You Made a Millionaire… in Francs

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You Made a Millionaire… in Francs

I thank God for you! I am bubbling with joy as I share a testimony of another life you have changed. Your choice to help Emmanuel develop hasn’t just changed his own life, though. It is also going to change many others.

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From Drug Addict to Missionary

If you followed David and me on our recent trip to India, you'll recall that we spoke of a man named Thomas (name changed for safety) who is working to plant 5,000 churches. This area in North India is less than 0.1% Christian. There is an anti-conversion law and the persecution is severe. But so far you have already helped Thomas plant 320 churches. Wait, make that 321.

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But the Greatest of These Is Love

Two years ago, we got word that one of Heaven's Family's national missionaries in Pakistan, Fatima, was on the run. Some of her disciples had been kidnapped and her enemies were hot on her heels. We began to pray for her but didn't get an update. When people at my church asked if she was okay, I had to say that I didn't know.

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Lost Inheritance

The second leg of our journey took us to a free state in India with no anti-conversion law. It is predominantly Hindu, so the Christians who live there still suffer persecution. Tapan (name changed) met us at the airport, and we had a short ride to his home. There was much less pollution than in Delhi.

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Jesus Still Heals

Taking over the National Missionary Ministry at Heaven’s Family was a challenge for me. I'm very big on developing relationships, but now I have all these new partners I've never met. How do I tell their story? What vision has God given them for their nation and how can I communicate that to you? How can we best help without fully understanding their ministry context? My recent trip to India and Nepal has helped to answer these questions. But even more importantly, it gave me time to build relationships with these giants of the faith.

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Satisfying the Greater Hunger

Thanks to your partnership with Heaven’s Family’s Farming God’s Way Ministry, our Summit meeting brought all our East Africa FGW trainers together. Our goal was to train them in disciple-multiplication tools. I received this report from Oni in Zimbabwe:

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God even loves the monkey poop eaters

The Hmong Tribe in Northern Myanmar has only 12,000 people. They are considered an unreached people group as fewer than 2% of the tribe are Christians. Most of the Hmong are animists who believe in a spirit realm. One of their beliefs is that monkeys know which herbs are the best for medicines. As a result, they think eating monkey excrement is healthy!

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To God be the Glory!

This trip was easily the most complicated trip I've ever booked, with wild price swings and vanishing flights. Also, during the month leading up to this trip, my wife suffered a severe ankle sprain. Her foot continued to swell for a week. It turned out that she had a blood clot in her ankle, which meant many trips back and forth to the hospital. Then 8 days before I left, she tested positive for Covid-19. Pulling double duty at home, trying to prepare for this trip, and trying to maintain a godly attitude all while sleeping on the couch was difficult to say the least. But it was a good reminder that, as the Christian rapper Sevin says, "This faith walk ain’t no cake walk.”

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Empowering Women in India

Kiya (name changed for security reasons) was hopeless. Her husband had died two years earlier in an accident, leaving her and her three little children with a huge debt to pay. She tried working as a household maid, but the hours were long and the work exhausting. She became sick and started having severe knee pain. Not knowing where her next meal would come from, she began to think that her best option was to take her own life.

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