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Ending Violence Against Women | Using Education & Income Generation to Overcome Discrimination

Sukwinder was rejected by her husband and in-laws because she was only bearing girl babies, and was even pressured to abort her children. This drove her to attempt suicide. The irony is they were persecuting her because of a biological process that, from a medical perspective, she had no control of. The father is the one who contributes the genetic data the determines the sex of a baby.

Gospel for Asia (GFA World) Special Report on the global problem of violence against women Written By Michelle Jimenez, GFA Staff Writer Geeta, a mother of two, lived in the slums and struggled to put food on the table every day with the meager 20 rupees her husband gave her. That amount equaled less than… Continue reading Ending Violence Against Women | Using Education & Income Generation to Overcome Discrimination

Cathe Laurie, Wife of Pastor Greg Laurie, Unveils All-New ‘Virtue for Women’ Weekly Devotional

Harvest Ministries Launches All New Look and Feel, Expands Reach and Resources for Women’s Ministry Site RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Cathe Laurie, founder and director of the women’s ministry at Harvest Christian Fellowship and wife of evangelist and pastor, Greg Laurie, unveils an all-new look and feel for her popular Virtue for Women ministry website along… Continue reading Cathe Laurie, Wife of Pastor Greg Laurie, Unveils All-New ‘Virtue for Women’ Weekly Devotional

GFA Concerned About Widespread Violence Against Women

WILLS POINT, Texas – Gospel for Asia (GFA) has published an authoritative article about the seemingly endless global problem of violence against women. The euphemism of “domestic violence” used in America does not begin to describe the depth of persecution that women suffer in many other countries around the world. For many women, “the greatest… Continue reading GFA Concerned About Widespread Violence Against Women

Air India Begins Observing International Women’s Day with All-Female Flight Crew

KOLKATA – Air India has launched a series of events aimed to salute to International Women’s Day. Today, 04 March 2018, the airline announced that it had operated its Kolkata-Dimpur-Kolkata flight with an all-female crew, including flight attendants, pilot, and co-pilot. Captain Akanksha Verma and Captain Satovia Banerjee piloted the Airbus 319 on Flight AI709.… Continue reading Air India Begins Observing International Women’s Day with All-Female Flight Crew

Though Millions Suffer Violence, ‘New Dawn’ Rises for Women in Asia

From neglect of small girls to dowry violence and abandonment of widows, GFA (Gospel for Asia) highlights ‘silent suffering’ in region. NASHVILLE — While much of America is caught up in the “#MeToo” movement, a new report by GFA (Gospel for Asia) is spotlighting the scale of the daily horrors faced by women around the… Continue reading Though Millions Suffer Violence, ‘New Dawn’ Rises for Women in Asia

5 Women Killed in Russian Church Shooting

A gunman from ISIS shot at a congregation, killing five women. Source: Txllxt TxllxT

On Sunday, members of a Russian Orthodox church were celebrating the start of Lent when a gunman opened fire on the congregation. Fox News reports, “The shooting unfolded outside a church in Kizlyar, a town of about 50,000 people on the border with Chechnya. The Russian news agency TASS cited Svetlana Petrenko of the Investigative… Continue reading 5 Women Killed in Russian Church Shooting

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FBOs offer Women in India Hope Despite News of Recent Rape and Murder of 6-Year-Old Girl

People protested a rape that happened in 2012.

On Dec. 8, a 6-year-old girl was abducted while she slept beside her family. In the minutes that followed her abduction, she was brutally raped and murdered. It wasn’t until the next morning that her mom noticed she was missing. The rape and murder came as a shock to everyone in India, as she was… Continue reading FBOs offer Women in India Hope Despite News of Recent Rape and Murder of 6-Year-Old Girl

105-year-old women benefits community

Kunwar Bai Yadav is 105-year-old women. She wanted to give a gift that would benefit her community after learning about the benefits of having a toilet at a local school. The BBC explains, “‘The district collector was visiting the local school to give a speech. I also went along and there he talked about building… Continue reading 105-year-old women benefits community

