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Local prisons are crowded and conditions, extremely challenging. Yet, a group of Christian Arabs regularly visit these prisons and conduct Bible studies, pray with inmates, and give clothing and other useful items. One of these brothers shared an recent encounter from a prison visit… The guard brought me into a large courtyard with nearly 300…

“What have you been learning from the Gospels, Salamat?” “I just read about how Abraham died on the cross and rose from the dead.” Zoumi struggled to cut in as he recovered from laughing: “Don’t worry! I am teaching him well; he’s just not good with names.” This conversation ranks as my most joyful of my three…

A collection of excerpts from “The Complete Book of Christian Heroes: Over 200 Stories of Courageous People Who Suffered for Jesus” (Dave and Neta Jackson, Tyndale House, 2005) Adrian Corneliss Holland, 1552 Dear friends, I have always been careful not to know much, so that in case I should be arrested, I might not have much…

By Dick Brogden Jennifer and I took time this summer to rest, renew, read, and refresh. As part of the process I decided to re-read C. S. Lewis’ “The Chronicles of Narnia” and re-watch J. R. R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of The Rings.” Of the plethora of rich material one common theme reached out and…

“Tell me how should I help my friend who has depression?” My friend looked across the table at me and waited for my response. “Now remember, Miriam, I’m not a psychologist. I’m only studying counseling right now,” I replied. “Yes, but you know more than I do! What should I do?” I began to ask…

By Dick Brogden Have you ever heard of Butch Songin? Me either. Tom Yewcic? Doesn’t ring a bell. Eddie Wilson? Babe Parilli? Don Trull? What about Tom Sherman, Mike Taliaferro, Neil Graff, or Tom Owen? Still nothing? Let’s try Matt Cavanaugh, Bob Bleier, Tom Ramsey, Marc Wilson, Hugh Millen, Tommy Hudson, Jeff Carlson, Scott Secules,…

By Dick Brogden There is an old chorus that says: Oh, my precious brother When the world’s on fire You need my Jesus To be your Savior… I sang this today while sitting in the Eden green of Malewa, Kenya. Malewa is a little haven on the Malu River outside Naivasha, nestled in forest and…

By Dick Brogden In missions, ministry, marriage, and life we will deal with disappointment in others and in ourselves. Here are some ways we can deal with the inevitable disappointment that arises from being fallen humans living and working with fallen humans: Keep your eyes on Jesus. There is only One who never fails. Parents,…

By Dick Brogden Who have I led to the Lord recently? I immediately qualify my response: planting churches is hard. Others, better than I, have labored for years without seeing conversions. My role is to just pick stones out of the field. I do not have the gift of evangelism. Many have come to the…

By Dick Brogden Three unconnected Christians died on the same marvelous day and entered their heavenly home together. Sister Pam, Farmer Jaeger, and Businessman Bob met at the gates of glory and introduced themselves to one another before quietly walking through. Lined with giant oak trees, the path gently rose up a pleasant hill. The…

By a worker in North Africa An hour before dusk, I wandered the main strip of the city asking God to lead me to someone with whom I could break the day’s Ramadan fast. I asked Him to lead me to someone who was ready to hear and receive the truth about Jesus. The moment…

By Dick Brogden David was the great king of Israel. Stunningly listed as a man after God’s own heart, he bore sons who were the devil’s own. How did such a good-hearted (though human and sinful) king give place to such poor-hearted seed? More importantly, what evil seeds are we planting within ourselves, seeds that,…

By Dick Brogden Every year in Cairo, Egypt, we have a paintball war. Our church planting training team assembles on a surprisingly developed and diverse course to lovingly shoot at each other. I suppose the fact that I often get shot in the back must mean something, but I choose to ignore that lesson for…

My wife Jennifer and I were at the Cairo airport. She had not felt well for a couple days and by the time we reached passport control, she was nauseous and dizzy. The line was long, winding back and forth between the short pylons, and consisted of Arabs, Egyptians, Europeans, Americans, Muslim and Christian. Jennifer…

Recently, some team members prayed for ways to connect with the neighbors in their apartment building. They knew people lived in the same building, but they rarely saw anyone and so had a difficult time making connections. Until one evening, Daniel took the elevator up to their fourth-floor apartment. The electricity in the building went…

