The Yomiuri Shimbun via AP

Heart of the weeping missionary

Missions | How might our communities be changed if we shed tears of compassion for the lost?
by Sophia Lee
Posted 1/01/18, 03:16 pm

A while ago, while interviewing Cynthia Ruble, an American missionary in Japan, I asked her what were her biggest challenges. I knew it was a personal question—but I didn’t expect her to start tearing up. As she recollected the helplessness and anguish of the people she serves, Ruble wiped her eyes and said, “It’s just so, so, so sad, some of these stories. ... These people have a lot of misery. Japan is a very wealthy country, but it’s full of unhappiness.”

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Mindy Belz

The church that birthed America

Missions | Learning from Pilgrims’ global evangelization
by Mindy Belz
Posted 11/09/17, 02:40 pm

AMSTERDAM—The brick alleyway leading to an inner courtyard may be lined with bicycles, but inside the cloister and across the lawn the English Reformed Church stands as it has since 1607.

The building itself dates to the Middle Ages and once served as a chapel for Beguines, a Catholic order that helped to care for the elderly in the housing enclave known as the Begijnhof. Following the Reformation it became a Protestant church and a haven for Separatists who fled England, the center of English worship in the Dutch Calvinist city.

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Associated Press

Death-defying acts of kindness

North Korea | Aid workers in North Korea plan to keep right on working
by Mindy Belz
Posted 9/12/17, 09:13 pm

It feels like a minefield all its own to venture a single sentence in print about North Korea. In the era of Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, whatever line might be true one moment may change—dramatically, catastrophically—before the ink has dried.

But there are people whose job and calling is to keep right on working while the heads of state rage on.

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