Gospel for Asia Addresses Gender Equality on International Women’s Day

WILLS POINT, Texas – Gospel for Asia (GFA) joins with the international humanitarian community in commemorating today’s International Women’s Day. Gospel for Asia (GFA) partners will be offering special assistance to women in the areas where it serves in South Asia, celebrating the success of women and underscoring the wide gaps in gender equality that… Continue reading Gospel for Asia Addresses Gender Equality on International Women’s Day

2,300 Sewing Machines Given Away to Vulnerable Women by Gospel for Asia This Month

WILLS POINT, TX – The Gospel for Asia (GFA)-supported Bridge of Hope Ministry has assisted struggling families in Asia by providing 2,300 sewing machines in March to graduates of its vocational training centers. The 280 centers across the region provide students with work skills to improve their employment and economic opportunities. “Escaping from poverty often… Continue reading 2,300 Sewing Machines Given Away to Vulnerable Women by Gospel for Asia This Month

Ukraine War Survivor Overcomes Cancer to Help Traumatized Israelis

ISRAEL: CANCER 'WON'T STOP US SHARING GOD'S LOVE:' Ukrainian-born missionary pastor Yura and his wife Luda, who is battling Stage 4 cancer, are reaching out to suffering Israelis living on the frontline of the war, near the Gaza border. They're leaders of a Russian-speaking evangelical church in Israel supported by Illinois-based Slavic Gospel Association (SGA, www.sga.org)

LOVES PARK, IL — A Ukrainian couple facing their own life-and-death battle with advanced cancer are helping others suffering from anxiety and despair on the frontline of the Israel-Hamas war. Ukrainian-born Jew Yura, 51, and his wife Luda, 53, who has undergone major surgeries and multiple rounds of chemotherapy to treat Stage 4 cancer, left… Continue reading Ukraine War Survivor Overcomes Cancer to Help Traumatized Israelis

Help The Persecuted Empowers Christians in Egypt with Livelihood Opportunities

EGYPT — Throughout the Middle East and North Africa when Christians come to faith they face extreme persecution including losing their jobs. Christian charity Help The Persecuted is empowering many of these persecuted believers in Egypt by providing them with opportunities to start their own businesses. GNA reporter Peter Wooding got to see the impact… Continue reading Help The Persecuted Empowers Christians in Egypt with Livelihood Opportunities

Survivors of Nigeria Christmas Eve Attack Share Their Stories

NIGERIA, AFRICA — On Christmas Eve, Islamic militants attacked several Christian villages in Plateau State, Nigeria. The attacks went into the early hours of Christmas Day, and at least 113 people were killed. Many more were injured or have lost their homes. In this video, recorded by Open Doors local partners in the region, Nigeria… Continue reading Survivors of Nigeria Christmas Eve Attack Share Their Stories

God Heard Her Desperate Prayer

KERN COUNTY, CA — Meet Ofelia Flores. She’s a living miracle. See her today and you’d never know she is anything but blessed, and living out the American dream. A bookkeeper by trade, she’s a successful mother of five in Kern County, Calif. She volunteers at church, cares lovingly for her grandkids, and even helps… Continue reading God Heard Her Desperate Prayer

Matt Damon Receives the Elevate Prize Catalyst Award for His Global Impact in Increasing Access to Safe Water and Sanitation

Matt Damon accepts the Elevate Prize Catalyst Award for his long-standing advocacy and work with Water.org in bringing safe water and sanitation to the world. Pictured from left to right: Elevate Prize Foundation CEO Carolina Garcia Jayaram, Elevate Prize Foundation Founder Joseph Deitch, Water.org Co-Founder Matt Damon.

