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I have been here in Central Eurasia for almost a year. I don’t even know where to begin on describing this year and what it has meant to me. My husband and I were called to the field in a very unique way. He was called while here in Central Eurasia on a short-term team….

Lily and May are followers of Jesus and university students. They attend a Chinese club where they can practice their Chinese. One week, Aghavni, a Muslim girl studying Chinese as a second language, came to the club, and afterwards, Lily and May asked her if she wanted to have dinner with them, to which she…

Steven and his friend Adam recently had an interesting conversation: Adam: “Would you be happy if I followed you?” Steven: “I want you to follow Jesus.” Adam: “Well, then you follow Jesus. I’ll follow you.” The conversation continued with Adam describing a dream he had. In the dream Steven was dressed in a white robe…

Five years ago a young man in Iran was watching a Christian TV program. During the program a pastor prayed and said, “Pray this prayer.” Suddenly in that moment, the young man felt the Holy Spirit, fell to the ground, and could not move for ten minutes. He was convinced it was power of the…

“I want to get married now.”   Rather than rejoicing in this news, a team member and I sat there brokenhearted. Stephanie had decided this days ago but wasn’t going to tell us. She continued, “I don’t want to marry a follower of Jesus anymore. I just want to be married.” When we asked why…

His passion for Jesus has been encouraging from the first time we met. But lately his family has been forcing him to pray with them in the mosque, threatening to cut off his food and schooling if he doesn’t. He is willing to lose his family to have Jesus. And it’s precisely because he does have…

One of the hardest things about moving to a new place is making new friends. My wife and I discovered that a great place to start was at the local grocery store. There we have a captive audience…with food. I struck up a conversation with the cashier. My obviously terrible French easily convinced her it was…

Lexi, a follower of Jesus, regularly shops at the market to buy groceries. Zaria is a Muslim woman who sells greens and herbs at that same market. Zaria and Lexi have become friends. When Zaria’s husband died suddenly of a heart attack, he left Zaria with three children and no income other than what she brings in from…

One of the things we have learned about doing the work of a missionary is that we need to bear in mind that there are many different requirements on our time. Despite this, we need to be spiritually sensitive to the opportunities that the Lord brings to us. There are a multiplicity of different things…

Alan told us this week that he has had long discussions with his wife about faith. They stay up talking into the late hours of the night after their children fall asleep. He shared with his wife about what he learned from us about Jesus and the Bible and how, despite what they were raised to think, following…

University students join our teams for internships, study abroad opportunities, and other educational initiatives. One such student (we’ll call him Jack) recently joined the training team in Egypt as part of our four-month semester abroad program. Jack is a bright young man with a huge desire to show the love of Jesus to Muslims. The…

Yosef is a young Muslim man who recently became open to deeper spiritual conversation. He admits that he hears voices at night that keep him awake and greatly disturb him. He has strong relationships with several friends who love and follow Jesus. They have shared the gospel with Yosef and he seems intrigued. One of…

This is the story of a Muslim refugee from Sudan who recently came to faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior in Egypt. A Muslim refugee from Sudan recently came to faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior in Egypt. Y. visited a church to pray. While there, the people at the church asked for…

I only left my house to run a quick errand down the street. On my way back, I hear someone yelling my name. I look across the street and it’s the lady I introduced myself to a couple weeks earlier, who I only met because the big bakery didn’t have what I wanted one particular…

Last night “Stephanie” and I continued to dialogue about all that was on her heart regarding marriage and her future. This has been weighing heavily on her mind as she doesn’t see how it’s possible for her family to allow her to marry someone who follows Jesus. For the culture, the family must agree to the…

Sidi* is from Sahara’s Gate where we serve. He had studied in the States but a mutual friend was unable to introduce us at the time, so I emailed Sidi when we were in his country. No response. I tried again a month later and he responded immediately! Turns out, he had just connected internet service that day….

