Missions: The Current Status

Missions: The Current Status

The background for the work of mission to the unreached would seem depressing. In 1900, the world had 1.6 billion people, half of whom had no reasonable chance to hear the Gospel in their lifetime. By 2000, there was an appearance of improvement: nearly two-thirds of...
The Haji’s Gift

The Haji’s Gift

It was the *Woodhouse family’s second year serving in Indonesia, and their first Christmas living in the house they would rent for the next 18 years. Everything was going really well. They had found a home to rent in a mostly Muslim neighborhood and were on good terms...
A Caroling Calamity

A Caroling Calamity

When Sanjay* and some fellow followers of Christ decided to celebrate the Christmas season with caroling, they knew to be discreet. After all, they lived in northern India, where persecution of Christians is an everyday threat. Casually going into the streets singing...
Navigating Difficult Conversations with Family

Navigating Difficult Conversations with Family

 The Christmas holidays can often be made more stressful by difficult family members.  Sometimes we gird ourselves up just knowing that that person will be at the family gathering. Ibu Sayang in Indonesia knows how we feel . . . When “Uncle” called Ibu Sayang to his...