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That His name be great among the nations

Malachi 1:11

Lisa is the wife of Eddy Solano Koplin, an administrator in Lima, Peru. “He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord!” (I Corinthians 1:31)As I sit down to put into words what I had initially purposed in my heart to share, I have sensed that the Lord would have me to add something more. It is my desire to encourage you in the midst of your trials to seek to glorify God in all of your circumstances. You may have heard the question before, “What is the chief end of man?” ... Keep Reading

Eliane is the wife of Igor Dias Ramos, an evangelist and teacher in São José dos Campos, Brazil. I lived twenty-one years of my life lost in the darkness of Catholicism, but I got to the point where I could no longer live like that. I lived a sad life and looked for satisfaction in friendships, college, and boyfriends until one day I came to the altar of a cathedral. Looking up, I fixed my eyes on the image of what I had been told was Jesus, and I said: “I know that you exis... Keep Reading

Charlene is the wife of Mario Maneville, pastor of Reformed Faith Mission Community Church in Bellville, Cape Town, South Africa. I am excited to see how God is using our small congregation to His glory. I have learned through my journey in these past few years that God is sovereignly in control even when I do not trust or cannot see His plans. I have been going through a difficult time since we moved from Kimberely, in the Northern Cape region, to Cape Town to heed the call of the Lord three ... Keep Reading

Emmy is the wife of Domingos*, a church planter in France. We are Brazilian missionaries in Paris. In this “first world” missionary field, we had grown accustomed to the subtle and wily attacks from the unrighteous. But on a Friday, in November of 2015, terror exposed to the world how truly dark the ‘city of lights’ actually is. During the pregnancy of my second child, I suffered some quite serious ventricular tachycardia (rapid resting heart rate), to the point where t... Keep Reading

Helida is the wife of Naphtally Ogallo, a church planter in Eldoret, Kenya. They have two grown children: Tim (24) and Liz (20). I became a Christian in 1973 as a teenager. I trained as a Registered Nurse/Midwife and practiced for eight years. I met my husband Naphtally Ogallo, and we got married on March 31, 1985. We marked our thirty-first wedding anniversary this year, for which we are greatly thankful to God for His sustaining power. My husband became a full-time pastor at Trinity Baptist ... Keep Reading

Priscilla is the wife of Bill Issa, a church planter in Kampala, Uganda. They have six children: Glory (17), Jonathan (15), Daniel (13), Victor (7), Joshua (4), and Esther (1). There is a young man in our church named Alex whose conversion touched my heart. He is an orphan who became a street kid at a tender age. Later, he was taken from the streets by the biggest Charismatic/Word-of-Faith church here in Kampala, and he became a member of their dance group. By his own testimony, he remained of ... Keep Reading

Gertrude is the wife of German Banda, a church planter in the poor district of John Laing in Lusaka, Zambia. My heart is really encouraged that there are people around the world who are praying for me, my family, and our church. Church-planting is not easy work. We as a family are really thankful for what HeartCry has been doing to support us financially and in prayer. I am grateful that our first-born son, Redson, came to know the Lord last year through the preaching of his father, German. No... Keep Reading

Natalia is the wife of Nicolae Dunas, an evangelist in Cahul, Moldova. My spiritual life began at age thirteen when curiosity drove me to see what Christians do in church. I heard the call of God in a Baptist church in Brinza. I then started to go to every Bible study meeting for teenagers they held, which helped me grow spiritually, and I understood more and more about God. At age seventeen, I was baptized. Right after that, I went to Cluj-Napoca, Romania, to study economics. It was a very di... Keep Reading

Lidia is the wife of Pavel Purcaci, an evangelist in Anenii Noi, Moldova. I was born into a Christian family with eleven children. I was the eighth child in our family. My parents loved and served the Lord with all their heart, and this was passed to us, the children. In my teenage years, I became a Christian and disciple of Christ. When I was twenty years old, I got married to a man involved in our local church ministry. I was still a student at that time and did not have much opportunity to ... Keep Reading

Macolet (Melly) is the wife of Sam Oluoch, pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Kisumu, Kenya. They have two daughters: Lois (23) and Nila (20). My line of training is secretarial—bookkeeping and accounts. I have been in ministry working alongside my husband for over twenty years. One of the things dear to me is spending time and studying the Bible with the young people, even though there may be no immediate conversions. Scripture encourages me that it is the Holy Spirit’s work to con... Keep Reading

Stella is the wife of Marshal Kasongo, a church planter in Chipulukusu in Ndola, Zambia. Iwas raised in a Pentecostal church, so my past understanding of conversion was based on speaking in tongues. At that time, when anyone showed this ability, I was certain that that person was saved; but these were false assumptions about what it means to be conformed to Christ. I lived like that, believing it was normal for people to possess that “gift.” Now, ever since I became reformed in my t... Keep Reading

Olga is the wife of Gelu Ciorna, a pastor at Immanuel Baptist Church in Cahul, Moldova. They have four children: Robert, Filip, George, and Victoria. I am blessed to support my husband in the youth ministry. Our target is high school and college students. Besides my family duties, I believe my first priority is to pray for the people we serve. Raising my children takes a lot of time—Robert, the oldest, is in school; Filip goes to pre-school; and the two youngest are home with me. I meet ... Keep Reading