Our community center capitalized on the improving weather and took two buses of students outside the city for a day of playing soccer and games, grilling kebab, and having good conversation. Many of the young men I spoke with throughout the day were already my friends that I continued to encourage and pour into. But…

By Dick Brogden The devil has many names—most descriptive among them are Satan (adversary) and devil (slanderer). He accuses, confuses, blinds, mixes up, misdirects, and makes a mess. Lying is his native tongue and he is good at it. He tells half-truths, white lies, and twisted truths about God, others, and ourselves. His motive is…

By Dick Brogden Yesterday was a glorious morning in Cairo. In my abiding time the heavens opened. The presence of Jesus was real, the Scriptures illuminated and I feasted on every line. “This is going to be a great day!” I thought to myself as I headed out the door. I had a simple banking errand…

At a recent prayer meeting, we prayed for the country of Yemen. As we prayed, I saw the border between Yemen and Oman. It was crowded with people. There were hundreds, even thousands of people waiting to cross the border. I thought with all the turmoil happening in Yemen, that these people were waiting to…

We were simply having a great time with Fatima* and Aisha.* We had enjoyed a meal in their home, lots of laughs, and good conversation. And as the visit went on, more women arrived (it was just women, including me and a friend), and as the night went on, the conversation naturally turned to religion….

Last night we visited our friend Eissan and his family. They live close by. My teammate John had spent time with him before, but it was my first time meeting him. The night was going really well, but here and there Eissan’s son Ahmed kept crying. I asked Eissan, “Is your son okay?” Eissan told…

Jesus says, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.” (Luke 11:9-10) A young girl grew up in an extremely religious…

By Dick Brogden Isaiah 6 has long been a favorite text for missions mobilizers. Many a man and woman have knelt at an altar and made that life defining ask: “Here am I! Send me.” We asked, little knowing what we were asking for. Unfortunately, most missionary sermons and appeals end with verse 8 (“Here…

It was February 2015, and our family was newly arrived in Cairo. We were green behind the gills, as it were, with only one month experience with the Live Dead team when a video of an unspeakable act was released—a group of twenty-one Christians beheaded on a beach in Libya. It was a gruesome, blatant…

During Ramadan, our team in the Middle East made time to stay up late and connect with those who identity as community via our community center. In those later night conversations, we had the privilege of being part of the process of these community members drawing near to Jesus. One evening, I sat down with…

Alia’s mom carefully carried away our empty coffee cups and plates on a beautiful tray as we finished our 2-hour tutoring session. We’d been meeting weekly and it’s become the best, most encouraging time for my language growth, and our relationship has blossomed into such a sweet friendship. Often when Alia tells me about what’s…

We recently decided that after we finish language school, our family will join a brand new church planting team launching in southern Iraq. On a recent vision trip to the area, we encountered remarkable answers to prayer and wonderful encouragement from our Father. Standing on a rooftop looking out at a flat, brown city of…

The church in Tanta in the Nile Delta region north of Cairo where 27 worshipers lost their lives today in a bombing on Palm Sunday St. Mark’s in Alexandria, Egypt where at least 16 were killed by a suicide bomber this morning (injuries from both incidents totaled 119) The whole Egyptian nation grieves including the…

This is the story of a Muslim refugee from Sudan who recently came to faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior in Egypt. A Muslim refugee from Sudan recently came to faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior in Egypt. Y. visited a church to pray. While there, the people at the church asked for…

See if you can follow the trail in this story from the Arab World, a great orchestration by God. Our team leaders in Egypt were called to missions when the father of our team leader in Qatar came to their country in Latin America to teach on missions. The Egypt team leader recently led a…

Following is the story of a team member who gave a year to North Africa. She shares her surprises, discoveries, and experiences. ***** In a blink of an eye, my year in North Africa ended and I’m in awe of just how quickly the year passed. I thought returning home to a familiar church, loved ones, and all…

We were four young men sitting together on the mosque floor, a common place for discussions. My friend Mohammed is studying dawah islameyya at Cairo’s prestigious Al Azhar University, which means he is studying how to be a Muslim evangelist. He brought his friend Ahmed to be a part of the conversation with my colleague…

By an Arab World Team Member Often times I become discouraged and wonder if anything is happening in the lives of the people with whom we share Jesus. But then God surprises me, and all I can do is bow down and praise Him. He is the Lord of the harvest and He is at…