We recently settled into our new house. It took four months for them to finish it and we are overjoyed to be living here. On day one, my husband invited a parade of friends over. This culture loves music and our guests wanted to hear him sing, so he busted out “Mighty to Save” and…

Tonight at a coffee shop, a teammate and I got to talk about Jesus with a young lady who we shared a table with because no other space was available. We talked to her for two hours. She opened up and told us about how she was going to get married but they broke it off a month ago….

“Try to establish yourself in the community as someone who tells stories” was the advice given to us from some well-seasoned people on the island. “God, I have no idea how to do that, but please open a door” was my prayer a few months ago. Recently , I visited my friend’s house and asked…

“Can I just say something honest right now?” Zemfira* is a Muslim girl who studied the Scriptures with a group of girls every week for about a year. We had just finished talking about the topic for that week: our beauty and value in God’s eyes. I could tell Zemfira was uncomfortable, but I could…

One evening Yasmin unfolded her messy past to me. I knew this was a significant moment. We had been friends for many months, but this was the first night she really opened up. She spoke softly over her tears as she told me about broken relationships, multiple marriages, abuse, and another divorce on the way….

Since I have been back in the area, I connected with my good friend “Trevor.” Many of us have known him for years. Trevor shared with me (and others) that he wants to go to another country because he wants to know more about the Bible. As we talked, I explained to him that we can help him study…

Magamed’s* aunt was like a second mother to him. I met her myself in Magamed’s home a few months ago. Her body was found completely charred on the bank of a river. She was either murdered, or as Magamed believes, forced to kill herself by evil spirits. Magamed and I were talking about the reality of…

I was in my language class when Mahsa, my teacher, told us that her father had just died. The Lord said to me, “Pray for her. I know you can.” I said, “Lord, that’s crazy! How could I do that?” When I got home, I told my mom what had happened. She said that I…

When I go evangelizing on the streets I don’t hesitate to give people my phone number if they show a hunger to follow Jesus. One man, “Hassan,” heard the gospel and went back to Iran with my number. Hassan met a man named “Dalir” who was also going to travel to our city. Dalir asked…

We get in a taxi to head home. Our driver is an illiterate Bambara speaker. We greet a little, then drive. After a bit, the taxi man grabs a paper sitting on the dash and hands it to me. I scan it. It’s a Bible tract in French that lays out the great questions of the…

“Don’t say you don’t have a future! You have a future in Jesus!” We’ve been meeting weekly with some women for almost a year. Our group started with one or two and has grown to a half dozen. The response above was prompted as one lady shared some bad news and began to cry that…

Fadwa is from an upper class, educated family. Her father is a university professor and her mother is a doctor. Years ago she was in medical school and fell in love with one of her fellow students. Then one day while out for her typical walk, her life unexpectedly changed—for the worse. A group of…

I started teaching a new class recently at our English Center. As an icebreaker, each student shared their name and something important about themselves. One student’s response stood out. “Ali” is a middle-aged man with a beard who dresses in traditional Islamic attire. He stood and greeted the class, “Al-hamdulilah” (Praise be to Allah). He…

Ever wonder how our Live Dead Iran workers stay connected with new Christians in Iran? One family shares their experience with e-discipleship. We are by no means experts as we have only been on the field a short time. Even so, we’ve already connected with many new Iranian friends and even experienced some divine appointments with…

Imran, or Rony as we call him now, has four brothers and one sister, and his mother and father are kind, honest people who are well respected in the community. Our family met him eight years ago when he was in seventh grade, and we have spent a lot of time together over the course…

“To love God and tell other people about Jesus.” This was the simple response Stephanie* gave when one of our teammates asked her, “What is our purpose?” during our Bible study this week. Then she looked at me with big, wondering eyes and asked, “Is that right?” I laughed out loud as I assured her…

If God wasn’t with you, you wouldn’t have left this place alive. Recently our national partner Daniel* was invited to share about Christ in a remote mountain village. Daniel was led to a home where five men (all hard-core Muslims, possibly radical) were gathered to hear the gospel. They shared a meal together and then…

Centuries ago, the Persian poet Omar Khayyam (1048-1131) wrote this quatrain: There was the Door to which I found no Key; There was the Veil through which I might not see: Some little talk awhile of Me and Thee There was–and then no more of Thee and Me. Translation by Edward FitzGerald As I listen…

We went to breakfast at a local restaurant. After we ate, Nina worked up the courage to tell Alan that she is a follower of Jesus. It took her a good five minutes of telling him that she had a secret and making him promise to not tell anyone before the words escaped her mouth….

