Carnaval Prayer Strikes in Bolivia

Crown of Bolivian intercessors

All across the continent, people were beginning to celebrate Carnaval, better known in the States as Mardi Gras. It’s a Catholic festival with pagan roots, and in Sucre, is a time for drunkenness, violence, sexual immorality and idolatry. Oftentimes, drunk parents will parade around town with their bewildered children in tow. Sucre’s Christian community usually takes advantage of the extra-long weekend to go out of town on a special retreat. But this year, God led us in a different direction…

Long-Term Fruit in the Dominican Republic

man speaking to congregation

In 1989, I began partnering with WIM Missionaries Jerry and Miok Morris in the Dominican Republic. They were church planters there for eight years. To assist in their work, they led teams of youth and adults on short-term mission trips to do street campaigns complete with music, dramas, puppets and preaching. Over the course of 26 years, Jerry and I have…

Passing the Torch: Kids in Missions

Man telling Bible stories to crowd of captivated children

“Am I going to have to wait until I’m an old man to teach people about the Lord?” our nine year old son blurted out in frustration. Earlier, Caleb had overheard my wife and I discussing who would run her weekly bible class in the village during her absence… and he felt like it should be him. After all, I had just prayed with him the night before about God using him to minister to others. This was his opportunity…

God Has Heard Your Prayer!

piano keys

Zechariah was a Jewish priest. He and his wife Elizabeth wanted to have children, but Elizabeth was barren. They had prayed for many years, but their prayers were not answered. Now that they were well past childbearing years, it is very likely that they had stopped praying and had accepted the fact that they would die childless…

Fifty-Seven Come to Christ in Myanmar

Smiling burmese children

Pastor James and his teams testify that 57 people came to Christ and that they were able to feed 78 children in three different locations. They also noted that the Agape Children’s Home now has four residents. They hope to soon reach 10 as support allows. They distributed 50 New Testaments to new Christians. More Bibles are needed for only $2.15 each.

Tumor Disappeared

Bolivian cancer patients

For several years, Piedra Viva’s women have made bi-monthly visits to a local shelter for low-income cancer patients, bringing them fresh produce, dry goods and a word of encouragement from Scripture. This year Ana Vargas has spearheaded our efforts, and has been bringing several of the women to church on Sundays. One such woman, Rina, came forward for prayer and God touched her. She shared that at her last check-up the doctors told her that her tumor had completely disappeared. Praise God!

Japanese Practice

Busy train station in Japan

“Maybe while reading this book, I will change my way of thinking,” said my contact with whom I’d been sharing the Gospel. We were reading through a book about God together for Japanese practice. I could tell that she was really drawn to the book, but I did not expect this kind of comment. Later that night, I met another contact who was teaching some students English. While the kids played…

Veteran Missionary David Garcia: Mayans, Miracles, and Mount Sinai

David Garcia is no ordinary man. Actually, he is ordinary, but his tenac­ity and per­se­ver­ance make him extra­or­di­nary. I have seen him confront and overcome much adversity in the course of his ministry. I first met David in 1983 at King’s Way Missionary Institute in McAllen, Texas. He was already…

How Santa Got A Full Belly (It’s Not What You Think)

Little African girl

We spent our day in the interior finishing our home visits. We drove and drove and drove some more! We walked and walked and walked until we thought we were going to pass out! We realized we should have brought protein snacks with us and more water because of the distance and the hot African sun…

No Turning Back

You could have heard a pin drop after Sergio made the announcement. Some of the party guests appeared frozen with drinks raised half way to their gaping mouths, a few wept… but no one spoke. They were familiar faces to Sergio, family members and long time friends all gathered together to celebrate his high school graduation, yet he had felt uneasy about how they would respond to his words. Now we were all staring at him…