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God's Got This

God's Got This

Our friend, David*, is a dedicated and faithful member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. We’ve known each other for most of our lives. David is also a husband, a father and a grandfather, very involved and engaged in the life of his family. Although a committed and conscientious high-powered professional, he has been mindful to strike a careful balance between work, church responsibilities and family...

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Miracle Deliverance from the Fire!

Miracle Deliverance from the Fire!

On a sunny Sabbath afternoon in August 2020, my wife and I joined another church family for a sixty-mile drive into the pristine Rocky Mountain wilderness. After a wholesome picnic, we wandered into the woods and happened upon the most majestic, the most rewarding Sabbath blessing imaginable. Several moose were quietly harvesting lunch for themselves out of nearby swamps...

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The Living Letters of Jesus

The Living Letters of Jesus

Donald is a retired foreigner living in a small inland town in a difficult to reach region of the world. He has been living there for almost 25 years. Donald retired after working for ADRA for many years in various parts of the world. He cares very much about people's needs and always looks for opportunities to help or ask others to help in cases he cannot personally handle...

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From Prayer Walking to Prayer Zooming

From Prayer Walking to Prayer Zooming

I still remember the first Annual Council I attended, back in 2010, and all the prayers we had that fall council. I remember watching grown men weep, as they prayed for forgiveness for their Laodicea ways, and as they pleaded for more of the Holy Spirit. One division leader told me that he had been attending meetings at the General Conference for over 15 years, but had never experienced such tangible presence of the Holy Spirit. Truly God was moving!

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Sabbath School Revival Through Much Prayer

Sabbath School Revival Through Much Prayer

As we confront the unprecedented reality of the coronavirus pandemic, the Holy Spirit is urging us to a greater experience in prayer. The 100 Days of Prayer initiated by the General Conference (GC) Revival and Reformation Committee this past spring gave us that opportunity. In response to this compelling call to prayer, the GC Sabbath School and Personal Ministries (SSPM) Department hosted a weekly world-wide prayer session via Zoom every Wednesday at 7:00 a.m...

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The Rainbow Before the Storm

The Rainbow Before the Storm

It was 5:30 a.m. on a Sabbath morning this past July. The sun was quickly rising as I settled onto my couch to begin my devotional time. My mind had been preoccupied on the dreaded "time of trouble" promised in Bible prophecy. I desperately feared that I would not stand for Jesus if I were to live through that time...

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Overwhelmed but not Cast down

Overwhelmed but not Cast down

Working from home has been a blessing and sometimes a headache. Sometimes too many things are going on at the same time and that leads to a somewhat chaotic situation. During early September 2020 was one of those times. I was preparing for my doctoral comprehensive exam and working on the final changes to my proposal by a specific deadline. My husband’s older sister was also moving into our home after the loss of her husband...

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A New Person in Jesus

A New Person in Jesus

When I was 15, I spent the summer training to be a boxer. One day, as I traveled home from training, the thought popped into my mind, “You’re sick.” I shrugged off the thought. At home, though, I began to feel depressed. I asked my parents to take me to a therapist. But then I realized that I might be expelled from school if people thought I was mentally ill. I didn’t go for counseling...

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When God Opens the Windows of Heaven

When God Opens the Windows of Heaven

Our Chinese church was excited when a missionary couple who had just returned from serving a few years in China joined our church. They were willing to offer free ESL classes as an outreach to teach Chinese-speaking people learn basic English. That got our whole church excited too. So, our small prayer group got together every week to pray about this outreach project. We had been praying for over a year that God would send us Chinese students for the ESL classes, but only two students enrolled. It seemed like God didn’t listen to our prayer at all. We left business cards at Chinese supermarkets, put up a banner at the front of the church, but nothing happened...

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Learning to Trust God

Learning to Trust God

Most of my life I have felt I wasn’t good enough. When I became a leader of retreats or spoke in public, I was consumed with fretting and worry. But one day at a prayer conference, God literally moved my thumb and started changing my heart. The story actually starts when I was coordinating a women’s retreat of almost 500 women, with 75 more on the waiting list. The room’s capacity was 450. The logistics of accommodating and feeding more women was daunting, even if a larger meeting room became available...

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The Car that is God's Witness

The Car that is God's Witness

Thirty-one-year-old Chenille heard the loud rat-tat-tat of semi-automatic gunfire during a teacher-training session in Trinidad and Tobago’s capital, Port of Spain. Teachers jumped to their feet and ran to the third-floor window. On the street, a man was fleeing on foot from a white car. The gunfire was coming from the car. A few teachers screamed in fright, and everyone ducked down for safety as the car passed by the school. For two long minutes they waited. Finally the loud rattle of gunfire stopped, and Chenille heard the scared shrieks of schoolchildren...

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For the Love of Chai

For the Love of Chai

My mom died at the age of 96. She had a hard life here in Laos, especially after my older brother, Chai, now 62 years old, was born. My parents rejoiced to have a son but soon realized that something was not right with him. He had a mental problem. Mom’s life wasn’t the same after that. Because Chai couldn’t walk by himself, she had to carry him everywhere until he was 10 years old...

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Answered Prayers from 9/11

Answered Prayers from 9/11

For John Mahony, a retired U.S. Army colonel who was managing projects for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, instinct came before analysis as he fought to stay on his feet the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. "The building jerked hard, throwing everyone off balance," remembers Mahony in the account he has written of surviving the 9/11 attacks...

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These are the Children from my Dream

These are the Children from my Dream

As the COVID-19 pandemic has circled the globe, the news of God’s love continues to spread faster than any virus ever could. In Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of Congo’s capital city, an incredible miracle took place during the “100 Days of Prayer” held by Adventist World Radio’s (AWR) Kinshasa Station from March 27 – July 4. On the evening of May 27, as the intercessory prayer team was praying...

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Answered Prayers and Divine Appointments

Answered Prayers and Divine Appointments

Last year I was volunteering at Pathways to Health. While I was working there, I began praying earnestly for some divine appointments. Not long after, someone came up to me in the lifestyle section and asked if I could talk to people in waiting line. So I went to the long line to talk with the different guests and found a couple that was interested in learning how to stop smoking. The next 20-45 minutes I spent sharing health ideas and tips to help them stop smoking. This led to my sharing how only God could help them overcome. They were visibly moved, and this led to an even more in depth conversation...

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Give me Strength to Take the First Step

Give me Strength to Take the First Step

When Daniel Amattaeran was 11, a neighborhood boy introduced him to hip-hop dancing in Suriname’s capital, Paramarebo. Daniel had seen the dancing on television but never in real life. He was amazed at the flips, handstands, and people jumping on one hand. He noticed that girls liked to watch the dancing, and he wanted girls to watch him. He learned how to dance. Daniel loved dancing, and he won local talent shows and even a trip to the Netherlands. His popularity soared, and girls crowded around him...

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You Have No Authority Over Me!

You Have No Authority Over Me!

In December 2014, I traveled to a city in Portugal for a spiritual leadership retreat. My friend Samuele and I decided to explore the city. As we approached the entrance of a famous cathedral, I noticed a bewildered-looking woman being held by a worried-looking man. A nervous-looking Catholic priest stood next to them, talking on his phone. I immediately felt uncomfortable. But we were in Europe. You mind your own business and move on. We did just that.

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I am a Child of God

I am a Child of God

I have experienced what seem to be mini revivals throughout my life. One such important revival happened soon after my parents’ separation. I did not have the best relationship with either of my parents leading up to this point. I had always struggled with acceptance and belonging and often...

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Not by might, nor by power—but still done only by His Spirit

Not by might, nor by power—but still done only by His Spirit

I was packing to catch my flight home from the Dominican Republic (DR). My teenage friends from Europe were singing songs of praise, reflecting on God’s goodness, and waiting for me to bid them farewell. As I looked into their eyes, I saw a glimmer of sadness. The blessed time together was over, and it was time to go home. I was thinking, How can we go back to the same old ways after a high experience with God and seeing many lives, including our own, transformed?

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The Greatest Blessing a Person Can Have!

The Greatest Blessing a Person Can Have!

I was born into a Nigerian home where the primary religion was Islam. As I grew up, my father wanted me to become a great Islamic scholar and yet benefit from a western education. Therefore, I attended an Islamic school on the weekends and a Christian primary school during the week. Soon I had memorized enough verses from the Quran to pray five times a day as a Muslim, and I observed these prayer sessions faithfully.

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Whatever He promises, He will do!

Whatever He promises, He will do!

To give you a little background information, I am Hmong and I am the only Christian in my large family. I grew up with polygamous parents, and our religion is shamanism/animism. I was first introduced to Christianity as a refugee child through some young missionaries from Weimar College, who teamed up with the Southgate SDA Church and did outreach in my neighborhood in the early-mid 1990s.

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God is not only good, He is great!

God is not only good, He is great!

My wife lost her job on February 29th, before the coronavirus lockdown on March 24th. Then I was furloughed with the prospect of losing a portion of my income. With little hope of my wife getting another job in the current environment, we were concerned...

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We Know How the Story Ends

We Know How the Story Ends

One of the major reasons we don’t have to ever live in fear, consumed with worry and anxiety is because we know how the story ends. We know that sickness will not have the last word: Christ will. We know the coronavirus, or any other virus, natural disaster, calamity or nuclear war will not destroy all life on planet Earth. We have the promise of Jesus return. We see famines. We see earthquakes. We see distress of nations. We see the rise of a possible nuclear war. We see the potential of nuclear disaster. We see climate change. We see pestilences taking the lives of thousands.

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A Virtuous Legacy

A Virtuous Legacy

My grandfather often told us a story that is not included in A Thousand Shall Fall. While serving in Russia, far from home, his unit was assigned to search through the houses of every village that the Germans had captured on their advance into Russia. They were ordered to search for resistance fighters, who would hide inside homes and attack the advancing German troops. They were told to immediately and indiscriminately shoot every person they found hiding...

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Time to Stop Worrying and Simply Trust

Time to Stop Worrying and Simply Trust

When my first child was born, I read everything I could set my eyes on about anything that could go wrong within the first few months of his life. After all, they say, “forewarned is forearmed,” right? He was a healthy full-term baby, with ten fingers, ten toes, and an excellent Apgar score. Yet as I looked upon his innocent face, I was suddenly struck with an unshakeable awareness of the fragility of life.

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When a Storm Catches You by Surprise

When a Storm Catches You by Surprise

We heard the tree limbs. Crash. Crack. Snap. They were literally breaking off of trees and slamming into the side of our house from the woods nearby. I looked out the other side of our cabin to see our greenhouse completely de-skinned. The entire plastic top had completely torn off. I grabbed my phone to check the weather, but the Internet was out. "Honey, should we go?" I hear Natasha saying. "Yes - let's go," I responded...