MIAMI — The Elevate Prize Foundation announced Matt Damon as the latest recipient of its Elevate Prize Catalyst Award in recognition of his long-standing advocacy and work with Water.org, a global nonprofit working to bring safe water and sanitation to the world. The award was presented to Damon by the Elevate Prize Foundation’s founder, Joseph… Continue reading Matt Damon Receives the Elevate Prize Catalyst Award for His Global Impact in Increasing Access to Safe Water and Sanitation

World Vision Reviews Worst Humanitarian Disasters of 2023

In Baidoa, Somalia, a camp shelters women and children displaced by persistent drought and hunger. World Vision and its partners have provided vital aid, including monthly food vouchers and cash, to alleviate food insecurity. (©2023 World Vision)

SEATTLE — From the Maui wildfires to devastating earthquakes in Syria and Turkey, along with cyclones in Mozambique and Myanmar, Christian humanitarian organization World Vision has been at the forefront of extensive humanitarian response efforts worldwide, supporting communities in crisis. In 2023, World Vision responded to 78 disasters and humanitarian crises in 59 countries around… Continue reading World Vision Reviews Worst Humanitarian Disasters of 2023

Leading a House Church for Secret Believers in Yemen

YEMEN — In Yemen, Christian believers like Saleh* risk arrest, beatings and death threats when they choose to follow Jesus. But despite these dangers Saleh is encouraging and discipling believers across the country. Saleh*: My name is found on the radicals’ wanted list. They have my picture. Sometimes they watch me going from place to… Continue reading Leading a House Church for Secret Believers in Yemen

Xuan’s Brave Witness in Vietnam

VIETNAM — When Xuan* converted away from tribal, animistic beliefs, her Hmong community told her she could be a Christian, as long as she didn’t evangelise. But Xuan visits houses in Vietnam in the dead of night as a Brave Witness to tell people about Jesus… Xuan*: There are no churches in my area. We… Continue reading Xuan’s Brave Witness in Vietnam

Digital Surveillance Against Christians in China Increases

CHINA — In a context of growing digital surveillance in China, Ming, a faithful Christian, faces increasing challenges in sharing the Gospel. As persecution intensifies, constant monitoring, and restrictions on religious freedom, Ming finds himself at a crossroads between his faith and the threats posed by the regime. Ming: I feel like I’m being watched.… Continue reading Digital Surveillance Against Christians in China Increases

Mary’s Testimony: A Christian Kidnapped in Nigeria by Extremists

NIGERIA, AFRICA — Mary*, 20 years old, was in church when Fulani militants attacked. In her village in northwestern Nigeria, there is always the threat of attacks from Islamic extremists. However, this does not prepare the community for the reality of experiencing an attack. Mary*: They attack Christians because we worship Jesus and they want… Continue reading Mary’s Testimony: A Christian Kidnapped in Nigeria by Extremists

Prison Fellowship International’s Flagship In-Prison Evangelism Program Reaches Milestone Anniversary

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WASHINGTON — Prison Fellowship International’s flagship in-prison program, The Prisoner’s Journey® (TPJ) has reached its 10-year anniversary. This program, launched in South Africa and Nigeria in 2014, now runs in 35 countries across six continents. TPJ takes those in prison on a journey of self-discovery through the Gospel of Mark where they encounter Jesus the… Continue reading Prison Fellowship International’s Flagship In-Prison Evangelism Program Reaches Milestone Anniversary

Bringing Joy and Toys to Impoverished Children on Skid Row at Fred Jordan Missions this Christmas

LOS ANGELES — Thousands of homeless and underprivileged children in Los Angeles are set to experience the magic of Christmas at one of the biggest Christmas celebrations in the city on Saturday, December 16th, 2023. Generously donated by compassionate individuals, over 7,000 new toys will bring smiles to the faces of approximately 2,000 children in… Continue reading Bringing Joy and Toys to Impoverished Children on Skid Row at Fred Jordan Missions this Christmas

Orphan in Uganda Starts His Own Orphanage

UGANDA — After Waswa’s* mother was poisoned by relatives because of her decision to follow Jesus, Waswa and his siblings became orphans. But after receiving care and support from local Open Doors partners, Waswa now runs an orphanage in Uganda, caring for many isolated children in his community and sharing his faith with them. When… Continue reading Orphan in Uganda Starts His Own Orphanage

Mercy Multiplied Celebrates 40 Years of Ministry and Thousands of Lives Transformed

