Revival: Myanmar Sees Mighty Move of God

As the Yangon Love Joy Peace Festival with Franklin Graham drew to a close, Christians marveled at the way God has answered prayer. #Revival

Christians in Myanmar have long known that, in a land where they comprise a small minority of the population, they must look to God for sustenance, guidance and fruitful ministry.

And in the past 17 months, their prayer has been even more intense. In June 2015, they began holding monthly prayer rallies for the Festival.

Even before the Festival meetings began, they saw answers to prayer. The day before a children’s rally in October, the venue was completely flooded due to an unusually late-season torrential rain.
But God answered fervent prayer, and by the next day, the venue was dry, allowing some 16,000 children to hear the gospel. More than 1,400 indicated committing their lives to the Lord Jesus Christ that day.
As Myanmar’s people have seen expanded freedoms the past few years under the civilian government, Christians have begun to make their voices heard in new ways.
In the same way that Franklin Graham has spent most of 2016 challenging American Christians to become engaged in the civic process—even being willing to run for office—Christian leaders in Myanmar have encouraged believers to be involved in nation-building, to make their witness known not only through proclaiming the gospel but also by being involved in every aspect of life.

On the final night of the Love Joy Peace Festival, the convention center grounds once again filled with people coming to hear the Good News. Many had been invited by friends and neighbors.
Yangon Kachin Baptist Church had sent members door-to-door in a rural area near Yangon to invite people to the Festival, and on the final night, they brought 60 guests on a chartered bus.
“Many of you here tonight are going through your life blindly,” Franklin Graham said during the final night of the Festival in Myanmar. “And if you don’t change the direction of your life tonight, your life could be destroyed. But tonight you have a chance to come to Jesus Christ. He will cleanse your heart. He will guide you and direct you. And if you’re willing to believe by faith in Jesus Christ tonight, He’ll forgive your sins. You can have a new life and a new beginning.”
Many responded to that offer of new life. Altogether, more than 7,600 people indicated decisions for Christ during the three-day event, with over 170,000 in attendance.
Seeing how God worked through the Festival, Franklin Graham’s longtime friend and Festival patron Tin Maung Tun said: “We are overwhelmed at the manifestation of the Lord’s hand. Here is the manifestation that the Word of God does not change.”
The Rev. Dr. Saw Mar Gay Gyi, festival executive chairman, added: “This is more than we expected. The Holy Spirit is really here working and using Franklin. So this is, I think, God’s amazing grace for our people, and we hope that because of this, our country will be blessed richly.” 
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Muslim Leader Miraculously Raised from the Dead and Converts to Christianity 

A Muslim Imam was miraculously raised from the dead and converted to Christianity after having a vision of Jesus. reports that Munaf Ali (name changed for security reasons) was an influential religious leader in the Middle East.

While he was walking home one day, he suddenly lost consciousness, fell to the ground, and was found dead by his family.
While his body remained lifeless, however, Munaf Ali had a vision of good and evil.

He shared that he saw demons coming to take his soul away. “Get lost, you cursed demons of Allah. You have no right to take my soul!” he shouted at them. One of the demons spoke to him, saying, “No. It’s our right to take your life. And you will be with us.”

It was then that Jesus appeared with a group of angels and drove the demons away.

Munaf Ali then heard Jesus talk to him: “Listen, my son. First Adam disobeyed God and sinned against Him under Satan’s influence. I am the second Adam, the Word of God and the Messiah Jesus, Son of the Most High. I was born of the virgin Mary, as a sinless Son of Man to redeem Adam and all of his descendants including you from sin and death.”
Jesus continued, according to Munaf Ali’s vision: “I was crucified and died as a ransom for all your sins to make you a child of God and citizen of heaven. I was raised from the dead and opened the gates of heaven to bring you back to eternal glory. Have faith in me and be my witness. I give your life back, for I have the authority of giving life.”
Then, to the shock of his family, Munaf Ali awoke. He immediately gave his life to Christ and told his family about what he saw. His family believed him and also became Christians.
After this miraculous event, Munaf Ali became a fervent follower of Christ, so much so that the community he once led now persecuted him so intensely that he and his family were forced to leave their home.

Christianity is reportedly growing in the Middle East despite the persecution Christians face.

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Trove of ancient gold, silver discovered at Israeli archeological site

A treasure trove of gold and silver objects dating back about 3,600 years from the Canaanite period has been found in the Tel Gezer excavation center.

The Israel Antiquities Authority and the Israel Nature and Parks Authority announced Monday that it believes the objects found were part of a ceremonial offering that was laid in the center of the structure being excavated.
The trove was found in a pot made of china which was wrapped in fabric that was sill somewhat intact despite the humid climate.

