Like in the Book of Acts, the gospel is being preached, people are being healed, families are turning to Jesus -and persecution is intensifying in India.
This article was featured in Frontline Faith Magazine – The Book Of Acts Edition.
Rajesh and his wife.
This Is Rajesh’s Story
Rajesh* and his wife were Hindus from a village in rural India. When Rajesh became ill with a crippling stomach condition, he did what he would normally do. He prayed to many Hindu gods to try and receive healing. But healing didn’t come.
Encountering A God Of Love Through Healing
Rajesh became curious when he heard that his friend’s mother was healed at a local church. Desperate for healing, Rajesh thought maybe this ‘god’ could heal his stomach. He asked what he needed to do that this ‘god’ might heal him. To Rajesh’s surprise his friend answered, “You don’t have to do anything. Simply believe in Jesus.” Continue reading
On Friday 4 November, thousands of people gathered to protest against the governor of Indonesia’s capital.
Protesters burn rubbish.
Photo: (Antara/Muhammad Adimaja)
The governor of Jakarta, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama – known as Ahok, is a Christian man.
Hard-line Muslim protesters have demanded his arrest. It is alleged that he made blasphemous comments about the Quran.
These allegations came after Ahok said his opponents (in the upcoming February elections) had deceived voters by attacking him using a verse from the Quran. The verse implies Muslims should not have a non-Muslim as a leaders.
Welcome to Pindaya, Myanmar (formerly known as Burma), where tourists and pilgrims from around the world journey to see the limestone caves and over 8000 golden statues that are set up as a shrine to Buddha.
Nearby, a missionary pastor quietly transforms his humble home into a church for former Buddhists who are now disciples of Jesus. All of them are now outcasts.
This story was first published in our Frontline Faith Magazine – The Rise of Extremism Edition.
Aung* and his wife Phyu* were once devout Buddhists. Aung worked as a carpenter until his conversion in 2012.
Constantly working to earn ‘merits’ through good deeds, Aung sponsored boys to train in the monastery, practised meditation and learned rituals for casting out evil spirits.
Young Buddhist Monks in Myanmar
It was Aung’s older sister who changed the course of his life. She had invited Aung and Phyu to a Christian meeting. They were moved by the worship and teaching and gave their lives to Jesus.
Over the last year, Sunita* (25) and her sister Meena* (32) have endured intense persecution from members of their village.
This article was first published in our Frontline Faith Magazine – The Rise of Extremism Edition. We have included a September 2016 update at the end of this article.
Their persecution started with their father Meena tells us. “He did not lock us up. But in every aspect we had to take care of ourselves. The entire village rejected us, but we were blessed by the Lord.” Continue reading
Recently we spoke to Brother Simon* who works for Open Doors with North Korean believers. Simon has worked with the North Korean underground church for many years. He knows exactly how deadly working with Christians in North Korea is.
Kim Jong-Un’s government has sent hundreds of security officials along the North Korean border with China. The aim – to kidnap, and now kill, missionaries and others helping North Korean refugees.
For North Korea, the murder of Pastor Han Choong Yeol in April was a warning to everyone helping North Korean refugees and in particular Christians. Brother Simon is aware of the risks and lives everyday knowing the danger of this ministry.
Life in North Korea.
In April, North Korean secret agents martyred a Korean-Chinese pastor who lived in a town on the Chinese border with North Korea. Pastor Han Choong Yeol was active in helping North Korean refugees. He helped provide food, medicines, clothes and other goods they needed for survival back in North Korea. Pastor Han was dedicated to serving God’s Kingdom and sharing the good news of Jesus Christ.
Paston Han. Image: Weixin
On Saturday 30 April, Pastor Han left his home just after noon, expected back at 5pm. When he didn’t return, people went out in search of him. They found him in the early evening with multiple stab wounds. Continue reading
View over West Lake in Hangzhou, China.
The G20 Summit just finished in Hangzhou, China. While the most publicised event was arguably President Obama’s Air Force One staircase incident, a lot happened over the few days.
But some things didn’t make the news.