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This playlist is based on songs that take me back to reflecting on the power of the cross and its significance in my life—songs that lift my eyes to Jesus and take me back to where it all started and what it’s all about. Pray that the unreached will lift their eyes to Jesus and turn…

The theme impressed on my heart as I created this playlist was the power of the cross and Jesus paid it all. No one is ever too far or too lost. May we continue to pray that others will be changed by what Jesus has done for us.  Let His work in us be seen…

I created this playlist during Ramadan. I was praying for the atmosphere over the city, for breakthrough in the unseen realm that surrounds the people here. The first song that came to mind was “God of This City.” Over several days as I prayed for the city, the following songs and prayer requests came to…

Famous Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen (1770–1844) is recognized across Europe as one of the leading Neoclassical sculptors. Entering the Art Academy in Copenhagen at 11, he won all four of the institution’s medals. Among his most important works are the colossal series of statues depicting Christ and the twelve Apostles. It is believed his statue…

By Dick Brogden The confluence of events that started in 2020 and extend now into 2021 have blessed us by reminding us that we are in the last days. The technology, thinking, immorality, tensions, wickedness, global connectedness and cooperation, and circumstances of our times have clearly revealed the imminent possibility of what was prophesied in…

One morning I was reading Ezekiel 37 (The Valley of Dry Bones) and Ephesians 5, specifically verse 14, “Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” As I finished reading, the chorus of Matt Maher’s song “Alive Again” came to mind. I hadn’t heard or listened to that song in…

The heavenly choir is, well, heavenly. Comprised of the nations of the world, it now sings as it warms towards the crescendo that will announce and accompany the return of Jesus Christ to reign. “What’s that unusual note?” a glorified African singer asks. “I have not heard one quite like that before. It’s unusually beautiful,…

By Dick Brogden Some see demons everywhere; some see them nowhere. To some, spiritual warfare is code for everything unpleasant, while to others, it is a curiosity from far away or long ago that has no impact on our daily life. In the Live Dead movement, we have committed to living the crucified life, and…

By Dick Brogden Recently a worker here in the Arabian Peninsula had to be sent home for conduct unbecoming to a minister of the gospel. Whenever sinful choices lead to tragic consequences and difficult decisions, we should pause and examine our own hearts and hedges—as “there, but for the grace of God, go I.” The…

It is a most interesting phenomenon. Here in Saudi Arabia we are seeing more Muslims come to Jesus during the COVID-19 season than at any prior time. This is true in our personal and team experience, and it’s true across the entire country. Those who elected to endure, despite limitations, have been inundated with the…

By Dick Brogden God is light and in Him there is no darkness at all (1 John 1:5). It is impossible for God to lie (Heb. 6:18). Jesus is truth (John 14:6). God incarnated as Word (John 1:1). Jesus was anointed to preach and proclaim (Luke 4:18–19). We have been sent in the same manner…

By Bob Stock Excluding Judas, who hanged himself, the twelve apostles (including Matthais, Judas’ replacement) and the apostle Paul were all persecuted for their faith, and in most cases, per fact or legend, these thirteen died for their faith in foreign lands. Both Peter and Paul died in Rome during persecution under Emperor Nero: Peter…

In every human heart there is a desire at some level to be seen, to be known, to be loved. We were created to love and be loved; thus, when we feel unloved, we seek love in a continuum of ways. We are wired to think that if we are known, we will be loved,…

Of all peoples on earth, we are most blessed. We know that we have eternal life. Through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ we have assurance of living forever in His presence with no sin, death, night, tears, pain, sickness, or evil. Of all men and women, true followers of Jesus then are not afraid to die. Who…

Dick recently received the following question from a grown TCK (third culture kid, a missionary kid) and he shares his answer below. Hi, Uncle Dick and Aunt Jenn! We are commanded to pray in Spirit in Ephesians 6:18 (and maybe other places as well), but I truly don’t know what it really means to pray…

The first scourge is Covid-19. As of this writing in March 2020, over one-half million individuals have the disease and 25,000 have died from it, with numbers rising daily. An unseen enemy stalks the earth. The response: The entire world is in a panic and chaos reigns. Fear grips the globe. Schools, churches, and businesses…

By Dick Brogden My father likes to tell the anecdote of the proud parent watching a parade. “Look at that!” a mother exclaimed, “All those boys are out of step, except my son.”  We the Church (the called out ones) are in this world, but not to be of it. We are to live in society as…

