Date: 2018-02-22

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Christian from North Korea first heard about God from her torturer

North Korea (MNN) — Kyung-ja’s first time hearing about God in North Korea wasn’t from a secret missionary or pamphlet — but from her torturer. Kyung-ja snuck into China to earn money for food to bring back to her starving family. But when she returned to North Korea, she was arrested. Todd Nettleton with Voice of the Martyrs USA shares, “Her interrogator kept asking her about God. ‘Did people in China talk to you about God? Did you meet with people who are followers of God? Did you read the book about God while you were in China?’ Kyung-ja had had no contact with Christians even while she was in China. In fact, she had never heard the name of God and she kept telling the interrogator, ‘I don’t know who that is! I don’t know who you’re talking about!’” Eventually, Kyung-ja defected to South Korea and learned the joyful truth of the Gospel. “She has been discipled, she has been given God’s book so she can read it, and has really come to faith in Christ and understands what that means to have faith in Christ.” Nettleton says even as we finish watching the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, we need to pray for Christians just 50 miles away in North Korea to cling to their faith in Jesus Christ.

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North Korea (MNN) -- An unlikely story of captive-turned-Christian

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India is in spiritual darkness, will you help?

India (MNN) — India. It’s a country known for giving the world Gandhi, its vibrant festival of colors, and spicy curry. But, India is also a place filled with spiritual darkness. e3Partner’s Jeff Johnston shares: “You know, I encountered so many people that were so nice, so friendly. Complete strangers that were more than willing to talk to me and share with me about their daily routines, their lives, their culture, what they believe. They were just so welcoming and loving. But, ultimately, even with all that, even though they seemed like, “good people” and they really are, they don’t know Jesus.” e3 is trying to combat this. “Ultimately at e3 it’s about pouring into the locals. Pouring into the nationals and training them on how to share the Gospel, how to start churches and make disciples themselves because ultimately, we can’t change the world ourselves. God is the only one who can change the world, and he can use us to do it.” And you can help! Start with praying and then taking a short-term trip with e3. We’ll give you the details on both in the FULL STORY!

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India (MNN) -- Less than five percent of India's population is Christian

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A middle ground for refugees

United States (MNN) — The Trump Administration recently lifted the ban on refugees from eleven “high-risk” countries. But, they say vetting is going to be a lot tougher and only 45,000 refugees will be admitted each year. That’s less than half the amount of refugees allowed previously. Bethany Christian Services’ Chris Palusky says, “We expect to see refugee resettlement numbers go down again. We would like to call the administration. In fact, we wrote a letter … to the administration with all of our board members, asking that the number be lifted to 85,000 a year. We feel it’s a fair number. We feel it’s justified and it’s lower than the previous administration.” Bethany has refugee resettlement projects that connect refugees with churches so they can be surrounded by Jesus’s love. However, Palusky says there’s often an incorrect stigma about refugees, and we should remember they’re fleeing danger, not causing it. “Refugees, when they come into the states, they’re not people who are aggressors. Typically, they’re women and children. In fact, 85 percent of the refugees coming into this country are women and children.” Pray the Trump Administration will hear Bethany’s letter and act. Find more ways to get involved in the FULL STORY!

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United States (MNN) -- The Trump Administration has lifted the ban on refugees from 11 nations

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Billy Graham, Champion of the Gospel, Dies at 99

Yesterday, we said goodbye to one of the most well-known evangelists in the world. Billy Graham passed away at 99 years of age. Dodd Morris with Mission Network News: “There are many people today who can say that Billy Graham played a role in bringing them to Christ. The National Association of Evangelicals says in his lifetime, Graham preached the Gospel to nearly two-hundred-and-fifteen million people. As we celebrate his life of servitude to God, continue to pray for his family, and that the legacy he left behind will inspire the Church to continue to spread God’s Word to the nations.”

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United States (MNN) -- The NAE celebrates Graham's life