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The Beauty of Brokenness

The Beauty of Brokenness

I will never forget, a number of years ago, as I was preparing to lead a prayer service for a large event, how the Holy Spirit convicted me of something specific in my life that I needed to make right with God. Overwhelmed, I sank to my knees on the floor that night as I prayed, “Oh Lord, please forgive me...”

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A Time for Heart Searching

A Time for Heart Searching

Years ago, early in my ministry, I was invited to conduct a Week of Spiritual Emphasis at a Christian elementary school. As the week progressed, it became obvious to me that two of the teachers were having a serious conflict. Their negative attitudes toward one another regularly boiled over in staff meetings. If one suggested an idea, the other opposed it. When both of them were present in a meeting, tension filled the air. It was apparent that they did not like one another at all.

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Transformed by God’s Love

Transformed by God’s Love

Mary Ann Roberts grew up in a Christian home, but as a young person she never made a personal commitment to Jesus as her Savior and Lord. After college she married, her husband joined the military, and they moved to Europe. It was there that Mary Ann abandoned all connections with church and became a self-described party animal.

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The Best to Be Had

The Best to Be Had

In 2001, I nearly died. The emergency doctor said that I was probably three hours away from death. I contracted falciparum malaria while doing evangelism with my students in West Africa, and the symptoms showed up just days after my return to the United States. I developed a very high fever, I was dehydrated, and I had a terrific headache. I felt so sick I thought I would simply pass out and die any minute. When the symptoms surfaced, I was away on church business. I went early to the airport to catch my return flight, begging God to allow me to make it home for what would come next. If I were to die, I preferred that it happen at home.

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Angels All Around

Angels All Around

My husband is a pastor in the U.S. state of Oregon and it was opening night of our evangelistic series, “Revelation of Hope.” I have been encouraging more prayer in our church, so I decided that I would oversee the prayer room during the series. My team consists of mostly homebound elderly friends or people praying from their homes, so I wasn’t sure how much participation I would have during the meetings. I decided to create a prayer room anyway, hoping that some church members would be willing to come in and pray periodically during the meetings...

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Always Open

Always Open

A few Sundays back, Suzette and I were tired of being cooped up in the house so we decided to drive down to The Landing—an outdoor shopping plaza in Renton, Washington, where we live, with stores, restaurants, services, and a multi-screen movie theater. The eyeglass store I intended to visit had a sign on the door saying that, due to COVID-19, they were closed until further notice. But that wasn’t the only one...

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Come, Rest Awhile!

Come, Rest Awhile!

One beautiful morning, I realized the house was too quiet, and my three-year old daughter was missing. Her brothers were playing together, but she was nowhere to be found. I called out for her, wondering where she could be. “Tahlia, where are you?” My voice echoed through the house, but silence responded. I walked through different rooms, finding no trace of her...

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An Unexpected Miracle

An Unexpected Miracle

“Have you ever seen anything like this?” This becomes a common question when people witness something they have never seen before. No doubt the name “COVID-19” will go down in history as one of the world’s greatest pandemics. It is amazing how quickly life can change overnight. The word of God reminds us that disasters will come, and we should always be prepared and dependent upon the Lord...

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What if We Looked at Sin Like We Look at COVID-19?

What if We Looked at Sin Like We Look at COVID-19?

A couple of weeks ago, my wife and I both ended up with what we thought was food poisoning and a fever. Thankfully, after 36 hours of fighting a fever, I recovered. My wife’s fever, however, didn’t go away. She developed a dry cough and body aches. After a few days, we contacted the Spectrum Health COVID-19 screening number and set up an appointment for their next screening opening...

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Peace in the Midst of a Pandemic

Peace in the Midst of a Pandemic

The figures are skyrocketing. A raging pandemic, coronavirus or COVID-19, is traveling with lightening speed across the globe. But there is another plague that is racing even faster. It has infected more people than those afflicted with the coronavirus. As serious as the coronavirus is, and it is serious, there is something else that is deadlier—fear. Fear, anxiety, and worry impact our immune systems, strangle our joy, and rob us of hope.

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The Gift of Tongues in Answer to Prayer

The Gift of Tongues in Answer to Prayer

Anatoly promised God to work as a pastor after being healed of a long illness in Kazakhstan, but he didn’t have any hope of entering the seminary. He came from a poor family in an impoverished village, and he had no money. Reluctantly, Anatoly moved to Russia to work. “God what do you want from me?” he prayed daily.

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From Shrine to God’s Holy Worship Room

From Shrine to God’s Holy Worship Room

Two pioneer missionaries ventured out into the community from their 165-square-foot home, which doubled as a house church. The prospect of sharing Jesus filled them with joy. One day a neighborhood couple, Mr. and Mrs. Guo,* invited the missionaries along with a small band of Adventists to worship in their home. The group gratefully accepted the offer and gathered for Bible study and church services in a room that had previously been used as a shrine—a place where the family worshiped and prayed for dead relatives...

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Prayer Meeting in Prison

Prayer Meeting in Prison

Last month I went to prison. Actually, I have been going fairly often since one of my congregations conducts prison ministry in the correctional facility in town. One day, I asked the men at our prison prayer meeting about their Christian walk. They gave some theological answers but said nothing of their experience with Christ. They shared stories of disagreements with other denominational groups and wanted to know how they could defend their beliefs. It became clear why these men were in prison...

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God Heard our Prayers - Young Adult Testimonies!

God Heard our Prayers - Young Adult Testimonies!

This week three different young adults share how God heard and answered their prayers. God loves to hear His children pray. In Great Controversy we read, "God will grant us in answer to the prayer of faith that which He would not bestow did we not thus ask."

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A Spa of Blessings

A Spa of Blessings

When Susan* moved to another country for a banking job, she never dreamed that she would be running a spa for wealthy women; she had no prior training for this profession. Now her clients get body scrubs and massages to the soothing strains of “Amazing Grace” ...

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A Heart of Gratitude

A Heart of Gratitude

About this time a year ago, I was struggling. Some things in my life were making me unhappy and I began telling Jesus about it. The problem was, I didn’t leave my frustrations with Him. I kept picking up the problems and carrying them with me again. As the weeks went on, instead of finding peace and contentment, I began to murmur and complain in my heart more and more. As I murmured and complained, my discontentment grew, and the murmuring and complaining increased...

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Angels All Around

Angels All Around

I'm going to share an almost unbelievable story. But it's true. It just happened a couple weeks ago. My husband is a pastor in the US state of Oregon and it was opening night of our evangelistic series, “Revelation of Hope.” I have been encouraging more prayer in our church, so I decided that I would oversee the prayer room during the series...

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Praying for Father to Accept Jesus

Praying for Father to Accept Jesus

Dominika Gaborova couldn’t wait to tell her father about Jesus. After attending the Seventh-day Adventist church, she ran through the door and greeted Father at their home in Rakúsy, a Roma settlement of 2,000 people in Slovakia. “I believe in Jesus!” the girl exclaimed. Father turned away. He didn’t want to listen...

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Two Teenage Boys

Two Teenage Boys

I enjoy my daily morning exercise. I live on a residential compound that is provided by the hospital where I work as a nurse. I feel safe enough to run and walk in the early morning hours alone, even before daybreak. My heart is lifted as I listen to the birds singing with delight, as if they are giving praises to the Lord, their Creator. I am amazed as I look up to the sky and see the stars and the glow of the moon just before dawn. The time brings me closer in contact with God, who created all these things...

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My Amazing Escape

My Amazing Escape

It was Friday and I was grateful as the plane landed at the Washington-Dulles International Airport in Virginia, U.S.A., after visiting a division. I looked forward to the Sabbath at home and some much needed rest. As the plane taxied to the gate the flight attendant announced, “The airport is experiencing a computer failure in immigration and everyone is to stay on the plane until it is resolved.” I sighed and leaned back, praying that it wouldn’t be too long...

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A Miracle in 10 Minutes

A Miracle in 10 Minutes

It was a tough first year at the Seventh-day Adventist college in Spain. Dante Marvin Herrmann used up the last of his savings to pay the annual tuition of about 5,000 euros. Between classes, he worked to earn another 5,000 euros to provide for his wife and two young sons. Now he faced a long summer away from home, working as a literature evangelist to raise money to pay for his second year of studies. Dante didn’t mind the hard work, but he hadn’t enrolled at Sagunto Adventist College to sell books...

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Join us for 10 Days of Abundant Blessings!

Join us for 10 Days of Abundant Blessings!

Daniel and his friends had undoubtedly been living peacefully in Jerusalem when suddenly their world forever changed. The year was 605 B.C. and the forces of the Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar had invaded the southern kingdom of Judah, overcoming King Jehoiakim. As a result, Daniel and his friends were taken captive together with other strong and talented young people from Jerusalem. From all appearances, the world had ended for them...

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How Long Should we Pray?

How Long Should we Pray?

Have you ever wondered how long you need to pray about something? I have—many times! Here’s one thing I’ve learned: if I don’t have peace that I can stop praying, then I need to keep praying until I do. It was the first Sabbath of camp meeting. The prayer team met to pray before the meetings started. We prayed for people to be blessed, for the Holy Spirit to work in our lives, and for the programming and the technical equipment to work well...

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Australian Takes a Prayer Risk

Australian Takes a Prayer Risk

Living in Australia, it's easy to take certain conveniences for granted. When you turn the tap on, water comes out. When you turn the key in your ignition, your car starts. And when you flip the light switch, the light flickers on. But Ettienne McClintock, 51, wasn't taking anything for granted in Ethiopia...

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Returning my Mother's Prayers

Returning my Mother's Prayers

In my youth I wandered far from God. I lived a very dark and rebellious life, but my mother was a prayer warrior on my behalf. For years she pressed her petitions to the throne of God, begging God to transform my life. God faithfully heard and answered her prayers. I gave my life to Christ and I became a NEW creature! Not only that, but the Lord opened the way for me to become active in ministry for Him...

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My Discovery of True Hope

My Discovery of True Hope

I grew up in the Apostolic Church along with my seven siblings. My father was a district Evangelist and the final authority in our household, so what he believed, we believed. From my youth I always participated in church events, rallies and camps. I wanted to be close to God. When I started studying in the university, however, I found it hard to go to church...

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Saved from the Fire

Saved from the Fire

One summer, a missionary family was camped with other Adventist families at a church campsite in Greece. It was a dry, hot summer, and a big forest fire broke out three or four kilometers from the campsite on a Sunday afternoon. The adults and four missionary children watched and waited to see what would happen...

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Praying for Difficult People

Praying for Difficult People

We long to experience a happy and smooth life. We desire to be exempt from problems and difficulties. But real life often is different. Perhaps you have experienced it yourself: There are some things in life that are rather challenging and even outright awkward, and often you have to deal with people who really give you a hard time. Indeed, there are some fellow human beings who are not easy to get along with. Perhaps a schoolmate, teacher, colleague, or supervisor has it in for you...

