Story number 2 for 23 Oct 2001

By October 23, 2001

(International)–Our next story focuses on the global atmosphere greeting what should be a joyous occasion for a missions agency. Instead, for FARMS International, international tensions have moved a 40th anniversary celebration into more serious territory. FARMS International’s Joseph Richter says their work may keep the doors open even if Muslim solidarity strengthens. “Our program is more vital today than ever, and many places of the world are just not open to normal mission activity. These small loans help poor Christians meet their own needs as well as the needs of their churches through their tithings and offerings.” Richter adds that their workers have felt the impact already. He asks believers to pray. “Our programs are also helping in some of the most troubled spots in this world. We’re encouraged because the believers there are showing great courage even though the pressures of persecution are intense right now.”

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