To fast reading means to give up extra books, magazines, blogs, printed news, and inspirational material in order to read more Scripture. (It’s probably best to keep up with necessary work, school and ministry-related reading as well.) Fasting the reading of good things allows us to feast on more reading and memorizing of Scripture. As…

By Dick Brogden In October 2016, the Chicago Cubs finally won the World Series again after 108 years of blood, sweat, and toil. As a lifelong Cubbies fan, I couldn’t help but notice the parallels between a 108-year championship drought and the joy of longed-for victory, and the work of church planting among resistant unreached…

A words fast avoids unnecessary speech while retaining encouragement and exhortation of our children and a minimum amount of communication in work and ministry environments. Some ways to fast: EXTROVERTS: If you are an extrovert, have a proclivity towards gossip or aimless chatter, refer to yourself too often in conversation, you may want to take…

A testimony from a team in North Africa: ***** This past month a young lady came into our English club. I didn’t know much about her, but I heard the Spirit inside me say, “She is ready for me. She is ready for the truth.” So that week my friend and I met her for lunch. The…

Sugar is not sinful in itself, but odds are the average person eats too much of it. This month we give up all manufactured sugars and artificial sweeteners, while retaining natural sugars like those found in fruits. When we fast manufactured sugar, we feast on natural sweetness. It helps us appreciate how much sweetness there…

University students join our teams for internships, study abroad opportunities, and other educational initiatives. One such student (we’ll call him Jack) recently joined the training team in Egypt as part of our four-month semester abroad program. Jack is a bright young man with a huge desire to show the love of Jesus to Muslims. The…

By Dick Brogden There is no long-term, incarnational, healthy, vibrant, wise, balanced, deep, heart-level mission without language and culture proficiency. It is possible to minister in a trade language; it is permissible to speak through a translator; and there is even limited good when we bumble along with a few phrases, big smiles, lots of…

During a screen fast we give up movies, TV, videos, sports, social media, and entertainment viewed on or through an electronic device. We keep only what is necessary for work and ministry. Fasting TV and entertainment is a great opportunity to feast on reading. Perhaps you continue to use a Kindle or e-reader for Bible or book reading….

An Arab pastor serving in a difficult context (and who has suffered much for his faith) recently spoke to our team. His passionate words gripped our hearts and challenged us to once again lay down our lives in surrender. He spoke a truth that we know in our heads but that is so often very hard…

An image fast gives up obsessing over our looks in order to feast on what God looks like. An image fast relegates making oneself look good and concentrates on making Jesus look good. This could mean that you alternate two sets of clothing all month long or wear the same pair of shoes. It could…

The Internet for all its convenience is a demanding master, a helpful servant but a cruel lord. This month we give up news, sports, personal emails, and any luxury the Internet provides, such as shopping. We retain the Internet for practical reasons like business, work email, and banking. If something happens in the world worth…

July’s Kingdom fast is the Internet. Yes, the Internet. Which you are currently using. As with every month’s fast, feel free to participate with us for part or all of the month. For those who want to participate in July’s Internet fast but due to circumstances cannot close their computer and shut off their email for…

One goal for our teams is that they will be multinational, multiagency, and multigenerational. A majority of our team members today are young and full of energy and excitement, which we love. Being multi-generational gives us depth and experience. Older people tend to lower emotional temperatures (i.e. kids may argue in front of parents, but…

Giving up eating out or ordering food in is an opportunity to feast with family and friends. This fast is not about the reduction of spending on food, though that is not bad either. This fast is about feasting on the tranquility that the home is intended to provide. It is about growing in our…

The best way to have prayer answered is to pray what God wants us to pray. We do that by praying the injunctions of the Bible. Pray the twelve kingdom prayers over an unreached people group. A one-minute prayer for each of the twelve kingdom prayers totals twelve minutes of prayer over that UPG. 1. Pray…

By Dick Brogden I recently visited Mars Hill in Athens and I wanted to address something theologically as we work amongst the unreached. Acts 17 (which records Paul’s visit here when he addressed the Agora crowd) is often used as a hermeneutic against bold proclamation. But if you look back at the beginning of the…

This is our final part in a series on Sabbath and it looks at what you should actually do on a Sabbath. As you can see, the four things are pretty general, and just as our Member Care team tells team members to make their Sabbath their own, so we encourage you to do the…

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