15-YEAR-OLD JONATAN: “WHERE I AM FROM, NO ONE CAN LIVE AS A CHRISTIAN”


In Colombia, child believers are at risk of banishment and arrest from their own communities governed by tribal law. There’s a spiritual darkness along the scenic Caribbean coast of Colombia (#50 on the World Watch List).

In the Sierra Nevada mountains of Santa Marta live multiple indigenous people groups, each with their own language and customs. Yet they are united in one key way: they all persecute and drive out anyone who claims the name of Christ. Over the last decade, there has been a significant increase of violent incidents against indigenous Christians, even children. This has resulted in many Christians fleeing their villages looking for a place to live and worship in peace. A few months ago, we had the privilege of meeting brothers Jonathan* and Samuel.*

It’s 5:00 a.m. at the Casita. Today the oppressive heat has been replaced with a comfortable morning breeze that greets the locals as they wake…. read more

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Who Are We Throwing Away?


Where does your faith stand? Who is Jesus to you? Who’s truth are you listening to? Does it line up with scripture? The rapture (catching away) can occur anytime and nothing has to happen for this to occur. Are you ready if this happens? Are you ready to meet God or be left here? Is what you know the absolute Truth and have you asked for your heart to be examined? Do you examine your heart?

2 Corinthians 13:5 Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith. Examine yourselves. Or do you yourselves not recognize that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless you fail the test.

Galatians 6:4 But each person should examine his own work, and then he will have a reason for boasting in himself alone, and not in respect to someone else.

1 Thessalonians 2:4 Instead, just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please men, but rather God, who examines our hearts.

Revelation 2:23 I will kill her children with the plague. Then all the churches will know that I am the One who examines minds and hearts, and I will give to each of you according to your works.

Tebow on Football Career: People ‘Were Telling Me Where to Shove My Bible’


Tim Tebow said he had some of the “most horrific things” directed his way during his football career.

Friday while discussing Oklahoma Sooners quarterback and current Heisman favorite Baker Mayfield’s crotch grab last weekend while playing the Kansas Jayhawks, the 2007 Heisman winner said on ESPN’s “First Take” that people used his religion as part of the smack talk.

Despite that, Tebow warned players like Mayfield that you “can’t dip down to their level.”

Partial transcript as follows:

In my time of playing high school, college and pro I had people say the most horrific things to me: say exactly what they are going to do to my sisters and mom, they’re telling me where to shove my Bible, they’re spitting in my face, they’re giving cheap shots, all these different things to me, and so I know what it’s like to have people take cheap shots and say things to you, but you also got to know at that moment that you’re winning, that you’re under their skin, so you can’t dip down to their level because you are already dominating them. They’re saying that because they’re already intimidated, they’re disappointed, they’re upset because they want something that you have. [Full Article]

Giants of the Faith: Kenyan Woman Remains Steadfast Despite Entire Family Disowning Her After She Converted to Christianity


Photo: GettyA 21-year-old Kenyan woman who grew up in strict Muslim household has been disowned by her family and stripped of her possessions after they found out she had converted to Christianity. But, according to the United States based non-governmental organization International Christian Concern, that has not stopped Rahma (a pseudonym) from giving her life to Christ.

“Islam was a yoke to my heart. I felt as if I was forced to believe in things that were a heavy burden to carry,” Rahma told ICC in an interview earlier this month. “So three weeks ago, I yielded to the call of God and put my faith in Christ Jesus.”

As the ICC reported, Rahma grew up in a Muslim family of eight, praying five times a day, and adhering to the teachings of the the Quran. Over time, however, she began to question some of the practices of the faith, and her exasperated father sent her to live with her aunt following the death of her mother in 2001 in hopes that she would embrace Islam, but it only drove her further away…. read more

Lord please give her courage and love abounding in her heart and mind. Provide for her needs and Lord and I pray for her family. Bless her Lord and thank you for being a merciful and gracious Lord. You always come through in way we do not see and your never late to rescue us. God Bless her! You’re a Holy, Righteous Father!

