Pastor I

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We thank God as we celebrated the Lord’s resurrection. We held a celebratory church service on Palm Sunday, and many people from the church attended and shared dinner together. It was a special day. On Easter, we had a special meeting and celebration. The native and refugee fellowships gathered together, and we felt the presence of the Lord in our midst. Praise the Lord. We distributed meals to all the church families that day. In Arabic, the Easter holiday is called the Feast of the Resurrection. This is a beautiful reminder of the whole purpose of the celebration. He has Risen!

  • Pray for each person in the church to be blessed by our team spent celebrating the resurrection of our Lord.

Praise God that He is using us in His ministry.

The last couple of months, our visitation teams were able to meet with twenty new families in addition to the ones who are in our care already. Here is a testimony from a refugee visit.

One of these visits was to a widow whose husband had died a year and a half ago. She has four daughters, the oldest is handicapped. She moves about using a device on her feet. This device is old, broken in multiple places, and has become too small as this daughter has grown. The mom has tried to repair it more than once. The cost of a new device is over two-thousand dollars, and the family cannot afford to purchase one. During our visit, the mother was in tears because she could not help her daughter. At the time, all I could do was pray with the family.

The next day, one of the other pastors and I arranged a visit with a ministry center that sometimes helps with these issues. We met with the manager and an individual who is responsible for assisting with artificial limbs. As we told them the eldest daughter’s story, they immediately responded by promising to create a new device for her. We are grateful for the quickness of God’s answer to our prayers, as we know this widow has been trying to help her daughter for the past two years, but all her attempts failed. I will not forget to the joy of the eldest daughter, her mom, and her sisters when they heard this excellent news and thanked us for our part. I told them that the God we serve is the one who hears our prayers.

  • Pray for this family to praise God for the blessing to the eldest daughter.

Praise God for his answer to our prayers.

  • Pray for the ministry team that is visiting the church soon.

Pastor I’s Story

(Editors Note: Names and places have been changed or redacted due to government persecution.)

I was born into a committed Christian family and went to church almost every Sunday. At school, I was the only Christian student amongst 37 of my classmates. My classmates asked me questions continually about Christianity such as, how do you believe in three Gods? How could God be crucified and be buried? I was upset and shocked because I could not answer them since I thought I was a real Christian. As a result, they started telling me about the great things they have in their religion, such as giving women their rights, etc.

At this point, although I consider myself a Christian, I started thinking that I couldn’t answer these questions because “Christianity must be twisted.” Then one day God sent my cousin who came to visit us. He was a believer, and he noticed from my questions regarding Christianity that I had some doubts.

He invited me to his evangelical church, and during the meeting, I felt the pastor was preaching and talking straight to me. He said, “You need to repent and receive Christ as your Savior.” Then he asked a question, “What would you do to Christ after he gave his life for you.” My answer was, “I want to leave and deny Him.” That answer made me feel so bad I started to cry, and I prayed to receive Jesus as my Lord and Savior on the 24th of April 1984. Soon after that, I began training to do evangelism and discipleship, I joined ministry at a young age and love the Lord with all my heart.

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