Gladys is the wife of Arturo Marin, who pastors a Baptist church in San Martin, Peru. I was born in the city of Lima, Peru, and I was converted to Christ when I was a young girl. I met Arturo in the Baptist Church of Chorrillos. Being two very incompatible people, it is quite impressive how the Lord joined us together in marriage and then called us to missionary work. It was also impressive how the Lord providentially prepared us for the work of missions during the time that Arturo was put in t... Keep Reading

Lena is the wife of Vitalii Rusnac, a church planter in Cernauti, Ukraine. I am very thankful to God because, by His mercy, He has blessed me with the greatest blessing of all: the call to live together with Him—looking only to Him and serving only Him. By His grace, I was born into a Christian family. I attended Sunday school from when I was little, and I had the opportunity to hear about Christ often. As I went to school, I decided to study the piano; and then I continued to pursue musi... Keep Reading

Hanh is the wife of Danh*, a pastor in Vietnam. I was born into a family that followed natural worship. There were numerous gods in which my grandparents and my parents believed. Whenever we had problems—for example, when one member in my family had a disease—my parents would offer sacrifices and beg those gods to save the life of the family member. Seeing my parents practice these things, I imitated them and believed these gods could save me too—even though I did not understa... Keep Reading

Bao is the wife of Jian*, a church planter in China. I was brought to Christianity through the influence of my mother. This was how the Lord chose to save me, and it was completely the grace of God for me to become His child. My mother heard the gospel through her sister, before I was born. During that time, she had anemia and was seriously ill. In the beginning, she believed in the Lord because she wanted to be healed of her own sickness. After a few years (when I was still young), she had a s... Keep Reading

Dana is the wife of George Serban, a church planter in Stoienesti, Romania. I was born and raised in a family of nominal Orthodox Christians. However, I had no idea who God was, and I had hardly even heard about God. This was because my father was an alcoholic and violent and did not want us to have anything to do with church. So, I never went to church. When I was eleven, my mother decided to divorce my father. There were six of us children, and because we were under the age of eighteen, we we... Keep Reading

Nicola is originally from England and is the wife of Luis Ramirez, a Peruvian church planter in Tokyo, Japan. The Lord saved me when I was studying at university. There I had made Christian friends for the first time, and they took me to church, where I heard the gospel. I had considered myself a Christian beforehand, as I occasionally read my Bible, but when I heard about my sinful condition and how I stood before God, I finally understood my need to repent and ask His forgiveness. I spe... Keep Reading

Run to the Battle

Posted March 18, 2015  by: Paul Washer |0 Comments

hc81-150x263Regardless of what we may believe, the Christian life is a threefold battle. First, we battle against the flesh and its sinful desires that wage war against our new nature and against the Spirit who seeks to lead us to greater holiness (I Peter 2:11). In this battle, we are called to put to death the deeds of the flesh (Romans 8:13) and to eagerl... Keep Reading

Quotes Worth Requoting

Posted December 3, 2014  by: Paul Washer |0 Comments

Be encouraged and challenged by some of our favorite quotes from missionaries around the world. They provide a powerful impetus in a few words. “The Gospel is only good news if it gets there in time” – Carl F. H. Henry “Sympathy is no substitute for action.” – David Livingstone (missionary to Africa) “Any church that is not seriously involved in helping fulfill the Great Commission has forfeitedits biblical right to exist.”&n... Keep Reading

Going Out in Christ's Authority

Posted July 10, 2014  by: Paul Washer |0 Comments

hc79-150x263“And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the ... Keep Reading

Issue 79 - Introduction

Posted July 10, 2014  by: Paul Washer |0 Comments

It seems like the year has only just begun, but now half of it has already passed. This serves as an effective reminder of how quickly life comes and goes and how brief our pilgrimage upon this earth truly is. According to the Scriptures, we are a flower that comes forth and withers (Job 14:2); a shadow that does not remain (Job 14:2); a wind that passes and does not return (Psalm 78:39); a mere breath (Psalm 144:4); a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away (James 4:14). T... Keep Reading

Missions: A Theological Endeavor

Posted April 25, 2014  by: Paul Washer |0 Comments

hc72-150x263In this edition of the HeartCry magazine, we will reflect upon two important truths regarding the Great Commission. First, we will consider the primacy of the gospel in all missionary endeavors. To “do” missions correctly, we must recognize the great importance of the gospel, seek to comprehend its contents, a... Keep Reading

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Africa: Students In Missions

Posted April 25, 2014  by: Conrad Mbewe |0 Comments

HeartCry’s primary partner on African soil is Kabwata Baptist Church in Lusaka, Zambia. We have worked with KBC for nearly fifteen years in their church-planting and mission efforts throughout Africa. In an email correspondence at the end of 2013, Pastor Conrad Mbewe conveyed the following vision for the next season of labor. More must be done in Africa. What’s the next challenge?” After ten months of praying about this question and never being at peace with the answers that p... Keep Reading

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