozen Kibbe (World Venture).

Sudan: A Left-Behind Bible Leads to Churches

Source: God Reports, April 29, 2024

Nuraldaim Hassan was raised as a Muslim in a Muslim area of Sudan, at some distance from any Christian influences.

One day, a man traveling from Gofa stopped at his home along the roadside during a rainstorm. Nuraldaim’s family welcomed the man into their home to rest. After the traveler moved on, Nuraldain noticed the man had left behind a Bible.

Curious, Nuraldain began to read the Bible over the next several days. Later, Nuraldaim’s father saw him reading and asked who gave him “that book.” Nuraldaim told him the traveler left it behind. The father took the Bible and forbade his son to read it again.

However, one of Nuraldaim’s friends happened to be a Christian and told him more about Christ.

Later, Nuraldaim visited a church with his friend. A leader at the church told him that there was an opportunity to go to Bible school. Nuraldaim and some of his friends agreed to attend even though he still had not accepted Christ. It was not until after he was at Bible school that Nuraldaim accepted Jesus as His Savior and was baptized.

Nuraldaim still does not know who left the Bible in his home but knows it was God’s amazing way to reach him. Now, he is a leader in the Blue Nile Community Churches.

The full story includes more context about Sudan.

Sudan’s civil war is now in its second year, and 25 million people, nearly half the population, require humanitarian assistance, according to aid agencies (Catholic Information Service for Africa).