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Singing God’s Will

 

The Bible mentions music more than 800 times. That is no minor emphasis. God places great importance on how we respond to Him, and music is one of the primary vehicles He has given us to do so.  

Psalm 100:2 commands us to “come before His presence with singing.” That is His protocol, not merely one option among others. Read more…

The Crisis Is Escalating, So Are We…

 

Just like the Kurdish Peshmerga soldier in this video warns, the crisis in the Middle East is spiraling out of control. The Islamic State threatens increasing numbers of innocent people every single day, and we take this threat very seriously. Read more…

Combating Social Media Terrorists

 

It’s hard to believe a terrorist group could use social media to push its agenda, but the Islamic State is doing just that. ISIS is dedicated to pushing a worldview that was mostly adapted in the 7th century. Now they are using 21st century technology to do so. Read more…

Continually Cleansed

Forgiveness is more than God canceling our sins; it also means that He has remitted them–forever blotted them out of His memory. They will never be brought up against you again, because there is nothing to remember. Remind yourself that God keeps no record of your sin, because it has been blotted out by the Blood. The blood of Jesus is all he sees! Read more…

An Unlikely Friendship

Miracles can happen when we simply walk in love. The following is a journal entry from our media director, Kevin Bjorklund:

In late fall of 2013, I walked into a coffee shop near Erbil, where I was staying with the World Compassion team in Kurdistan, to grab an Americano. Read more…

Still Underground

Although China is developed economically, and even has the influence of western culture, it is not a free land. We cannot forget that the communist party still rules. Many believe that things have changed for the better, that the grip has loosened on Christian churches because their culture is similar to ours, but that simply is not the case. Read more…

Giving All I’ve Got

We receive testimony after testimony from our students throughout Asia on how World Compassion’s ABC Bible Training Curriculum has impacted their lives and strengthened their faith.

Below is a testimony from a church leader and ABC student who is not only using ABC to grow in knowledge and faith, but is also leading others and sharing the resource she has with those around her. Read more…

Culture Shock

As I stood with around 100 church planters in Burma just a few weeks ago, it hit me hard that we were “playing from behind.” These men looked tired with ragged, old clothes on their worn bodies, but there was a hunger that I had not seen. As we visited, I realized they, in some senses, had a chip on their shoulder. Read more…

Hold Onto Hope

Life can be tough, but there’s no shortage of God’s grace and goodness in hard times. You might think the Bible is a book about heroes and holy men, super-spiritual people who never failed and always did the right thing. But the truth is, it features an all too human cast of failures who were transformed by the grace of God to accomplish great good. Read more…

Iraq in Chaos

The 3-year-old Syrian War has spilled over into Iraq, completely destabilizing the region. ISIS, an extremely violent and blood-thirsty off-shoot of Al Qaeda overthrew Mosul just a week ago and has continued to take city after city on their march toward Baghdad. Their aim is to create an extreme Islamic state and draw a new border that encompasses much of central Syria and Iraq. What is troubling is that they might just accomplish their goal. Read more…

An Undeniable Miracle

Last month, we met with church leaders from Iran to discuss how World Compassion can serve the Church in Iran. The conclusion? Bibles and prayer. One of the leaders made this point by telling us his powerful first-hand journey with a woman whose life was transformed by a Bible.

Mira [name changed for security] was a lady with an unknown disease and who felt sick all the time. People would pray for her in the Mosque and holy places to no avail and she was tired of going to the doctors. She was sick for over 20 years and was very weak and thin, with nothing but skin and bones left of her. Read more…

“I See So Many Who Want One”

In January, we received a personal message online from a Christian in Tehran, who had been impacted by our video “Skyping in Secret.” He confirmed the what the believers in Iran told us over Skype and gave us a glimpse into the challenges he faces everyday as a Christian in Iran. This is what he told us:

Hello, it’s amazing how our wonderful Lord Jesus works! :)

I am an Iranian Christian and I am living in Tehran, Iran.

I watched your Skyping in Secret video, and I confirm that finding and having a Read more…

A Muslim Generation Seeking Truth

Just a few days ago while in the Middle East, we had the chance to sit and talk with several young believers from Iran.

Listening to their stories was like a breath of fresh air. Ali, one of the leaders, confirmed the existence of a movement taking place in Iran we have heard about from many other believers in the country. It has stirred us again to do all we can to reach their nation.

Iran currently has nearly 76.4 million people. 60% of the total population are under the age of 30, over 45 million young people! Read more…

Feeling Chosen

Can you imagine living in a brand new place as an 11-year-old, where everything is unfamiliar to you? Trying to adjust to a new environment, new schedule, and new family… You can recognize all of these changes are good, but you feel a little overwhelmed by it all. You are beginning to feel loved and included for the first time in your life, but what if someone could give you the extra affirmation you needed?

This is what Hse Hse Htoo (pronounced “Say Say Two”) experienced when she first arrived at World Compassion’s children’s home in Burma. Read more…

The Trump Card

Charisma isn’t bad, but is it more important than character?

As Christians, we’ve heard that while man looks at the outside, God looks at the heart. It is easy to see in our society that a person’s charisma and performance is what often leads to promotion. Read more…

Silence Your Anxiety

A high level anxiety is a good indicator that we’re not in a position of faith. Anxiousness causes us to force things and make rash decisions. It gets us away from following the leading of the Holy Spirit and the peace of God. Read more…

Why Are You Afraid?

After a series of tremendous miracles, Jesus and His disciples were traveling across a body of water. A storm developed while Jesus slept and the disciples became afraid. They woke Jesus up in terror from the storm. Jesus simply looked at His disciples and asked, “Why are you afraid, you of little faith?” Read more…

I Am Full of Joy

The following encouragement is a testimony from an ABC student in China.

By studying this course [ABC BIBLE TRAINING CURRICULUM], I understand that every Word from God is true and real. Read more…

Why Kurdistan?

We are all familiar with the statistics from the ongoing Syrian civil war. Over 2 million Syrians have fled their country. These refugees now live in neighboring countries such as Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Kurdistan (northern Iraq).

Syrian Refugee Map

 

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The Chance To Hope Again

- Erbil, Iraq Kurdistan
Lowrka is just 25 years old, but has experienced more tragedy than most will ever experience in their lifetime. Read more…

Be Like Jesus

It’s easy for us to get caught in our daily lives, the routine where our schedules are built around tasks that accomplish objectives and ultimately put us in a place of success. America is the land of opportunity. If you can dream it you can achieve it.

I love America and bleed red, white and blue; but someplace along the way, we placed the accomplishment of our dreams above the needs of others. Read more…

4 Disciplines For Intimacy with God

Why is it so difficult to feel God near sometimes?

Our hectic schedules and hand-held distractions, so often glorified in our modern culture, dull our senses— making it difficult to hear His voice or feel His supernatural touch. Read more…

No Hope For Young People

Ramiz (pictured above in the red scarf) just crossed the border five days ago to return to his hometown in Afghanistan. His mother brought him to our course and requested that we accept him in, but we didn’t have space for another student. Read more…

The Dangerous Road To A New Life

The following article was written by a Syrian journalist who has documented the hardships facing Syrian refugees. We saw his desire to help when he wrote to World Compassion, asking us to share his articles with the world to raise awareness for these refugees, that his people may receive the aid they desperately need. He has asked us to keep his identity a secret for his protection. Please help share his story. Read more…