Inside Story: From Despair to Hope
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Dowell Chow

Neng Suan cried out in agony. His son—his only son—was dead.

Neng and his wife have five daughters, but in their culture girls count for nothing. If someone asked Neng how many children he had, his answer was, “I have a son.” A son meant stability, support in old age, hope for the future. But suddenly his only son, his pride and joy, was dead. Now Neng had nothing, no hope, and no future.

Neng and his family live in a [...]

Inside Story: Raquel’s New Church
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Raquel is 10 years old. She lives with her family along the Amazon River in northern Brazil. Raquel’s family doesn’t attend church, but Raquel sometimes attended church with her cousin on Sundays. One Sunday evening Raquel’s cousin didn’t come to take her to church. Disappointed, Raquel wandered outside.

She heard people singing in the Adventist church near her home. She hurried back inside and asked her mother to let her go to the Adventist worship service since her cousin hadn’t come [...]

Inside Story: Determined to Serve
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Enkhchimeg Enkhbaatar

Eggie’s family wasn’t religious, but when a classmate in secondary school invited her to attend church with her, Eggie agreed to go. She knew that her parents didn’t mind, for her mother had told her that worshipping God was a good thing.

Her friend’s church was a small group of 20 or 30 people who met on Sabbaths. Most were young people, and Eggie loved the vibrant worship service these youth led out in. Eggie invited her younger sister to [...]

Inside Story: Through the Children
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How does a group of believers carry on its ministry when they have no place to meet outside of their worship hour? The Portuguese-speaking group of believers in Brussels, Belgium, is small, but growing. It started as a Global Mission project, and it’s growing larger and stronger as it reaches out to the Portuguese-speaking community in this multi-ethnic city in northern Europe.

Because the group doesn’t have a church of its own, members can’t hold meetings whenever they wish. Brazilians love [...]

Inside Story: The Stolen Cow
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Jacque Thermil

Roseline lives in a village in northwestern Haiti. She felt rich, for she owned three cows. But she also felt grateful to God for her wealth and had dedicated one of her cows to God. Now the cow was about to give birth, and Roseline would give the calf to the Lord.

One day after finishing her morning devotions, Roseline went to tend to her cows. But her dedicated cow was missing. She walked up and down the path calling [...]

Inside Story: Hope and a Future
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Alexander Grinev

I was a typical Soviet youth—ambitious and skeptical. When the Soviet Union broke up, I opened my own business.

One day Natasha, my wife, met a woman who invited us to evangelistic meetings sponsored by Adventists. I had heard of Adventists and believed that they were honest people. So when Natasha came home from the first meeting excited about what she heard, I agreed to go to the meetings with her.

As I listened to the speaker, my youthful skepticism melted [...]

Inside Story: Power of Prayer
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Irina Mezeuan

Irina is a teenager who lives with her family in the Republic of Georgia. As a child she suffered from a painful spinal tumor, and doctors gave her only four years to live. Her mother, desperate for help, met a woman who was lending books in the marketplace. Irina’s mother chose several books that offered hope and took them home to read as she sat by Irina’s bedside.

When Mother returned the books she thanked the woman for sharing them. [...]

Inside Story: United at Last
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Sumakwel Laviña

“Look,” I told my three teenagers, “we need to be united in our faith. We go to one church, and your new mom goes to another. But since you don’t like either church, then find a faith we all can follow.” It was a challenge, and I didn’t really expect them to meet it. But God had other plans.

I’m from a tribal area of southern Philippines, and my wife is from an island. We belonged to different Christian churches, [...]

Inside Story: Internet Evangelism in Finland
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A few years ago a friend offered me some CDs of sermons from his pastor. I wondered why Adventist pastors in Finland didn’t offer their sermons on CDs. It would be a great way to reach out beyond the church community as well as keep in touch with members who were ill or away. I asked around and realized that some Adventist churches in Finland had recorded a few sermons, but virtually no churches had digital audio materials that [...]

Inside Story: God’s Thousand Ways
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Prescilla Canilang

I live in Sydney, Australia. Like most Australians, I had read the Bible some, but I wasn’t terribly interested in God. But when I received a brochure advertising a prophecy seminar, it caught my interest and I decided to attend. I learned so much about Daniel and Revelation, two books that had always puzzled me.

I learned about Discover Bible studies, offered on the Internet. I logged on and began studying the Bible online. I was pleased to see that [...]