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April 8, 2021
A half a century ago, a man who declared himself the son of God told Brazilian villagers that only those who believed in the large cross he was carrying would be rescued from an imminent, fiery apocalypse.
September 17, 2020
The village chief and other key community leaders near a town on Brazil’s Amazon River told a native missionary to leave. By the time other native missionaries visited the village months later, the leader of a ministry based in Brazil said, nearly every inhabitant was addicted to alcohol. “The community was taken over by the power of darkness; the spirit of suicide took over the young and old,” he said.
April 16, 2020
A Sunday morning church service seemed as good a place as any for an armed stranger to begin looking for the man he had been hired to kill. Inside the church building, he heard the preacher reading from the Bible about someone asking Jesus what the greatest commandment was. It was the following, second greatest commandment, however, that caught the gunman’s attention: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
January 16, 2020
For an ethnic Mixtec woman like Donaji, nightmares were not just scary but predicted disaster in this world and the next. The 40-year-old fruit-vendor in a remote village of western Mexico believed she was surrounded by gods of rain, trees, mountains, stones and forces in nature telling her she was doomed. No amount of animal sacrifices could ward off the destruction of her soul that the dangers and deaths in her dreams portended.
November 21, 2019
He had lost the woman he had married 11 years before when she finally decided she had to get away from the violence erupting from his addictions to drugs and alcohol. Enrique knew his life was in ruins, but the 35-year-old electrician in Peru felt helpless to repair it. When a neighbor in his village brought him to a native missionary’s church, he seemed impervious to the gospel preaching but liked the worship atmosphere. He returned to the Sunday services for months.
October 17, 2019
Alberto, who had been raised to believe in God in Colombia, borrowed a motorcycle with the idea of ramming it into oncoming traffic to kill himself. He had taken to carousing with new friends who led him to alcohol and drug addiction, but when he became seriously ill, they had abandoned him. His choices had led him to the edge of a dangerous pit of despair.
September 12, 2019
Witchcraft was a way of life for an ethnic Mixtec father of six in a Mexican village who lost his two youngest children to mysterious illnesses. Villagers who relied on his potions and rituals in their yearning to acquire fortune or favor believed that Roberto’s two young sons must have died in a war of spells between him and another specialist in witchcraft – and that his rival’s spell also doomed his other children to die. It took a long, long time for Roberto to realize his perpetual drunken stupor would not take away the pain.
April 4, 2019
Roberto was a rebel guerrilla in Colombia until he opted for freedom in Christ – a decision that landed him in jail. Soon after putting his faith in Christ, he began attending worship services. Roberto shared his dramatic testimony in streets and parks, proclaiming Christ’s salvation and inviting others to refrain from doing evil and instead serve the Lord. Recently his devotion to the will of God made another dramatic leap.
February 7, 2019
A year ago a large mob of tribal villagers in southern Mexico, armed with guns, ordered two native missionaries to leave for preaching about Christ. Deeply suspicious of anyone outside their village, the tribal people feared that the native missionaries were going to draw people away from their religious mixture of indigenous and Catholic practices. Already two families were paying close attention to the Bible.