Libby Donaldson

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Gospel boldness in the Balkans, despite challenges

MACEDONIA (BP) -- Before she met Jesus, Gryta* had a very low self-esteem. Her past includes abuse, neglect and health issues. A few years ago, she met Amy Williams, an International Mission Board (IMB) missionary, at an ESL class. Amy befriended Gryta and told her about the boundless love of the Savior. Gryta then went to a Bible study where she received more kindness and acceptance from other Christian women. But her patterns of destructive behavior continued.

Every prayer, every trip matters: Let us pray more

CZECH REPUBLIC (BP) -- Tears of joy flooded Stan and Abbey Wilcox's* eyes. It had been years since these International Mission Board missionaries lived in the Czech Republic. Back then, the spiritual darkness had been so overwhelming at times. And now -- were they hearing this correctly? Were two people they had never met thanking God publicly for leading them to start a church where Stan and Abbey had prayed nearly a decade earlier?

Ebola lingers, ministry in W. Africa continues

WEST AFRICA (BP) -- Basic human interaction -- simply reaching out to shake someone's hand -- had to change. Christian workers shared how survival has depended on it. James Burch*, who serves in West Africa, has seen Ebola reach his doorstep and claim a life from the village where he lives.

Magna Carta 800th anniv. rich with relevance

LONDON (BP) -- June 15 marks the 800th anniversary of King John's seal on the Magna Carta, one of the most significant documents in the history of democracy. While only three of the Magna Carta's original clauses are still a part of British law, this canon was foundational in shaping today's human rights and personal freedoms, including the freedom to practice religion.

Hope over fear found in Kenya after attacks

NAIROBI, Kenya (BP) -- Kenya's coastal communities are reeling from terrorist attacks claimed by members of the Somali-based al-Shabab organization. But in the face of these attacks, many missionaries in Kenya say they are focusing on the people's need for the Gospel rather than letting fear take over.