Inside Story: A River of Life
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I’m a fourth-generation Adventist in the Czech Republic, the second-most atheistic country in Europe. Going to church was part of my life, like grocery shopping and eating. I enjoyed church because I had friends there, but I didn’t have a relationship with God.

I had developed a rather twisted picture of God. Many other young people did, too, and lots of them stopped attending church when they enrolled in a university.

The Adventist Church leaders prayed for a way to reach university-age [...]

Inside Story: The Power of Many
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The Temryuk, Russia church and members
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The Temryuk, Russia church and membersCourtesy of GC Office of Adventist Mission

Believers in western Russia work together to win their neighbors—and sometimes thieves—to Jesus. They write the names of people for whom they are praying in a book at church. Then they deliver tracts or newsletters to those people during the week.

One woman who owns a goat farm asked God who to pray for, and God showed her in an unusual way. The woman noticed that her goats were [...]

Inside Story: On Our Way Rejoicing
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I met the Savior while studying in a simple little Adventist school in my home village in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. God gave me a burden to spread the message of the Adventist faith, and I began to share my faith in the neighborhood around my home church.

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Then I learned about Global Mission and began working to plant a church in an impoverished suburb of Kinshasa. I found a few [...]

Inside Story: A Place to Share
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Stephanie Behrendt
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When Stephanie found life difficult in her public school in Denmark, her parents enrolled her in the local Adventist school. The family wasn’t Adventist, but Stephanie quickly made friends and settled in to her new school.

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The school’s religious teachings in Bible class seemed strange, but Stephanie’s new friends talked to her about their faith, and she began to understand that the Adventist Church simply follows the Bible. Her friends invited her [...]

Inside Story: Taking God at His Word
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Austin
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Austin’s parents worked hard, but finances were difficult. The family had other problems, too, and felt little peace in their home. Then they met a Global Mission evangelist who shared the Bible with the family. Although the family had been Christians for years, this man taught a message they had never heard before. He visited the home and studied with Austin’s mother. After the man left, she read the Bible passages for herself to be sure that what the man [...]

Inside Story: Mohammad’s New School
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Mohammad
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Mohammad looked at the old school building and wondered what his parents had done to him. Mohammad and his parents live in Zamboanga, a city in the southern Philippines.

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A friend had told Mohammad’s parents about the Adventist school, and they went to inspect it. They found an old building in serious need of repair. The school’s principal assured them that the entire school would be replaced soon. But Mohammad’s parents didn’t see [...]

Inside Story: They Need to Hear
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Willie Siso
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While sitting in class in his Papua New Guinea high school, young Willie Siso noticed that he was having difficulty hearing. A doctor told him he had an inflammation in his ear. But Willie’s hearing continued to fail.

Why is God allowing this? he wondered. As his hearing deteriorated, Willie began learning sign language. He graduated from a teacher’s college and took a job teaching in a middle school. In addition to his regular class, he taught five hearing-impaired students [...]

Inside Story: The Stolen Watermelon
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Mpo [m'POH] and Tendai [TEN-dai],* live in Zambia. One day they were hot and thirsty after playing. They sat down in the shade to rest. Then Mpo jumped up. “There’s a b-i-g watermelon growing in a field near here. Let’s go get it!”

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The two boys set off toward the field. “Mpo ran ahead and grabbed the watermelon from the vine and raced toward the bushes. Tendai followed his friend. He wanted to [...]

Inside Story: The Man God Intends
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Rober and Roxana
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Rober [roh-BEHR] and his family live in a small town in eastern Peru. His wife, Roxana, began attending the Adventist church and took the couple’s children with her. She often invited, Rober, but he wasn’t interested in religion.

However, in his heart, Rober sensed that his life wasn’t what it should be. He often drank, but later felt guilty that his bad habits weren’t a good example for his children. He wanted to be a better husband and father, but he [...]

Inside Story: Toogii’s Triumph
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My friends call me Toogii (TAW-gee). I live in the capital city of Mongolia.

My family isn’t Christian, so I grew up not knowing much about Jesus. One day a friend of my grandmother gave her an invitation to meetings at the Adventist church, where a missionary was speaking. Grandmother gave the invitation to my aunt who asked me to go with her to the meetings. I wasn’t really interested, but I went out of respect for her. And I was [...]