Trial of Turkish Murder Plot Suspects Begins Tomorrow

Posted by on Mar 31, 2014 in Partners International | 0 comments

Trial of Turkish Murder Plot Suspects Begins Tomorrow

In January 2013, Emre Karaali, one of the Turkish pastors serving with our partner Istanbul Protestant Church Foundation, narrowly escaped an assassination attempt. (Read the original story here). The suspects were planning to murder Pastor Emre during a series of evangelistic outreach meetings. By God’s grace, the Turkish police foiled the plot and apprehended the suspects. Shockingly, just a few days after being arrested, all of the suspects were released. Tomorrow, April 1, is the first day of the trial. Please join Pastor Emre and his...

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Sowing the Seeds of the Gospel through Child Sponsorship

Posted by on Mar 26, 2014 in Outreach/Evangelism, Partners International | 0 comments

Sowing the Seeds of the Gospel through Child Sponsorship

Ibrahim had a rough start to life. Because his mother gave birth to him outside of wedlock, he grew up under the painful stigma of illegitimacy. “My mother and I lived under a lot of mockery and hate from the people around us,” he said. Making a living was difficult for a single mother, and often Ibrahim would beg for food along with hundreds of other children living in the “Belt of Misery,” a severely impoverished area surrounding the city of Timbuktu, Mali. Adding to Ibrahim’s hopelessness, his mother couldn’t afford to send him to...

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Saria Marantika, Wife of Partner Dr. Chris Marantika, Now Home with the Lord

Posted by on Mar 24, 2014 in Partners International | 3 comments

Dr. Chris Marantika’s beloved wife of 46 years, Dr. Saria Iswari Marantika, went to be with the Lord on Sunday as a result of advanced stages of cancer. Saria was a treasure to the Evangelical Theological Seminary of Indonesia seminary and university community. She touched many with her kindness and faithfulness. Saria had earned a Ph.D from Biola University in the USA, and was a mentor to many who studied Christian Education under her. She was also a former Muslim, and shared Dr. Chris’s passion to achieve Vision Indonesia 1:1:1 (one church...

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A Persian Believer’s Journey to Knowing Jesus

Posted by on Mar 19, 2014 in Outreach/Evangelism, Partners International | 0 comments

A Persian Believer’s Journey to Knowing Jesus

History is full of stories about God’s work in the land of the Middle East. This testimony of a young Persian believer is just one more example that God is still powerfully at work in this historic land. Your prayers and gifts for our partner Persian Ministry make it possible. “I would like to share my testimony with you because you had an important role in my coming to know the Lord Jesus. Before I became a believer, I was a devout Muslim. One day my sister’s friend shared with her how she had become a Christian. After hearing...

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Our Milestone Year

Posted by on Mar 14, 2014 in Partners International | 0 comments

President/CEO Larry Andrews gave a recent interview to The Fig Tree, a Spokane-based newspaper that highlights faith in action in the Inland Northwest. We invite you to take a few minutes to read more about how God called Larry out of the business world into full-time ministry and learn what’s been happening during his first year at Partners (hint: a lot!). As Larry states in the article, “The year 2013 was about looking at the end-to-end mission, re-tooling, re-equipping, re-visioning, and re-energizing the organization.” Also, get to know...

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Update on Jikpen

Posted by on Mar 12, 2014 in Partners International, Women's Ministry | 0 comments

Update on Jikpen

Several of you contacted us about our February 26 story on Jikpen, the woman accused of witchcraft and banished to a witch camp in Ghana. We wanted to share with you an update about her for your continued prayers. Jikpen is still living at the witch camp. She is reluctant to relocate because she has spent more than ten years at the camp. She feels very much at home because of the fellowship she shares with the other women living in the camp.  She did recently visit her home village, where, according to her, she received a “warm welcome.” In...

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Banished & Beaten: Jikpen’s Story of Restoration

Posted by on Feb 26, 2014 in Partners International, Women's Ministry | 2 comments

Banished & Beaten: Jikpen’s Story of Restoration

When Jikpen heard the angry mob outside her door, a jolt of terror flooded her entire being. Her stepson had died the previous day, and Jikpen immediately began to feel the suspicious stares of her neighbors. In northern Ghana, witchcraft is prevalent, and her neighbors suspected she had cursed the boy and caused his death. It took only a few whispers to condemn the powerless Jikpen. The mob dragged Jikpen from her house, stripped off her clothes, and tied her feet to two poles. They beat her mercilessly and left her there for three days....

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Women’s Training Center Expansion Finally Underway in India

Posted by on Feb 20, 2014 in Leadership Training, Partners International, Women's Ministry | 0 comments

Women’s Training Center Expansion Finally Underway in India

After two years of waiting for construction permits, Joshua Vision India finally received verbal approval from the local authorities in September 2013 to begin construction on the second floor of the Indian Women in the Lord’s Labor (IWILL) women’s fellowship center. Through the IWILL program, women can be trained as either Master Trainers or Harvesters. Each year, well-educated, mature women leaders from various parts of India receive an intensive six months of instruction to become Master Trainers who will then train grassroots women as...

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Illness Drastically Reduced Through Healthy Community Program in Kyrgyzstan

Posted by on Feb 13, 2014 in Health/Medical, Middle East & Central Asia, Partners International | 0 comments

Illness Drastically Reduced Through Healthy Community Program in Kyrgyzstan

Many health and community services were provided to the people of Kyrgyzstan by the USSR, but since the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991, these services have been severely diminished. Today, Kyrgyz communities suffer increased poverty and disease. According to the World Health Organization, since the collapse of the Soviet Union Kyrgyz communities have seen a significant decrease in lifespan (up to 10 years) and an increase in preventable diseases (heart disease, dysentery, emphysema, iodine deficiency, malnutrition etc.). In comparison...

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Ministering Grace to Impoverished Families in Gaza

Posted by on Feb 5, 2014 in Crisis Response, Middle East & Central Asia, Outreach/Evangelism, Partners International, Stephen's Gate Ministry, Holy Land | 1 comment

Ministering Grace to Impoverished Families in Gaza

In the Holy Land, people live in an atmosphere of constant fear, unrest, and worry, not knowing what to expect from local and regional conflicts. Fears of war reduce tourism on which the local economy heavily depends. As a result, the cost of living has increased almost five times as much as the average income. Military checkpoints and legal restrictions make it hard for people to travel between towns, limiting economic growth and job opportunities. In Gaza, where economic conditions are the worst, there is terrible social pressure on the...

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