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…