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Small Girl, Big Faith

16Dec

Small Girl, Big Faith

Her name means “Small Girl” in her native Khmer language, really? I thought as I looked down on the pint-size girl in front of me. Well, at least it was much easier to pronounce than her real name. I couldn’t help see the irony in the fact that she really was a small girl, even by Cambodian standards. But God, who sees the heart, already knew how big she was on the inside. Small Girl came from a poor family in a poor village. In 2011, out of pressure to pay off her family’s debt, she and her older sister moved to Phnom Penh to find work at a beer garden, where uneducated girls find easy work selling drinks and sex. But Small Girl soon met someone from a ministry called Precious Women, a Heaven’s Family partner, who told her that she didn’t have to work in a beer garden. Small Girl heard the gospel, and also received a scholarship offer for 4 years if she would return home and finish high school, the very thing she wished to do.

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01Oct

Cross-Eyed Missionary

Hatya acted like a man possessed, ripping his clothes, not eating for days, and sometimes living in the desert. His wife and family didn't know what to do, and they spent large sums of money on doctors and healers in hopes of finding a cure, but all in vain. Neither Hatya, nor his wife and family, ever considered seeking help from Jesus. Hatya and his wife despised Christians, who are a small minority in the state of Andhra Pradesh, where they live in India. In fact, they persecuted any followers of Jesus whom they encountered.

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01Apr

Muchas Gracias for Mercy and Grace!

Cubans can be sentenced up to 30 years in prison for slaughtering a cow for its meat? I couldn't believe what I was hearing. I might have expected such a penalty in a Hindu country where cows are considered sacred, but Cuba? Our Cuban host assured me that I had understood him correctly.

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01Nov

A Bible, a Bullhorn, and a Bike

Belly Otienio pedaled his bicycle nine long miles with the weight of a passenger riding on the back, yet he was full of joy. There had been a time when he had no bicycle. Worse, there had been a time when he was unable to even walk. But now he was serving the God who had worked miracles for him. His heart pounded with thankfulness.

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01Oct

Reconciled Rider

How could a father treat his own children that way? I wondered in disbelief. As a mother, shock (and anger) rushed through me as I listened to Jackson Muthoni tell me his story as we stood on the sidelines of a soccer field in Wamuini, Kenya. Last year I told you about an entire Kenyan soccer team that turned to Christ after their troublemaking captain, Manu, was transformed by the gospel. That miracle was the result of the ministry of an evangelist named Herbert, who was able to reach the soccer team's village on a bicycle provided by Heaven's Family. Jackson is a member of that soccer team, and he, too, experienced the transforming power of the gospel.

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01Dec

Soccer Team Salvation

As captain of the local soccer team in the village of Wamuini, Kenya, Manu knew how to lead his team to victory on the field. Off the field, however, he was leading half of his teammates to be losers in life, setting an example of drug abuse and other criminal activity. His was a path of destruction. That all changed, however, when he met a man named Herbert Amukaya, whose story must first be told.

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