Bondsman, Borrower, Businessman

01Oct

Bondsman, Borrower, Businessman

"I was a slave!" he said, and everyone in our circle laughed. They had been taking turns sharing how their lives had been impacted by their recently received micro-loans. Kenyan pastor Elijah Muyekho continued to tell his story with vigor: "I worked for a man who owned a rock quarry. I used a hammer and chisel all day long. My job was to break huge rocks and chisel them into rectangular blocks that are used to construct walls and buildings. On an average day, I made about a dollar."

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01Aug

Robbed, Raped, Restored

In last month's magazine, CJ McDaniel told the encouraging story of Ildephonse Bigrimana, a handicapped beggar in Burundi, East Africa, who was led to Christ by a Heaven's Family-sponsored native missionary. Through gifts to the Handicapped Christians Fund, we set Ildephonse up in a small grocery business, by which he was able to support his wife, Odetta, and their son, Samuel.

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01Aug

The Village

Deep in the mountains of central Mexico, an Indian woman has been in labor for a day. Her baby, lodged in her birth canal, has had no detectable heartbeat for many hours, and the mother's life is slipping away from hemorrhaging. A flooded river, normally crossable by a jeep, separates her from the ambulance, called in by radio, which is waiting on the other side. American missionaries Jason and Nicole Fitzpatrick decide to employ a canoe—tied to rope to prevent it from being swept away in the swift current—to transport the mother to the other side in hopes that she can reach the hospital before she dies. They decide to begin with prayer...

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26Jul

The Sweet Smell of Success, Burundi-Style

Deoderat, his wife, and one of their four children making a food called “chackle” for their restaurant In the Cibitoke Commune in Bujumbura, Burundi, a […]

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01Jul

A New Thing in Shimading

Nestled on a remote mountain ridge in Myanmar, just a day's walk by footpath from the borders of India and Bangladesh, is the remote village of Shimading. About five-hundred souls reside there in a cluster of seventy bamboo houses. Most everyone survives by subsistence farming. Some hunt or do a little trading. All the families in Shimading are members of the Khumi tribe, who at one time worshipped rocks, trees and animals. But national missionaries brought the gospel to their region, and today, all but two of the families in Shimading are believers.

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