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The Taliban’s Rise to Power and the Underground Church’s Response

“There is no need to fear what the Taliban are doing. Yes, bad things may happen to us, but God will do something and glorify His name. If something bad happens to me, I will remember God and how He works miracles. In the Bible, He miraculously hid people in danger, and other times He allowed them to be beaten and killed. I trust God.”

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The Saudi Arabia you don’t know

SECRET CHRISTIANITY Because Saudi Arabia is located in …

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Eid Al-Fitr: The Closing of Ramadan

Eid al-Fitr, the Festival of Breaking Fast is the first of two canonical festivals of Islam. It marks the end of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of fasting. Eid al-Fitr is the biggest holiday in the Muslim calendar. Time is spent praying at the mosque, visiting loved ones, and eating lots of delicious foods.

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How to Pray for Muslims During Ramadan

Ramadan is considered the most holy month of the year for Muslims. The dates change annually as it is based on the lunar cycle. It can vary slightly, depending on when the full moon is seen at Mecca, in Saudi Arabia. This year, Ramadan is (approximately) April 12th through May 12th.

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THE RISE OF WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP AS MODERN-DAY ESTHERS

Starting Thursday evening, February 25, through the following evening, the Jewish holiday of Purim will be celebrated to remember the life of Esther, queen of ancient Persia, who rose up in the midst of challenges to be used mightily by God to save her people from utter destruction. Today, we would say she needed inner healing and training before being allowed to rise to such authority having been an orphan, practically a prostitute, isolated from her people, etc. This sounds familiarly like some modern-day Persian women—disciples of Jesus Christ who are leaders in rapidly reproducing disciple-making movements. Actually, in their nation, this movement is primarily led by women.

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two tales of tears shed: a story of persecution from a frontline worker

Some years ago, a GCM disciple maker in a restricted-access nation was in a meeting with local believers who were praying and saying goodbye to a fellow believer who had made a difficult decision. Because of this believer’s faith in Jesus, her family was persecuting her so she made the choice to flee to a different nation. Please read further to find out more and how you can fuel the frontlines where GCM is working.

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Compassionate Care for Afghanistan

In Afghanistan, the winters are cold, with an average temperature in January of 30°F (-1°C), usually with freezing nights, and possible peak temperatures of -4/-13°F (-20/-25°C). Snowfalls are fairly frequent and sometimes heavy. Many, including widows and orphans, live without reliable electricity or heat sources. Can you imagine living in sub-zero weather without these? Please read further to find out how you can assist Afghan widows and orphans during the upcoming winter.

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Fueling the Frontlines

The Middle East has some of the world’s greatest physical and spiritual needs. Home to many unreached people groups, it is estimated that only 3 percent of foreign missionaries are serving there. Even though the Middle East was the birthplace of Christianity, Christians make up less than 2 percent of the population. In some of these nations, nearly 100 percent of their populations claim to be Muslim.

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#MeToo in the Middle East

The #MeToo movement, which started three years ago, has finally found its way to the Islamic Republic of Iran, a nation of more than 80 million. In late August 2019, allegations against 100 men aired on Iranian social media. However, this movement faces significant challenges.

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What is Ashura and How Can We Pray?

Similar to Jews and Christians, Muslims also observe a variety of holy days some familiar and some not. A lesser known holiday is Ashura. Even though this holiday is not mandated by the Prophet Muhammad, Quran or hadiths, it is an important time of the year for both Sunni and Shia Muslims.

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Courage from God in the midst of persecution

Recently, a believer in our community and a friend were hiking in nearby mountains. Suddenly, they met Taliban fighters and were abducted. After praying, God gave them the courage to fight back. And survive.

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Healing Leads to Hunger to Read God’s Word

While a Muslim girl was taking medication for cancer, a GCM disciple maker began praying for her, as this was the only thing she could think of to do. And the Lord worked a miracle… Read the full story and be encouraged of how God is moving mightily in the midst of persecution in the Middle East.

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Encountering God in the Midst of COVID-19

While GCM disciple makers were distributing masks to combat COVID-19 transmission, they met a man who has had sinus issues for about three years. They asked if they could pray for him, to which he agreed. Two weeks later, they received a call from the man, asking if they would visit again because his health had dramatically improved… Read the rest of this amazing story on our blog.

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The Hajj and Eid al-Adha

As the month of pilgrimage has ended, Eid al-Adha comes. It is the second of the two main holidays celebrated by Muslims. This 3-day celebration is based on the Quranic story of Allah asking Ibrahim to sacrifice his son. Ibrahim was willing and fully surrendered to Allah, but in the end, Allah provided an animal to sacrifice in the place of Ibrahim’s son. Many on this day will sacrifice goats or sheep as a symbol of Allah providing for Ibrahim. Learn more about this special day and join us for a live prayer event…

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Counting the Cost of Living in Persecution

Jesus never promised His followers an easy path. He told his disciples the world would hate them. He sent them out as sheep among wolves. Jesus’ words came true for the apostles and are still coming true today. People wonder why don’t the ‘sheep’ escape rather than live in persecution, risking their lives, health, family, etc. to share Jesus with others?

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Christian Persecution in Somalia

Across the world, Christian persecution has grown at an alarming rate in the last several decades. According to Jesus and His disciples, persecution is not just a possibility for Christians, it is a given. Each year, Open Doors lists the top 50 most dangerous countries to live in as a Christian titled “The World Watch List.” Number three on the list is Somalia, a restricted country located in the Horn of Africa or East Africa. This country, with a population of approximately 15 million, is 99.5% Muslim, leaving only a few hundred Christians. Christian evangelism is outlawed along with Christianity itself. This nation is ravaged with severe poverty, drought, starvation, pirates, high crime, disease, war and militant Islam…learn more about this nation in today’s special blog.

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Praying for the Persecuted Church

In Western, first-world countries, we may never have experienced severe persecution such as torture for our faith. But let’s think about it like this—are you free to talk about Jesus at work? At school? What would your doctors, neighbors, bosses or teachers think if you were open and free about your faith? Do you find yourself restrained about your faith for fear of being treated differently, rejected or opposed? If you do, then for those brief moments you can get a glimpse of what our brothers and sisters living in restricted nations face.

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The Man in White Delivers from Darkness

The news is filled with stories coming out of the Middle East, but nothing like what we are about to share with you. God is moving in such powerful ways, stopping at nothing to reach people with His love and truth.

Naghma had been depressed for over four years when she met one of our disciple makers. She never wanted to open up and talk to anyone, but she felt so safe and comfortable with this disciple maker that, surprisingly, she opened up quite easily. Naghma shared how she was seeing intensely dark images in her room and being troubled spiritually. She felt these dark things that would come to her were unbelievable, so she kept it to herself. Even her family did not know what was going on with her. Finally, comfortable enough to share, our disciple maker was able to pray for Naghma and for these dark things to go away.

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Why the Night of Power is an Important time to pray

The Night of Power this year is Tuesday, May 19. Please pray with us that Muslims around the world will encounter Jesus as they pray on this special night of Ramadan. Learn more about this special night and how you can pray for the salvation of Muslims in this special article we are sharing on the blog.

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ADDICTION RATES AMONG THE HIGHEST IN THE MIDDLE EAST

It might be surprising to hear that the number one country in the world consuming illegal drugs is Iran. The fruit of the last 40 years under Islamic control has only produced greater hopelessness for its inhabitants. We hope this information helps you understand the depth of depravity inside this country and compels you all the more to pray.

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