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  • Chinese Christians, foreign missionaries falsely blamed for COVID-19 resurgence and lockdown in China

    01/12/2021 6:48:25 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/12/2021 | Leah MarieAnn Klett
    In China’s Hebei province, local Christians and foreign missionaries are being blamed for a resurgence of COVID-19 infections that resulted in a strict lockdown enacted on Jan. 6. Asia News reported on a conversation between a local priest and a member of his parish, showing that there has been a post circulating on social media singling Christians out as the source of the new coronavirus epidemic. The post reads: “the village of Xiao Guozhuang, near Gaocheng is a Catholic village; 20 days ago, there was religious activity here, there were several priests from Europe and the United States […],” implying...
  • The Clarion Call of the Great Commission

    12/29/2020 11:05:12 AM PST · by OneVike · 39 replies
    The Reason For My Faith ^ | 12/29/20 | Chuck Ness
    "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."Matthew 28:19-20These were the last words Jesus spoke to His disciples before He ascended into heaven to sit at the right hand of the Father. Yet it would take the stoning of Stephen to force His followers to obey His last commandment. Soon, the early Christians would leave friends, family,...
  • How Old Were the Disciples?

    12/27/2020 3:41:49 PM PST · by OneVike · 24 replies
    The Reason For My Faith ^ | 12/27/20 | Chuck Ness
    What I offer today is a dissertation I stumbled upon while doing research for a book I plan on writing. The subject of my book is the time when Jesus visited the Temple with His parents when He was 12. I was investigating the various rules and regulations concerning Jewish boys. While in my search I stumbled upon a few commentaries discussing what the age Christ's Disciples would have been. As usual, I found my self going on a tangent away from my main topic. However, this was one rabbit hole I enjoyed so much that I felt it worthy...
  • 1934: John and Betty Stam, China missionaries

    12/08/2020 7:17:37 PM PST · by CheshireTheCat · 13 replies ^ | December 8, 2013 | Headsman
    On this date in 1934, Chinese Communists beheaded John and Betty Stam in the Anhui province town of Miaoshu. The Stams had settled as China Inland Mission proselytizers in the town of Jingde (at their time generally rendered as “Tsingteh”). Betty Stam (nee Scott) had grown up in China, the daughter of a Presbyterian missionary. John was a New Jersey native who had graduated Moody Bible Institute in 1932. They had a three-month-old daughter named Helen Priscilla. On December 6, 1934, Communist rebels in China’s long-running civil war entered Jingde and seized the foreign family. According to a tribute page...
  • For Expats and Missionaries, COVID-19 Was a Crossroads

    11/27/2020 5:01:37 PM PST · by Jemian · 4 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | November 23, 2020 | Rebecca Hopkins
    [I'm excerpting to my experience. Some missionaries have chosen to return to their home countries.]... Some missionaries never had any choice. Mary Lott is currently in Alabama, hoping that next year she and her husband can go back to Indonesia. She would have stayed if she could have. A staff member with Wycliffe Bible Translators, Lott and her husband have worked at an international school since 1995. They considered the health risks when they first moved to the country—long before anyone knew of COVID-19. “We knew malaria is endemic,” Lott said. “Dengue fever. Typhoid. Typhus. Tuberculosis. We knew that when...
  • Albany man rescued from Lake George by Priests on a floating Tiki Bar

    09/05/2020 12:23:58 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 33 replies
    WNYT 13 ^ | September 3, 2020 | Mark Mulholland
    LAKE GEORGE - It was a choppy afternoon on the lake and Jimmy MacDonald from Albany was paddling in a kayak. As Jimmy tells it, he drifted away from his wife and stepkids because he was taking pictures with his new smartphone "and not really paying attention." As he tried to make his way back, the water got choppier and he paddled harder before he tipped over and lost his paddle. He was in about 30 feet of water, his ill-fitting life jacket coming up over his head and he was holding onto the kayak with one hand and his...
  • The Franciscan Protomartyrs and Interreligious Dialogue

    08/21/2020 9:57:46 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | August 21, 2020 | Eric Sammons
    The Franciscan Protomartyrs and Interreligious Dialogue The Franciscan order was founded at the height of the Crusading era. Political and religious leaders were consumed with a noble cause: to recover the Holy Land that had been taken centuries earlier by Muslim forces. St. Francis, however, had a different obsession: to convert the Muslims to the one true faith, Catholicism.In 1219, the Franciscans held a General Chapter, and St. Francis announced that he would be traveling to the East to preach to the Muslims. At the same time, six brothers were given the task to travel to the West, Morocco specifically,...
  • Coronavirus brings hundreds of LDS missionaries back to Utah

