SOUTHEAST ASIA (BP) -- He sped home on his motorbike, desperate to see his family in the wake of a 7.0 magnitude earthquake. He had waited 30 minutes -- long enough to let the tremors subside -- but a sudden landslide took him by surprise. The treacherous trip for Cahya* affected his life forever.
SOUTH ASIA (BP) -- Zoya's* family life was a mess. She had fallen in love with a Hindu man, and consequently, her Muslim family disowned her. As the years went by, she became the mother of two and a dutiful Hindu. But her marriage suffered when her husband Azad* began drinking too much. A friend brought Zoya to the home of Baptist workers, where Zoya found a job as a language tutor. As she taught the couple, Zoya heard stories from a children's Bible. And as time went on, Zoya began coming early to read God's Word and pray. Slowly, she started falling in love with Jesus.
SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA (BP) -- "I believe this. I want to be baptized." Mark was just one of the men recovering from heroin addiction at "The Well," a rehabilitation center founded by Southern Baptist missionaries in sub-Saharan Africa. His new start in recovery led to his new beginning in eternal life. Located inside a concrete building formerly frequented by heroin addicts, "The Well" serves
EUROPE (BP) -- She is a ball of energy with laugh lines deeply engraved at the corners of her eyes. And she is one of millions living in an Eastern European metropolis, but one of only a few pastors' wives in her city. A few years ago, Tanya* and her husband moved to the city to start their now-thriving church of 30 to 40 members. They are part of a church planting movement of at least six new churches in about three years -- church growth that is extremely unusual here after the tumult of Soviet repression.