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Remembering the Reality of God's Call

Remembering the Reality of God's Call

Fourteen months down the road, I was still waiting for direction from God. I spent hours thinking and praying about my future— alone, with family, and with friends. God seemed to be silent on this issue, and I wondered why. I had nearly finished my civil service and had two weeks of vacation coming my way. It was early October—autumn in Europe— and my best friend Mathias and I decided...

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Praying and Waiting

Praying and Waiting

In this week's part 1 (of a two part story), Gerald Klingbeil, associate editor of the Adventist World, shares part of his testimony and how he began praying for God's leading in his life. We pray you are encouraged and blessed by his sharing.

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Spiritually Revived Thru Mission

Spiritually Revived Thru Mission

For a long time, I had been praying for spiritual revival because I had forgotten how to love God. I forgot about the first love experience I had four years ago when I was converted. During this trip, God answered my prayers for a revival experience. Never before have I felt so close to God. I could feel God walking with me to every house I visited. There were times when I forgot about Him and relied on myself but I could tell something was missing...

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Enduring the Storms

Enduring the Storms

After flying for more than fifteen years, I have learned that storms up in the air are real, frequent and unexpected. Most of the time they are frightening, especially when the pilot cannot avoid turbulence. When I left Johannesburg on my way to Mauritius Island, the weather was perfect—a sunny day and clear skies. I thanked God for the beautiful day as the plane took off. The flight was full, with passengers looking forward to the Indian Ocean’s turquoise waters. All of us were ready for a relaxing flight...

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No Schooling, but He Could Read the Bible!

No Schooling, but He Could Read the Bible!

Joe Konyon Seeyah couldn’t read. There were no schools in his village of Seeyah, in Liberia. As a boy, he worked on the family rice farm. When he grew older, he married and had nine children and still worked on the farm. He had no reason to read. One day, a Seventh-day Adventist evangelist, Willie Helbig, arrived in the village...

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Prayer Movement Grows from Ellen White Vault

Prayer Movement Grows from Ellen White Vault

It was September 2016 and I longed to do something for God. I wasn’t sure where to begin or what He wanted me to do, but I was willing. Although I am a 5th generation Adventist, up until this time, I had never worked for the Church in any official capacity. I had worked in various other Christian organizations including managing a Christian radio Station and working in Christian schools. However, I longed to do more for God and His Church...

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Melting Iceland - Youth Testimonies

Melting Iceland - Youth Testimonies

I came into the trip exhausted from three weeks of intense summer camp. I already knew that if I was going to survive and get anything done, I would need help from a higher place. To get anywhere, I had to ask God for strength, for words to say. God always came through. He gave me strength when I was at my weakest. He healed me when I was in pain. He brought people to me to give me a smile, and I knew He was there...

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Melting Iceland - A New Approach to Missions

Melting Iceland - A New Approach to Missions

For decades, mission has been viewed as a largely human endeavor with three simple ingredients: come up with a plan, enter a target country, and then execute the plan. But what would mission look like as a primarily divine endeavor? What would it look like to do something so simple and yet so full of faith and trust in God that it seems radical and insane? This is exactly what the Generation. Youth. Christ’s (GYC) mission to Iceland this August was all about...

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The Reality of Unanswered Prayers

The Reality of Unanswered Prayers

I recently woke up on Sabbath morning with intense back pain. I looked at my wife and half-jokingly said, “If I can make it to the pulpit, I think I can hang on tight enough to preach.” We prayed together that God would somehow provide the help I needed to make it through my three preaching appointments that day at camp meeting. Providentially a friend shared that there was a professional sports trainer on campus who would be willing to treat me. After three days of treatments I felt much better. Looking back on that experience, my wife and I are convinced...

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God is Good, Even in the Middle of the Storm!

God is Good, Even in the Middle of the Storm!

Can we still trust God’s goodness, even in the middle of life’s storms, even when tragedy strikes? It’s easy to say yes in theory, but what about practical life when the rubber really hits the road?

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Eight Years Later

Eight Years Later

Imagine praying a short prayer, without thinking much about how God would answer. That was Marli Peyerl’s experience. Before working for the South American Division as the Women’s Ministries leader, Marli and her husband worked for the Mato Grosso Conference in Midwestern Brazil. It was a Saturday morning in São José de Quatro Marcos, and Marli sat in a church pew, quietly waiting for Sabbath School to begin. A woman sat down next to her and Marli somehow felt that something extraordinary was about to happen...

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The Dead will Live Again

The Dead will Live Again

Let me share an amazing story that happened in Vietnam not long ago. After experiencing the joy of God personally, lay pastor Hanh and his house-church members were convicted to fast and pray specifically for unreached villages in Vietnam. They began by focusing their prayers on a specific village 150 miles away, a village where not one Christian lived...

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Quiet Prayers in Church

Quiet Prayers in Church

Keeping children quiet in church and especially during prayer was never easy for me. It became a real challenge when my niece, Natalie, who was struggling with drugs, gave her two young sons to my husband and me...

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Safely Thru Another Week

Safely Thru Another Week

It was Friday, July 12, 2019, and as the Sabbath hours dawned, I stopped to reflect on the events of the previous day. The words of the hymn “Safely Through Another Week” rang in my ears. This particular hymn is one I have listened to and sung all my life, but this Sabbath the words carried a different meaning. My heart became overwhelmed with gratitude to God for His mercies...

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Prayers and Permits

Prayers and Permits

When you move an organization across a continent, there are bound to be some challenges along the way. The challenges that come up are often nothing more than God’s way of reminding us of just what a great God He is...

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Miracles in Cuba

Miracles in Cuba

Recently a group from Weimar Academy in the US state of California, traveled to hold evangelistic campaigns in the city of Mantua, in West Cuba. The meetings had just barely begun when an immigration official in the town came to the house church where one of the groups was preaching and vehemently declared, “You can’t be here. You can’t stay in this house; this is a house and not a church. You can’t preach here..."

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Praise the Lord for Migraines

Praise the Lord for Migraines

I am the only Adventist in my family. I was brought up Catholic, and my mother, sister, and her family are very involved in their faith. Conversations can sometimes be tense when we come to spiritual matters and differences in beliefs. However, I continue to pray for my family and for God to open doors for me to share. Recently He has opened some very unusual doors...

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The Prayer of Deliverance

The Prayer of Deliverance

The Ndong family, who live in Libreville, capital of Gabon, love to pray. Father and Mother love talking to God so much that they named their three children after the French word for prayer, “priere.” The oldest boy is Priel; the second child, a girl, is Priella; and the youngest girl is Pricilia. Little Pricilia has prayed before bedtime every night since she was three. Sometimes she kneels in front of the bed, but usually she jumps up onto the bed and kneels on the nice, soft mattress. She folds her hands, closes her eyes, and bows her head.

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I know I can Trust Him!

I know I can Trust Him!

I lay in bed, overcome with a mental burden so heavy it felt like I could hardly breathe. My husband had just been approached to take an international service position in a challenging country and the very thought of moving filled me with dread. My heart cried, “Really, God? Is this what You want us to do? Is this call really from You?” I needed His reassurance...

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In the Name of Jesus

In the Name of Jesus

When we arrived in the city where we currently live, we only knew one other Adventist living there: a lady married to an indigenous Muslim. In time, she shared stories with us of the many times she had tried to talk to her husband about Jesus and the Bible, and about the problems it created. He was not interested or open to hearing anything about her faith or her “Book,” the Bible...

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Starting Point for Mission

Starting Point for Mission

A terrible moment can be transformed, by divine action, into an opportunity for a greater and deeper experience with God. That was what happened in Curitiba, Brazil, in January 2014. The starting point was a prayer. Denise Lopes, who leads Women’s Ministries for the Adventist Church in three southern Brazilian states, asked God for something. She wanted to teach the Bible to someone. The answer came in an unusual way...

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Unable to Stand

Unable to Stand

Dorcas was 17 years old and in her final year of secondary school. It should have been one of the happiest times of her life—as she looked forward to adulthood and significantly expanding her social circle—but the reality of her life was very far from idyllic.

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The Impossible Made Possible!

The Impossible Made Possible!

This past month, Public Campus Ministries leaders in Mongolia planned for what seemed impossible—an evangelistic series for 1,000 youth. Filled with hope, PCM leaders prayed that God would fill the venue with His angels and young people. They also prayed for the Holy Spirit to lead and guide them throughout the week. The praise team practiced one last time before the program was scheduled to begin. Leaders asked for prayer on their Facebook page, "to make impossible things possible, and for miracles to do what they had been prayerfully planning for."

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The Angel who Saved the Meeting

The Angel who Saved the Meeting

Many years ago, hundreds of people crowded into a Latin school in the capital city of Norway. They came to listen to the preacher from America who was preaching such strange new doctrines about Jesus’ soon coming. Pastor John Matteson was very surprised to see the place bursting at its seams. As he got up to speak, he soon realized that not all of the people who had come were there to listen. Some just wanted to shout and interrupt his sermon, while others wanted to cause a riot...

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Answer to Prayer for Church in Turkey

Answer to Prayer for Church in Turkey

Visitors often think of the Taksim Seventh-day Adventist Church in Istanbul, Turkey, as a place with panoramic views over the Bosporus and the metropolitan area. For Adventists in Turkey, the church property, situated near the bustling center of Taksim Square, has been a symbolic place because it represents the history of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the country...

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Jesus Overcomes Magic Spells

Jesus Overcomes Magic Spells

You may not believe the following story, but it was told to me directly, without any embellishments or dramatic additions, by the one who experienced it firsthand. The teller seemed to find this normal, as if it was expected. A Hindu lady was quite wealthy and this made her relatives jealous. They hired a sorcerer to place black magic spells on her without her knowledge...

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Making Total Member Involvement Personal

Making Total Member Involvement Personal

In many places around the world, pastors and other leaders sometimes seem to feel that they should be exempt from the trials and responsibility of personal discipleship in their home communities, because after all, they carry the burdens of the world and larger fields on their shoulders. But of course, this is not true. If we are to be effective witnesses and leaders, we should also be involved in our home circle. With this in mind, over the last year...

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And Little David Kept Praying

And Little David Kept Praying

Nine-year-old David Lucas Dolete Druga had many questions. “Where do people come from?” he asked Father. “Why are we here? Why do you say that God created us but Teacher says we evolved from monkeys?” Father had taught David that God created people, but the boy was hearing other ideas at public school in Spain’s capital, Madrid...