Five artifacts were found in the trove, three of which had greatly corroded, preventing researchers from study them properly.
The remaining two items included a medallion consisting of a silver disc with an engraving of an eight-pointed star. At the edge of the disc are two horns meant for connecting with a rope. Dr. Irit Tziper said these symbols are recognized as representing Canaanite gods comparable to Mesopotamia’s god’s Ishtar and Sin of Akkadian culture.

The second artifact found was an Egyptian seal from the Hyksos period framed in gold.

The trove of findings led researchers to believe it was part of an offering meant to connect the two gods, Mesopotamia/Canaanite and Egyptian.

“Gezer was one of the most important cities in the Land of Israel during the Canaanite period,” said Shaul Goldstein, director-general of the Israel Nature and Parks Authority, “it’s importance continued through the period when King Saul rebuilt the city. The trove found is a significant accomplishment that shines a light on the Canaanite culture in Israel 3,600 years ago,.”


Revival being witnessed at a Ministry in Iran

Hundreds of Iranian and Afghan Muslims are coming to Christ despite the very real threat of violent persecution or death. 

Elam Ministries reported that more than 200 Iranians and Afghans were baptized just outside Iran. Doing so inside the country could mean death.
“I never thought I would find freedom from my past, but Jesus has set me free,” one newly baptized Christian told Elam Ministries. 
Despite the dangers of converting to Christianity, revival is breaking out in Iran — one of the most dangerous places to be a Christian. 

“Twenty years ago, everyone thought there were 2,000-5,000 believers in Iran,” says Elam Ministries’ Mark Howard.

Today that number has grown more than ten-fold. 
Howard says a “conservative estimate” is 300,000 – 400,000 Muslim converts to Christianity are now living in Iran. 
“The Lord is really doing something,” Howard said. “Every day we have many coming to the Lord. If you give a starving person food and water they will want to share it. That’s what they find in Jesus. They are so hungry and thirsty for the truth. They are experiencing it in a powerful way. When they do they want to share it with others,”
He says so many people are tired of Iran’s iron-fist government and are ready to find the truth. 
“The Iranians are spiritual people. As many search for truth and hunger for the truth, it is natural to look for that in Jesus. When someone tells them about Jesus they are eager,” Howard said.


Get your oil now!

One of the most painful snubs people have to undergo these days is being “unfriended” on Facebook. Suddenly you are no longer welcome in someone’s virtual “house,” and that person’s personal news, comments, and pictures no longer flow through your “feed.” Oh, well. There are other people to be friends with.
Can you imagine what a disaster it will be for people on judgment day who hear Jesus’ voice disavowing and unfriending them? Jesus once told a striking story about members of a wedding party who needed to have their oil lamps filled so they could join the nighttime bridal procession. Some of the bridesmaids were too self-centered or distracted to prepare in advance.
The procession left without them. “Later the others also came. ‘Sir! Sir!’ they said. ‘Open the door for us.’ But he replied, ‘I tell you the truth, I don’t know you!’ Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour” (Matthew 25:11-13). 
Jesus’ earnest warning: get your oil now. The oil you need is an attitude of repentance for your many sins, open-hearted listening to God’s Word, and faith in the gospel message of your forgiveness through his blood. Do it now. You don’t know when the Bridegroom will choose to come.

Christians in Over 100 Countries Observe International Day of Prayer for Persecuted Church

Christians in over 100 countries observed the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church on Sunday by joining together to intercede for those who daily suffer for their faith in Jesus Christ.

“Scripture affirms that the Christian life is a call to glory through suffering,” says the World Evangelical Alliance of this day. “Accordingly, on a daily basis Christians around the world face persecution in various forms, including discrimination, physical assaults, violence and even death.”

“The Bible in Hebrews 13:3 command Christians to pray for those suffering as if they themselves were suffering,” it outlines. “In other words, the Bible calls us to not only remember those who suffer but also to identify with them in their suffering.”
2016 marks the 20th year of the coordinated Day of Prayer, which was launched in 1996 following widespread interest in an initial “Day of Prayer for Iran” sparked by the murder of a Christian leader in the country.
In realizing the extent of Christian persecution around the globe, various organizations now known as the Religious Liberty Commission released a statement determining to end “our own silence in the face of the suffering of all those persecuted for their religious faith.”

Now, Christians are praying for the persecuted in nations around the world on the first and second Sundays of every November. Resources for churches have been made available for free, including prayer points, devotionals, Sunday School materials, hymn sheets and more.

Release International created a video highlighting persecution in the South Asian County of Sri Lanka.

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“Right now, we are considered almost like an underground church,” says Godfrey Yogarjah, the general secretary of the National Christian Evangelical Alliance in Sri Lanka, in the footage.

