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Church of God Missionaries to Sri Lanka Heartbroken After Easter Attacks

By Carl Stagner

Celebration of the risen Christ ended early and abruptly on Sunday, April 21, in Sri Lanka, as the deadliest violence in a decade devastated the island country south of India. More than 300 people were killed and another 500 injured in a series of bombings that struck churches and hotels in the cities of Colombo, Negombo, and Batticaloa. As investigations continue, the Church of God fervently prays for the injured, families of victims, first-responders, and churches affected both directly and indirectly. Steven and Peggy Beverly, missionaries for Global Strategy to Sri Lanka, were just beginning their home assignment at the time of the incident. Their updates on the situation reveal their broken hearts. They would prefer to be with the suffering people they’ve come to love than safe in the U.S. right now. Continue reading

Missionaries Offer Update on Côte d’Ivoire Attack

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Editor’s Note: A day after the recent terrorist attack in Côte d’Ivoire, Global Strategy missionaries Larry and LeAnn Sellers wrote the note below to their friends and supporters. The Sellers, along with Global Strategy missionaries Bobby and Jenny Mihsill, are currently working with the rapidly growing Church of God in Côte d’Ivoire, which has eighteen congregations and more than twenty-five cell groups.

About three hours from our home in Yamoussoukro is the lovely colonial beach town of Grand Bassam along Côte d’Ivoire’s coast. Being close to the major city of Abidjan, many persons, both expatriate and Ivorian, go there on the weekends for some recreation and rest from the hustle and bustle of the big city. Through our years, we have gone there on numerous occasions and have taken guests there to enjoy the tropical coast. This past Sunday, there was a terrorist attack in Grand Bassam on the beach in front of three popular hotels. Several heavily armed gunmen began shooting persons along the beachfront, killing fifteen civilians, including a few foreign visitors, and injuring thirty-three others. The majority of the victims were Ivorian. The Ivorian military quickly arrived on the scene, bringing down the gunmen. Three soldiers and three of the gunmen were also killed in the attack. Continue reading

New Book from Warner Press Explains Events in the Middle East

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At Church of God Convention later this month, Warner Press will release a timely new book by cross-cultural missionary Patrick Nachtigall. Titled Facing Islam without Fear, the book covers the dramatic changes occurring in the Middle East and argues that Christians cannot live in fear of the upheaval occurring in the Islamic world.

The news media has become a very poor source for understanding the complexity of the Islamic world. “Most of us who have traveled, worked, or lived extensively in the Islamic world are struck by the friendliness of the people, their knowledge of politics and history, and the intellectual sophistication of many of the people we meet,” Nachtigall writes. The book breaks through the misinformation and simplistic analysis found in the media, but also forcefully argues in-depth that the rise of Islamic extremism indicates that Islam itself is in upheaval. Continue reading

Violence in the Middle East: Update from Egypt

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Following the brutal execution of twenty-one Christian Egyptians in Libya, concerns about the safety of the Church of God in the region have been expressed. We give thanks to God that Ken and Keli Oldham, as well as the Church of God congregations in Egypt, are safe. Ken offers the following context for a video update uploaded earlier today: Continue reading