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Women Sailors’ Success Is Inspiration for Young Indian Girls

Admiral Sunil Lanba, PVSM, AVSM, ADC, Chief of the Naval Staff, with the all women crew

GOA, INDIA – Six young women, all members of the Indian Navy have provided some inspiration for their younger counterparts by successfully circumnavigating the globe in a 56-foot, single-mast sailboat, the Tarini. This amazing accomplishment was the first-ever Indian expedition steered by women sailors – and, it should provide some encouragement for those in a… Continue reading Women Sailors’ Success Is Inspiration for Young Indian Girls

Dr. Robert Jeffress Calls on Americans to Remember on Memorial Day the Men and Women of Our Armed Forces Who Paid the Ultimate Price

“More than just a day off, Memorial Day is a day to solemnly remember those who have given their lives in service to the American people and gifted us with the privilege of living in a place we can still call ‘the land of the free and the home of the brave.’” — Dr. Robert Jeffress… Continue reading Dr. Robert Jeffress Calls on Americans to Remember on Memorial Day the Men and Women of Our Armed Forces Who Paid the Ultimate Price

The Missing Women Quandary Calls for a Radical Approach to Mother’s Day

Wills Point, Texas – GFA (Gospel for Asia) – Discussing the Missing Women Quandary on Mother’s Day by Karen Mains I have decided that Mother’s Day has the potential to make as many women unhappy as it does to make them feel loved and revered. This realization hit me early in my marriage when I… Continue reading The Missing Women Quandary Calls for a Radical Approach to Mother’s Day

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

The Light FM’s Listeners Donate More than $384,000 to Area Pregnancy Centers

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TENNESSEE, NC — Just before Mother’s Day Weekend, May 9-10, The Light FM hosted its annual “Heart of Hope” campaign raising enough funds to provide 2,196 mothers-to-be with ultrasounds and faith-based support for their pregnancies. The station partnered with 28 area pregnancy centers across North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee to raise awareness about their… Continue reading The Light FM’s Listeners Donate More than $384,000 to Area Pregnancy Centers

Rushing Food to Sudan

SUDAN —Samaritan’s Purse is rushing food and relief to displaced people in Kordofan, Sudan, before spring rains make roads to the region inaccessible. They are providing much-needed food and hygiene training to those who fled to the region to escape war. “The needs are enormous,” said Collins Enabu, a Samaritan’s Purse staff member. “We’re running… Continue reading Rushing Food to Sudan

Damali Starts Construction on a Hospital in Uganda

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SANTA YNEZ, CA — Together with Faith of a Child Foundation, Damali Mirembe, the director of the Sonrise Baby Home, recently started construction on a new hospital to serve the Kayunga District of Uganda. The new hospital will include a maternity ward, a pediatric ward, a fully equipped laboratory, emergency care and several in-patient beds.… Continue reading Damali Starts Construction on a Hospital in Uganda

Facing Rejection in Nepal After Choosing Christ

NEPAL — Pramila* has faced rejection by her family and her husband in Nepal several times since becoming a Christian, but she won’t let go of her faith in Jesus. But she has received support from Open Doors to move on with her life including help to start her own shop. Pramila* – Nepal: I… Continue reading Facing Rejection in Nepal After Choosing Christ

Iraqi Woman Faces House Arrest and Forced Marriage

IRAQ — When she became a Christian, Sara* experienced a miraculous escape after her father put her under house arrest and arranged a forced marriage to a Muslim man for her. Thanks to support from Open Doors, Sara knows her true value in Christ as she serves others. Open Doors’ vision is that every persecuted… Continue reading Iraqi Woman Faces House Arrest and Forced Marriage

Parents of Kidnapped Nigerian Schoolgirls Gather for 10th Anniversary Service

NIGERIA — It’s been 10 years since the Chibok Nigerian schoolgirls were kidnapped by Boko Haram militants in Nigeria. More than 90 of the young women are still missing. On 14 April, parents of the girls gathered for a service to pray for the missing women. Yakubu Nkeki – Chibok, Nigeria: My name is Yakubu… Continue reading Parents of Kidnapped Nigerian Schoolgirls Gather for 10th Anniversary Service

Imprisoned, Sacked and Forced to Flee Iran

IRAN — Simin* from Iran has experienced hostility from the authorities, her work and even her own family. But her faith in Jesus is undiminished. Today, helped by Open Doors, she’s found a way to channel her experiences into helping other women back in her homeland, Iran. Simin*: With nothing but a little cash in… Continue reading Imprisoned, Sacked and Forced to Flee Iran

Iraqi Woman Faces House Arrest and Forced Marriage

IRAQ — When she became a Christian, Sara* experienced a miraculous escape after her father put her under house arrest and arranged a forced marriage to a Muslim man for her. Thanks to support from Open Doors, Sara knows her true value in Christ as she serves others. Open Doors’ vision is that every persecuted… Continue reading Iraqi Woman Faces House Arrest and Forced Marriage

Christian Communities Living in Fear in Uganda

SYRIA — In Uganda, fear and attacks from Islamic ADF militants are increasing. But thanks to your prayers, local Open Doors partners are supporting affected Christians with trauma counselling and spiritual support. *Names changed for security reasons Edward Bamcwanira – Retired Bishop, East Rwenzori Diocese: We are living in fear. And whoever says there is… Continue reading Christian Communities Living in Fear in Uganda