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Building a Church by Hand - Part 3

Building a Church by Hand - Part 3

We had less than two weeks before we were to return to the United States. Seong Hoon and I wanted to do something more for the villagers before we left. After the amazing results of the evangelistic series, which only came because of much prayer, the people needed a place to worship. We wanted to build them a church, but the only money we had was for food and transportation for the trip home.

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Little Medicine and Much Prayer - Part 2

Little Medicine and Much Prayer - Part 2

The villagers came to us with many kinds of diseases—especially skin diseases. They didn’t have clean water and often they used the same water to bathe their cattle and their children. The only medicine we had was a mild antibiotic lotion. We felt helpless. We decided that if nothing else, we could pray for the children who were brought to us. Amazingly, every child we touched and prayed over was healed. Seeing Hoon and I couldn’t believe our eyes...

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Baptized by Fire - Part I

Baptized by Fire - Part I

It was during my senior year at Southern Adventist University (Collegedale, Tenn.) that I found myself sinking into the quicksand of doubt. I grew up in an Adventist home (my father and grandfather are both Adventist pastors), and practiced Adventist standards and lifestyle, but had never experienced Jesus on a personal level. My doubts multiplied until I wondered whether God existed; and if He did, whether He made a difference in anyone’s life. I was studying religion at the time, preparing to follow my father’s and grandfather’s footsteps...

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Praying for Berta and Tens of Thousands like Her!

Praying for Berta and Tens of Thousands like Her!

Berta is a seeker. She is open to Bible teaching and she loves the programming on Hope Channel. We at Hope Channel have been praying for Berta. Here, in her own words, is the story of her life-changing journey...

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God Intervened and Saved Her Life!

God Intervened and Saved Her Life!

During the third day of 10 Days of Prayer, I was praying from the front of our congregation when I was convicted to plead for God’s divine intervention. “Someone is in the process of committing suicide,” I prayed. “Dear Lord, please don’t allow them to succeed. Please intervene.” The next day I was shocked to find out...

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I finally Found What I was Looking for!

I finally Found What I was Looking for!

God has completely transformed my life through the power of His Word and prayer. I grew up in a Catholic home, but as I got older I always had a deep longing to know God on a more personal level. I wasn’t sure exactly what I was looking for, but I began praying that God would help me find Him as I went from church to church checking out the many different denominations. None of the churches I visited had what I was looking for...

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Welcoming Unseen Angels

Welcoming Unseen Angels

A few weeks ago, we had 28 lepers show up on Sabbath morning for worship. It was an unusually high turnout. The next week, we encouraged our volunteers to pray daily for 30 lepers to come the following Sabbath. To our pleasant surprise, 32 lepers showed up the next Sabbath. We then decided to pray for 35 lepers to come the next Sabbath…and God answered our prayers. We had 35 lepers worshipping with us today! What a joy it was to see lepers coming to worship for the very first time. I can think of only one thing sadder than an abandoned, disfigured leper with missing limbs—an abandoned, disfigured leper with missing limbs who does not know Jesus...

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And God held back the Rain

And God held back the Rain

Everything was ready for opening night! I was to conduct a reaping campaign in the city of Malang, Indonesia. In the morning, I did evangelism for the children in our church school. The pastors and our children’s leaders had been working hard to prepare the groundwork, but on the first afternoon after lunch, the sky turned dark and soon it was pouring buckets of water down. Oh, no! Few people would come out to the evangelistic meeting in this kind of rain! There was nothing we could do, but we could pray.

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Bolted Doors are no Match for Angels

Bolted Doors are no Match for Angels

The Australasian Missionary College in Australia opened in 1897. Two years later, right as the college was in the middle of a very important building project, they received bad news from the United States (US). American church members had been supporting the college with special offerings, but this assistance was suddenly cut off because of banking issues. Now the college leadership had a big problem...

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Praying for Grandma

Praying for Grandma

A few weeks ago, our Adventist World Radio (AWR) station in Kabwe, Zambia, aired a series of live evangelistic meetings. Mason, an Adventist young man, wanted his grandmother to listen. She was confused about the different religions and days of worship, so he devised a plan. Mason says, “I tuned in every night, and people gathered to listen to my small radio right here in our village...."

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Our Heavenly Father is a Gentleman

Our Heavenly Father is a Gentleman

We hope you enjoy the following testimonies from 10 Days of Prayer, written by various participants from around the world. The Bible tells us, "Ask and ye shall receive..." and each of these stories testifies to the fact that truly God does answer prayer.

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My Human Angel

My Human Angel

An announcement came over the airport loudspeaker, alerting me that our plane was delayed due to bad weather. I was returning to the United States from Bacolod, the beautiful capital city of the Negros Occidental province in the Philippines. As one hour passed, then another, I was sure I would not make my connection from Manila to Washington. My heart sank and I began praying. “Lord, you know that this connection is very important to me. Tomorrow I meet my grandson Benjamin, back in the States, to spend a long weekend with him. I’ve been looking forward to this time together! Please Lord, help me not to miss my connection home.”

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Pipe Organ Revival

Pipe Organ Revival

Financial planner Vince Waln credits the Holy Spirit and a pipe organ for transforming a declining church of 15 people into a vibrant congregation of about 85 in three years in the U.S. state of Ohio. Vince, the church’s lay pastor, expresses amazement at the remarkable change at the Hamilton Seventh-day Adventist Church in Hamilton, a city of 62,500 people located 20 miles (30 kilometers) north of Cincinnati. “It’s been a miracle week after week,” he said. “God is in control..."

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How Fasting and Prayer Saved a Marriage

How Fasting and Prayer Saved a Marriage

The testimony started when I received a personal e-mail from a stranger. I will call her Laura to protect her privacy. Her e-mail was essentially a desperate plea for help. “I need someone to pray for me and advise me on how to fast and pray. Please pray for me. Our marriage has serious problems, which is leaving me emotionally broken. And because of that, I am struggling spiritually. I feel I am going deeper and deeper into things, which are not good. I can't pray, I can't read the Bible..."

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A Double Answer and Sign from God

A Double Answer and Sign from God

This story is about a young, energetic couple in a closed country. They are active Christians, in charge of youth activities in their church. At the time this story occurred, the wife, Kim, was pregnant. After giving birth to a precious baby boy, her joy turned to panic and fear. She couldn’t move her legs! They were totally paralyzed. They rushed her and the baby from her little rural village to the hospital. There, the doctor prescribed her some antibiotics and said that they should help with the paralysis. She was hopeful, but another problem cropped up. The medicine interfered with her milk supply and she was not able to nurse her baby. Her husband, Hinh, went to the mountains to search for beehives to harvest so he could sell the honey and have money to buy milk for his newborn. He prayed as he went, half expecting an answer...

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Glowing in More Ways than One

Glowing in More Ways than One

My fiancé and I were soon to be married. Our families were already in town and preparations were in full swing. Days seemed to blend together as we hurried from one to-do list item to the next. In the midst of all this hubbub and chaos, I remembered to take some GLOW tracts along in my pocket one day, although literature distribution was one of the furthest things from my mind at the time. I soon found myself waiting at a clothing store while my wife-to-be tried on a dress or two for her bridesmaids...

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The Power of My Mother's Prayers

The Power of My Mother's Prayers

I had been battling Dengue fever with temperatures of more than 100°F (37.7 C) every day for about two weeks. Each day I grew weaker and weaker. My mom came early in the morning and covered my body with towels dipped in ice-cold water. I was so miserable. And what hurt the most was seeing the pain in her eyes as she fought back the tears. I saw sadness in my father’s eyes too...

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Miracles from 10 Days of Prayer

Miracles from 10 Days of Prayer

In a little over a week, the world church begins it’s yearly 10 Days of Prayer which runs January 9-19th. This 10 Days of Prayer is for both individuals and church groups. Here are some more beautiful testimonies from last year’s 10 Days of Prayer. We pray you are blessed and encouraged as you read how God has worked in the lives of those who pray...

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Called to Sit at His Feet

Called to Sit at His Feet

I had just come home to Romania from spending a 10 month-stint in Africa, when I heard God calling, “Come aside by yourself to a deserted place and rest awhile" (Mark 6:33). Honestly, I was not happy about His invitation. I had always been a very active person. For the past five years, in fact, I had been working as a volunteer missionary in Guyana, Vanuatu, and Namibia. And I had loved it...

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10 Days of Prayer Testimonies

10 Days of Prayer Testimonies

Every year the world church hosts 10 Days of Prayer focusing on different spiritual themes to help members grow closer to God and to each other. This year the focus is on growing a deeper experience in the Lord. We pray that you are blessed by these testimonies from last year's 10 Days of Prayer and that you will join us for the coming season of prayer this January 9-19, 2019.

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I am Going to Church and this is My Choice!

I am Going to Church and this is My Choice!

Our new semester recently started. We were required to attend a special series of lectures or we could not pass the semester. Unfortunately, I discovered that the lectures were all scheduled for Sabbath. The first week, I just went to church on Sabbath. Later in the day, I saw that several classmates had messaged me saying: “Where are you?! You have to be here!” I really prayed that God would help me solve my problem. I decided to visit the main professor responsible for that course...

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Miracles in the US Customs Line

Miracles in the US Customs Line

Two times now, yes, two times, we’ve seen God open doors at United States (US) airport customs. The first time was this past June. The situation started when one of our volunteer prayer team members, Gem Castor, (who comes from the Philippines), began having problems entering the US on his visitor’s visa. He has a ten-year visitor’s visa, so there shouldn’t be any problems, but since he comes into the US so often for prayer ministry or speaking engagements, our friendly immigration authorities at US customs decided that he’s much more than a tourist. They told him this past spring that he needs to get a religious worker’s visa (R-1 visa), and that he can’t come back into the US without one...

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No Peace in Meditation

No Peace in Meditation

A spiritual guide led Gustavo Javier Caballero into a darkened room to communicate with dead people. “They will give some answers that you need,” the guide said. Gustavo wanted answers. He struggled to sleep at night and was meditating twice a day — an hour in the morning and an hour in the evening — to cope with stress. The activities offered peace for a while, but soon the stress returned a hundredfold...

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We Serve the Great Healer

We Serve the Great Healer

We are a pioneer team serving in Province X. With God’s blessing, we went to a village and set up a house church. We are very blessed to have 35 people in our small church every Sabbath now. Recently, three new members were baptized. Praise the Lord! I would like to share one brother’s testimony with you. I will call him “Brother B” as our real names cannot be shared. We live in a difficult region of the world where sharing the gospel can be risky...

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Learning to Listen to the Still Small Voice

Learning to Listen to the Still Small Voice

We often pray for the Holy Spirit, but have we tried listening for His still small voice? When I was a Bible worker, I daily committed my way unto the Lord like David admonished in Psalm 37:5, “Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring [it] to pass.” One day, when I didn’t have any appointments, I prayed, “Lord, who do you want me to visit today?” A still small voice said, “Go see Saul.”

