Archive - November 2019

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When God Calls a Church Planter to Reach Refugees
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Fleeing Home, Finding Hope [November Prayer Focus]

When God Calls a Church Planter to Reach Refugees

Anne Ingram smiles with one of her refugee friends
Anne Ingram thought she was just going to Germany to plant a church, but God was preparing her for even more.

When Anne Ingram went looking for a way to connect with her German community, she didn’t expect to find it among a group of refugees.  TEAM missionary Anne and her husband, Jeff, moved to Dresden in late 2013 to plant a church. She would walk the streets near their home, asking God how she could reach out to their new neighbors. Right around the same time, the German government decided to open the nation’s borders to people displaced by war, poverty and violence in their own countries. The refugees poured in by the tens of thousands, from places like Eritrea,…

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Fleeing Home, Finding Hope [November Prayer Focus]

Several refugee children stand in the middle of a refugee camp
This month, we are praying for refugees — people who have been forced to leave their homes because of dangerous situations.

Serena knew her family was different, but she didn’t know why. Her family celebrated Christmas, even though no one else did. And they seemed to live by a different set of rules than everyone else. As Serena grew up, she realized her parents were different because they were Christians in a Muslim society. She accepted Christ when she was 15 years old and started attending her parents’ underground church. But then the unthinkable happened — their church was discovered. Serena’s parents were able to escape to Austria, but Serena had to stay behind. For nine months she was in hiding,…

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