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Inspriring Stories of Refugee Life Change Through Christ

Today we now focus on three individual stories from Europe missionaries who are working to engage with the refugee movement. As we continue to follow the Great Commission, we remember the words of Christ, “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,  I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’” (Matthew 25:35-36 NIV)

Due to the sensitive nature of these stories, certain names and locations have been changed.


Belgium

Missionaries Sam and Naomi are working with those who speak Arabic in the Brussels, Belguim area. Naomi has had the privilege of praying and counseling with a young Agfhani m*slim woman who related this testimony: “Bahoz was once incurably ill declared by his doctors. For twelve years, he suffered severe seizures every day. Exhausted and emaciated I found him in November....treatment costs and other problems put him on the street. One prayer in the name of Jesus Christ and he was healed completely. He's been attack-free for three months and shares this miracle that God has done in his life with the people around him. His brain scans don't show any trace of the epilepsy.” 

Sam also says: “We have had the privilege of helping to plant a new Pentecostal Arabic/Flemish speaking church in a city north of Brussels. We just heard recently that this new church plant (a little over a year old) which is bursting at the seams has decided to plant another new church about 10 miles away where 4 or 5 families are now attending and being taught! They are also active in street evangelism in other places.”


France

In France, God has led one of our missionaries to create an economic opportunity for those affected by the migration. God has given a clear vision to open a café serving Middle Eastern dishes, run by refugees. It will offer catering, sandwiches and preparation of food for distributing to those still on the streets. AGWM personnel are currently taking classes on health and food safety in order to meet the French standards. A portion of the profits from the café will finance meals to be distributed once or twice a week to migrant camps in the Paris region by teams of volunteers. The café will also host migrant support workshops, including French classes, lessons on Parisian culture, job skills classes, and also continue to hold women's events.


Austria

In Austria, one of our workers has planted a “refugee church” with several different nationalities, including Iranians, Afghanis, and Kurds. On average, around 70 refugees attend every Sunday, with several different discipleship classes leading them into a deeper relationship with Christ.  Five people are in an advanced discipleship course which is meant for those who feel called into the ministry. Throughout 2018, AGWM personnel report that 14 have been taken the step of water baptism, while 7 have been filled with the Holy Spirit. God has and will continue to do great things in this church!

Gospel on YouTube in France

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Henry and Karen Linderman, AGWM personnel in France, share this exciting news of salvations through their posting French sermons on You Tuber. “God is reaching more and more people through our YouTube French sermon outreach. As of today we have 5,651 regular subscribers and 1,647,655 views. In just the last few weeks we baptized 8 people who had given their lives to Jesus through listening and watching on their computers, even before contacting us and coming into the church.

“Cou Sine, of Cambodian origin, began listening to our sermons and sharing them with her husband. They were both baptized in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues and contacted us to share their joy. We were able to direct them to the Assemblies of God church in Châteaudun, France, where they will soon be baptized in water.

“Christian Hertz, a French-man living in Sweden, was attending church but didn’t understand that he had to get all sin out of his life. After listening to our messages he fully repented and later called, wanting to be baptized in the Holy Spirit. I prayed with him over the phone, and a half hour later he called back to say he was speaking in tongues. Now he has asked permission to translate our sermons into Swedish, gathering Facebook friends to tell of what Christ has done in his life, and to share our sermons with them.”

Watering Whole in France

“Easter evening was a jam-packed explosion of joy as five people took the important step of water baptism,” say Mark and Dalene Good, AGWM personnel planting a church in Grenoble, France. The room overflowed with friends and family of those getting baptized as Mark preached on the power over sin that identifying with Christ in his death and resurrection brings. Huddled outside around the inflatable spa, the congregation laughed, cried and prayed together with these that they had journeyed with and in whose lives there has been great change. One older woman who had previously embraced Buddhism, accepted Christ this last year. “After I prayed to Jesus, it was the first time I slept peacefully in years,” she testified. Two others had been raised in Christian families, but recently made decisions to make their faith in Christ both real and personal. They spoke of the Father’s patience and of how they found Him ultimately to be the only One who could authentically fulfill them. Another shared about the transforming power of the acceptance he found in the community, of wrestling with questions and doubts, and of finally dedicating himself wholly to follow Jesus. And the last candidate was a young man from North Africa who thanked those gathered for loving him through three years of debating religion, and of the supernatural change that occurred as the lenses of his old beliefs were finally removed when he decided to give his life to Christ.

France.png“Easter evening was a jam-packed explosion of joy as five people took the important step of water baptism,” say Mark and Dalene Good, AGWM personnel planting a church in Grenoble, France. The room overflowed with friends and family of those getting baptized as Mark preached on the power over sin that identifying with Christ in his death and resurrection brings. Huddled outside around the inflatable spa, the congregation laughed, cried and prayed together with these that they had journeyed with and in whose lives there has been great change. One older woman who had previously embraced Buddhism, accepted Christ this last year. “After I prayed to Jesus, it was the first time I slept peacefully in years,” she testified.

Two others had been raised in Christian families, but recently made decisions to make their faith in Christ both real and personal. They spoke of the Father’s patience and of how they found Him ultimately to be the only One who could authentically fulfill them. Another shared about the transforming power of the acceptance he found in the community, of wrestling with questions and doubts, and of finally dedicating himself wholly to follow Jesus. And the last candidate was a young man from North Africa who thanked those gathered for loving him through three years of debating religion, and of the supernatural change that occurred as the lenses of his old beliefs were finally removed when he decided to give his life to Christ.

City-wide Prayer Meetings in France

Believers in Troyes, France are uniting to pray for their city and country! These meetings, called “Brûle en moi” (Burn in me), began in September. The “Brûle en moi” prayer meetings began with a dual-purpose. First, it was for the goal of uniting the churches and believers together in prayer. Since it is a para-church ministry and not a church, our ministry center is an ideal location for believers to come together without fear of people stealing members from other churches. There have been pastors and believers from five or six different denominations coming together.

The second purpose is to return to our roots of Pentecost with a short teaching during each meeting on the Holy Spirit. The first meeting had 40 people from five different churches/denominations. Four people were baptized in the Holy Spirit, two people were healed, and many were energized to pray. These meetings will continue every month.

People have commented that they have a greater desire to seek the face of God and have a greater dynamic during their personal devotions throughout the month. We are believing for more churches to get involved, and for a spiritual awakening and revival to begin here in Troyes.

Ed Buck AGWM Personnel in France

brule-en-moi prayer time.jpgBelievers in Troyes, France are uniting to pray for their city and country! These meetings, called “Brûle en moi” (Burn in me), began in September. The “Brûle en moi” prayer meetings began with a dual-purpose.

First, it was for the goal of uniting the churches and believers together in prayer. Since it is a para-church ministry and not a church, our ministry center is an ideal location for believers to come together without fear of people stealing members from other churches. There have been pastors and believers from five or six different denominations coming together.

The second purpose is to return to our roots of Pentecost with a short teaching during each meeting on the Holy Spirit. The first meeting had 40 people from five different churches/denominations. Four people were baptized in the Holy Spirit, two people were healed, and many were energized to pray. These meetings will continue every month.

People have commented that they have a greater desire to seek the face of God and have a greater dynamic during their personal devotions throughout the month. We are believing for more churches to get involved, and for a spiritual awakening and revival to begin here in Troyes.

From Ed Buck
AGWM Personnel in France