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Who will help this mother free her innocent son? DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO — Kezia was accustomed to the injustice her country knows as everyday life — especially along the trans-Africa highway where looting and rape are commonplace. So she wasn’t surprised when her son was unjustly imprisoned. But she was going to make it [...]

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Will this young boy allow anyone to help him?  ASIA — A young boy wandered into the alley outside the shop window. He stood there in a long torn shirt, a distant look on his face, and drool falling to the ground. Vicky, a Crossworld worker, noticed him through the shop window while chatting with [...]

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Hours in front of a microphone alter eternity for many. U.S. — By all accounts, Henri’s life in France was in shambles. He had lost his job, his marriage was rocky, and his relationship with his kids was slipping. Then he started listening to Chemins de Vie [The Way of Life] on the radio, the [...]

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Celebrate God’s work through Crossworld’s history of translation, and don’t miss VP Emeritus Larry Sharp’s article, “Translating More Than Words.” BRAZIL | CONGO | GUYANA | PAPUA | SURINAME     From Brazil   Kayapó Translation for the Kayapó (KY-uh-PAW) Scriptures began in 1959. The New Testament was completed in 1996 and was dedicated in [...]

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Dani believers eagerly await the Bible in their language. INDONESIA — The tall Dani (DAH-nee) pastor walked into Crossworld worker Dave’s shop with a big smile on his face and an old hat on his head. “How many cartons of Bibles will this purchase?” Mbogut Paga Enegen thrust a handful of red rupiah bills that [...]

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It was only when the big-lipped Kayapó warriors in Brazil read “God’s paper” for themselves that they turned to Christ. A murder among the Dani in Papua spelled certain war until the tribal leader remembered that “that Big Book admonishes us to love our enemies.” A Wai Wai witchdoctor led the way for his entire [...]

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Translation bears fruit for generations to come. BRAZIL —Kayapó warriors ambushed and killed three Crossworld workers deep in the Amazon jungles in 1935 when Earl Trapp was just six years old. The world soon knew about the wild Kayapó, but only God knew how to transform them with His gospel, and He would use Earl [...]

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Woman reads that Jesus is the way, but will she believe it? BALKANS — Closing the Bible in front of her, Mila declared, “It is just different ways to the same God.” Crossworld worker Kayla had heard Mila state this belief repeatedly since agreeing to study the Bible. “I’m on one path to God, and [...]

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A gospel-centered support group fosters reconciliation. DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO — Neema’s throat tightened as she contemplated the choice before her. Her daughter Sezikana sat weeping for her stillborn baby while another woman in the same maternity ward with a healthy child lay in a coma. One child was alive, the other was not. Neema [...]

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A construction worker makes jobs and disciples. Editor’s Note: When this story arrived from one of our workers, we were so moved by his words that we wanted you to hear it directly from him. ASIA — I heaved another 80-pound bag of cement onto my shoulder and headed for the stairs. Slowly and methodically, [...]

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Two women share life through language lessons. ASIA — Walking in the hot sun with a dictionary and simple English language book tucked in her bag, Sandy hoped to find Setong in her normal spot. After being out of town for three months, Sandy missed the weekly language lesson she shared with her friend. Setong’s [...]

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100-year-old missionary is a model for today’s trail blazers. The disturbingly loud call of the roosters jolted Mary Van DeGevel awake at 4 a.m. that first morning in the Amazon city of Belém. She had just arrived on a British boat from her homeland, Belgium, and was still recovering from her third-class journey through stormy [...]

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A woman learns the cost of being a disciple. ECUADOR — Rominna’s entire demeanor changed the day she trusted in Christ. She used to stare at the ground in the presence of others, but now she looks them in the eye and smiles. Before, she hardly spoke, but now she laughs and joins in the [...]

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Basic needs are first when eternity’s at stake. ASIA — “Here it comes!” the children shouted as a trickle of water turned into a gushing stream that poured out of the hand pumpspout. With their new water system, the Makmur family would have a better life. No longer would their mother be hauling buckets of [...]

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A student’s loneliness is overcome by joy in Christ. FRANCE — In art class, Jae-hun filled his canvases with vibrant colors, yet his own life seemed hopelessly dark. Each day after class he returned to his dorm room alone because, as an international student, he spoke very little French and had no friends. But soon, [...]

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Vicente’s 40 years of faithfulness inspires others. BRAZIL — Vicente stood in the center of the crowd, bracing himself like the warrior he is. Small in stature, large in presence, he barked out each statement in chanting cadence. “I remember when I was young, the missionaries came. They carried a new talk about a true [...]

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A disciple makes a disciple by clearly sharing Christ. DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO — A young boy rushed up to Mabili after the neighborhood Bible club with a huge smile on his face. “Pastor, I want to hear more about Jesus, and I want my father to hear about Him too! I’ll bring him to [...]

