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Closed Kenyan markets leads to human trafficking – Mission Network News

Kenya (MNN) — Efforts to control the spread of COVID-19 have closed public spaces around the world. However, closing markets in Kenya has seen unintended and dark consequences; families are selling their daughters into human trafficking and forced marriages. According to Ed Weaver of Spoken Worldwide, many Kenyan locals are farmers and herdsmen. When markets... Read more

Sammy Tippit on the importance of relationships in digital Church growth – Mission Network News

International (MNN) Following a huge evangelistic event, Sammy Tippit Ministries is diving deeper into digital evangelism, building on the foundation of deep relationships. We have reported previously on the event live-streamed by Sammy Tippit Ministries at the end of May. You can read more about it here. Sammy Tippit says, “This sounds maybe a little... Read more

Desperation and Gospel demand surge in SE Asia – Mission Network News

SE Asia (MNN) — Economies in Southeast Asia are feeling the sting of extended COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions. A new report shows unemployments on the rise, and restrictions negatively affected countries that depend on tourism and exports. Financial instability is one of the factors making people in the region desperate. John Pudaite of Bibles For... Read more

What would you risk to help persecuted Christians? – Mission Network News

South Korea (MNN) — Time and again, headlines prove the need for believers in free nations to come alongside their oppressed brothers and sisters in Christ. Todays report examines what it takes to stop believers from partnering with persecuted Christians. North Korea is the worlds worst persecutor of Christians. More on that here. Based in... Read more

The new Iranian persecution law no one knows about – Mission Network News

Iran (MNN) — Most of the world has been plunged into a pandemic. In an effort to combat the spread of COVID-19, officials all over the world have asked or required locals to stay home. That means that many groups, including local churches, have been forced to meet online. In fact, many ministries do most... Read more

Religious nationalism a barrier to the Gospel in the former Soviet Union – Mission Network News

Russia (MNN) Im already a Christian. This is the response Christians in partnership with Slavic Gospel Associationoften hear when they share the Gospel with families in the former Soviet Union. Eric Mock says many Russians consider themselves to be Christians, especially as part of the Russian Orthodox Church, the largest denomination in the country. They... Read more

Mental illness increases as coronavirus pandemic sweeps across the world – Mission Network News

International (MNN) Depression and anxiety has spiked during the COVID-19 pandemic and many people are searching for ways to curb it. David Creech, Operations Manager with Trans World Radio, works to provide online resources to help people cope with the global crisis. Theres a higher rate of suicides, there are more depressed people, especially among... Read more

Global Disciples partners with churches to reach Latin America – Mission Network News

Ecuador (MNN) Global Disciples‘ Ministry in Latin America has seen a huge growth in the past few years. The ministry was born in 1998 when Ernesto Cardenas and others met together to talk about how to train local churches to reach people for Christ. Today, Global Disciples in Latin America has 93 programs and works... Read more

Hagia Sophia, foreign Christians targeted in Turkey – Mission Network News

Turkey (MNN) — Minority populations in Turkey increasingly find themselves on the outs with authorities and society-at-large. Concerning the future of religious freedom in Turkey, Its not looking positive, says Daniel Hoffman, Executive Director of Middle East Concern. Turkish authorities target foreign Christian leaders, and the world-renowned Hagia Sophia is in the cross-hairs, too. As... Read more

Russia lifting restrictions, but COVID-19 hasn’t gone away – Mission Network News

Russia (MNN) Russia may not be getting over COVID-19 quickly, but the Holy Spirit is moving as many are coming to Christ. India recently passed Russia as having the fourth-most confirmed COVID-19 cases in the world. But Russia hasnt left the virus behind, says Eric mock of Slavic Gospel Association. Many people in Russia are... Read more

Chinese Communist Party threatened by growth of the Church – Mission Network News

China (MNN) Christians suffer in China as the government cracks down, but the Church continues to see explosive growth. Early Rain Covenant Church is an underground church in China, but one that had been getting very active online. They caught the attention of the Chinese government, who raided the church in 2018. We have reported... Read more

Heart for Lebanon equips Syrian leaders – Mission Network News

Syria (MNN) Heart for Lebanon is equipping Syrian leaders from among the refugee population in Lebanon through a new leadership development curriculum. Heart for Lebanons Tom Atema explains how evangelism is key to the organization. If Heart for Lebanon is known for anything, it should and must be known for an organization that makes disciples.... Read more

How does eLearning change during a pandemic? – Mission Network News

International (MNN) — Around the world, education programs have had to shift online due to coronavirus-related restrictions. Teachers and students traded classrooms and in-person lectures for video calls and email threads. The Program for Theological Education by Extension (PTEE) was no different. At first, it seems like they should have an advantage. After all, theyve... Read more

COVID-19 affects AMGs nursing school in Uganda – Mission Network News

Uganda (MNN) As it has all over the world, COVID-19 continues to affect Uganda and AMG Internationals ministry within the country, including their nursing school. Pandemic Impact AMG’s Bill Passons explains how the pandemic is impacting the country at large. The main thing that’s having the biggest effect I think, like most places, is the... Read more

Summer camp in refugee camps? Yes, and it’s out of a truck. – Mission Network News