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NASHVILLE, TN — Celebrating 40 years of ministry, Mercy Multiplied—a vision birthed when Founder and President Nancy Alcorn launched a single residential home in 1983 to share the hope of Christ with women in need—has now grown to include six locations throughout the United States and abroad. In addition to the Residential Programs, the ministry’s… Continue reading Mercy Multiplied Celebrates 40 Years of Ministry and Thousands of Lives Transformed

Bridge School Unites Community in Ethiopia

SOUTH EAST ASIA — In Pastor Yohannes’* community, Christian children can face discrimination at school, like Ermias’ twin boys, Fasil and Ezana. But thanks to your prayers and support, they now attend a bridge school, run by Open Doors partners – and it’s helping to unite a divided community. Pastor Yohannes*: This area is an… Continue reading Bridge School Unites Community in Ethiopia

Abraham and Eti’s Story: Surviving Death Threats and Persecution

SOUTH EAST ASIA — Abraham* came to follow Jesus, encouraged by Eti*, the Christian woman he would later marry. But Abraham’s family were about to face persecution in south east Asia, until he was saved by a miracle. Abraham* – South east Asia: I was born and grew up in a Muslim home and all… Continue reading Abraham and Eti’s Story: Surviving Death Threats and Persecution

Love Nairobi Festival Reaches 130,000 People

KENYA — In a massive effort to share hope with hundreds of thousands around Kenya, the Luis Palau Association partnered with more than 2,000 churches from every denomination to put on the Love Nairobi Festival. This free evangelistic festival, featuring live music, action sports, and fun for the whole family, aimed to unite churches throughout… Continue reading Love Nairobi Festival Reaches 130,000 People

Russian-Speaking Jewish Christians Rush Aid to War Victims

LOVES PARK, IL — Jewish Christians in Israel, including Russian-speaking immigrants who’ve fled the war in Ukraine, are delivering aid to traumatized Israeli families, even as rockets continue to rain down. Hamas continues to fire rockets at the Israeli coastal city of Ashkelon, where many frightened families are huddled in bomb shelters. Partnering with Illinois-based… Continue reading Russian-Speaking Jewish Christians Rush Aid to War Victims

Christian Evangelizes Hundreds of Prisoners in North Korea

NORTH KOREA — In North Korea, saying the word “Jesus” can be a death sentence. Hea-woo is a persecuted Christian, one of the prisoners in North Korea. Although her mother was a Christian, she only heard about Jesus through her husband. To maintain her faith, the Christian fled to China, but there she was discovered… Continue reading Christian Evangelizes Hundreds of Prisoners in North Korea

Love Nairobi Festival with Andrew Palau Reaches 130,000 People During 2 Weeks of Outreach in Kenya’s Capital City

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NAIROBI, KENYA — In a massive effort to share hope with hundreds of thousands around Kenya, the Luis Palau Association partnered with more than 2,000 churches from every denomination to put on the Love Nairobi Festival. This free evangelistic festival, featuring live music, action sports, and fun for the whole family, aimed to unite churches… Continue reading Love Nairobi Festival with Andrew Palau Reaches 130,000 People During 2 Weeks of Outreach in Kenya’s Capital City

Lalise: Ten Tears On – Ethiopia

ETHIOPIA — After Lalise’s husband was killed in 2012, Open Doors shared her story and asked believers to pray. When Melanie from Germany heard about Lalise, she began to pray for her every day – and didn’t stop shedding tears for ten years. Open Doors Prayer News 298 (September-October 2023) Lalise and Dabela had been… Continue reading Lalise: Ten Tears On – Ethiopia

Faith Communities Join Forces to Help Migrants on the Mexico Border

MEXICO — While authorities and officials search for political and humanitarian solutions to the migration crisis, there is a human side that is often overlooked. Víctor Hugo Castillo, from Reynosa, Mexico, introduces us to ministries and faith communities that are joining forces to serve and assist the migrants who are at the northern border of… Continue reading Faith Communities Join Forces to Help Migrants on the Mexico Border

YWAM Founder Loren Cunningham is with Jesus

COLORADO SPRINGS— Loren Cunningham, Founder of Youth With A Mission (YWAM), died at 88 on Saturday October 7 in his sleep at home in Kona, Hawaii. He is survived by his wife, Darlene, daughter Karen, son David and Judy Cunningham, and three grandchildren, Madi, Kenna, and Liam. This video looks back on his remarkable life.… Continue reading YWAM Founder Loren Cunningham is with Jesus

GFA World Launches Appeal As ‘Ostracized Widows’ Face Life of Begging

GFA WORLD LAUNCHES APPEAL ON BEHALF OF ‘OSTRACIZED WIDOWS’: Mission agency GFA World (www.gfa.org) has launched an appeal to help thousands of “ostracized widows” at risk of starvation and abuse.

