Praise and Prayer

Praise: 5,000 Inmates Come to Christ Through Prison Outreach in Michigan—Operation Starting Line, a ministry of Crossroads Bible Institute (CBI) in Michigan, is resulting in thousands of inmates making decisions for the Lord. Spokesman David Schuringa urges believers to pray for the new converts. “Pray that they’ll sign up to study God’s Word. In these evangelistic campaigns, the seed of God’s Word has been scattered in all the prisons of Michigan… and it’s going to be in all the prisons of this country.”

Mission Network News

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Praise: Demand for Bibles Far Outstrips Ministry’s Resources—The Bible League is facing numerous challenges as it works to place God’s Word into the hands of people worldwide. Bob Cole, the ministry’s new president, says there’s one staggering fact: “We basically turn down two out of every three requests for Bibles. That is a major challenge. And as the church is growing across Africa and throughout Southeast Asia and Latin America, that challenge just increases every year,” he said. “We could devote our whole budget on one region or one country, and we still wouldn’t meet the needs,” he said.

Mission Network News

Praise: 2,000 Romanians Come to Christ Through 7 Short-Term Mission Trips—Global Missions Fellowship (GMF) is having an impact on Romania through its “Go 2 Grow” short-term missions program. GMF officials said that in 7 trips to the country this year, nearly 2,000 people indicated that they had given their lives to Christ. The ministry also has seen 23 churches planted in the region and was instrumental in establishing AWANA Bible clubs for children. In the latest trip to the Constanta area, plans are to start an AWANA club and a Gypsy church near the city.

Mission Network News

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Praise: “Europe needs 500,000 new churches? Let’s go!”—A dynamic youth movement called Jesus Revolution, founded by Stefan and Anne Christiansen a few years ago, has set up a Christian student group in every high school in Norway. During a church planting conference, Stefan realised that it’s not enough to simply start groups—they should be planting churches. Under the motto “Europe needs 500,000 new churches? Let’s go!” they have so far planted three churches in Norway and several in European cities by sending out teams of young church planters. The movement now has a church planting school, leadership academy, media services, etc. Source: www.jesusrevolution.org

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Praise: 128 Korean-Americans Commit to Overseas Missions—A total of 128 Korean-Americans made commitments to overseas missions service during the Korean-American International Missions Celebration at Global Mission Church of Greater Washington in Silver Spring, Md., in September. Members of 25 Korean-American churches from Maryland and 12 from Virginia gathered for the event, which was the fourth in a series of five celebrations with a goal of recruiting and deploying 1,000 new Korean-American missionaries.

A total of 439 individuals have made commitments to volunteering or to long-term missions service in the four Korean-American missions celebrations held to date. The next celebration will be held Feb. 28,29 at First Baptist Church in Tacoma, Wash.

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