When my oldest son was four years old, his favorite movie was Disney’s Sleeping Beauty. He watched it countless times, fully feeling the suspense of the fight and the sweetness of victory with every viewing. He would get really nervous during the scary parts. But then he would brandish his plastic sword as Prince Philip battled the wicked Maleficent, hurl it against the wall—or the windows or a fragile vase—just as Philip hurled his at the dragon-figure’s only vulnerable spot, and then dance with his imaginary princess as Philip danced with the now-wide-awake beauty.
Observing my son’s suspense was painful enough to watch when he was viewing the movie for about the twentieth time, but it was excruciating to observe him when he saw it for the first time. Would the kingdom be saved, or would the only possible rescuer succumb to the overwhelming odds against him? Would evil be defeated, or would the princess sleep and the land lie in darkness forever? Were a sword, bravery, and some fairy dust enough to overcome chains, fiery breath, and a curse? It was all up in the air, and an entire kingdom hung in the balance. Fortunately, my...
For a long time, Emil stayed away from conferences and resisted using outside resources in his church. He wanted to ground the new Christians in the Bible alone, not in “prepackaged material.” About a third of the roughly 100 people who attend his church fit that category, while a third are established Christians and a third are “still seeking.” All, except the seekers, are converts from Islam.
Emil is Lebanese, but he married a Tunisian woman and moved to Tunisia in 1998 because God called him to minister to Muslims there.
Emil’s ministry approach is simple. After he tells someone about Jesus and explains the way of salvation, he then tells that person to put aside everything he said and ask Jesus for confirmation—some kind of sign. “Go home, close the door, and ask Him if these things are true,” he instructs them. And it works. Jesus confirms the message that Emil has spoken...
This month, please pray for the following:
- Praise that our South Asia Conference of Walk Thru the Bible leadership was a huge success. Read more about that trip here.
- Praise that our Event Development team's trip to Israel was very productive in their plans for a new Bible Lands Tour! Stay tuned for more on this later in the year!
- Praise that the filming of our newest installment in the Biblical Character Series is now complete! Watch for our new series on the life of King Josiah later this Spring!
- Pray for our annual Global Leadership Conference later this month. Every year, our global leaders meet to discuss new initiatives, plan for the upcoming year, and encourage one another.
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