WILLS POINT, TX — Mission agency GFA World (www.gfa.org) has launched an appeal to help thousands of “ostracized widows” around the globe at risk of starvation and abuse after being abandoned by their family and neighbors. “Millions of widows live in societies where they are blamed for their husband’s death, regardless of the illness, accident… Continue reading GFA World Launches Appeal As ‘Ostracized Widows’ Face Life of Begging

Christian Mountain Retreat for Families of Ukraine’s Fallen Soldiers

UKRAINE — When Christian organisation UAAnts.com first started planning a mountain retreat, their team had no idea just how important it would be for women and children who have lost their beloved husbands to the war in Ukraine. More than 20 families took part in our “A Mountain Getaway” retreat. Understanding the importance, they have… Continue reading Christian Mountain Retreat for Families of Ukraine’s Fallen Soldiers

Worke’s Witness: Christian Convert Testifies to God’s Help in East Africa Despite Violent Persecution

EAST AFRICA — For years, Worke*, a Christian convert in East Africa, outwardly acted like a Muslim while secretly holding onto Jesus in her heart. But after her husband died of an illness, she openly embraced her faith in Christ – and his family strongly opposed it. *Name changed for security reasons Worke from East… Continue reading Worke’s Witness: Christian Convert Testifies to God’s Help in East Africa Despite Violent Persecution

Unsilenced Documentary Tells Story of BGEA’s Battle for Freedom of Speech in the UK

LONDON — The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association has released a documentary called Unsilenced. The 30 minute TV special tells the story of how when confronted with opposition to Franklin Graham’s God Loves You UK tour they went on a mission to defend freedom of speech to ensure the Gospel cannot be silenced. As more than… Continue reading Unsilenced Documentary Tells Story of BGEA’s Battle for Freedom of Speech in the UK

Dodging Police and Smuggling Bibles in China

CHINA — It’s illegal to buy a Bible online in China, and some ethnic minorities find it really hard to get a Bible at all. The Chinese authorities watch every movement – not just on the street, but online too. With support from Christian charity Open Doors, Ming (name changed) takes huge risks to serve… Continue reading Dodging Police and Smuggling Bibles in China

Alaska Pilots Are a Lifeline in the Wilderness

SAMARITAN LODGE ALASKA — Samaritan’s Purse pilots Bill Sims and John Erickson share what makes flying in Alaska for military couples in search of God’s healing so special. Bill Sims – Samaritan’s Purse: I gave my life to the Lord in an airplane, so aviation’s always been special to me. I love to fly. I… Continue reading Alaska Pilots Are a Lifeline in the Wilderness

GFA World Spotlights Global ‘Crisis’ of Adults Who Can’t Read or Write

LITERAL CRISIS: Around 773 million adults worldwide — equal to more than twice the population of the U.S. — can’t read or write. The magnitude of the crisis is difficult to grasp, says GFA World (www.gfa.org) on International Literacy Day, Sept. 8.

WILLS POINT, TX — A shocking number of adults around the world can’t read or write even a simple sentence, says mission agency GFA World (www.gfa.org) as it marks International Literacy Day, September 8. According to the United Nations’ education agency UNESCO, approximately 773 million adults worldwide — equal to more than twice the population… Continue reading GFA World Spotlights Global ‘Crisis’ of Adults Who Can’t Read or Write

PMI Foods Donates More than 10,000 Pounds of Meat to Fight Food Insecurity

SALT LAKE CITY — Today, Parker Migliorini International (PMI Foods) announced the donation of 10,500 pounds of beef bone-in rib ends to several Los Angeles area food banks. This is the latest in a series of donations from PMI Foods in an ongoing effort to directly help thousands of homeless residents. More than 67,000 people… Continue reading PMI Foods Donates More than 10,000 Pounds of Meat to Fight Food Insecurity

