No Hope

No Hope

I had never stepped into a bar in all my life, but here I was, a foreigner standing in the middle of a dimly-lit entrance, asking for the manager. I held a handful of invitations to a musical play titled “Bow the Knee,” portraying the centurion at the cross. The event aimed to introduce our…

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Can God be Trusted?

I was a student looking for a place to get involved in hands-on service when someone suggested building a children’s program in a church where no children attended!  So, a friend and I fixed up a room in the church, planned a Saturday morning program, invited children we knew who lived nearby, and waited for children…

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Connections

After a fulfilling Sabbath celebrating  a young person’s decision to live for Jesus, our family began the 300 km journey home to the capital where we lived.  It was Ramadan, and as the sun was setting, we could see families hurrying to reunite for the iftar. In the twilight, I noticed a lone figure standing…

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The Simplest Things

It’s only been six months since I moved out of my comfort zone of family and friends, said goodbye to my high school classmates, and committed one year to serve in MENA.  I teach English to young girls. I was worried about coming here.  I didn’t know what I would do, what it would be like in…

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Getting Through Ramadan

Ahmad is one of our dearest friends.  He’s young, single, an accountant.  When we first met him he was overweight and a compulsive smoker.  One spring a couple of years ago, he decided he needed to stop smoking.  He made a plan to quit during Ramadan because he figured he wouldn’t be able to smoke…

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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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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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