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When God Paid a Big Bill!

When God Paid a Big Bill!

What does your family water bill usually cost? It varies from home to home, and of course it would be more for a church, school, or hospital. When leaders from the Amanuma Seventh-day Adventist Church in Tokyo, Japan, opened their bill and discovered that it was double what it had been the month before, it was a total shock! Church leaders contacted the water company and found out that a burst underground pipe was to blame...

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4-Year-Old Boy Leads Married Couple to Baptism

4-Year-Old Boy Leads Married Couple to Baptism

Teacher made a big announcement to the children’s Sabbath School class in a church in Goroka, Papua New Guinea. “Next week, we are going to have visitors day,” she said. “I’d like each of you to bring a visitor. Four-year-old Andrew Seth listened attentively as Teacher spoke. He wondered, “Who am I going to bring to Sabbath School next week?” Walking home after church, he remembered a friend of his father named Mr. Samuel Gini. Both his father and Mr. Gini worked as teachers at the same school...

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Prayer was the Key that Turned his Heart

Prayer was the Key that Turned his Heart

My name is Chai Worra* and I live in a closed country in Southeast Asia with my wife and eight children. God put me here to help my people, just like He put you where you live so you can help people around you. I’m so happy to be God’s servant. God blesses me in many ways and I’d like to tell you one story about how He did that for me. A few months ago, one of my friends asked me to help him transport some firewood from his farm to his house. You see, our farms aren’t in the same place where our houses are, so we have to take things back and forth between them. You need to know that my friend is not a Christian. I’ve tried talking to him but he’s never interested. Therefore, when he asked for my help, I immediately realized that this was another chance for me to show Jesus to him...

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Your People are Different from My People!

Your People are Different from My People!

“Remember what we learned with our friends, Mom?” Kara gently prodded her mother, “Why don’t you pray?” Kara’s mom was waiting with her two daughters in the airport while a feeling of anger began building inside. Her youngest daughter knew how to push her buttons and she was at it again. But this time, instead of reacting in anger, she responded quickly to Kara’s suggestion and stopped to say a prayer. Immediately, she experienced a change of heart and a soft, subdued attitude replaced her anger. “What a miracle, she thought to herself!”

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Opera Singer’s Mansion Turned into Adventist TV Studio

Opera Singer’s Mansion Turned into Adventist TV Studio

In early September 2018, Seventh-day Adventist leaders joined several hundred guests in rural Sweden for the opening of a new headquarters for LifeStyleTV, a supporting media ministry, and to celebrate the remarkable story of how its Adventist founder turned an opera singer’s mansion into a television studio to proclaim Jesus’ soon coming to Scandinavia. LifeStyleTV founder Claus Nybo described the new media center as a miracle from God in a stirring Sabbath morning presentation in a concert hall-turned-television studio in Brunskog, a Swedish town...

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A Present Help in Time of Need

A Present Help in Time of Need

One day I called my friend Beverly to ask how she and her mom were doing. On the other side of the line was a very anxious and concerned Beverly. "My mother is being rushed to the emergency room (ER) even as we speak, and I am following the ambulance in my car," she told me breathlessly. A short while before my phone call, Beverly had gone into the room where her mother was resting in a chair. She found her mother sitting upright stiff as a board, her eyes staring out into space with a glassy haze, and she was unable to respond to any questions. Immediately Beverly called 911...

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Shopkeeper Prays Way Out of Sabbath Work

Shopkeeper Prays Way Out of Sabbath Work

Sophie Buama accepted Saturday as the biblical Sabbath when the pastor spoke about the Fourth Commandment at evangelistic meetings in October 2017. But she didn’t quit her job in New Caledonia, a French territory in the South Pacific. Sophie worked four days a week — Tuesdays to Fridays — at a supermarket in Mebuet, a village on the tiny island of Maré. A coworker, Celine, ran the supermarket the other three days. But the sun set between 5:30 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. on Fridays, depending on the season. Sophie was supposed to lock up the supermarket at 7 p.m. Sophie felt terrible about working on Sabbath. She didn’t want to leave because jobs were hard to find, and her salary fed the whole family. She prayed for God to change her work schedule...

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This is for my good—really?

This is for my good—really?

Many years ago, my wife, Daniela, and I ran a very profitable business in Romania. We had a comfortable life, with all the necessary means, influence, and friends. Countless times we helped those in need, assisted the church, and carried out charitable activities, and we were “humbly” proud of it. When God called us into pastoral ministry, we gave up the business, unusually large income, and comfortable life...

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The Power of a Retired Pastor’s Prayer Ministry

The Power of a Retired Pastor’s Prayer Ministry

Many elderly Seventh-day Adventist pastors return to their native villages when they retire in Papua New Guinea and spend their last years at home and with family. Not Okanama Kevi, a veteran pastor from Ura village in the highlands of the South Pacific country. His life became even more busy in retirement as he felt called by God to start a full-time prayer ministry...

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My Singing Miracle

My Singing Miracle

As I travel around giving concerts, I have recognized more and more my need of Christ’s strength. In fact, lately God has been teaching me about my need of prayer each time I sing. One of those lessons is the importance of praying for specifics. Each time I sing, I pray about every aspect of performing the songs—that I will have enough breath for the longer notes; that I will remember all the words; that the sound system will work properly; that my voice will have enough strength and that I will sing with lots of expression so that the message of the song will really reach each person listening. I go through the song and tell God where all the hardest parts are and ask for extra help with those parts. God answers each specific I pray for and never fails.

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Answered Prayers and the Secret to Satisfaction

Answered Prayers and the Secret to Satisfaction

I fell in love with the outdoors while working in Minnesota. Canoeing, backpacking, and cross-country skiing were added to my childhood love of hiking, swimming, and biking. I dreamed of buying the newest equipment for my hobbies, but my nursing salary didn’t allow luxuries. Then I fell in love with Mike. We married and moved to Washington State. He was pursuing a theology major, while I worked as a nurse. I looked forward to ministering together in a church. But the more involved I became...

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The Lord will Provide!

The Lord will Provide!

I have found that whenever I put my trust in the Lord's promises and am determined to live my life according to His principles, no matter what, He always provides for my needs. He often blesses me beyond what I could have ever imagined. My wife and I had recently become Seventh-day Adventists. We had already been tithing faithfully for more than seven years. Now, determined to be a faithful Sabbath keeper also, I was prepared and fully expected to lose my job as a service manager at an auto dealership. In fact, I was ready to resign, but my pastor encouraged me at least to talk to my boss about my convictions. To my surprise, the Lord intervened...

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How a Broken SUV Became a Missionary

How a Broken SUV Became a Missionary

Parking at home after a weekend camping trip, Joe Marcellino saw a trail of oil going up the street from his Isuzu Trooper SUV. “Oh-oh,” he said to his wife, Susan. “Things aren’t good.” Joe, then a 33-year-old IT manager at the Seventh-day Adventist World Church headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, called a friend for help. His friend, Eric Armer, found that the oil had spewed from the oil filter’s rubber gasket, and warned that the engine had probably sustained significant damage...

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He Chose My Name

He Chose My Name

This past summer I served as a literature evangelist, going door-to-door selling books with the Youth Rush program in the US state of Michigan. Some days were good and some days were discouraging. One day I was feeling a bit down as I hadn’t sold any books. I was praying that God would help me and do something really special. It was almost time to end the day, but I went up to another door and began canvassing the young man that came to the door. I was pretty sure he wasn’t going to get any books...

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"You Must Have the True, Original Bible!"

"You Must Have the True, Original Bible!"

Laura understood her mission as a tentmaker even as she began the preliminary language learning program in the Middle Eastern country where she was serving. It didn’t take Laura very long to make new friends. Outgoing by nature, she soon became involved various opportunities to interact with all kinds of people, each in different stages of life, with different needs. Laura discovered that some of her new friends were skeptical, some were silently questioning, and others simply wanted to know the truth. Soon after arriving in the country, she befriended two sisters. God opened doors for her to have many spiritual conversations with them. Their grandmother was a devout and learned Muslim and one day they called her to get information to refute Laura’s claims about Christianity and Islam...

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The Wind Blew, but the Fire Stood Still!

The Wind Blew, but the Fire Stood Still!

Making lunch took some work for Alejandro Gonzales Qquerar, a farmer and father of four children in Peru. First, he needed to dig a hole in the ground. Then he would place wood and stones into the hole and light a fire. When the flames caused the stones to turn red and then black, he would throw some potatoes on top of them. After that, he would cover the potatoes with dirt and cold rocks, which would put out the fire. The potatoes would bake in the hot earth and, after about 20 minutes, they would be ready to eat. Alejandro got to work, digging the hole in a small clearing in his field of barley...

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The Grape Fruit Size Tumor

The Grape Fruit Size Tumor

“You have a tumor the size of a grapefruit. It needs to come out. And to prevent the possibility of uncontrollable bleeding, we must do a hysterectomy as well,” the surgeon said. I was not happy! As a nurse, I knew the complications that can result from hysterectomies. For months in my daily morning worships, I prayed and claimed healing Bible promises. Over and over I read stories of Jesus healing people. I kept praying, “Dear God, You did it then. Please do it now.”

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Prayer Cures 16-Year-Old Girl's Cancer

Prayer Cures 16-Year-Old Girl's Cancer

Sharp pain shot through Marina’s stomach, causing her to double over in agony. The next day, the stomachache grew worse. It hurt so much that the 16-year-old teenager wept in her home in the Cambodian village of O Mony. Father put Marina on his motorcycle and drove her and Mother to the hospital in Battambang, Cambodia’s second-largest city, located about 4 miles (7 kilometers) away. The physician ordered an ultrasound test to seek the cause of the pain. The initial results worried him, and he ordered a second test...

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Who Gets the Book?

Who Gets the Book?

I recently spent some time in the US state of Ohio. On the last day of my visit, I joined a group going door to door handing out The Great Controversy, a book about the history of the Christian church and the battle for good and evil between Christ and Satan. When we finished, everyone else had given away their books, except for me. I had one book left and could not find anyone else to give it to. I decided to save it, just in case I met someone in the airport the next day. I arrived at the airport bright and early the next morning. As I stood at the gate, waiting to board my next flight...

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The Trouble Makers

The Trouble Makers

My dad was a pastor. Every time our family moved to a new assignment, people would warn him of “the trouble-makers.” You know about troublemakers—the ones who give constant grief on committees, in church, or at work. Dad would pay special attention to the cranky, irritable, griping ones. He’d search for the good things in each one and affirm each person for their strengths...

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Praying for Rain!

Praying for Rain!