Fun and Faith in Iraq Bible Competition

IRAQ — Young believers in Iraq are discovering how to apply the Bible in their everyday lives – through a fun, interactive Bible competition run by Open Doors local partners. Wiam: We have an activity today in the Holy Bible. the Gospel of John. We read it and prepare for upcoming questions. The contest will… Continue reading Fun and Faith in Iraq Bible Competition

Mourning the Loss of Shawn Chrisagis

ST. CLAIRSVILLE, OHIO — June 13, 2023 Shawn Chrisagis passed away at 55 years old. His legacy was one of LOVE. He was an identical twin of Brian Chrisagis. These two men of integrity formed the Chrisagis Brothers Ministries. The ministry was known all over the world for family entertainment, reaching and recruiting legends in… Continue reading Mourning the Loss of Shawn Chrisagis

One Story: Nepalese Christian Woman Suffering But Committed to Christ

NEPAL — In rural Nepal, thousands of Nepalese Christian converts like Shanti* suffer discrimination and even violence. When Shanti’s husband reacted angrily to her decision to start following Jesus, she found support from another believer. Shanti*: My life was sorrowful before I came to Christ, but it became more difficult after I came to Christ.… Continue reading One Story: Nepalese Christian Woman Suffering But Committed to Christ

Traore’s Story – Surviving a Jihadist Attack Fatherless in Burkina Faso

BURKINA FASO — Almost two million people in Burkina Faso have been displaced by extremist violence. Many are Christian widows and orphans. Traore* (17) is one of them. He moved to a safer area after a jihadist attack brought tragic loss to his family. Traore*: Sometimes, my heart is broken when I think about my… Continue reading Traore’s Story – Surviving a Jihadist Attack Fatherless in Burkina Faso

Farah’s Return to the Nineveh Plains

IRAQ — Farah was just one of around 70,000 Christians who fled to Erbil to escape the advancement of so-called Islamic State in 2014. When she returned, Open Doors partners helped her to restore her home and business in Nineveh Plains. Farah can well recall the day in 2014 when her family fled their home… Continue reading Farah’s Return to the Nineveh Plains

Italian Chef Prepares Meals for Veteran Couples in Alaska Needing Physical, Spiritual Renewal

ALASKA — Chef Pasquale Presa came to Samaritan Lodge Alaska to cook for Operation Heal Our Patriots veterans and their spouses. He also shared some secrets with their cooks about preparing great Italian dishes for our heroes. Pasquale Presa – Pasquale’s neighborhood Pizzeria: I have a special bond to the United States. We came to… Continue reading Italian Chef Prepares Meals for Veteran Couples in Alaska Needing Physical, Spiritual Renewal

Laos: Losing a Home and Job for Following Christ

SOUTHERN LAOS — In a remote part of southern Laos, 40-year-old Peto* has been following Jesus for over ten years as a Christian. But his Christian faith was opposed by the village authorities who considered it a foreign religion. In a remote part of southern Laos, 40-year-old Peto has been following Jesus for over 10… Continue reading Laos: Losing a Home and Job for Following Christ

From Guerrilla to Christian

COLOMBIA — As a young woman in Colombia, Reina joined the guerrilla movement and was taught that religion was the opium of the people. She fully committed to serving as a guerrilla fighter, but after being hospitalized during a patrol, she cried out to God for help and underwent a transformation and became a Christian.… Continue reading From Guerrilla to Christian

The Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove hosts first Spanish-language seminar: “Living With Purpose”

ASHEVILLE, NC — On July 28-30, The Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove in Asheville, North Carolina, will welcome Hispanic Christians for a Spanish-language seminar led by Guatemalan preacher and director of the ministry Legendarios, Chepe Putzu. “For decades, The Cove has welcomed people from around the world to be equipped with God’s Word… Continue reading The Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove hosts first Spanish-language seminar: “Living With Purpose”

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