How one Chinese college student seeks to make the most of her life On a gray and foggy winter day in China, I sit in my apartment with my friend Daisy. We chat together and she shares with me about her life and her current studies. I met Daisy last year when we began...
When our team arrived in Dubai three years ago, we had no idea what God had in store for us. In a city where over 200 nationalities live and work together, we saw that the mobilization potential was vast. Everywhere we went—be it the grocery store, the gym, or a coffee shop—we were always surrounded by the nations of the world. My teammate and I would visit the Burj Khalifa and marvel at the number of people who flocked from the corners of the earth to see its height and light in the midst of a desert.
It was there that God gave us a prayer for our city. From that point on, we prayed that God would build the church in Dubai into a tall, strong, deeply rooted light. We prayed that the light would shine brightly in the darkness so people from all corners of the earth might be drawn to Jesus.
The dusty roads of Nepal were bustling with motorbikes dodging pedestrians, stray dogs, and deep potholes. Our group of ten Chinese friends wandered these streets, taking in the new environment and culture. Small temples on every corner with small offerings of fruit and incense attracted locals doing their daily prayers as well as tourists snapping artsy photos. This place was a beautiful mix of multiple Asian cultures.
When Rebekah decided on a whim to go to a church on the invitation of someone she had just met, she never thought her impact would reach to countries beyond Germany.
A month off the plane, not even fully moved into an apartment yet, knowing only how to say “my name is” in German…how meaningful could meeting new people at an event in a city one barely knows? Well, more than you think.
I first met Alice almost two years ago during my first visit to Kenya. We both were attending a missions conference and Alice sought me out during a tea break. I was struck by her kindness and tangible compassion.
We now sit across the table from one another on the terrace of the coffee shop. We make a point to visit almost every time she is in town. She has just arrived via matatu (Kenya’s infamous public buses) and we are simply delighted to be together. I must confess I was all but falling out of my seat with the excitement of interviewing her.
Persecution is indeed ramping up unlike any time in recent history. Hardly a day goes by here in East Asia that we don’t hear of another local church, pastor, or foreign missionary running into difficulty with local authorities. Yet at the same time, CMM’s mobilization footprint is rapidly expanding in this great nation of 100 million believers. In spite of everything the enemy is using to hinder the spread of the Good News throughout the region, it is the local churches, pastors, and everyday believers who are being mobilized for God’s mission and making the most significant impacts like never before.