Namibia is one of the most sparsely populated countries of the world, with about two people per square kilometer. One reason for this is that average rainfall is comparable to some parts of the Sahara desert. Here in this region lives a man named Neville. Neville was in charge of planning and coordinating camp meeting. As the time for the camp meeting drew near, he and his family were sitting outside on the veranda talking. As they considered the coming event, they began to get very discouraged. It was very dry. There had been no rain for quite some time. As a result, the animals were in bad shape. There was no food, and camp meeting was looming on the horizon. Speakers had already been invited. Money had already been spent to purchase the tickets. But there was no water. What were they going to do?

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I Will Buy Them All!

I Will Buy Them All!

During my colporteur work, I met Mr. Sam* - a senior, middle-aged businessman. As soon as I entered his office, I told him the purpose of my visit and presented my wonderful books. I could immediately see that he was not really interested and that there was something else in mind. "Sorry, brother," he said, "I do not want to buy any books today." I quietly prayed, asking God to help me tell him something that would reach him. At that moment he asked me: "Why are you doing this work?"...

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God Miraculously Provides 4,000 Euros in Portugal

God Miraculously Provides 4,000 Euros in Portugal

A serious dilemma unexpectedly emerged one Friday morning. The architect of our VitaSalus Wellness Center announced that we urgently needed to put up railings around several buildings. “If someone falls, you’ll be in trouble,” he warned. We knew that he was right. VitaSalus — a clinic that works in harmony with the ethical, professional and spiritual values upheld by the Seventh-day Adventist Church — is located atop a mountain near the town of Penela, about 115 miles (185 kilometers) north of Portugal’s capital, Lisbon. The architect put the total cost of the railings at 8,000 euros ($9,850 USD). But he said we could pay only 4,000 euros by restricting the railings to the highest places.

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The Mysterious Guards in White Robes

The Mysterious Guards in White Robes

Thirty Pathfinders and their adult friends piled into two rented trucks for a Sabbath afternoon drive from East Timor’s capital, Dili. The Pathfinders were going on a serious trip. They wanted to find three girls whose parents had forbidden them from attending church on Sabbath. An hour later, the Pathfinders arrived at the village of Remexiu, where the girls lived. The Pathfinders marched and did several drills. They passed out tracts about Jesus to the villagers. They found the three girls and prayed with them. Pastor Inaciu da Kosta, who organized the trip, prayed last.

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The Miracle of Spiritual Healing

The Miracle of Spiritual Healing

One morning, as I read the Revival and Reformation daily devotional, I clicked on the “Featured Resources” section and saw a book called Steps to Personal Revival: Being Filled with the Holy Spirit by Helmut Haubeil. I was impressed to download the free PDF file and began to read it. As I read the book, I realized that I rarely pled for the Holy Spirit in my life. Yes, I attended church, had daily devotions and even gave some Bible studies, but I felt as though my personal walk with Christ lacked depth. I felt disconnected. I saw answers to my prayers, but I wanted more...

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The Five Day Visa

The Five Day Visa

A few months ago, my husband Tony and I began preparing for our trip to Australia where we’ve been asked to speak in May 2018. This will be the first time for us to visit this beautiful country, and we are both eager for the blessings that God has in store for us. Of course, it was months ago that we purchased our plane tickets. We began preparing our presentations and I started thinking about things we should pack. Then I checked to make sure our passports and paperwork were in order. That’s when we discovered we needed visas to enter Australia.

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Lord Help Me Pass This Exam!

Lord Help Me Pass This Exam!

It was the time of final exams, June 2016, at Tyrifjord Junior College, the Seventh-day Adventist boarding School in Norway, and the young woman was nervous – very nervous. She called her teacher—my mother—to ask for help. She called and spoke with her again and again, in fact, she called throughout the entire day. “You do not need to be worried, because you have done your best,” my mom encouraged her...

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God Has a Thousand Ways!

God Has a Thousand Ways!

It was the year 1994, when I had the privilege to study at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan. I had finished my class work and was preparing as quickly as possible for my comprehensive exams. You see, when you major in the Old Testament, there are lot of ancient languages that you have to pass in the comprehensive finals. I was eager to take my finals as soon as possible, because ancient languages do not stay in your mind very long. As I was preparing for these comprehensives, I got a letter...

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When God Closed the Mouth of Birds

When God Closed the Mouth of Birds

Our film crew was in Africa recently to document how cell phone evangelism is spreading the gospel message like wildfire. Amazing things happened every single day while I was there, from feeling the spray of Victoria Falls, to being only 20 feet from elephants bathing and playing in the river, to floating down the Zambezi river in a dug out canoe. All of these were incredible bucket list experiences for me. But nothing compared to watching God perform a miracle right in front of us...

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How Steps to Personal Revival Has Changed My Life

How Steps to Personal Revival Has Changed My Life

Last August a young man at the British Columbia camp meeting where I was preaching, gave me a book. I’d never seen the book before nor had I ever heard of the author—but the man told me there were over 600,000 copies of the book circulating the world in 29 languages. Little did I know this short book would end up dramatically changing my life—the way I pray, the way I preach, the way I relate to others—it has changed my ministry.

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Young People Share Their Miracle Stories

Young People Share Their Miracle Stories

What would you do if one of your friends was depressed and struggling in their devotions? What do you do if you are about to run out of gas and there is no gas station for miles around? How would you pray if you were going to study with a friend that has never heard of Jesus? The following testimonies, are first-hand accounts written by young adults, that share the answers to these very questions...

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Jesus Calms the Storm

Jesus Calms the Storm

Armi Arjuna Palandeng, a 21-year-old university student, had a heavy heart after arriving on Buru, the third-largest island in the Maluku Islands of Indonesia. He and a fellow student missionary had been assigned to work for one year in a village where no Seventh-day Adventists lived. But he wasn’t sure how to start. One evening, two villagers invited him to go fishing, and he eagerly accepted. They looked at the sky and saw that the weather was good. They hoped to catch many fish.

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Lord, Please Bless the Person Who  Finds this Money

Lord, Please Bless the Person Who Finds this Money

I don’t usually carry much cash but this was a special assignment. I was on my way to the store to send $500 via Western Union to help fund a series of evangelistic meetings in Kenya. I was impressed by the dedication of both the pastor and the church members in that region of Kenya. They were sacrificing in significant ways to share the Gospel message in an un-entered region, and it was my desire to encourage them in their labors...

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From Friendship, Prayer, to Baptism

From Friendship, Prayer, to Baptism

Sunny and Salma met during orientation for first-year students at a university in the Middle East. Sunny, who is from Asia, is a Waldensian student — a young Seventh-day Adventist living, studying, and serving at a secular university in the Adventist Church’s Middle East and North Africa Union. Salma is a local student who grew up in a non-Christian family. The two young women instantly became friends. They shared the same major and lived in the same city neighborhood. “We were glad to have a friend to ride with on the bus everyday,” Sunny said. Salma soon learned that her new friend was an Adventist Christian. She had been taught to be wary of Christians...

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Two Testimonies by Young People Who Prayed

Two Testimonies by Young People Who Prayed

How does a girl witness to her unbelieving father during his surgery? How does a young man see God open the door in answer to his plea to sell books and find someone interested in signing up for Bible studies? Read these two testimonies by young people to hear how God answered their prayers...

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They Couldn't Be Poisoned!

They Couldn't Be Poisoned!

Eighteen-year-old Desi Natalia Ango was thrilled when she and a fellow female student were assigned to spend a year as missionaries in Limbong in the south of the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. It was a long trip by car and motorcycle, plus eight hours walking to get to the mountain village, and when the young missionaries finally arrived, the villagers welcomed them with a traditional ceremony. “We didn’t speak their dialect and didn’t know what they were saying,” Ango said. “We didn’t know what to do.” More important, she had no idea how to share her love for Jesus. She and her friend fasted and prayed for two days.

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The Mysterious Phone Call

The Mysterious Phone Call

We were happily married with two small children when my husband felt convicted to leave his excellent paying job to train for pastoral ministry. It was a call that he had felt as a schoolboy years earlier, but had never followed. After four years of theology training, graduation was finally approaching, and we were excited to launch into full-time ministry for the Lord. As it turned out, my husband’s graduating class was so large that there were not enough positions available to provide for all the new graduates. There was no future job on the horizon for us.

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The Book that Glowed in the Dark

The Book that Glowed in the Dark

Villagers sang and danced when the mission airplane arrived in the Indonesian province of Papua. The plane had brought in two new student missionaries. The joyful celebration stretched on for more than an hour in Yabosorem, one of the remotest villages on the island, with no school, clinic, or anything else from the outside world. Perched on a mountainside, the village is only accessible by air. Darron Boyd, another missionary who had helped arrange the placement of the student missionaries, watched with amazement and turned to the interpreter who had accompanied them all on the flight. “What are they saying?” Darron asked.

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The Strange Cure to an Indonesian Man's Blindness

The Strange Cure to an Indonesian Man's Blindness

The mission plane dropped off my friend and me at the foot of a mountain in Papua, Indonesia. We went into town to do some last-minute shopping before climbing high into the mountains to start our year of student missionary work. We didn’t have much money, but we saw one thing that we wanted at the main market: a bag of green limes. We loved limes, and we knew that we wouldn’t find any on the mountain.

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A Flood Gate of Blessings!

A Flood Gate of Blessings!

Last school year I served as a student missionary in Southeast Asia. As I prepared to return to Andrews University (Berrien Springs, Mich.) to complete my undergraduate degree, I prayed that God would help me find a part-time job where the staff are focused on ministry and intentional about prayer...

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Lightning in Answer to Prayer!

Lightning in Answer to Prayer!

Inaciu looked at the star-lit sky and wondered what to do. He still had to walk 15 miles (25 kilometers) through a thick jungle and up a mountain to reach the village. He was hungry because he hadn’t eaten anything since breakfast. He also hadn’t brought a flashlight. Then it started to rain. Inaciu opened his umbrella and said to himself, “If I go back home, I’ll have to walk 15 miles, and if I go forward, I’ll also have to walk 15 miles.”

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Interruptions that Turn out to be Answers to Prayer

Interruptions that Turn out to be Answers to Prayer

As I raced down the hill in our little white Suzuki, I was surprised to see a somewhat familiar woman step out into the road in front of me. Feeling a sense of embarrassment for speeding, I slowed down and prepared to drive around her, but as I neared, she stepped directly in front of the car. I couldn’t avoid her, so I stopped.

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Reaching the World Next Door Miracles

Reaching the World Next Door Miracles

Miracles are necessary when starting a missionary training center by faith. And miracles are exactly what God gave us as we set out on this journey. We praise God for Advocates for Southeast Asia and the Persecuted (ASAP) Ministries and the support of the Texas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists (United States). Because of their passion for the unreached, the vision for Reach the World Next Door Training Center was birthed. God led us to purchase 26 acres on the outskirts of the city of Houston, the fifth largest metro area in the United States and home to many unreached people groups. God miraculously brought together a multinational training staff with experience among Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, and Native Americans.