    03/25/2020 3:58:06 PM PDT · by datricker · 39 replies
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | March 25 2020 | David Noyce
    Hundreds of missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints streamed through the doors of Salt Lake City International Airport on Sunday and were greeted by a large group of family and friends, marking an atypical detour in their religious service for the Utah-based faith. The global outbreak of the novel coronavirus has prompted the church to adapt its foundational proselytizing program, shuttering Missionary Training Centers worldwide and scrambling to return young men and women to their native countries.
  • Let the Amazon Learn From China,...

    09/24/2019 7:43:24 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    L'Espresso ^ | September 23, 2019 | Sandro Magister
    Let the Amazon Learn From China, Where the Church Flourished With Very Few Missionaries. Celibate The mantra with which the proponents of married priests justify their demand is the irreversible shortage of celibate priests in regions with small communities scattered over remote places, like the Amazon or the islands of the Pacific. It must be guaranteed - they say - that the celebration of the Mass is offered to all on a regular basis, and not just a few times a year.Curiously, the same ones who display such generosity in wanting to bestow the Eucharist are also the stingiest in...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Five Heroic Men Who Withstood Hellfire for Their Faith

    08/26/2019 8:03:57 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Church Militant ^ | August 25, 2019 | Luke O'Hara
    [Catholic Caucus] Five Heroic Men Who Withstood Hellfire for Their Faith August 25, 1624 marks the martyrdom of four priests and a brother On Aug. 25, 1624, five Catholic heroes faced hellish deaths for having brought Christ to the people of Japan. Burned at the stake in Ōmura, east of Nagasaki, was Jesuit Fr. Miguel Carvalho, S.J., Franciscan Frs. Luís Sotelo and Luís Sasada, Dominican Fr. Pedro Vázquez and Franciscan Br. Luís Baba. Padre Carvalho, the Jesuit, had entered Japan in 1622 on a Portuguese trading ship, having disguised himself as a soldier. The three Franciscans had been sent from...
  • African, Korean missionaries look to reconvert America, Europe to Christianity

    08/14/2019 7:15:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/14/2019 | By John Stonestreet and G. Shane Morris
    In his book, “The Reason for God,” Tim Keller argues that Christianity is the only truly global religion. Indeed, within a few generations of Christ, the Christian faith had spread across much of the known world—from India to North Africa to furthest reaches of the Roman Empire and into the barbarian lands of Northern Europe. Yet up until a hundred years or so ago, for all kinds of historical and sociological reasons, Christianity became a predominantly Western religion. The missionary efforts of the last hundred years began to change that, and now Pew Research predicts that Africa will be the...
  • John Eliot, the "Praying Indians," & the tragic King Philip's War

    08/07/2019 12:20:28 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 3 replies
    American Minute ^ | August 5, 2019 | Bill Federer
    Settlers in New England highlighted the conflict between two powerful human motivations: greed and the gospel. Gospel-motivated missionaries wanted to bless the native inhabitants, both physically and spiritually. Unfortunately, greed-motivated settlers viewed natives as an unpredictable danger obstructing safe expansion, as they would sometimes steal from farms or kidnap women and children. Compared to civilizations of Europe, Asia, India, North Africa, and the Middle East, natives of North America still subsisted rather primitively. The abundance of wild game and fish meant there was little need to domestic animals and crops, read or write, smelt bronze or iron, or even invent...
  • [Catholic Caucus] A Mission That Baptized No One in Fifty-Three Years: ...

    06/20/2019 2:50:51 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Pan-Amazon Synod Watch ^ | March 20, 2019 | José Antonio Ureta
    [Catholic Caucus] A Mission That Baptized No One in Fifty-Three Years: The Flawed Evangelization Model of the Pan-Amazonian Synod Since 1965, the Institute of the Consolata for Foreign Missions, originally from Turin and present in 28 countries, has had a mission among the Yanomamis in Brazil. The mission is currently led by the Italian priest Fr. Corrado Dalmolego, assisted by three women religious of the Institute’s female branch. Fr. Corrado Dalmolego In a recent interview to the Internet portal Periodista Digital1, the Consolata missionary provided interesting details about his conception of a mission and his missionary activities, hoping that his example...
  • Any missionaries saying muslims having dreams about Jesus and seeking out preachers?

