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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…

If you didn’t know already, basketball is huge in China. It’s probably the number one-played sport of any kid growing up. Every school has numerous basketball courts, and you can expect them to always be full during recess. When you make a new friend, don’t be surprised if the English name they chose for themselves is either…

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…

My friend Mo and I started a study of the prophets via WhatsApp a few days ago. Recently, Muslims around the world celebrated the birth of their prophet Muhammad, and it was this holiday that initiated our study. We agreed to look at prophets from the Old Testament and the Qur’an, and at Jesus, and…

Yesterday I met with a former student. She wanted to share some ideas she has for the community. First, she expressed her desire to go into the prison and help prisoners learn about a sustainable life through agriculture. She also told me that she’s spending a lot of time with local women who are addicted…

Once upon a time there was an apple grower who had acres and acres of apple trees. In all, he had 10,000 acres of apple orchards. One day he went to the nearby town. There, he hired 1,000 apple pickers. He told them: “Go to my orchards. Harvest the ripe apples, and build storage buildings…

I mourn the passing of so many of the great names—names like Temple Gairdner. Who names their kid “Temple” anymore? Or Pliny Fisk. Any takers on “Pliny” for those of you who are young and soon to bring forth a male child into the world? Pliny Fisk was initially a mobilizer for the “Palestinian” mission (1818-1819). In 1919,…

Yesterday, I visited a friend who works as a mechanic on small engine repair. As I approached his shop, I could barely recognize his face. About a week earlier, he was working on a generator and hot oil sprayed on the majority of his face. The burns on his lips are so severe that it’s…

I arrived at the school for a staff meeting, which turned into more than just a staff meeting. It became a divine appointment, an opportunity for the miraculous. One staff member had been talking with a girl in one of our classes for several weeks. They had been sharing about their past, and the staff…

A local brother was caught by his mother reading a Bible in his room. After she asked him if he believed it, he declared his faith. His mother said that he is no longer her son if he believes this faith. The brother was kicked out of the home but remains hopeful. He has gone…

Recently, Emily and Grace 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 had heard this. With sadness in her eyes, she said that Islam was so different. She was very intrigued…

Yesterday, we visited a future school site in a very unreached part of our area. We took some guests there to do a prayer walk and treasure hunt for some new friends that might be open to the gospel. As we walked, a young girl ran up to me and threw her arms around me…

My friend and I saw some ladies sitting on a bench, and on the other side were their children. We thought we would go and share the gospel to the ladies, but as we approached, it was obvious they were involved in a very intense conversation. So we started talking to the children. The children…

“I love you.” These are the words that Zoe, in her soft voice, spoke to Karen in front of the class. Zoe is the young mother of four whose mother passed away a few weeks ago. Karen and I went to her home to help her with the lessons she had missed in that time,…

A particular student comes early and stays late to talk to teachers and other students. The conversation is always about God, life, and important things. Here is a snippet of our conversation about prayer: Me: What’s more important: the time you pray or the heart you pray with? Student: Your heart! And then you must…

We happened to choose the hottest weekend of the summer to spend time with a Muslim family. I sat in the hot kitchen, sweat dripping down my back, cutting tomatoes and trying to imagine what her life must be like. The mother had been cooking all morning. Her life is so different from mine. She…

This all happened because a 65-year-old retired couple with a heart for the nations decided to visit our team, and when I took them out to go broad sowing, they went for it! Mark walked right up to the men at the mosque and started shaking their hands. The men invited him to sit down….

Last night, a few team members met with some students outside school. They spent several hours walking, eating, and having great conversation. When the conversation turned to the Quran, a team member asked one student to share his favorite story. Immediately he mentioned Yussef (Joseph in English). We listened as “Ali,” our Muslim student, described…

This island has a crazy mixture of languages, and God continues to make a way, using different means to speak to hearts. This last week we had two friends ask for the Bible in the languages they can read. Adam cannot read the island language or French, but he can read Arabic! He was excited…

As I chatted with a local shopkeeper the other day, another customer was leaving and stopped to say goodbye to the shopkeeper. He greeted me also and I commented on his impressive English. He told me of his studies in India and asked what we were doing here on the island. I explained we have…

“This morning, I went to a church and prayed to Jesus,” exclaimed Jewel as she clutched the New Testament we just gave her. “And now I meet you and you give me an Injil!” Jewel and her mother traveled to our city from Iran for three days while her father attended a conference. We met…

“I planted, Apollos watered, but God [all the while] was making it grow and [He] gave the increase. So neither he who plants is anything nor he who waters, but [only] God Who makes it grow and become greater” (1 Cor. 3:6-7‬). Today I saw a beautiful example of the body working together, of team….

As their group came to a stop at the base of a vast mountain range full of unreached peoples, Timothy announced to his friends that there was a bathroom available for 20 rubles per person. As group members filed in and out of the bathroom, Timothy and the cashier Damila made small talk. Pretty quick…

It seems every time my friend “Key” comes to my house to ask me his questions, there is someone else at the house and he is unable to ask. This week I was finally able to talk with him. He came over and we talked for hours. He shared with me that he recently watched…

It was just like any other day. A group of interns and a team member were doing a prayer walk in a neighborhood when they came across a mosque named after a famous spiritual mystic in the country. They stopped and began to pray over the mosque—that people would have real encounters with the living…

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…

  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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