Friday: Inside Story – Twice Victorious: Part 2

single cliff struggling

The Villanueva teens joined the Pathfinder Club. The club scheduled an outing to Mount Kitanglad, hoping to earn their mountain-climbing honor. James Villanueva, 16, eagerly started the six-hour trek up the mountain with his sisters and 12 other Pathfinders. Soon he found himself ahead of the rest and decided to wait. He stepped onto a … [Click to read more …]

Inside Story: Twice Victorious – Part 1

Broken Sculpture

The Philippines – by Nathalie Villanueva The Villanueva family were devoted to one another and their church. Napoleon, the father, often worked far from home. After a while, a pattern of late-night socializing with co-workers began. He began spending more of his paycheck and sending less money home. Lolita, his wife, grew concerned by the … [Click to read more …]

Inside Story: The Gun Would Not Fire (Part 2)

gun bible book

THE PHILIPPINES – Max de los Reyes Lem was a soldier, and his assignments often took him away from home. When he was home he spent much time and money drinking with his friends. One day Lem’s buddies began teasing him about his wife’s interest in religion. What’s the matter, Lem? one man challenged.Couldn’t you … [Click to read more …]

Inside Story: The Gun Would Not Fire – Part 1

Bicycle Built for Two

By: Max de los Reyes – The Philippines Fernando Lopez grew up in a town 60 miles south of Manila. Like many in the Philippines, Fernando’s family didn’t have much money. And like many young boys, Fernando quit school to help his parents by selling small items and running errands. Fernando was active in his … [Click to read more …]

Inside Story: New Life From Death

Resurrection of the Just

Japan – Masaaki Toge As a mortician in Japan, I am surrounded by death every day as I prepare bodies for burial and direct funerals. For years I have watched people mourn the death of a loved one and go through the ceremonies their religion requires in order to assure that the deceased have a … [Click to read more …]

Inside Story: Searching for Peace: Part 2

The Bible Speaks to All People

China Tan Yuen and Tao Yeh – Continued From Last Week Tan didn’t plan to stay for long, but since no one sent him home, he stayed and studied. As he and the elderly pastor studied the Bible together, Tan learned new truths about God. He had heard about the Sabbath, but had thought that … [Click to read more …]

Inside Story: Searching for Peace: Part 1

Bible Study

Tan grew up in a small city in southern China. Plagued with shyness, he found it difficult to talk to others and often felt intensely lonely. He thought religion was just superstition, and yet he somehow felt a spiritual longing. He decided to set out on an pilgrimage in search of peace. He journeyed to … [Click to read more …]