“The last few years, we’ve had churches attacked. We’ve had local government authorities closing down churches,” he explains. “We’ve had extremist groups like the Bodu Bala Sena, which is comprised of extremist Buddhist monks that have gone around attacking churches, closing churches, and sometimes the police have accompanied them.”

The organization also released a video earlier this year sharing the testimony of a persecuted pastor in Laos.

“The police screamed at me and got angry with me, and tried to force me to deny Jesus,” the pastor, only identified as Mac, shared. “In my mind, I was praying to God, ‘God, please forgive these police and please work in their hearts.’”

“The police said to me firstly, ‘Will you stop believing in Jesus?’ Secondly, ‘Do you want to die?’ Thirdly, ‘Do you want to go to jail?’ And fourthly they told me, ‘After you go back from the police offices here, you have to go to every church and tell them to stop believing in Jesus,’” he recalled.

The pastor answered resolutely that he was not afraid to go to jail or to die, and that he would not deny Jesus.

In another video released by Christian Solidarity Worldwide, a church leader named Firouz in Iran urges Christians to pray for the enemies of the Church who are seeking to destroy it.

“I think and I believe that they need our prayers,” he says.

Open Doors USA also urged Christians not to just pray for the persecuted Church, but to pray with them—that when times of trials come they will stand strong for Christ, declaring even in the face of death that Jesus is Lord.

Muslims are Meeting Jesus in record number, By The Thousands

There’s a side of the Muslim refugee story you probably have not heard in the mainstream media.

We’ve seen the video clips of Muslim refugees—many of them from war-torn Syria—flooding into an unprepared and overwhelmed Europe. We’ve heard accounts of some of these refugees committing ugly crimes and others demanding that the post-Christian societies that welcome them conform to the harsh demands of Islamic law. We’ve even read the stories about Islamist terror groups such as ISIS infiltrating the refugee populations in order to wreak further havoc on the West.
But chances are you don’t know, as Paul Harvey might have said, the rest of the story. It’s a story of God building His kingdom in the midst of chaos, doubt, and uncertainty. It’s a story of Muslims meeting Jesus. Take, for example, the story of Javad.

A Muslim from Iran, Javad didn’t know any Christians and didn’t own a Bible, though he had heard some Christian satellite radio. Then in 2008 he migrated to Athens, and a roommate asked him to come to an Iranian church. Javad had never heard of such a thing and, curious, he went. There, in a small, unremarkable rented room, he heard the gospel and gladly received Christ.

Now Javad is sharing the Jesus he met with other Muslim refugees in Greece. Every day he goes to a refugee center, park, or coffee shop to share the good news with Iranian and Afghan refugees. He says that he knows of two or three Muslims each day since he arrived who have trusted in Christ. Working at a refugee center that provides practical aid, Javad says more than 2,000 Muslims at the center have turned to Jesus in the last eight years.
Because many refugees remain on the move, an informal network of new churches for Muslim converts has begun spreading in Britain, The Netherlands, Germany, and elsewhere. One church in Berlin has counted 1,200 Muslims converted in just three years, most of them Afghans and Iranians. At a Persian church in Hamburg, meanwhile, more than 600 Pakistanis and Afghans lined up to be baptized during one service. According to a report in The Daily Beast, thousands—maybe tens of thousands—of Muslims have become followers of Jesus across Northern Europe.

One young woman from Iran told the German magazine Stern, “I’ve been looking all my life for peace and happiness, but in Islam, I have not found them.” Another convert said the love of Christ made all the difference. “In Islam, we always lived in fear,” he said. “Fear God, fear of sin, fear of punishment. But Christ is a God of love.”
Of course, while all this is good news for Muslims, it’s not news to you, if you’ve been following BreakPoint. We’ve highlighted the ground-breaking research of David Garrison, author of the eye-opening book “A Wind in the House of Islam.” After conducting 1,000 interviews with Muslims who met and decided to follow Jesus, David says that the pace of Muslim conversion is accelerating. Of the 82 people movements of Muslims becoming Christians since Islam was founded, 84 percent have occurred within the last two decades. Millions who used to follow Islam are now following Jesus.
“In the last couple of decades,” Garrison told my colleague John Stonestreet, “we began learning of more and more places in the Muslim world where Muslims are saying, ‘We realize we didn’t have salvation in Islam. [B]ut we have found assurance of salvation in the person of Jesus Christ.’”

So while the wars and upheavals in the Middle East and Asia have sparked a crisis of, might I say, biblical proportions, God continues His quiet work of saving sinners and transforming lives. As Joseph in the Old Testament said, what man meant for evil, God meant for good, for the saving of many people! That, my friends, is the rest of the story!