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Saved by the Man in White

Saved by the Man in White

Recently an Adventist businessman stopped coming to church. He needed money, so he started working on Sabbath. One day he was involved in a terrible accident on a bridge. He fell off the bridge into the river below. Rescuers sent him to the hospital where he remained unconscious for three days. As he began to come to, he could hear people talking and was shocked to find himself in a hospital. He asked what had happened to him...

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Prayer Lessons from Daniel and His Three Friends

Prayer Lessons from Daniel and His Three Friends

Daniel and his friends lived in Jerusalem, undoubtedly peacefully, when suddenly their world forever changed. The year was 605 B.C. and the forces of the Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar had invaded the southern kingdom of Judah, overcoming King Jehoiakim. Daniel and his friends were taken captive together with other strong and talented young people from Jerusalem. From all appearances, the world had ended for them. Like many other captives, they probably asked God: “Why has this happened? What will become of our future?”

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How Prayer and a Rented Car Paid the Bill!

How Prayer and a Rented Car Paid the Bill!

Choomba Simillah was studying for a bachelor’s degree at the public university while teaching at Rusangu Secondary School, a Seventh-day Adventist boarding academy in Zambia. One university teacher refused to give him a passing grade and another teacher failed him when he repeated the course. As a result, he was informed that he would be expelled. Choomba couldn’t understand why he was being failed, and he rushed to the teacher for an explanation...

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He Didn't Give Up Praying for His Father

He Didn't Give Up Praying for His Father

Samuel Saw, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s Southern Asia-Pacific Division, grew up without a relationship with his father. The two never spent time together in their home country of Myanmar. They didn’t talk about things. “He never hugged me,” Saw said. “I was a boy without a father.” Saw, who was raised by his grandparents, went on to study in an Adventist school and graduate as a pastor from the Myanmar Union Adventist Seminary in Myaungmya, a city of 280,000 people located about 140 miles (225 kilometers) west of Myanmar’s capital, Yangon.

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The Prayer of a Servant

The Prayer of a Servant

One day in college in Bucharest, Romania, the dean came to me and said, “You are missing school every Saturday. We know you are an Adventist, but in this country there is no God. The next Saturday that you miss school will be your last day in college. You will be expelled..."

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Set Free by the Power of the Word

Set Free by the Power of the Word

It was my senior year in high school. My father had recently committed suicide, and I was coping by consuming violent video games, pornography, and even dabbling in drugs and witchcraft. Abuse from my past was a burden I constantly carried. My footprints wore a pathway across the floor as I mentally wrestled with the problems in my life. I was raised in a home that professed Christianity, and I knew that God was real and powerful. Why wasn’t I feeling His power in these times of darkness? Needing something to calm my mind, I grabbed my Bible and...

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Indian Young People Move Forward by Prayer

Indian Young People Move Forward by Prayer

Youth in India are hungry for God. I’ve seen it with my own eyes, and I’ve been privileged to watch God work on their behalf. Not long ago, a dedicated group of young professionals decided to leave their high paying jobs and go into full time ministry. They made this choice because they had a passion for other young people in India to come to know Jesus. As they prayed and sought God’s will, this small group felt God leading them to start an Indian Youth Congress where youth from all over the country could come together, learning about the truths of the Gospel. When I met this group, I realized that...

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Miracle School Dedicated to God in Myanmar

Miracle School Dedicated to God in Myanmar

Connections are essential in Myanmar. It’s not who you are or what you have. It’s who you know that counts in this Southeast Asian country. But connections didn’t seem to be working for local Seventh-day Adventist leaders who needed authorization to build a larger school in Myanmar’s capital, Yangon. Enrollment had reached 650 children in two small buildings used since 1975, and teachers had no choice but to turn away new students...

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I'm Standing Because of Your Prayers

I'm Standing Because of Your Prayers

Last year one of the featured United in Prayer requests was to pray for the Secretary of the Trans-European Division, whose husband was killed in a work-related accident. I was the woman you prayed for, and today I can testify that your prayers have been answered.

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A Gold Mine Rescue

A Gold Mine Rescue

A house-church in a closed country had not experienced much growth, so the district leader visited the members and encouraged them to fast and pray for souls. In this communist country church members encounter interrogations, fines, and harassment by police if they are caught witnessing, hence their hesitation to engage in active public evangelism. But they came together and prayed for the Holy Spirit, for a love for people, and for courage to go out and share their faith. The next Sabbath afternoon they blanketed an area with sermon DVDs. Diu* stopped to talk to a lady selling meat beside the road...

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Lessons on Prayer from Martin Luther

Lessons on Prayer from Martin Luther

Martin Luther is probably one of the most well known Christian reformers from the last 500 years. He is recognized as the leader of what is known as the Protestant Reformation in the 1500’s. Against all odds, Luther and his comrades succeeded in turning the church and world upside down. But this wasn't just through strong preaching or by exposing the errors of the church. This was accomplished through fervent prayer. What did this prayer look like? Read more to find out.

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So Many Answered Prayers

So Many Answered Prayers

“I'm yelling at the top of my lungs, I'm so full of answered prayers” (Psalm 13:6 – The Message). Have you ever felt that way? I know I have. I distinctly remember the first time God answered my prayer. I was in first grade and my parents had given me some Hot Wheels toy cars, which I loved. They gave me permission to take some of them to school with the stern warning not to lose any of them. I took six of them to school the next day and during that first recess I and my friends had so much fun making dirt roads for the cars. When the bell rang to go in, I quickly grabbed the cars but only found five of them. My heart almost stopped as I imagined telling my parents I had lost one. I told my friends and we knelt down in the playground and prayed that God would help us find my one lost car. When we opened our eyes...

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She Prayed for Five Years to See if God was Real

She Prayed for Five Years to See if God was Real

Viona Boro first realized in the third grade that she wanted to sing. Viona lived with her grandparents on the island of Ronglap, a patch of land covered with coconut trees and breadfruit trees in the Marshall Islands. She loved listening to her grandfather sing about Jesus in the Marshallese and English languages. Grandfather would sit under a breadfruit tree beside their home and, playing his ukulele, sing “Jesus Loves Me,” and “God Is So Good.” Sometimes at night, Viona would lie on the ground outside and look up at millions of glittering stars as Grandfather sang, “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.”

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God sent an Angel and his Brother!

God sent an Angel and his Brother!

There I was, standing outside my apartment building, facing the stark reality of a massive project in front of me. I looked to the skies and prayed that it wouldn’t rain. I had just received a shipment of heavy boxes, but the delivery man informed me that it was not his responsibility to take the items to my unit. The delivery weighed one thousand seven hundred (1,700) pounds. What was I to do?

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Would You Pray for My Husband?

Would You Pray for My Husband?

“Would you please pray for my husband?” Abigail* asked our prayer group one day. “I want George to be the spiritual leader in our home and go to camp meeting. He brought me into the church, but he doesn’t want to go to church. I don’t want to go to camp meeting without him.” We prayed for this request for many months, and yet George refused to go to camp meeting. After camp meeting, we decided to ask God how we should pray for him. We prayed together for God to show us, then we waited in silence...

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Saved by the Master Editor

Saved by the Master Editor

The deadline was fast approaching. In just a few more days, the project would be complete. The Jesus Understands book would go to the printers and then into the hands of countless children and families around the world who have suffered violence or abuse, showing them that Jesus, too, was hurt and abused, and He understands our trials and pains. There were just a few changes that needed to be made to the manuscript before publishing, and I volunteered to make those changes...

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God will Make a Way!

God will Make a Way!

As she finished high school, Jo-Anna Clayton devised a perfect plan for college. For the first year, she would enroll in a community college in her home state of West Virginia. This way she could take basic classes at reduced tuition costs and stay with her parents and three younger sisters for one more year. After that, she would transfer to a Seventh-day Adventist school to study nursing. To make sure this plan would work, she...

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Praying for a Fence around My Tomatoes

Praying for a Fence around My Tomatoes

I love planting vegetables and watching them grow. Last fall, I planted a garden full of Pak Choi, or Chinese cabbage. The plants (about 50) grew quickly, healthy and beautiful. I live in Nassau, Bahamas, in an area where there is a large population of rats. One day I noticed a rat in the garden, so I hurried to scare it away. It disappeared in the nearby bushes, but within an hour came back, accompanied by more rats. I threw rocks to frighten them, but when I returned a few hours later, there were five or six eating my plants. The situation seemed hopeless. The plants attracted the rats in a way I have never seen...

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Circle of Prayer Comes Full Circle

Circle of Prayer Comes Full Circle

A couple of years ago, a lady in our church began mentioning her daughter needing special prayer for safety and making wise choices, and her grandchildren who were being affected by their mother's lack of wisdom. I love prayer and prayer ministry, and as a pastor's wife, I always try to pray for the needs brought to my attention. Sometimes it’s hard to keep up with the many requests though, so one thing that I’ve tried to put into practice is offering to say a quick prayer right then, when the need is expressed, rather than walking away with the platitude of "I'll pray for you." However, I’ve also been convicted...

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Mongolian Boy Finds God Answers Prayers

Mongolian Boy Finds God Answers Prayers

When Iveel Namjildorj was 5 years old, he moved from his home in Mongolia to the Philippines. His father, a Seventh-day Adventist pastor, needed to further his pastoral studies at an Adventist university in the Philippines, and he took the family with him. Iveel also needed to study, so his parents enrolled him in first grade. School turned out to be difficult for Iveel, who didn’t speak English and struggled to communicate in class...

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How 4 Pans of Lasagna Fed 100 People at My Church

How 4 Pans of Lasagna Fed 100 People at My Church

For a friend’s funeral dinner, I had been told other people were bringing lasagna and additional items and I was to bring only cookies. Of course I double-checked with my husband, Pastor Nicholas Osborn, and he confirmed — only cookies. When we arrived at the church, I found three other women in the kitchen: Jean Shaver, Valena Stulzman and Lois Roggow. Lois had made three 9x13 pans of lasagna, plus one 9x9 pan. There were plenty of desserts and some bread, but that was it. It didn’t take long to realize there had been a miscommunication...

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The Miracle Money in my Wallet

The Miracle Money in my Wallet

Listen in as Andy Martinez shares how God convicted him to change his travel plans and then worked a miracle to reward his faith and trust...

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Prayer Brings Church back to Life in Romania

Prayer Brings Church back to Life in Romania

The new pastor was shocked when he showed up at the Bucharest International Seventh-day Adventist Church — the only English-speaking church in Romania’s capital — and found only three people present. All three were Romanians. “They pretty much told me that was it, that was the whole group,” said the pastor, Benjamin Stan. Three weeks later, Benjamin learned that one of the three people, a 21-year-old woman, no longer planned to attend. The woman’s mother came to the church on Sabbath to break the news that here daughter, after being part of the group for two years, had decided to move on...

