A missed flight, friends gained, time lost

prayer time en route

This post was written while we were still in Chad, Africa.

I missed my flight back to Abéché! I lost track of time, and no one gave me a ride to catch the flight. Oh well, everyone has to miss at least one flight if they are going to live here. I’ll definitely be ready for next time. So I had to ride in a pickup truck and paid a little extra to get a front seat. I ended up sitting in the market for five hours, which was great for friendship building; but it held up my schedule. I had used up the money I had brought with me, and one of my new friends bought me a soda. Never tasted one better!

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Al-Qaida sets its sights on West Africa

By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times

West Africa is experiencing unprecedented numbers of terrorist attacks in 2016

Mali. Ivory Coast. Burkina Faso. Chad. Nigeria. Algeria… The list continues to grow.

Countries that have never experienced Islamic Terrorism before are now being targeted.

Michael Riddering was among those killed in the attack at the Splendid Hotel in Ouagadougou. Michael and his wife Amy ran the Les Ailes de Refuge orphanage in Yako.

Please pray for West Africa. Pray that God would protect His people, and allow them to be a blessing to those who would try to kill them.


 

JOHANNESBURG — Al-Qaida and its allies have a new strategy for spreading fear in West Africa.

Once focused on taking hostages for ransom and striking military targets in the desert, the terrorist network has sent small groups of nimble gunmen to attack hotels, resorts and other soft targets where Westerners congregate. The latest assault came March 13 in Ivory Coast, where the dead included 15 civilians.

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Muslims turn to Christ in unprecedented numbers

Muslims are having visions of Christ

God is doing something amazing in our world today.

Syrian refugeesAs I mentioned in an earlier post, Muslims are turning to Christ.  This is especially true of the refugees in Europe.

Although we sometimes forget it, the Good News of salvation through Jesus the Messiah is not only for Christians. He also died on the cross so that Muslims could repent and trust in Him, just as we did.

At last, this Message is getting out of the church building and into the world!  As we did, Muslims are meeting the Messiah through visions and seeking out Christians to find out more about Him.

As His church, we need to be ready to welcome these refugees into our churches, our homes and our hearts.

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Culture Shock and the Clash of Cultures in Cologne

What really happened on New Year's Eve, and why

HowCulture Shock, New Year's Eve in Cologne did you celebrate New Year’s this year?

To celebrate the New Year 2016, about a thousand Muslim refugees gathered in the Cologne railway station.  In their excitement in the celebration, they forgot themselves and treated the women who passed by very badly.  They also got a little crazy and robbed a bunch of people as well.

We all look on with shock, especially at what the women of Cologne and the other towns endured on what was supposed to be a night of joy.  As an American with a wife three daughters of my own, my gut reaction is that there is no punishment too severe for the way these women were treated.

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Muslim refugees from Iran becoming Christians, in droves

God is drawing Muslims to Christ in Germany!

Given their newfound freedom, Iranian refugees are daring to do what would have been unthinkable in their homeland: they are making a decision to follow Christ, and to trust in Him alone for their salvation.

 

Mohammed Ali Zonoobi bends his head as the priest pours holy water over his black hair. “Will you break away from Satan and his evil deeds?” pastor Gottfried Martens asks the Iranian refugee. “Will you break away from Islam?”

“Yes,” Zonoobi fervently replies. Spreading his hands in blessing, Martens then baptizes the man “in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost.”

Mohammed is now Martin — no longer Muslim, but Christian.

Zonoobi, a carpenter from the Iranian city of Shiraz, arrived in Germany with his wife and two children five months ago. He is one of hundreds of mostly Iranian and Afghan asylum seekers who have converted to Christianity at the evangelical Trinity Church in a leafy Berlin neighborhood.

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