John Piper said, “Go, send, or disobey.” (Prayer is a given.) So why is there such a dearth of workers in the harvest field of the unreached? I’m sure individuals offer many reasons, but to me, as one living in America, a few reasons stand out: security, comfort, and materialism. The American dream is to…

There is one primary way to compassionately touch the world, and it is not popular. If, in all things, we take our cues from Jesus, we must respond in compassion as He did, not as is convenient for us. In Matthew 9:35, Jesus went through cities and villages teaching, proclaiming the gospel, and healing every…

Because Jesus is the supreme beauty and goodness of eternity, it is altogether appropriate that everything we do exalts Him and lifts Him up. Strange it is then to read the verse: “Humble yourself in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up” (James 4:10). The humble part is to be expected,…

God is a missionary God. The Bible is a missionary book. We are to be His missionary people. The Scriptures are organized around the supreme goal of God being worshipped by every tribe, tongue, people, and nation. When you’ve never heard that the whole point of human history is that God be glorified, it sounds…

By Bob Stock Two stories in Scripture that capture two critical aspects of following Jesus—abiding and pursuing—have been on my mind recently. Their importance to us as believers is so critical that it’s difficult for me to believe that without these aspects in the forefront of our lives, we should examine the validity of our…

The weekend before Christmas, a couple on our team stopped into a corner shop to buy some juice for a party. The man running the shop was eager to talk about faith and he asked our teammate to bring him a Bible. A few weeks later, they had a follow-up meeting during which the man…

Whenever we visit a local village, we pray that God would give us a person of peace—someone who will welcome us in, be receptive to the gospel, and connect us with others (Matt. 10:11-13). We don’t normally expect the answered prayed to come in the form of a 15-year-old Roma (or gypsy) girl! Lydia lives…

We have a Russian friend from a local church who joined us for our prayer meetings and gospel sowing in the city—and she even goes out sowing on her own! Recently, she met a Central Asian lady and shared the message of Jesus with her. When she followed up later, she gave the lady a…

Recently, our language teacher, a believer, shared a story. He said that when he went home and tried to sleep, he was overcome by a fear of going to hell. He cried out to God and the Holy Spirit comforted him, saying, “Don’t worry, My son. You are okay.” After that, our teacher said he…

As another term at our English center draws to a close, we draw near to a difficult goodbye. Over the past year, our team has become close to a very unique Somali woman. We have spent so much time, love, and prayers for her to know the truth about Jesus. Yet, unfortunately, a characteristic that…

My friend Luke (not his real name) has a background in teaching history and is eager to make connections between the world’s faiths, particularly his ancestral faith of Islam and Christianity. Over the course of a few months, Luke went from kissing the cover of the Injeel (the Gospels) during a visit to reading the Gospels of…

Two team members were shopping at a market where they met a Muslim lady from Tajikistan. As they shared the story of Jesus’ sacrifice with her, she told them it was the first time she heard this story, and with sadness in her eyes, she said Islam was so different. She was very intrigued by…

During a recent class, a section of my lesson plan said: “Discuss a moment when you witnessed or performed an act of kindness.” I heard the Lord say, “Go to the story of the Good Samaritan,” so I shared, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and…

At the end of each of our English classes, we have a time of small group discussions with our students. It’s great time for them to practice their English and for us to get to know our students better. Yesterday during this discussion time, I sat in a small circle with a group of young…

God is able to use so many different and unusual things to allow us to have conversations about Jesus. This story is all because of fingernail polish.   Recently one of our teachers had a conversation with two young ladies who stayed after class. One of them was wearing nail polish, which started a discussion…

We were recently introduced to a city groundskeeper from Uzbekistan while he was on his break. As we started asking him questions about his culture, the man expressed he was fed up with the deception that often occurs among his fellow Muslims. “What have you done to please the Almighty?” we asked him, and he…

I spent most of today at the home of a student. She is originally from Sudan but has lived here for more than 20 years. We quickly became friends at the beginning of the year when she started attending classes at our school. Today was the first opportunity I’ve had to visit her home. We talked,…

I recently received a call from a sweet lady that works for some team members. She said she faced a problem and needed to talk with me. As she walked into the living room, she explained that her father had just passed away. He was battling cancer, and she just received the news a few…

A few weeks ago, I met a student from a very conservative Muslim country in the Horn of Africa. (She actually grew up in Saudi Arabia.) She was happy to meet us and she seemed open to the message of Christ. We met a few times, during which I shared how Jesus has changed my…