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Modern Day Miracles in the Middle East

Modern Day Miracles in the Middle East

What does it feel like to be gripped in the power of God’s calling? Just ask Paul. On the road to Damascus, he was literally thrown off his horse when a sudden flash of light from heaven left him blind for three days. Talk about an instant life-changing event. Or ask Lazarus what it felt like to be awoken by the sound of Jesus’ voice calling him to leave the tomb. He must have wondered what had happened to him. Why was he lying in a dark place all alone?

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"So Elder Wilson, How do You Pray?"

"So Elder Wilson, How do You Pray?"

What does it mean to pray without ceasing? And how might one stay close to God when constantly loaded down with heavy church responsibilities, or with the spiritual needs of others? How could one stay closely connected to God and their spouse in the midst of work and ministry? Listen in as one young man asked Elder Wilson how he prays...

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Two Impossible Prayer Requests Lead to Wife

Two Impossible Prayer Requests Lead to Wife

One of the most perplexing questions that people ask is how to choose the right spouse. For Mario Brito, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s Inter-European Division, it was simple to find the perfect match: He asked God to answer two seemingly impossible prayer requests...

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The Almost-Closed Church

The Almost-Closed Church

As Pastor Peni Leo began his work on the Island of Upolu, Samoa, he was confronted with tremendous challenges. The church in the village of Siumu was not accepted by the people there, and he was not allowed to walk through the village for visitation or any other missionary activity. The church sat on land owned by the Tafu family. They became immersed in legal problems with the chief—an extended relative—who wanted to remove them from their land and close the church for good...

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"In the Dream I saw Two Ministers"

"In the Dream I saw Two Ministers"

Liz was busy working in her home in Houston, Texas, when suddenly something told her to be still for a moment. Just then, she heard a knock at the door. When she opened the door, however, she didn’t see anyone. David Pano had already left her porch and was swiftly walking to the next house. Seeing his retreating figure, Liz called out to let him know she was there. David heard her call and returned to her home. He smiled and handed her a GLOW tract...

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How an Adventist Pioneer to Mongolia has Learned to Pray

How an Adventist Pioneer to Mongolia has Learned to Pray

When we arrived in Mongolia in 1991, I felt that God was calling me to be a prayer warrior. But I said to God, “I pray all the time. How am I not a prayer warrior?” I argued with God. After my husband died, and I remarried, we moved to China for a while. I sensed God calling me again to be a prayer warrior. I relented and said, “OK, I’ll put ‘pray three times a day’ on the schedule.” Miracles began to happen as my husband...

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Though I Walk thru the Valley

Though I Walk thru the Valley

A few years ago, I got married, looking forward to happily ever after. Soon after marriage, I discovered that my husband was battling with severe depression. In time he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and marriage became more and more difficult. It wasn’t long and we began to struggle financially because my husband wasn’t able to hold down a job. In the midst of all this, our son Josiah was born, and within a few weeks came down with meningitis, battling for his life at Children's Hospital...

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The Lost Bible on the Tea Table

The Lost Bible on the Tea Table

George*, one of my Egyptian students at Middle East University, asked one day if he could talk to me privately. As we sat in my office, he began to share with me some of his personal struggles, as well as his desire for God’s help. “My father moved to Kuwait to support my family, and I’ve only seen him six times in my life. He is coming to Egypt in April. I want to go see him during Spring break, but I don’t have the money...”

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Prayer Walking Miracles from Taiwan's Butterfly Church

Prayer Walking Miracles from Taiwan's Butterfly Church

Have you ever wondered what God might do if you and fellow church members started walking through your home communities praying for people, and praying for the salvation of souls? This week on United in Prayer we have a special treat as we learn what God did through a small group of church members in Tawain.

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Praying for Courage to go Door to Door - by Susy Solomon

Praying for Courage to go Door to Door - by Susy Solomon

Going door-to-door and witnessing has never been easy for me. I keep praying that God will use me and give me courage to share for Him and I believe God is answering my prayers! For the past five weeks, my friends and I have invited people to evangelistic meetings we are having at our church. We also have gone out on Sabbath, sharing books like Steps to Christ, The Great Controversy and health books. As we have done this, we have felt God’s power giving us boldness. We know this is a direct answer to prayer. One particular Sabbath, feeling even more eager for God’s blessing...

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Pastor's Prayers lead to Baptism in Prison

Pastor's Prayers lead to Baptism in Prison

Amina is currently serving a five-year prison sentence in one of the countries of the East-Central Africa Division. She was arrested on her way to India, where she and others had planned to blow up a huge facility. Amina had been indoctrinated by her Muslim leaders who taught that if she eliminated evil, she would attain righteousness and live in paradise...

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God Cares about Green Beans - By Kelly Wheeler

God Cares about Green Beans - By Kelly Wheeler

It was winter in the Northwest, many years ago, when my dear friend Debbie, who lived several hours away in the countryside of rural Oregon, invited me to come for a weekend visit. Before leaving home, I called and asked Debbie, “Is there anything that you want me to bring?” “No, I have everything I need. Just come!” she responded cheerfully. When I walked into Debbie’s home, a few hours later, it looked like she was running a full-scale restaurant. Recipes and dishes of food were everywhere. She smiled to welcome me, but then sighed sadly, “I forgot that I need fresh green beans for one of these recipes.”

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How Two Sunday-Keeping Pastors Became SDA

How Two Sunday-Keeping Pastors Became SDA

One day, two literature evangelists and I were going door to door in a town called Palyari near South Korea’s capital, Seoul. As we walked down a street, we saw a large banner advertising a retreat for seminary students. We decided to see what was going on. The address printed on the banner led us to the home of a married couple who both served as pastors for one of South Korea’s largest Sunday-keeping denominations. But we did not know that when they opened the door.

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When a Muslim Rescheduled an Adventist’s Sabbath Exam

When a Muslim Rescheduled an Adventist’s Sabbath Exam

Camila dreamed about becoming a missionary doctor. She studied medicine for seven years and, shortly after graduating with her medical degree, moved with her husband, Mateo, to the Middle East. But finding work proved difficult. Obstacle after obstacle kept popping up, preventing her from being hired by a public hospital. This situation seemed impossible...

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Praying for Missing Sheep - by Lloyd Perrin

Praying for Missing Sheep - by Lloyd Perrin

Recently, we started going through our membership records at the Milton Seventh-day Adventist Church in Milton-Freewater, Oregon. We hope to determine the whereabouts of inactive members, reconnect with them, and invite them back. Inevitably, however, we will end up with a list of members who have simply disappeared. After this list is compiled, I will distribute the list of these missing members to each church officer. We will pray daily for each missing member by name and ask God to help us reconnect with them...

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God Sent a Messenger - By Jacob Gibbs

God Sent a Messenger - By Jacob Gibbs

I had 25 minutes to spare before my next Bible study. While considering ways to pass the time, I received a distinct impression: “Take the next left, fourth house on the left.” As I wrestled between doubt and the possibility that God was guiding me, I quickly came to a few conclusions. I had previously thought about knocking on some doors before my study and prayed for guidance to the right homes. The worst thing that could happen was that no one would be home.

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We Just Kept Praying with Him! - By Doris Bevins

We Just Kept Praying with Him! - By Doris Bevins

As our church sorted through the Quiet Hour prayer requests that had come in, one request was given to my husband and me, since the person who had asked for prayers lived near us. Not long after we went knocking on the stranger’s door. The man that opened the door eyed us cautiously...

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God Cares about the Details – By Karmaine Millington

God Cares about the Details – By Karmaine Millington

My husband and I with our 14-month-old son drove about 800 miles so that I could attend a conference in my medical specialty. I had prayerfully reserved an economical hotel room well in advance at our favorite hotel chain. I had also asked for a room on street level because of a wrist fracture I had experienced...

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He Needs The Great Controversy - By Kamil Metz

He Needs The Great Controversy - By Kamil Metz

Helen Johnston abruptly realized as she walked down a street in Battle Creek, in the U.S. state of Michigan, that she had not prayed. So the student literature evangelist paused to seek God’s guidance. It was summer 2015, and she was raising money for school. As Helen headed to the next door, she heard a voice say, “A man will open the door, and he needs ‘The Great Controversy.’” Moments later, the house door opened...

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You Look Like One – By Raquel Arrais

You Look Like One – By Raquel Arrais

Leaving the airport parking lot, I was about to pay the parking fee when the man behind the gate’s window look at me and asked, “Are you from India?” I said no. Then he looked at me again and said, “But you look like one.” I thought it was a very nice compliment due to my love for India. India is one of the places you will never forget—the colors, the food, the beautiful dresses, the jasmine flowers on the streets, the smell of curry and chapatti, the languages, the music and the amazing architecture.

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Thriving Prayer at Zaoksky Theological Seminary - By Boris G. Protasevich

Thriving Prayer at Zaoksky Theological Seminary – By Boris G. Protasevich

Like most Adventist schools, we’ve always had prayer meeting at Zaoksky. However, God knew something was missing from our weekly meeting and that we needed a spiritual revival on our campus. So last fall God sent Pastor Don McLafferty, from Clovis California, to lead us in a special week of prayer. Not only did Pastor Don share many inspiring messages about prayer, but every day he lead a early morning prayer time, which many of our staff, faculty and students attended.

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The Prayers Behind Romania’s Church Growth – By Melody Mason

The Prayers Behind Romania’s Church Growth – By Melody Mason

This February many church members, along with myself and others from the General Conference, had the privilege of taking part in the Total Member Involvement (TMI) initiative that is occuring across Europe this year. My assignment was the Cuza Voda Seventh-day Adventist Church in Bucharest, Romania. Here I saw first hand the power of a praying church.

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Surprising Outcome from One Man’s Wreck – By Don Jacobsen

Surprising Outcome from One Man’s Wreck – By Don Jacobsen

A few weeks ago, Virgil was headed to the office one morning when he was broadsided by a truck. The crash totaled his car. Then the truck drove off. Victim of a hit-and-run collision, and now sitting in a car that wouldn’t run, he wondered what to do next. As he was gathering his thoughts he was surprised to look up and see the same truck come back and then pull up behind him.

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One Man’s Private Struggle with Lust – By Santiago Dominguez

One Man’s Private Struggle with Lust – By Santiago Dominguez

My service as a church officer in a South American field went well until I fell to the temptation of pornography. The problem had started during my youth, but God had helped me overcome for some time. But then the problem started again, especially during work trips, when staying alone at night in hotel rooms. It was very awkward to fall asleep during the sessions of the division executive committee the next day knowing that I had stayed up late the previous night watching pornography on the TV or computer.

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