Inside Story: The Missionary Café

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Sixteen-year-old Anya’s heart raced as she and her father stepped into the small café in the heart of Krasnoyarsk, Siberia. Could she ask a complete stranger to turn a business over to some teenagers—even for a few hours? The adventure for God had begun months earlier when Anya and her teenage friends had visited a … [Click to read more …]

Inside Story: The Compelling Message


Maria grew up in Poland. As a teenager Maria searched for God, but she didn’t find what she was looking for. Eventually she returned to her parents’ church and immersed herself in its practices, hoping for spiritual fulfillment. As she read the Bible, she discovered many texts that raised questions in her mind. The book … [Click to read more …]

For the Band

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Have you ever been part of a team? Maybe it wasn’t a sports team; maybe it wasn’t even called a ‘team.’ Maybe it was just a group of people all working towards the same goal. I can’t say I was ever part of a sports team, but I was a member of my high school … [Click to read more …]

Inside Story: Determined to Serve


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 … [Click to read more …]

Inside Story: Power of Prayer

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 … [Click to read more …]

02: The Idol – Thought Questions
Joyce Griffith

Several teachers at an African secondary school were visiting one afternoon when one of them picked a stone carving out of his pocket and handed it around. “This is an idol,” he said. “My yard boy gave it to me. He thinks this piece of rock has a lot of power.” The head missionary in … [Click to read more …]