Changing From The Outside In

Changing From The Outside In

Youssef was only seven years old, the eldest son of devout parents, when he began after-school religious training.  By the time he was twelve, he was teaching others, correcting those who were reciting holy literature, and making followers wherever he could.  His friends called him “Teacher Youssef.”  The routine was predictable for a boy growing…

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Antakya Needs Hope

Others can move beyond the earthquake, but Project Antioch cannot “This is all a miracle,” Luis Gomez exclaims as he stands dwarfed in the entrance of a cavernous warehouse in Antakya, Turkey.  He greets a handful of volunteers in gray  Adventist Vakfi vests helping to handle pallets of food supplies, stacks of diapers, a truck…

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Beautiful Words

We first received the Creation Health Kids materials two years ago and began studying it, making some adaptations, and finally presenting it.  Since then, we’ve shared it at a school nearby, in a refugee camp, with a community family who meets with us regularly, and most recently in a summer series for children from several…

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All signs to the Middle East

A teen-ager follows the dream God gave him for mission Sixteen-year-old Rafael leaned forward in his seat, transfixed by what he’d just heard at the 2015 Argentina I WILL GO Conference.  A dream was filling his imagination.  “Some day I will go to the Middle East,” he promised himself. “But you can’t go; you don’t know English,” people told him.  “So I went to Uruguay as a student missionary and learned…

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Music, Technology, and the Spirit

One outreach plan uses many different talents–musical training, technology, and the spiritual understanding to reach hearts. The outreach, called The Yakoudouni Project, puts carefully selected biblical reflections into an audiovisual that uses the local language. It’s all done in a home studio with the help of friends who know the language and understand the culture. The team requests…

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Breathing Free

Breathe Free 2 was Amal’s first contact with Adventist Christians. Her smoking habit had gripped her; for weeks she faced serious temptation to give in. But every day she received a spiritual message on her phone from the Breathe Free 2 team. Just recently Amal shared, “Every day I would come home facing horrific temptation to smoke. Many times, at the hardest…

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Learning to Be Open

A MENA pastor tells about a visit he made recently to a local university: “The professor I needed to talk to was teaching a class and asked me to wait until the break. I didn’t know when the break was, so I approached a student on the patio. After he told me, he asked if I was a student…

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If I Could See Jesus

A university student writes asking for special prayer for a friend. “I’ve been studying the Bible with a friend who told me, ‘If I can see Jesus in a dream inviting me to follow Him, I will know He is by my side and I would have the courage to stand against the world for Jesus.’ Please pray…

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The Awkward Witness

The jokes coming from the restaurant workers made it awkward for the canvassers to approach any potential customers with their books. The fun the workers were having at the obvious “outsiders'” expense grew as one joke was followed by a better joke, until the commotion brought out the manager. He was not amused. “What’s going on?” The workers kept snickering,…

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Running for a Book

The store owner was delighted to learn that a group of young people were selling uplifting materials in his community. He purchased a four-book set that included Patriarchs and Prophets and Acts of the Apostles. The canvasser left his office and headed down the street, lighthearted and rejoicing. This was a good day! But within moments he realized someone…

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