Is the American church failing in our duty to follow Jesus’ last command while on earth to “go, therefore, and make disciples of all people groups…teaching them to observe all that I commanded you”? There are 17,000 people groups in the world of which 7,000 are unreached (less than 2 percent evangelized), and 1,500 of…

Today’s advocate, Cathie, visited Live Dead Silk Road with a team from Washington. As she walked the streets of our city, God showed her a picture of His heart for the people here. Today was the first day of a new blessing.    We spent the morning receiving insights and teaching about God’s vision for the…

My wife Jennifer and I were at the Cairo airport. She had not felt well for a couple days and by the time we reached passport control, she was nauseous and dizzy. The line was long, winding back and forth between the short pylons, and consisted of Arabs, Egyptians, Europeans, Americans, Muslim and Christian. Jennifer…

While waiting at the hospital for some standard lab tests to be delivered, I bumped into a familiar face. Sam is a young man who attended our English center over four years ago, and now works in the hospital as a lab technician. He was immediately concerned as to why we were there and assured…

Effiom is a North African student with a strong cultural Muslim background, and he’s been meeting regularly with Michael to read through the Gospels. Their story originated from a lot of prayer. Michael regularly prays to meet people of peace, people who would welcome him into their circle of friends and be receptive to the…

Recently our new friend Arthur shared his powerful story with us. A few weeks ago he cried out in desperation and for the first time, called upon the name of Jesus. A couple nights later he had a dream about Jesus and then just a few days later he had another dream about that men…

After our Easter church service, my husband, new team members, and I went into town for brunch. As we neared town, two police officers stopped us to greet us and to check our registration. They quickly greeted us with two questions: “How is your Easter?” and “Where is my Easter gift?” In this culture, gift…

Over the course of two hours, Abdullah ran to and from the kitchen, stopping whenever he could at the table where Mike and his three friends sat. This was the group’s second time eating in this restaurant, and this 21-year-old cook had been the perfect picture of Caucasian hospitality. Two nights before, Abdullah had handed…

This evening another team member and I went to visit some of our neighbor ladies. Among them we especially wanted to find one woman, Mandy. We greeted them with oranges and an Injil (New Testament) in Swahili. As Mandy pulled the book from the bag, I explained to her that this book was my favorite…

As the few of us at the small church meeting said our goodbyes, I embraced a man I had yet to meet, and something felt different. Though I didn’t know him, the embrace felt authentic and special. The next day I had lunch with a new friend who told me the story of the man…

I received a phone call from the other side of the world today from my sweet friend Sunny (my husband and I recently returned home for a furlough). Sunny and her family live in our 99 percent Muslim context, but they are strong believers. Sunny constantly shares her faith and shows the love of Jesus…

“What are those?” Kira asked about the writing on our wall. “Those are Bible verses,” we replied. Her eyes lit up. She told us how she was unsatisfied with Islam and wanted to try “the Christian way.” We excitedly shared Jesus with her and invited her to study the Bible with us. She agreed. Kira’s…

I recently met with Frank again. He continues to walk with a limp, but finally after six months since the motorcycle accident, he walks without a cane. He swims to strengthen his leg which, short of a miracle, will never be the same. Frank told me that he hasn’t been the same since the accident, that God…

“I have a question. How do you have a good marriage for 32 years?” This was one of the questions Maggie asked when she and her husband sat in our home this weekend. We tried to convey that first, we each have a relationship with God individually and then we make Jesus the center of…

  1. October 11, 2016

    I was browsing the internet and came across an event coming up in the Twin Cities for Live Dead Ministries, presented by Dick Brogden. The reason I’m contacting you is that I volunteer with an organization called Engage Global. Our mission is to see churches taking the gospel where it is not, so that indigenous people begin planting indigenous churches. Our goal is to awaken our churches to God’s call to missions and the mandate given to everyone to be apart of that. Some of our current partner ministries we support are: Radius International, Pioneers, OMF, AIM. We want to awaken church leaders so that they begin finding ways to make missions apart of their church. We do this by inviting a church group to spend time here with us in the twin cities, we share with them God’s story (the theme from Genesis to Revelation for a people to know and worship Him), and give them a chance to see God’s world by exposing them to the THUMB community groups existing here in the cities.I don’t know if Dick would have time during his visit or if there is another member of your ministry that could visit but if there is any way we can support the work you are doing we would love to talk more with you.

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