Out of the Ashes

Niger

Issaka knew that something was wrong. The smell of smoke can carry far on the wind, and while he was traveling home, a phone call from a friend warned him that churches throughout the country of Niger were being set on fire by protesters. Authorities blocked entry into his hometown, so Issaka had to wait for hours as the worry mounted inside him. His pastor’s family had been living inside their church building. Had they escaped? And what about his …

You Speak Hope

Iran

Ahmad (not his real name) contacted us recently to let us know just how important hearing the gospel message has been for him. Nearly thirty years ago, when Ahmad was just a young boy living in Iran, he owned a radio that he used to listen to in his bedroom. In the darkness of the evening, he would hunker down with his radio and a flashlight, searching for broadcasts. “One of the broadcasts I found was yours,” he says. “You …

Thank You for Your Prayers and Support

Arabic, Presidential Update

You are sharing the hope of Jesus around the world. Thank you! This month, I spent six days in Egypt exploring new opportunities for Words of Hope to aid the Christian movement in Arabic-speaking places. I would like to introduce you to some of the amazing people that I met on my trip, even though I can’t share their names or pictures due to the sensitive nature of their work. “What did I do after the bombings…?” When I asked …

In the Wake of the Egyptian Bombings

Arabic, Presidential Update

In the shock wave of last Sunday’s bombings in Egyptian Coptic Churches, I find myself wondering where this world is headed. What is God up to? How could these things happen? When will the suffering end? I am reflecting again on the scene of Palm Sunday as described in the Gospels. That day, the crowds celebrated a man they hoped would change their world—bring an end to Roman rule, establish himself as the new king, begin the years of Jubilee. …

Iranian Believers Baptized

Iran, Presidential Update

After three months on the job, I simply cannot say “Thank You” enough. I am grateful to God for calling me to this work. And I am grateful for each and every one of our supporters and friends. We are partners together in speaking the hope of Jesus Christ into the hearts of people around the world. Thanks be to God! I just returned from leading a five-day Iranian ministry conference for believers and seekers that was held in a …