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South Africa bans American pastor

South Africa’s Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba withdrew the visa exemption of controversial American Pastor Steven Anderson calling the American an “undesirable person.” This is an unusual move, as Americans typically receive entry visas from South Africa without problems. Gigaba acted following input from South Africa’s LGBT leaders who objected to Anderson’s endorsement of the… Continue reading South Africa bans American pastor

Syrians turn to Christ in the midst of civil war

In the midst of a devastating civil war, Christian ministries continue to report thousands of Syrians are turning to faith in Christ. Numerous Christian groups and relief organizations are on the scene serving the Syrian war victims, and their work is having a dramatic impact. Indigenous missionaries are working up to 15 hours a day,… Continue reading Syrians turn to Christ in the midst of civil war

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After Two Years of Praying and Waiting, South Asian Village Gets ‘Jesus Well’

WILLS POINT TX — The entire community of one South Asian village will join in World Water Day celebrations on March 22 by dedicating their new “Jesus Well” – a well drilled and installed with the support of Gospel for Asia (GFA), and which is the result of more than two years of prayer. “Wells… Continue reading After Two Years of Praying and Waiting, South Asian Village Gets ‘Jesus Well’

Earthquake kills hundreds in rural Italy

The people of central Italy awakened to discover that a 6.2-magnitude earthquake had killed 247 people overnight, according to Italy’s Civil Protection Department. The temblor occurred 6.2 miles southeast of Norcia at 3:36 a.m. local time, as reported by CNN. Tremors awakened residents as far away as Rome, 100 miles southwest of the epicenter. An… Continue reading Earthquake kills hundreds in rural Italy

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Turkey detains thousands of citizens after failed coup attempt

Turkey’s federal government has detained nearly 80,000 military, police and civil service employees after a failed coup attempt this summer that resulted in more than 270 deaths and the shutdown of more than 130 news outlets. The purge, ordered by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, included military, media, education and justice sectors, as reported by The… Continue reading Turkey detains thousands of citizens after failed coup attempt

Sisters of Compassion deliver gifts—and hope—to remote villagers in India

WILLS POINT, Texas —Gospel for Asia-supported Sisters of Compassion recently delivered gifts to improve the lives of children and poor widows in a remote village in northeastern India. The Sisters of Compassion are specialized women workers trained to minister to the poor. The items they supplied included school supplies for the children and tin roofing… Continue reading Sisters of Compassion deliver gifts—and hope—to remote villagers in India

Cuban refugees pouring into Texas

  CC BY 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1620441 Scores of Cubans recently fled the island nation on chartered flights to Central and South America, then trekked across Mexico to reach El Paso, Texas. The refugees were fleeing the repressive Cuban government en route to the U.S. where federal law treats them as legal immigrants. The Texas Tribune reports… Continue reading Cuban refugees pouring into Texas

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Russia’s new anti-terror legislation infringes on Christian ministries

By Laban66 – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10403927 The Vladimir Putin-led Russian government recently passed sweeping anti-terror legislation that reduces all citizen’s rights to privacy while potentially infringing on the right of Christians to engage in missions. “It could stop missionary activity to anybody but representatives, registered organizations and groups,” said Joel Griffith of… Continue reading Russia’s new anti-terror legislation infringes on Christian ministries

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Giving Gifts to the Poor Throughout the World

Christmas is a joyous time. It is accompanied by Christmas trees, Christmas carols, Christmas gifts, etc. Yet, we can get so caught-up in consumerism, that we become stressed and not focused on Jesus at that time. Many people (over 2 billion) have not had the opportunity to hear of Christ’s first coming for even one… Continue reading Giving Gifts to the Poor Throughout the World

South Asia monsoon floods claim lives, destroys homes

A relentless monsoon season has claimed an estimated 100 lives in Nepal and India while displacing more than 1.2 million people, according to government estimates. Water-induced landslides crushed buildings and caused many of the deaths. In one area of Nepal, rescuers were pulling bodies out of the debris and immediately handing those bodies to their… Continue reading South Asia monsoon floods claim lives, destroys homes

ISIS’ defeat won’t guarantee safety for Iraqi Christians

As coalition forces back Iraqi military efforts to regain ISIS-controlled cities, the resulting victories in Fallujah and elsewhere leave cause for concern, according to FBI Director James Comey. Comey believes the defeated ISIS militants in Iraq will take their fight to Western Europe and the United States. Minorities, particularly Christians, in Muslim-majority Iraq believe that… Continue reading ISIS’ defeat won’t guarantee safety for Iraqi Christians

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Yellow fever vaccine shortage leaves millions of Africans vulnerable

A shortage of the yellow fever vaccine has led the United Nations health agency to endorse lower doses that reduce immunity from a lifetime to approximately 12 months. The World Health Organization recommends using a fifth of the standard dose to stretch the current vaccines. Mass immunization in Angola following 300 deaths since December depleted… Continue reading Yellow fever vaccine shortage leaves millions of Africans vulnerable