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Valentine’s party in Italy yields a sweet surprise. ITALY — Hallie’s heart softened as the faces of her six-year-old daughter’s friends — and their mothers — flitted through her mind. Valentine’s Day was coming up. How could she best share the Lord’s invitation to “Be Mine”? Crossworld workers Hallie and her husband Tyler make their [...]

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Percussion connections lead to gospel opportunities.  FRANCE — The final notes from the choir rang out and Bill, a Crossworld worker, finished the concert with his fellow orchestra players. Now he wanted to properly thank Yves. A few days before, Bill realized he was booked to play two concerts the same evening, but through a [...]

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Helping neighbors after a storm thaws skeptical hearts.  BALKANS — An odd quiet settled on the blizzard-beaten town as, one by one, doors cracked open and people struggled to emerge from their homes. Random gusts teased the head-high drifts, playfully tossing loose powder into the frigid air — a stark contrast to the howling, merciless [...]

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It’s no joke how an open door led to redemption. DOMINICAN REPUBLIC — The chairs sat empty and the church quiet when a dark, disheveled figure wandered through the open door. Rich Vallette, the pastor of the church and a Crossworld worker, looked up to study the stranger. Despondent and bewildered, he had walked in [...]

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An Asian believer sees God’s hand at work. ASIA — “Banyu, slower!” Daniel teased. “Your fast talk makes me dizzy.” “But my heart wants to shout to everyone that Jesus forgave me!” Banyu needed Daniel, his mentor and a Crossworld worker, to understand his desire to be an evangelist. But Daniel needed Banyu to consider [...]

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Watching families struggle spurred couple to action. Ken and Suzy Trough’s many years in education confirmed for them the value of college for students. But it wasn’t until they began serving with Crossworld at Amazon Valley Academy (AVA) in Belém, Brazil, that they realized how much the college price tag hinders many missionary kids’ (MKs) [...]

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Soil for sowing the gospel is right outside your door! BALKANS — Rakes? Check. Shovel? Check. Gloves? Check. Patrick and Avery, Crossworld workers and busy parents of young children, had been working to plant a garden. One day after dinner, Avery made a deal with her husband: “If you watch the kids, I’ll try to [...]

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Siblings return to the site of their family’s martyrdom. DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO — Missionary kids Hazel and Stephen Parry, ages 13 and 12, were at boarding school in England when they heard the news: their parents and younger brother and sister in Congo had been killed. The day was Nov. 25, 1964. Leftist Simba [...]

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Soldier reorients his life after remembering his promise to God. DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO — The soldier stopped dead in his tracks when he heard the words of the woman kneeling a few feet away from him: “Deliver me, Lord! I promise to serve You if You just let me live.” Though the noise around [...]

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A donor’s journey to the Amazon inspires action. BRAZIL — Crossworld donor Dave Hutton first journeyed to the Amazon jungle from California in 2000 to visit his cousin Jane Burns and her coworker, Miriam Abbott. While there, Dave was especially impressed with Crossworld’s discipleship of national believers to take over their own churches. Jane and [...]

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A young woman visits a clinic as a last resort. PAPUA — Here, a husband’s unfaithfulness is expected. Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), tuberculosis and HIV are passed around like a common cold. Because women are denied basic rights, they suffer from curable diseases or fatal illnesses because they can’t or won’t get help. In this [...]

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The hope of Jesus’ perfect love softens her heart. PAPUA — Here, a husband’s unfaithfulness is expected. Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), tuberculosis and HIV are passed around like a common cold. Because women are denied basic rights, they suffer from curable diseases or fatal illnesses because they can’t or won’t get help. In this society [...]

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Hopeless woman’s life undergoes radical change. PAPUA — Here, a husband’s unfaithfulness is expected. Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), tuberculosis and HIV are passed around like a common cold. Because women are denied basic rights, they suffer from curable diseases or fatal illnesses because they can’t or won’t get help. In this society Brian, a Crossworld [...]

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Clinic’s care for body and soul transforms her young life. PAPUA — Here, a husband’s unfaithfulness is expected. Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), tuberculosis and HIV are passed around like a common cold. Because women are denied basic rights, they suffer from curable diseases or fatal illnesses because they can’t or won’t get help. In this [...]

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An outdoor hobby leads others to hope in Christ. CANARY ISLANDS — When you first meet him, there’s nothing impressive about Dalmacio. He’s your typical surfer — skin sunburned and chapped, eyes red from the ocean’s glare and hair frayed from the salt water. He’s in his mid-30s and a Christian, but he’s made about [...]

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Turning down a “backdoor deal” opened the door to share Christ. ASIA — Just read the headlines — ethics in American business seem to be optional. In certain Asian business contexts, they’re non-existent. Rick, a Crossworld worker running a business in Asia, sat in his office with Andy, a young sales agent from a different [...]

