Intl Situation Reports

INTERNATIONAL SITUATION REPORTS

GOOD NEWS - The Joy of Missions Dear Friends, In the midst of a world gripped by the fear of COVID-19, despondency over widespread political unrest and military coups, plus panic due to societal upheaval, I am constantly receiving reports from Empower’s national partners, describing the incredible and deep joy that encapsulates their ministries. Many of these believers are facing intense persecution, suffering and a lack of the bare necessities of life. And yet they are ecstatic about the growth of the Body of Christ in their countries. Therefore, the question that I am continually left with is this: Where are these
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GOOD NEWS - Sheep and Goats - Wheat and Tares Dear Friends, “Wherever” and “whenever” there is an outpouring of the Holy Spirit in a spiritual hotspot of the world, or a revival amongst Christians, the difference between true believers and those who are not, becomes glaringly obvious. Our national church planting partners have been reporting this truth to me more and more of late. As I studied again what God’s Word has to say about this fact, I read two parables in Matthew—one focuses on wheat and tares, and the other on sheep and goats. And while we must realize that these passages are specifically looking towards what
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GOOD NEWS - An Urgently Needed Lesson Every once in a while, I notice a lesson that God teaches the national churches of the world that believers in the West need to pay heed to. We live in the midst of an increasingly fractured society that is desperately searching for direction, stability, and love. At the same time, many believers are increasingly discouraged by current events and their subsequent consequences. In this present environment, a believers' testimony in Christ should be thriving and shining, as we exhibit a different Spirit within us compared to the world. But many times, we lose sight of this reality and
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GOOD NEWS: MISSIONS IS DRASTICALLY CHANGING… BUT NOT DYING! I have been sensing lately, a great deal of pessimism swirling around the topic of missions. For the most part, this is due to what some believers are witnessing in their local church settings. Much of our lives, including church activities, have been turned upside down over the past six months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The number of people attending church services (especially in cities) has dropped drastically, while as a whole, online “virtual church attendance” that initially spiked is now levelling off or gradually diminishing. Offerings given to churches and other Christian
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International Situation Reports
GOOD NEWS - God is Still at Work (Hunger)
GOOD NEWS - God is Still at Work (Compassion)
GOOD NEWS - God is Still at Work (Urgency)
GOOD NEWS - God is Still at Work (Humility)
GOOD NEWS - God is Still at Work (Contentment)
GOOD NEWS - God is Still at Work (India)
GOOD NEWS - God is Still at Work (Ethiopia)
GOOD NEWS - God is Still at Work (Vietnam)
GOOD NEWS - God is Still at Work (China)
GOOD NEWS - God is Still at Work (Israel)