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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…

Dimli means “of Dailam.” It is likely these people are descendants of Dailamites (residents of a mountainous southwestern region of the Caspian sea called Dailam). They have been fierce warriors, focused on conquest. The Dimli differ from the Kurds in two ways: language and religion. They have a distinct dialect and are seen as heretics…

Nearly five million Luri live in southwestern Iran, but only approximately 70,000 live in Iraq. Their homes are located in the Zagros Mountains, which are situated in the eastern portion of the country. Many people believe that the Luri were the original inhabitants of southwestern Iran. Others suggest that they immigrated from Syria during the…

The Makhmi people are Tibetan and live in the Jammu and Kashmir regions of India to the northeast of Pakistan as well as in Pakistan. They speak Ladakhi, Purik, Zangskari, Changthang, Shina and Urdu. Although print and audio resources of the Bible exist, the population is listed as 100 percent Muslim. Umar Farooq is the…

The Zaza-Alevica people of Turkey have Iranian Kurdish roots and have sometimes been known as Alevi Kurds. Their language, Kirmanjki, is related to Kurdish. Although Turkish is the language used for religious ceremonies and for official purposes, Kirmanjki is the language used in the home. The Zaza-Alevica people claim to be Muslim; however, their system…

Bedouins traditionally live a nomadic lifestyle, spreading from the Arabian Gulf to the Atlantic Ocean, and from the borders of Turkey to Yemen. The word Bedouin comes from the Arab word bedou that means desert dweller. Estimates say nomadic Bedouins constitute about one-tenth of the population of the Middle East. Bedouin life is generally pastoral,…

The Mangrik have traditionally been farmers. Muslim butchers ensure a supply of mutton to the Mangrik, as the latter refrain from killing animals. They have attained a high level of literacy and some have even gone for higher education to the universities of Jammu and Kashmir. It may be that the Mangrik people have formed…

Ancestors of the Altaic (Turkic)-speaking Uzbeks emerged in Central Asia as early as the third century B.C. when nomads – possibly Hun descendants – began invasions that continued for centuries. Turks swept through in 1 A.D., followed by wide-ranging assaults by Mongol hordes in the 13th century. Centuries before any country borders were drawn they…

The Adyghe are a part of the Circassian people. Circassians are the oldest indigenous people of Northwest Caucasus and identify themselves as Adyge. The Circassians preserve their culture and continue to use the Circassian language as their primary means of communication. Only in the 18th century did their language assume a written form. Organized into…

Ten million Somali people live scattered across eight countries in the northeastern portion of Africa, commonly called the Horn of Africa, and in the Middle East. They are one of the most homogenous people groups in Africa, speaking a common language, adhering to a single faith and sharing a cultural heritage. The Somali first came…

Since he was a small child, Raj, a Kumhar, has collected clay and kneaded it with his feet. He learned the difficult and laborious job of turning the potter’s wheel when he was older. These wheels are made from old tires filled with cement, and they weigh about 220 pounds. The spinning is so fast…

Underground, Turkmenistan is quite wealthy! It possesses the world’s fourth largest supply of natural gas – a most promising industry for their economy. Turkmenistan also has significant oil reserves. Above ground, it has the tenth largest cotton production in the world. This country has a lot of wealth potential. Tribal loyalties are very strong among…

They are wanderers in a dry land, eating dates, not manna from heaven, and they have been traveling for well over 40 years. They are not Moses and the Israelites. These are the Fezzan Bedouins of western Libya who have walked the northern edge of the Sahara Desert for generations. The Fezzan Bedouins have made…

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