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Monsoonal mudslides bury 200 families in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s heaviest rains in 25 years have caused massive mudslides resulting in about 63 confirmed dead and up to 200 missing families buried in 50 feet of mud. Officials estimate that 200,000 people have left Colombo, the nation’s low-lying capital, while 400,000 have fled to state-run relief camps. Deforestation meant to create more farmland… Continue reading Monsoonal mudslides bury 200 families in Sri Lanka

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Ukraine violence in Russian conflict claims 10,000 lives, injures 21,000

The invasion of Ukraine by Russia in 2014 has claimed 10,000 lives and injured more than 21,000, according to the United Nations. During an emergency Security Council meeting in April, the warring nations blamed each other for the ongoing conflict. The United States, France and Britain hold Russia responsible for the conflict. In February 2015,… Continue reading Ukraine violence in Russian conflict claims 10,000 lives, injures 21,000

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CDC confirms Zika-caused microcephaly

Following months of speculation, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has confirmed that the Zika virus can cause microcephaly in newborns, a condition that leaves the brain underdeveloped. Scientists are finding multiple mutations of the virus, which leaves open the possibility of other health outcomes. “The Zika virus has undergone significant genetic changes in the past 70 years,”… Continue reading CDC confirms Zika-caused microcephaly

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Guerrillas Suspected of Kidnapping Journalists in Colombia

Colombian government officials are holding the Colombian Marxist rebel group (guerillas), the National Liberation Army, responsible for the kidnapping of three journalists near the border with Venezuela. Salud Hernandez, a Spanish journalist, disappeared first while working on a story in the northern Colombian region of Catatumbo, a cocaine-producing region that is known for guerilla and… Continue reading Guerrillas Suspected of Kidnapping Journalists in Colombia

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6.8 Earthquake hits Myanmar, Leaving at Least 3 dead

On August 24, Myanmar was hit by a deadly 6.8 earthquake in the ancient city of Bagan. So far, there has only been three reported deaths. Many Pagodas (Buddhist temples) have been destroyed in the earthquake. According to The Straits Times, “A powerful 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck central Myanmar Wednesday (Aug 24), killing at least… Continue reading 6.8 Earthquake hits Myanmar, Leaving at Least 3 dead

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U.S. suicide rate grows 24 percent since 1999

Recent studies of U.S. deaths show that suicide has increased significantly since 1999, affecting mostly middle-aged white males. Thirteen out of every 100,000 people committed suicide in 2014, the last year data is currently available. Only black males saw a decrease. Middle-aged men saw a 43 percent increase in the last 15 years. While males… Continue reading U.S. suicide rate grows 24 percent since 1999

More than 330 million Indians facing water shortage and heat

Nearly 25 percent of India’s vast population is facing a severe water shortage and extreme heat that is claiming lives and threatening livelihoods as temperatures reach 42C/107.6F in the shade, virtually wiping out agriculture in three states. Agriculture represents an estimated 15 percent of India’s gross domestic product, according to The Guardian, which also reports that… Continue reading More than 330 million Indians facing water shortage and heat

Gospel for Asia supported Workers Join Relief Efforts as Monsoons Flood Asian Villages

At least 42 Killed, Millions Affected in Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Nepal WILLS POINT, Tex. – Workers supported by Gospel for Asia (GFA) are distributing supplies, including food, mosquito netting, hygiene products and blankets, to villagers fleeing widespread monsoon flooding across certain parts of Asia. The monsoons have killed more than 42 people and driven millions… Continue reading Gospel for Asia supported Workers Join Relief Efforts as Monsoons Flood Asian Villages

Boko Haram Turns Children into Suicide Bombers

A 15-year-old Nigerian refugee at the Minawao refugee camp in Northern Cameroon last week. The girl was abducted by Boko Haram fighters and was freed months later by Cameroonian soldiers. (Karel Prinsloo / UNICEF)

In a report from Brent Swails and David McKenzie of CNN, titled “Kidnapped to kill: How Boko Haram is turning girls into weapons,” they outline the very reason why young girls are choosing to become used a ‘suicide bombers’. In the report, this startling statement is made, “Young girls fighting to strap on a bomb,… Continue reading Boko Haram Turns Children into Suicide Bombers

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India’s prime minister cracks down on NGOs

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The government of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced a crackdown on foreign-funded nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) fearing undue influence on public policies by outside activists. The new criteria also calls for foreign-funded consultants working within the government to resign by December 2016 if they have worked for three or more years. Most affected thus… Continue reading India’s prime minister cracks down on NGOs

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Zika virus now documented in Vietnam

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What started in Brazil and quickly spread to most of the Americas has now appeared in Vietnam where two women have reportedly been infected with the Zika virus. One is a 64-year-old woman and the second is 33 years old and eight weeks pregnant. Government health officials have quarantined the families of each. Zika is… Continue reading Zika virus now documented in Vietnam