Lebanon (MNN) — Normally, summer means camp for many kids. Be it Vacation Bible School, band camp, or youth programs, kids dive into learning and games under the watchful eye of exhausted but patient camp counselors. Then, COVID-19 put the kibosh on those plans for 2020. This summer, rather than hurling water balloons or staying... Read more

A Bible for the Deaf in Japan – Mission Network News

Japan (MNN) — For about 300,000 Japanese people, there is still no Bible in their heart language. Deaf Japanese are spiritually isolated in addition to feeling culturally separated from hearing friends and family. Japanese Sign Language (JSL) is very different from written and spoken Japanese. Yet, the Bible is currently only available in written formats.... Read more

Asian Access overcomes pandemic restrictions, launches new programs – Mission Network News

South Asia (MNN) — So far, 2020 has been a memorable year for all the wrong reasons. Global events like the COVID-19 pandemic create an unpredictable atmosphere for ministry. More coronavirus coverage here. But Joe Handley of Asian Access says theres a bright spot amidst the chaos. Asian Access equips national church leaders to multiply... Read more

Egypt and Turkey threaten war in Libya – Mission Network News

Libya (MNN) Christians in Libya, Egypt, and Turkey are caught in the middle of a broiling conflict. Hostilities between Egypt and Turkey over oil-rich territory in Libya have ramped up in recent weeks. Many fear the standoff could break out into a full-blown war. War rarely sees true winners, and a potential conflict between these... Read more

Funding the Mission

The following is an uncorrected transcript generated by a transcription service. Before quoting in print, please check the corresponding audio for accuracy. Tony Merida: Welcome to “Churches Planting Churches,” a podcast on the theology and practice of church planting. I’m your host, Tony Merida. Our mission is a costly one. Global church planting requires significant... Read more

SKILD supports kids with learning differences during COVID-19 – Mission Network News

Lebanon (MNN) In a country tormented by COVID-19, corruption, and financial crisis, SKILD continues to advocate for kids with learning differences. COVID-19 has shut down schools around the world, and kids with learning differences in Lebanon need extra support. Hiba Al-Jamal explains the LSESD program helps a lot of different students, both at public and... Read more

People seek hope, answers as Lebanon crumbles – Mission Network News

Lebanon (MNN) — People in Lebanon are using Facebook Groups to barter for the goods they need following the currencys latest plunge. Desperation remains at an all-time high; Lebanon faces its worst economic crisis since the 15-year civil war. More Lebanon headlines here. As Pierre Houssney of Horizons International explains, its a multi-layered catastrophe. First,... Read more

Uganda opens its border to refugees – Mission Network News

Uganda (MNN) AMG Internationalcontinues to share the love of Jesus during Ugandas COVID-19 lockdown. Uganda has temporarily opened its border with the Democratic Republic of Congo as the latter country has suffered deadly ethnic violence. When borders closed in March due to COVID-19, an estimated 10,000 people were stuck in no mans land between the... Read more

Want to end child marriage? Here are 3 ways to help – Mission Network News

International (MNN) — Kids around the world are susceptible to child marriage, and their vulnerability stems from multiple factors. David Lovett of Operation Mobilization USA outlines a few in the report below. Its illegal; its not supposed to be happening, Lovett says. But still, it is a rampant issue across South Asia, the Middle East,... Read more

Mission India provides aid as COVID-19 ravages the country – Mission Network News

India (MNN) Mission India continues to provide relief kits throughout the country during COVID-19, but also continues to proclaim the Gospel. India is opening one of the largest hospitalsin the world to fight COVID-19 as the virus continues to ravage the capital city of Delhi. Sunday, India reported its largest increase in new infections with... Read more

SKILD provides support for kids with learning differences during COVDI-19 – Mission Network News

Lebanon (MNN) In a country tormented by COVID-19, corruption, and financial crisis, SKILD continues to advocate for kids with learning differences. COVID-19 has shut down schools around the world, and kids with learning differences in Lebanon need extra support. Hiba Al-Jamal explains the LSESD program helps a lot of different students, both at public and... Read more

Pakistani Church meets COVID-19 challenges – Mission Network News

Pakistan (MNN) — The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing Christians in Pakistan to be even more creative. More coronavirus coverage here. Pakistani believers already struggle to make ends meet in one of the worlds largest Muslim-majority countries. Learn more about persecution in Pakistan here. The Pakistani Church, generally, is very, very poor. There are not very... Read more

ABTS Lebanon switches to an online education program – Mission Network News

Lebanon (MNN) The pandemic continues to leave higher education in a state of disarray as colleges plot out the upcoming academic year. Arab Baptist Theological Seminary (ABTS) is no different, but president Elie Haddad says the school is making a more permanent change to its residency program. Its a big step, Haddad says, since the... Read more

South Korea Bible launch saga continues as officials target ministry – Mission Network News

South Korea (MNN) — Its a bittersweet new week in South Korea. Last week brought perfect conditions to launch four Bible balloons into North Korea, which only happens a handful of times each year. As described here, ministry staff tracks each balloons journey across the border using GPS transmitters. Stress, however, remains high for Pastor... Read more