Ani’s Syria Survival Story

SYRIA — Ani was horrified when her baby girl Maria was caught up in a bomb attack in Syria in 2014. In Ani’s survival story, Maria survived thanks to the prayers of the church – and Ani realised she needed to make Jesus her sure foundation. *Name changed for security reasons Ani*: “There are a… Continue reading Ani’s Syria Survival Story

A Church Always on the Run in Colombia

COLOMBIA — In Viviana’s* community, meeting together as Christians is impossible. But God has blessed believers with courage and creativity to help them gather – which means church in Colombia looks a little bit different. *name changed and voice adjusted for security reasons Viviana* – Colombia: We do not have a church and we cannot… Continue reading A Church Always on the Run in Colombia

Military Couples Celebrate Renewal in Christ

DENVER, COLORADO — Alaska alumni were encouraged and strengthened together by the power of God’s Word during the 2024 Operation Heal Our Patriots Reunion in Colorado. This year’s reunion was the largest ever, with more than 700 military couples attending. The weekend event included worship, fellowship, and workshops on marriage and spiritual renewal. Is your… Continue reading Military Couples Celebrate Renewal in Christ

Americans Wait2Hydrate in Solidarity with Communities that Lack Access to Clean Water

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ORLANDO, FL — Every day, many women and children in the toughest places walk 1-2 hours–and often much more–to locate clean drinking water for their families.* To highlight this issue on World Water Day recently, compassionate Americans from coast to coast waited two hours after waking up before taking their first drink. Humanitarian organization Unto… Continue reading Americans Wait2Hydrate in Solidarity with Communities that Lack Access to Clean Water

Documentary Reveals the Reality of Religious Freedom in Cuba

CUBA — “Cuba Crucis” is a documentary directed by Cuban journalist Yoe Suárez. This documentary gathers testimonies and stories about how the lack of individual freedoms under the communist regime in Cuba affects the religious community and hinders the full practice of faith. The 52-minute documentary “Cuba Crucis” presents impactful testimonies from religious leaders and… Continue reading Documentary Reveals the Reality of Religious Freedom in Cuba

Friends of Kidnapped Leah Sharibu Share How She’s Encouraged Them

NIGERIA, AFRICA — On the sixth anniversary of Leah Sharibu’s kidnapping in Nigeria, friends of kidnapped share how they’ve been encouraged by her courageous faith – and how they’re hopeful they’ll one day see her again. Leah Sharibu’s Friends: Leah is like a sister to me, a very good friend. At the boarding school, we… Continue reading Friends of Kidnapped Leah Sharibu Share How She’s Encouraged Them

Evangelists Andrew and Wendy Palau Joined Dozens of Churches for Festival Palau: Panama

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PANAMA CITY, PANAMA — At the invitation of dozens of local churches in Panama, the Palau Association shared the Good News of Jesus Christ in Panama City, from February 26 – March 2, 2024, through numerous outreach events and a 2-day family festival in the heart of the city. Thousands gathered for the festival on… Continue reading Evangelists Andrew and Wendy Palau Joined Dozens of Churches for Festival Palau: Panama

Jean Graham Ford, sister of the late Rev. Billy Graham, dies at 91

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CHARLOTTE, NC — Jean Graham Ford, wife of evangelist Dr. Leighton Ford and younger sister of the late Rev. Billy Graham, died at Carolinas Medical Center Thursday morning, Feb. 29, at the age of 91. Jean spent her childhood in Charlotte on the Graham dairy farm, located a few miles from the current location of… Continue reading Jean Graham Ford, sister of the late Rev. Billy Graham, dies at 91

Compassion International Selects Water Mission as Partner in New Global WASH Alliance Designed to Bring Holistic Care to Children and Families Experiencing Poverty

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NORTH CHARLESTON, SC — Water Mission is partnering with Compassion International on a global safe water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) alliance through a pilot project initiating in Chimwenje, Malawi. The alliance will strive to bring holistic care to children and families experiencing poverty through safe water access. The newly piloted program will reach Chimwenje’s more… Continue reading Compassion International Selects Water Mission as Partner in New Global WASH Alliance Designed to Bring Holistic Care to Children and Families Experiencing Poverty

Venezuelan Residents in Medellín Find Material Aid and Spiritual Hope

ACAPULCO — Thousands of Venezuelans enter Colombian territory daily. Many continue their journey towards other countries, but most settle in major cities within Colombia. In Medellín, Venezuelan immigrants discover more than just material assistance at churches. Diego and Luis are two Venezuelan pastors who arrived in Medellín, Colombia, several months ago, despite being foreigners themselves,… Continue reading Venezuelan Residents in Medellín Find Material Aid and Spiritual Hope

One Year Since the Syria/Turkey Earthquake, Churches are Rebuilding

SYRIA — One year on from the devastating earthquake in Syria/Turkey in February, 2023, large numbers of people are still mourning, recovering or rebuilding their lives. Open Doors highlights some of the Christians who were directly impacted. Kamal – Latakia, Syria: It’s terrifying and sad to remember the night of the 6th of February. I… Continue reading One Year Since the Syria/Turkey Earthquake, Churches are Rebuilding

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

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