Encouraging Stories

Unstoppable

January 4th, 2017 by | | Posted in Encouraging Stories

“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23 As the video crew began recording an interview with Reverend Samuel Stephens, everyone leaned in with anticipation and sat quietly transfixed. For the next two hours, we listened to him pour out his passion [. . .]

I met Pastor Udayakumar in 2004 when we began our relief and rehabilitation work in the aftermath of the tsunami. He joined our staff team and taught kids at a study center established through our Adopt-a-Village (AAV) program. When I first met him, he immediately struck me as being a very sincere and conscientious person, and [. . .]

A couple of weeks ago, a church in western New York hosted 90 kids for a week-long VBS.  In addition to the traditional festivities comprised of songs, games and Bible teaching, the children also enjoyed the privilege of working together toward a common goal. They wanted to make a difference in a village halfway across [. . .]

Revival of Faith

April 21st, 2016 by | | Posted in Encouraging Stories, Field Updates

“This has not been a seminar. It has been transformation,” Sister Anita exclaimed after attending a prayer conference. In March, more than two hundred indigenous IGL leaders attended conferences on prayer that transformed not just their prayer life, but their view of God, their perspective on forgiveness and their view on the Holy Spirit’s involvement [. . .]

Tears of Joy

April 12th, 2016 by | | Posted in Encouraging Stories, Field Updates

“For years I had wanted to sponsor a child,” said Darlene, an IGL child sponsor. Ten years ago, Darlene learned of IGL’s Child Sponsorship Program through her church and it seemed like the perfect fit. Soon after, Darlene and her husband, Larry, began sponsoring two children. A few years later Larry initiated the sponsorship of [. . .]

“Jesus said to Simon Peter, ’Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?’ He said to him, ’Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.’ He said to him, ’Feed my lambs.’” John 21:15 Many years ago, a young boy named David was sent to an IGL children’s home by his father, [. . .]

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? … For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all [. . .]

Finding Redemption

February 5th, 2016 by | | Posted in Encouraging Stories

Every morning on her way to work, Bhagyavathi, a Women with a Mission leader, walked down the main street of the red light district in her city looking for girls and women in need of rescue out of the sex trade. One morning, Bhagyavathi came across a young woman crying by herself in an alley. [. . .]

Have you ever had a dream or goal for your life that God completely rearranged? Susheela grew up as a pastor’s kid. Her father had grown up in a high caste* family but his parents kicked him out when he became a believer. He married a godly woman and together they gave their lives to [. . .]

Women touched and changed by the gospel have the power to transform a community. Historically, women have played a vital role in demonstrating God’s love and care to the Church and those who have not yet come to know Jesus personally. As wives, mothers, leaders and followers of God, women today in the U.S. and [. . .]