‘PRAY I NEVER GIVE UP,’ SAYS DISPLACED VIETNAM EVANGELIST


Vietnam ranks #17 on the 2017 World Watch List, climbing from #20 in 2016, due to an increased level of violence and pressure spread across all spheres of life. Northern provinces, including evangelist Vang Atu’s*, are reported to have more persecution incidents against Christians. Vang Atu, a persecuted believer from the Hmong tribe, experienced the wrath of his community firsthand, including losing his family home, but that didn’t stop him from being bold in his beliefs.

“Pray with me that one day, I’ll be able to go back to my hometown and testify to the people about my faith in the Lord.”

This is Vang Atu’s prayer.

Atu, a 28-year-old father to two kids, was the first Christian convert in his village. He comes from the Hmong tribe and once worshipped different spirits asking for luck, wealth, good health, food, etc. But when he surrendered his life to Jesus, he completely abandoned his animistic beliefs to follow Christ—a decision that would change the lives of his family…. read more

Are you thankful you are able to engage in buying and selling without having to ask permission? Are you thankful for your freedom to live and move about as you wish? Are you, believer, thankful you can speak of Christ without fear? There is a time coming when the world will be like Vietnam.

Revelation 13:15 NASB And it was given to him to give breath to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast would even speak and cause as many as do not worship the image of the beast to be killed. And he causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves, to be given a mark on their right hand or on their forehead, 17 and he provides that no one will be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name.

9 Christians Shot to Death Execution-Style in Ambush


The Tuesday night incident is the latest in a series of deadly attacks carried out by suspected Fulani herdsmen on indigenous Christians. Nine Christians were shot dead by suspected Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria’s central Plateau State on Tuesday night, Nov. 7, 2017, as they returned from a weekly village market.

Four more were injured during the incident in the Riyom Local Government Area (LGA), which happened at around 7:30 p.m.. Seven were killed instantly, two died later in hospital.

Some of them were part of the Church of Christ in Nigeria (COCIN), others the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA).

According to a villager, Maria Joseph, who witnessed the attack, the victims were returning from the Makera market in a Volkswagen Golf when they were ambushed and shot at the Diyan junction near Gako village…. read more

Nepal Criminalizes Christian Conversion and Evangelism


Nepal Criminalizes Christian Conversion and EvangelismLast week, Nepal enacted a law to curb evangelism by criminalizing religious conversion, joining neighboring countries like India and Pakistan, where the region’s small-but-growing Christian minority faces government threats to their faith.

The “Nepali government [has] taken a regressive step as this law severely restricts our freedom of expression and our freedom of religion or belief,” said Tanka Subedi, chair of the national Religious Liberty Forum, to Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW). The pastor is 1 of an estimated 375,000 Christians living in the former Hindu kingdom.

The criminal code bill, which the parliament approved in August and President Bidhya Devi Bhandari signed last Monday, establishes further constitutional protections for Hinduism (which 80% of the population practices) by restricting religious conversion and “hurting of religious sentiment,” or blasphemy…. read more

Other countries are imprisoning Christians! We have the freedom to worship our Lord and Jesus and what is America doing to Jesus? Pray for the Christians there!!!

Concern for Chinese Christians Grows as President Xi Becomes Most Powerful Since Communist Leader Mao


The concern for persecuted Christians and churches in China is set to grow following the 19th National Party Congress of the Communist Party of China, a watchdog group said, with President Xi Jinping set to rule for years to come.

Bob Fu, president of persecution watchdog China Aid, told The Christian Post in a phone interview on Tuesday that the “clear signal” from the week-long congress, which is held only twice a decade, is that the Communist government will seek to “exert total control over all ares of life” of Chinese citizens, extending to churches and other places of worship.

As Reuters reported on Wednesday, the Communist Party revealed a new leadership line-up without a clear successor to Xi, meaning that he is likely to continue being a top figure even beyond the end of his second term in power in 2022…. read more