Live Dead is committed to taking the church where it does not exist. We are committed to making a difference in the statistic that 40 percent of the world lives without access to the gospel. Dick Brogden answers foundational questions about Live Dead: What do we do? We make disciples and plant churches. Where do…

Our Turkish friends invited us to visit some family with them on a Saturday afternoon. We were excited to meet new people and to be the guest of the guest. Upon our arrival, we met more warm, hospitable Turks who were happy to have foreigners join them for food, chai tea, and hearty dialogue. I…

The recent events in Aleppo, Syria have opened doors for team members to share with their Syrian friends in a neighboring country. One team member recently visited a family that fled Aleppo several years ago. Each day this family watches the news for a glimpse of relatives they haven’t heard from. After the family shared…

I did a happy dance in my room last night because my door closed. I never thought I’d be jumping around praising God for something so simple, but for three months I’ve either had no door on my room or shared a room. Then we finally moved into our apartment and I find out my…

I’m going to the wedding of the sister of “Xavier,” a close friend and student. He invited me months ago, urged me to write down the date, and begged me to not forget. It will mean a lot to him and his family that I am there. Weddings are always exciting. Lots of people will…

“Mark” admitted to the class that when he was very young, his dad left his mom. His dad accused her of being pregnant by someone else. Mark can’t forgive his father, and he has a lot of pain in his life. His father tried to reconcile but Mark refused. He knows unforgiveness is a sin…

My closest local friend, Destiny,* and her husband Harry* are devout Muslims who seek to please Allah and follow all the laws of their faith. They are in their mid to late 30s and have no children. Harry has a mental illness that keeps Destiny busy taking care of him and running their business. I…

Arabic is a difficult language to learn, but fluency is critical to God-glorifying church planting. Dick Brogden recently encouraged team members about the importance of language learning in church planting. ***** Hello, Live Dead Arab World Family, I wanted to send a short exhortation to those of you who are new to the field and still in…

Have you heard the expression “Boots on the Ground?” Well our Live Dead Missionaries are the boots on the Silk Road. Here we’d like to take a moment and allow one of them to share a snapshot of their life with you. Some names and details have been changed, but this is a true story…

Intense intercession.  Intense training.  Intense proclamation. This is a story from one of our 10-day Intensives: Our team left the quiet park a little disappointed – no headscarves there. We ambled down the street towards the public square and prayed. As the square came into view, we caught a glimpse of a pink scarf. Indeed, two…

I asked Marcos,* a Muslim, “So, what do your brothers think about you studying the Bible? Have you told them?” He told me that he’s talked with them about Jesus. I encouraged him to retell the stories that we discussed together. He agreed and offered to even bring one or more of his brothers when we meet…

They might appear to be Muslims, but they are not. The Druze people are a religious sect that began in the ninth century as an offshoot of Islam. The majority of Druze lives in Syria, Lebanon and Israel. Usually loyal, they do not engage in protests or revolts against the government of the countries in…

Kufra Bedouins live a challenging life. With no permanent homes, these nomadic shepherds move into the Sahara during rainy winter seasons and back to the northern edge of the desert for the hot, dry summers. They dwell in portable black tents made from woven goat hair. One half is for women, children and storage, while…

Long ago the Nile River took a different course in a great loop across what is now Egypt’s western desert. When the river moved to its modern course, a string of oases were left behind. Palm trees rise out of the desert sand to mark where the Nile once flowed. Baharia is one such oasis….

As the morning sun sent rays of harsh, bright light into his east-facing bedroom, Abbas woke up. He sat up, rubbed his eyes, and looked at the small clock on his nightstand. Nine o’clock. He slowly got dressed and went downstairs. Abbas picked up the newspaper and began to skim its contents. An advertisement caught…

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