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Story number 1 for 10 Feb 2000

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We begin today with a look at the growing crisis facing the church in India.
News reports indicate the Bajrang Dal plans to raise anti-terrorist teams to counter
Islamic fundamentalists and Christian missionaries. Global Advance’s David Shibley
says: “There is a fresh concerted effort by radicals to release India from what they
perceive as any kind of foreign influence. It is a very serious day for Christian missions.
Western missionary influence in India may be very seriously curtailed within the next
few years.” Despite the difficulties, Shibley says he’ll be speaking at a conference
February 25 through the 27th in Northern India. “Global Advance is committed in India
to strengthening the hands of pastors and church leaders and encouraging that
indigenous church to rise to its full mission strength, because northern India has the
largest cluster of unreached peoples on earth.”

Story number 2 for 10 Feb 2000

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Meanwhile, two mission groups based in the United States are working together
to help those suffering from leprosy. American Leprosy Mission’s Chris Doyle
says it’s called community health evangelism and they’re partnering with Medical
Ambassadors International. “ALM is looking for more opportunities to go into the
communities where people are affected by leprosy are living, rather than sitting back in
the hospitals and wait for people to come to us. Medical Ambassadors has this
program that takes health to the local community, and at the same time combines
evangelism with that.” According to Doyle this meets medical and spiritual needs at the
same time. He says the need to help leprosy victims is great. “Last year, there were
almost 800,000 new cases of leprosy in the world, so that’s more than one a minute
every day 24 hours a day. So, we are still ministering in many countries around the
world.” Doyle says it only costs 200-dollars to cure a leprosy patient. He’s hoping
more people get involved in helping them.

Story number 2 for 10 Feb 2000

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Meanwhile, two mission groups based in the United States are working together
to help those suffering from leprosy. American Leprosy Mission’s Chris Doyle
says it’s called community health evangelism and they’re partnering with Medical
Ambassadors International. “ALM is looking for more opportunities to go into the
communities where people are affected by leprosy are living, rather than sitting back in
the hospitals and wait for people to come to us. Medical Ambassadors has this
program that takes health to the local community, and at the same time combines
evangelism with that.” According to Doyle this meets medical and spiritual needs at the
same time. He says the need to help leprosy victims is great. “Last year, there were
almost 800,000 new cases of leprosy in the world, so that’s more than one a minute
every day 24 hours a day. So, we are still ministering in many countries around the
world.” Doyle says it only costs 200-dollars to cure a leprosy patient. He’s hoping
more people get involved in helping them.

Story number 3 for 10 Feb 2000

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New Tribes Mission is reporting that their work on the coast of western Africa
is showing its first fruits. One of the local Christians has been helping translate the
Scriptures into his own Landuma language. In addition to sharing the message of the
Gospel with the people of his village, there are plans in the works later this year to
teach the Scripture to two people groups, the Landumas and the Nalus. New Tribes
adds that this may be the first time many will hear the Bible lessons.

Story number 4 for 10 Feb 2000

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Next, the “Baby Boomer” generation is approaching the time in life when they
are looking for a new challenge. Send International is part of the “Finishers
Project”, in which it is their life-skills and time that are being sought. Moody Bible
Institute’s President, Dr. Joseph Stowell says their resources are desperately needed.
“Particularly, the global needs are so acute. We have little idea of what it really means
to live int heir world countries that are ravaged by AIDS, that are lost in the depths of
long-term famine.” Stowell adds that the “Finishers Project” can translate their skills into
evangelism. “There are so many people whose hearts are open to Christ where we can
come alongside of them and meet their needs and enable them to survive and to
succeed. And, at the same time, take the most important thing they need and that’s the
reality of Jesus Christ in their hearts and their lives.” Stowell is the keynote speaker for
the April “Finishers Forum 2000” in Dallas, Texas.

Story number 1 for 9 Feb 2000

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We begin today with a look at Indonesia where religious violence continues to
spread. News reports indicate many churches are in exile, facing the threat of total
destruction or are in the process of an evacuation. AMG International’s Paul Jenks
and Muriel Lovestrand say their teams had a close brush with the latest flare-up in
Central Java. “The church where our speakers were located went ahead with their
services, but one hour early-actually, the leaders kind of departed incognito out through
the suburbs, so that they could get out of the city before the main violence began.”
Jenks encourages prayer for the Indonesian church. “In the past, our Christian workers
have shown themselves to remain faithful in the face of these persecutions. Certainly, it
has to have an impact-we know that persecution has caused the church to grow and so
with prayer, we would anticipate that the cause of Christ will continue.”

Story number 2 for 9 Feb 2000

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We turn next to Sudan where the United Nations has suspended operations to
the country because of the volatile Upper Nile region. Fighting there has displaced
thousands of people. However, it has not hampered Christian radio in the region.
Words of Hope’s Lee DeYoung was in the area and asked a number of Christian
leaders about the impact of Christian radio among the Nuer and the Dinka speaking
people. “We had a group meeting of virtually the whole village. We just asked how
many people listened and it was a very big majority that did. And, that’s in a place
where there’s not electricity. I’m sure most of those people don’t own their own radios,
but there is listening that is done in a shared experience and the church is growing.”
DeYoung says there’s a reason they are so interested in the programming. “The
government of Sudan, of course the official language is Arabic, therefore when people
are able to hear something in their mother tongue, Nuer in this case, whether it’s Gospel
programming or not it something that’s very appealing novelty for them.”

Story number 3 for 9 Feb 2000

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Thousands of “Baby Boomers” looking to make a difference for Christ are
turning to missions. Moody Bible President Dr. Joseph Stowell is working with Send
International’s “Finishers Forum 2000”, a plan to mobilize “Boomers” onto the
mission field. Stowell says it’s a project that is long overdue. “There have been many,
many people who down deep inside have said ‘I really would like to do something
compelling for Christ.’ And the “Finishers Forum” now provides that ability for them to
go to a place and come to understand where they could fit into the cause of the
Gospel.” Stowell says you don’t have to be a CEO or a construction worker to share
Christ. “There aren’t any people who could not be used effectively in some respect in
the cause of Christ globally. I don’t think there is a list of 10 jobs and if you don’t fit
that you can’t be used because there is a place for everybody.” The “Finisher’s Forum”
is in April in Dallas Texas.

Story number 4 for 9 Feb 2000

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Elsewhere, Food for the Hungry continues to seek ways to aid flood victims in
Venezuela through partnerships with local churches and organizations. The
devastation left by the disaster left an official death toll thought to exceed 30,000, with
200,00 people left homeless and a total of 600,000 affected by the flooding. In
response, the organization is working with a local congregation to help deliver water
and other vital supplies to flood victims by truck, car and even on foot in areas that are
still inaccessible by vehicle.

Story number 2 for 8 Feb 2000

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Meanwhile, Orthodox Hindus are coming to Christ because of a unique Bible
distribution ministry. Bibles for the World’s John Pudaite says they’re sending
Bibles to the Meitei (MAY-tay) people group of India. “The Meiteis are an unreached
people group in northeast India right on the Burma border. They number 1.3 million in
population and they have been orthodox Hindus. Less than one percent of the Meitei
people were Christians.” Bibles for the World is using voter registration list to mail
New Testaments to the Meitei people. To date, they’ve sent out 300-thousand New
Testaments. Pudaite says many are coming to Christ. “Our ministry partners have now
planted 17 churches among this people group in follow up to our Bible mailing. And a
lot of the new Christians are facing persecution from their families. Many of them have
been cast out from their homes.” Pudaite is asking people to pray for strength for these
new believers.