August Project: Community Baptist Church Noel, MO

This Month’s Special Project: Community Baptist Church – Noel, MO This month, we are partnering with Community Baptist Church in Noel, Missouri to support their local outreach to immigrant communities in their town. Through your generous donations, Compassion Radio is providing Community Baptist with a new church sign that reflects the service times for their three immigrant congregations: the Chuukese from Micronesia, the Spanish language service, and the Karen from Eastern Burma/Western Thailand. This vibrant and growing church is already reaching out to other people groups around them and hoping to plant even more churches among other immigrant communities. One people group they are actively reaching out to is the… Read More

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International Day for the Unreached

In Acts 1, Jesus spoke his final words on earth to his faithful followers. These men had walked for years alongside the one whom they were just beginning to understand was their Lord and God. Jesus’ last words on earth still reverberate across the earth, today. His Lordship is still expanding, as heart after heart turns to him in every generation. “He said to them, ‘It is not for you to know times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come on you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria,… Read More

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Sri Lanka: Pain, Retaliation, and Prayer

Less than a week ago, I sat here contemplating the similarities between the burning of Notre Dame, the arson of three black churches in Louisiana, and the torching of bibles in India. This week, I am beginning to wonder when stories of churches being destroyed and religious minorities being threatened will stop dominating the headlines. On Easter Sunday, over 300 people were killed by six coordinated suicide bombings across the island nation of Sri Lanka. The stories that have followed the headlines include details about the pained and complicated Sri Lankan history that paints the backdrop of this current crisis. From the early 1980s until only a decade ago, Sri… Read More

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We Are Left With The Cross

Fire is on my mind as I scroll through image after image of the grand Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, France crumbling into a burning heap on the banks of the Seine. Centuries of history, religion, and tradition have been lost in the blaze and the world mourns along with Parisians who have gathered on an island in the Seine to grieve and weep together. NBC news reports that a majority of the artifacts, artwork, and other relics were saved. This, of course, comes as a relief to many who call themselves Catholics, Christians, or simply admirers of the history housed there. As the world presses into Paris’ loss, many… Read More

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Venezuela: A Prayerful Look

Although it has only recently received extensive coverage in western media, the economic and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela is not new. AP reports that according to the UN, there were over 3 million Venezuelan refugees around the world as of November 2018. That number is expected to reach 5.3 million by the end of 2019. Where did this crisis come from? Why has the media only recently begun to take notice? And how can we, as Christians, think and pray about it? Nicolas Maduro became president of Venezuela in 2013 when Hugo Chavez died. Maduro very narrowly won the national election by less than 2 percentage points. The economy was… Read More

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Christchurch

This morning, I wake up with the heavy knowledge that my Muslim brothers and sisters are mourning. And the urgency of knowing that their pain is likely only to increase if we, the church, do not turn our eyes and hearts towards them.   On Friday, March 15th, a young Australian man named Brenton Tarrant opened fire in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, killing 50 people and wounding 50 more. In the larger of the two mosques, Masjid al Noor, over 40 people were shot and killed within six minutes. He then moved on to the Linwood mosque, where over 100 Muslim worshipers were gathered for Friday Jumu’ah (prayer… Read More

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