Network Stories

from Feb 2020

Havilah Dharamraj

Langham Publishing recently published Havilah Dharamraj’s commentary on the Book of Ruth and featured her in an author spotlight. You can learn about her journey as a woman leader and Old Testament scholar in their story.

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from Jan/Feb 2020

Sofia Quintanilla

The idyllic beaches that populate Costa Rican travel websites tantalize tourists with “pura vida”—the pure life of simple pleasures. But when Sofia Quintanilla came to Christ as a young girl, she remembers being taught to expect hardship. “The woman who prayed with me after church said, ‘This prayer doesn’t mean you’re not going to have troubles in life. But it does mean that Jesus is going to be with you through everything’.”

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from Mar/Apr 2019

Meron Gebreananaye

Meron Gebreananaye’s first impression of Scripture was influenced by her mother’s large Orthodox Bible. Rare and expensive, it was wrapped in cloth and displayed in a prayer niche. It was never read. “In the Ethiopian Orthodox tradition,” she says, “Scripture is elevated to the extent that you are not expected to read it as a layperson.

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from Sept/Oct 2018

Emmanuel Bellon

If an unqualified person offers to jump in and help, many organizations are just glad to have someone show up. They don’t always have the luxury of scrutinizing candidates’ resumes or analyzing their giftings. Yet Emmanuel Bellon, Vice President of the Vital SustainAbility Initiative, is convinced that when it comes to training leaders, Christians have an obligation to ask: “How can we do better?”

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from Jan/Feb 2018

Xue Xiaxia

Fifty years ago, millions of Red Guards—a ruthless cadre of radicalized students—waged war against tradition and religion, the twin threats to Maoism. This was modern China’s darkest decade: the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution (1966–1976).

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from Mar/Apr 2018

Pontien Batibuka

Many corners of the world have seen their share of war and its aftermath, but few have experienced the depths of violence that have taken place over the past 20 years in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In 2002, The Economist magazine called it “the most miserable place on earth.”

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from May/June 2017

Kin Yip Louie

Hong Kong is an iconic city bridging Western and Eastern culture. For 150 years it was under British rule, which sheltered it from the upheaval of China’s Communist revolution in the 1950s. In 1997, when the British ceded Hong Kong’s territory back to China, it was designated as a nearly autonomous region.

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from July/Aug 2016

Ivan Rusyn

All followers of Christ are called to forgive, but few are put to the test like Christians in war-torn countries. Ivan Rusyn, President of Ukranian Evangelical Theological Seminary, says his country’s prolonged conflict with Russia has given believers in Ukraine a new perspective.

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from Jan/Feb 2016

Ara Badalian

“I didn’t know anything about Christianity, except that I was a Christian,” says Ara Badalian, now pastor of a vibrant church in the heart of Baghdad.

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from Nov/Dec 2015

Nelson Morales

Overrun with gang violence, drug trade, poverty, and religious and political scandals, Guatemala might seem like a challenging context in which to spread the gospel. Yet Nelson Morales, professor of New Testament and Greek at the Theological Seminary of Central America (SETECA), says the most noticeable thing about the Central American country is its openness to spirituality.

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from May/June 2015

Jules Martinez

During high school, Jules Martinez, now a pastor and theology professor, sought answers about the spiritual world. Living on the north coast of Puerto Rico, the Martinez family were “cultural Catholics,” and some practiced Santeria, which Martinez describes as “a combination of Caribbean spiritism and Catholicism.”

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From Mar/Apr 2015

Jacob Cherian

The South Asian peninsula (or Indian subcontinent) is one of the most religiously conflicted and densely populated parts of the world. Dominated by India, the peninsula also includes Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar, and parts of Pakistan.

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