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A struggling believer fights to choose Christ. GUYANA — Rupinder, at one time an excited, growing and influential believer, sat across from Crossworld worker Sam. “I know you know that I haven’t been living the way I should be living,” Rupinder confessed. “I need to get back in close fellowship with the Lord.” Sam had [...]

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Good news transforms village after village. BRAZIL — Mariani released a cry of anguish when she heard that the woman had not only lost her husband, but now her only son. In her world, that meant a life of suffering and abuse, with no hope at all for the future. Tears welled up in Mariani’s [...]

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Pennsylvania parents pass on the blessing of giving. Growing up as the son of a sharecropper in Lancaster County, Pa., Claude Hess learned generosity from his parents. During the Great Depression, when tramps passed through the farm, Claude’s mother gave them warm soup and dry lodging in the barn. When Claude shirked his farm chores [...]

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Crisis leads Slovak woman to hope in Christ. SLOVAKIA — On the busy streets of Bratislava, no one found it odd to see an advertisement for a class on the biblical principles of marriage. Slovakia is, after all, a religious society. Talking about God is normal, but living in relationship with God — that’s a [...]

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If Jesus Were an Engineer HAITI — Ben is an engineer. So is Bruce, so is John, and so is Jonathan! They all understand that their engineering ability can change the lives of desperate people in Haiti. Ben says on his blog, “Serving Jesus is not a two-week trip once a year or a Saturday [...]

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A Nurse in a High-Risk Country ASIA — Susie is a nurse in a war-torn country in Asia. Her calling is to use her professional abilities to make a difference in the lives of women who are victims of poverty, abuse, war and religious blindness.  As a nurse, Susie cares about both clinical and preventative [...]

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An Architect and the Making of Disciples ASIA — Andrew is an architect. He loves boats and the water, and he owns a boat-building business in Asia, where he lives. Andrew also loves Jesus and wants more people in his country to follow Him. Andrew can be a legitimate business owner in this country where [...]

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MALI, AFRICA — Winding their way through the cramped aisles, the team of volunteers surveyed the pallets of books they would soon be packing. Study Bibles, commentaries, systematic theologies, Bible dictionaries — all translated into French and shipped for distribution to countries throughout Africa. Locals, Europeans on vacation and even the occasional American gathered in [...]

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African pastors receive much-needed resources. MALI, AFRICA — In many West African countries, the difference between the north and south is more than geographical — it’s a difference of lifestyle, a clash of worldviews, a gulf of religious beliefs. And the division of the Muslim north and the Christian south is not always a peaceful [...]

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A personal gesture brings gratitude to a man’s life. PAPUA, INDONESIA — Excitement filled the air as the people huddled together after the village’s Christmas program. One by one they lined up to receive their gift from Charlotte, a Crossworld worker. On the outskirts of the festivities stood a tall, handsome man named Kripai with [...]

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A new believer’s humility marks her changed life. ASIA — Ty drunkenly stumbled into the apartment and collapsed into a chair across from his wife, Mae. From his soiled clothes and putrid smell, Mae knew he had thrown up in the street before entering their home. It was the fifth time that week he had [...]

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Crossworld is not responsible for and does not necessarily endorse content linked from its site. View more videos at: http://nbcmiami.com. Not since the Boxer Rebellion in 1900 China had so many missionaries been killed in a single year as in the Simba Rebellion of 1964 and 1965 in Africa. The terror unleashed on innocent Congolese [...]

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How beautiful are the feet of those who bring Good News! And what a beautiful day it was in Milan, Italy on Saturday, March 19, when 55 evangelical churches mobilized thousands of believers in a massive March for Jesus. At the front of the line were Crossworld missionaries Sam and Joan Fiore, church planters of [...]

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One grocery trip brings hope to a family Bread, tomatoes, three papaya for a dollar. Joyce* stood at her counter in the Ecuadorian market, silently taking customers’ payment for groceries. She helped person after person, not knowing a woman was on her way to talk specifically to her. Sally, a Crossworld worker, trudged up the [...]

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An Irish man finds hope despite trials. Philip faced a dead end. His wife had health problems, he had heart problems, one of his sons had a learning disability, and another son was about to be jailed for multiple incidents of drunken violence. Life felt overwhelmingly hopeless, and he didn’t know where to turn. But [...]

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In Hebrew, shalom means peace. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, Shalom University proclaims the Prince of Peace. The campus itself became a refuge for more than 1,300 people from different warring tribes when civil war broke out in the late 1990s. “This neutrality in the midst of a conflict zone gave the school [then [...]

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Simple teaching saves lives of mothers and babies in remote villages. “If my wife dies, I’ll just get another.” In the western world, that statement holds a disturbing mix of bad logic and apathy. Yet in an eastern culture where a Crossworld team is serving, it’s common sense among local men – especially when it [...]

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