India faces a water shortage among its 1.3 billion residents

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With 91 of India’s major water reservoirs registering lower-than-normal at about 29 percent capacity, the world’s second most-populated nation is facing its worst water scarcity in a decade. Making the challenge even more critical is that 66,093 rural Indian villages only have access to contaminated water. In West Bengal state, the declining water levels of… Continue reading India faces a water shortage among its 1.3 billion residents

As Wells Dry Up Across India, Gospel for Asia Issues Call to Prayer

WIDESPREAD DROUGHT AFFECTS 330 MILLION ON SUBCONTINENT WILLS POINT, TX – Gospel for Asia (GFA) is calling on the world to pray for those experiencing a drought, aggravated by rising temperatures. More than 300 million are affected. The Indian government has noted that nearly a quarter of the country, more than 250 districts, are facing… Continue reading As Wells Dry Up Across India, Gospel for Asia Issues Call to Prayer

Fireworks at Hindu celebration cause explosion, killing 107

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A Hindu celebration meant to welcome in a new year in the southern Indian state of Kerala turned deadly in early April when a single firecracker fell into a pyrotechnic storage area and ignited the large inventory there. The resulting explosion and fire killed an estimated 107 persons, burned hundreds more and collapsed part of… Continue reading Fireworks at Hindu celebration cause explosion, killing 107

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What’s been done? Nepal earthquake revisited one year later

Since an earthquake and strong aftershock hit Nepal April and May of 2015, there have been significant relief efforts to help with the reconstruction. Most of the relief work has been done by Christian relief organizations and the people of Nepal have seen the love of Christ displayed. The Day of the Earthquake April 25, 2015… Continue reading What’s been done? Nepal earthquake revisited one year later

Mosquito Nets with Love, from Gospel for Asia

WORLD HEALTH DAY EVENTS SHOWCASE TIPS TO IMPROVE EVERYDAY HEALTH WILLS POINT, TX – Workers supported by Gospel for Asia (GFA) held free health seminars, distributed vitamins and gave away mosquito nets to hundreds of impoverished villagers and workers in Asia earlier this month on World Health Day. The seminars were part of an effort… Continue reading Mosquito Nets with Love, from Gospel for Asia

TeachBeyond brings hope to war-torn Central African Republic

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After years of civil strife between Muslims and Christians in the Central African Republic (CAR), TeachBeyond is bringing stability for children even as reports of sexual abuse by peacekeepers gain more attention. Families of more than 100 minors have registered complaints about the U.N. Peacekeepers. “We must face the fact that a number of troops… Continue reading TeachBeyond brings hope to war-torn Central African Republic

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Global poverty is declining, though evidence seems scant to some

Jesus said the poor would always be with us, and he was right. Scores of impoverished people have inhabited this globe, suffering from multiple hardships. But there is evidence that extreme poverty — the estimated 1.4 billion people in countries outside the US who do not have access to clean water, enough food, sufficient clothing… Continue reading Global poverty is declining, though evidence seems scant to some

Indian Teen Dies After Rape and Being Set Afire

The recent violent death of a 16-year-old rape victim again brings focus to India’s crisis of sexual assault against women. The assailant, who also set the teenager aflame before fleeing, was allegedly her 20-year-old boyfriend. Cultural norms in India make the reporting of sexual assault taboo. However, more rape victims are reporting their assaults and… Continue reading Indian Teen Dies After Rape and Being Set Afire

Cholera Outbreak Plagues Malawi in Midst of Food Shortage

With an estimated 3 million people facing starvation in Malawi following floods and droughts, the world’s poorest nation now faces an additional challenge — cholera. Not since 2006, when an estimated 1,000 people died, has Malawi faced this level of cholera threat. “People living along the lakeshore areas seem to have forgotten the dangers of the… Continue reading Cholera Outbreak Plagues Malawi in Midst of Food Shortage

Providing the Living Water on World Water Day

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World Water Day and Your Mission Through our faith in action on World Water Day, many will come to know Him as they are provided with sanitary water, a precious gift that many around the world do not have access to. Throughout scripture, God’s people are commanded to take care of those who are downtrodden… Continue reading Providing the Living Water on World Water Day

Delhi Officials Scramble to Find Water During Shortage

Residents in India’s capital of Delhi have faced a massive water shortage since protesters in the state of Haryana sabotaged the Munak canal causing a breach the affected 10 million people. The resulting water shortage has sent officials scrambling to supply water to all segments of its society. Marginal communities have suffered the most. Water… Continue reading Delhi Officials Scramble to Find Water During Shortage

David Livingstone

Early Life Livingstone was born in a small town in Scotland on March 19, 1813. As a child in school, he had a great interest in science, which eventually led him to being a medical doctor. In 1832, Livingstone read a book about the need for medical doctors in China, and from this day on,… Continue reading David Livingstone