International (MNN) -- Would you die for your faith? Gospel for Asia says 14,000 Christians are martyred each year because they claim the name of Jesus. Others are disowned, rejected, imprisoned, beaten or burned. November 3 and 10 are days set aside specifically to pray for these persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ. Find more... Read more
Guatemala (MNN) -- Nearly half of kids under age five in Guatemala are victims of chronic malnutrition. Ron Gunter of Orphan's Heart says their work in San Juan is reversing the trend. They partner with a malnutrition center that nurses children of all ages back to health. "We've been able to allow that center to... Read more
Ghana (MNN) -- How often do you stop and think about the Bible as a translated book? Not often, right? For many language communities, it is a huge joy to have the New Testament translated into their heart language.
To read and understand any portion of God's Word in one’s own language is a gift. And to have the entire Bible is an even greater gift.
Thus begins the task of translating the Old Testament into the Vagla language in Ghana.
Bible translation consultant with
Wycliffe Bible Translators USA, Mary Steele, will soon begin to work with the Vagla language team, checking translations of Deuteronomy and possibly Nehemiah and Daniel.
Praise the Lord that the New Testament has already been translated in Vagla. The communities are anxiously awaiting more of God’s Word.
Pray for wisdom for all who are involved. Pray that God’s Word will be made available for more language groups.
International (MNN) -- Thousands of Christians suffer each year for their faith. The month of November is dedicated to pray for these persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ.
The International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP) was
observed a few days ago, and another day of prayer is coming up on
The persecution of Christians can take many forms. Many are beaten or
deprived of food to the point of starvation. Others suffer mental
torture. Families have turned children away from their homes, and
schools have refused students to return. Houses are burned, possessions
are destroyed, and many are ultimately killed.
Gospel for Asia says 14,000 believers are martyred worldwide every year. However, this number only includes reported cases. Actual numbers may be much higher.
On October 20, an elder of a GFA-sponsored church in Nepal was murdered for praying. And in late September,
innocent worshippers at a historic church in Pakistan scrambled for
safety as two suicide bombers left 81 dead and 140 injured.
GFA founder and international president KP Yohannan says, “Sometimes, even when we pray for the persecuted, the Holy Spirit reveals to us that we can be part of the answer to our prayers.”
As the month of November progresses, churches are urged to continue the emphasis on the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted. There are free resources for churches and individuals at www.gfa.org/info.idop. Included are practical ways Christians can pray for the persecuted.
Yohannan urges, “Join Christians around the world in spending time praying and fasting in tears over a map of the world where our fellow believers are suffering for their faith.”
Pray that persecuted believers will stand strong in their faith. Pray that they will "fear no evil" and that God will be their comfort in life and in death.
Guatemala (MNN) -- There is no want for variety in American grocery stores. The
produce is especially diverse. How is this large assortment possible year-round?
Much of the food is grown in Guatemala.
Americans often take this abundance for granted. The country
of production does not have this opportunity, however. One of the best
countries to grow food is also one of the hungriest.
Guatemala is a poor country. Over half of the population lives
in poverty, and 13% in extreme poverty. In
indigenous areas, chronic malnutrition affects just under 70% of the
population. Nearly 50% of children under the age of five are victims of chronic
While many of these children are orphans living on the
streets, a lot of the underfed children come from families that simply cannot
provide for their needs.
Orphan's Heart is working hard to address this issue. Ron
Gunter of Orphan's Heart is excited about the work that has been done since they
partnered with a malnutrition center in San Juan.
"When we began five
years ago, we began with 12 children, and recently we hit 106 children in care at
the center, which allows us to touch the lives of many children and many
families," he says.
With the help of Orphan's Heart, the center focuses on
getting kids healthy again by feeding them and giving them the proper medical
care. "We're moving to a format where we'll have a doctor there seven days a
week, six hours a day."
As of now, the center is blessed with 24/7 nursing care.
They also have other staff, and volunteers for Orphan's Heart mission trips
are present for much of the year. This year alone they had 41 groups, so that
there were volunteers for 41 weeks out of the year.
Like many ministries that help provide for the physical
needs of families, Orphan's Heart desires to provide these people with the
Gospel as well. In this particular situation, sharing God's Word looks a little
"Most of the children we're dealing with are under the age
of five. All of our teams that go there will be working with children...changing diapers [and] feeding them."
The teams also will teach the children Bible stories and help with crafts. They will also minister to the families. "The families come twice a week to visit their
children. We impact those families with the message [of hope] when they come."
The continued care of the children and their families after
they leave the center speaks to the team's Christ-like love. Gunter also points
out that the volunteers' motive to share God's love becomes obvious to the
people they are ministering to. Their care backs up their message.
This effective ministry is something that you can easily
participate in. Trying to figure out what to do this summer? Why not make an
eternal impact? To be a part of a mission team to Guatemala, visit Orphan
Heart's Web site.
Orphan's Heart also provides opportunities for people to
sponsor a child both during and after treatment. This helps keep the
children from returning to a state of poor health. To learn more, click here. You can also donate items to help the
cause. Click here to see a list.
"Always the number one thing is [prayer]," says Gunter. "Pray
for all the volunteers that go. Pray for us as leaders in this organization
that we will always be sensitive to what God is doing and what God wants done."