    06/16/2019 4:21:57 PM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 48 replies
    Worship Services | 16 June 2019 | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    Heard today in Bible class that a missionary we support is saying that many muslims are having dreams of Jesus and in the dreams are being told to seek out a preacher to tell them about Jesus. Anyone else having missionaries telling them this?
  • [Catholic Caucus] Proselytism, the Phantasm of Pope Francis

    05/22/2019 4:00:52 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    L'Espresso ^ | May 22, 2019 | Sandro Magister
    [Catholic Caucus] Proselytism, the Phantasm of Pope Francis In entitling (see above) the speech given on May 20 by Pope Francis to the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions, “Vatican News,” the official digital news bulletin of the Holy See, emphasized his umpteenth inevitable broadside against “proselytism.”The text that Francis was reading did not mention it, but the pope could not resist making this addition off the cuff:“There is a danger that is popping up again - it seems overcome, but it pops up again: confusing evangelization with proselytism. No. Evangelization is testimony to Jesus Christ, dead and risen. It...
  • Why Charistmatics and Calvinists Need Each Other

    03/08/2019 9:26:31 AM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 19 replies
    The Gospel Coalition ^ | 2016 | Adam Mabry
    White-haired, suit-wearing Presbyterian lawyers don’t typically garner the fandom of teenagers, but Mr. Z did. Each week dozens of us would gather in his home. He would feed us and let us trash his house, watch movies, and play basketball. Each gathering would culminate in a Bible study... For a year I kept coming back. This unlikely mentor taught us Ephesians. Verse by verse, he explained this beautiful book to us. His love for the Bible was infectious, and I caught it. As I matured, I would always go back to Ephesians...But something stuck out to me that I never...
  • Theee Bold Missionaries are changing how Syrians view Israel, Christians

    08/04/2018 8:32:45 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 6 replies
    Faith Wire ^ | April 2018 | Lindsay Elizabeth
    During a time of turmoil in Syria, American missionaries have stepped in with aid and medical help. Amid the chaos, Don Tipton of Beverly Hills founded a medical clinic between Israel and Syria, where most do not dare to go. The clinic opened its doors last August and is run by two full-time Syrian doctors, as well as three rotating American physicians. The clinic treats roughly 70 Syrian patients each day, with ailments ranging from toothaches to battle wounds. Physicians at the clinic report to Israel, where the military reviews various surgical requests and treatments needed across the border in...
  • Africa’s “reverse missionaries” are bringing Christianity back to the United Kingdom

    07/26/2018 7:51:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Interface Institute ^ | 11/10/2017 | Lily Kuo
    Fourteen years ago, Reuben Ekeme Inwe’s wife, Roselyn, had a dream. In it Inwe is preaching to a large crowd—not unusual given the young pastor had been delivering sermons in Lagos for years—but this time the faces in the audience aren’t black but white. A material like white sand falls on the building where Inwe and his fictive congregation have gathered. “We later recognized this was snow. There’s definitely no snow in Lagos,” Inwe says, seated at a cafe in York’s old city center of winding lanes and overhanging second-story shops. Roselyn’s dream, or “vision” as Inwe now refers to...
  • Vladimir Putin's Christianity is a facade, says expelled US missionary

    01/22/2018 12:31:07 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 114 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 2017 | Harry Farley
    It is now well over a year since Vladimir Putin's Russia passed 'anti-missionary' laws and more than 180 cases have since been brought. Activities ranging from prayer meetings in homes, posting worship times on a religious website and praying in the presence of other citizens have been interpreted as 'missionary activity' with Christians making up the vast majority of the law's victims. One case is that of Donald Ossewaarde, an American Baptist preacher living in Oryol, who was expelled for hosting a church meeting in his house. Having lost appeals throughout the Russian judiciary system, Ossewaarde's case is now with...
  • Jerusalem of the East: The American Christians of Pyongyang, 1895-1942

    11/13/2017 5:37:14 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 6 replies
    Providence Magazine ^ | July 13, 2016 | Robert S. Kim
    Unknown to the general public and ignored by the academic and foreign affairs establishments, Americans once were leaders of religion, education, and intellectual life in Pyongyang, as missionaries who created the foremost Christian community in Northeast Asia. Before the Soviet Union installed an atheist Communist regime in Pyongyang headed by Kim Il Sung, the city was the center of the Presbyterian Church in Asia, and hundreds of thousands of Korean Christians lived there and elsewhere in what is now North Korea. It was a union of Koreans and Americans that set the course that made South Korea the majority Christian...