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How God Used a Missionary’s Debilitating Panic Attacks

June 16, 2022

“I can’t.” Josh Joiner’s heart beats out of his chest and his hands tremble. He sits in the passenger seat of his car with his wife, struggling to breathe. She drove him to the store in an attempt to leave the house. His constant panic attacks have left him bed-ridden for a month, unable to…

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Reaching Honduras’ Toughest Prisoners

June 9, 2022

A prisoner’s bones ache. He sleeps on the hard ground because there aren’t enough beds in the facility. He awakes to the excited chatter of one of his cell mates. “Care packages,” his cell mate announces. The prisoner gets up. His stomach growls. There’s never enough food; just beans. The care packages are a nice…

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Restoring Marriages is Leading Peruvians to Christ

June 2, 2022

A couple sits in front of William and his wife, Ruth. Tears stain the woman’s tired face, while the man looks down in shame. The boyfriend and girlfriend have cheated on each other several times, but they share three young kids. Neither of them grew up in a two-parent household. This is a common conversation…

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HIV and AIDS Ministry

May 26, 2022

1988 – Steve Robenalt sits with his wife of three weeks, Patty, in a Christian conference. It’s his first year working full-time as a Campus Ambassador at Arizona State University, and they’re both excited to learn more about how to serve their students. A staff member at the conference teaches about ministering to people with…

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House Churches in the Dominican Republic

May 19, 2022

Late 80s, Dominican Republic – eighteen-year-old Felix Abreu sits, entranced by the words of his bible study teacher. It feels like he was being introduced to Jesus all over again. He could barely keep up. How is that this teacher has only been in an evangelical seminary for two years? Felix spent four years in…

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Ministering to One of America’s Most Dangerous Reservations

May 12, 2022

Wind River, Wyoming is a reservation with incredible people, plagued by two heartbreaking issues: post-colonialism and meth. It’s the fifth largest Native American reservation by population. Almost 27,000 people live on the reservation, and around 12,000 of them are from the Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone tribes. The community has a horrific colonial history. In…

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Giving Language to the Voiceless

May 5, 2022

“Do you know anyone in this village who’s deaf?” It’s a question Jessie and her team ask regularly in rural areas of Honduras. The person at the door tells them about a deaf gentleman who lives with his parents and gives them directions to find his home. “Do you know his name?” Jessie also asks.…

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Easter: Reacting to the Resurrection

April 16, 2022

John 20:2. Mary goes to the tomb and sees that it’s empty. She runs to Simon Peter and the other disciple John, the disciple who Jesus loved, the disciple who never used his own name, and said “They’ve taken the Lord out of the tomb and we don’t know where they have laid Him.” It’s incredible…

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Good Friday: God of the Third Day

April 14, 2022

  There are many beautiful things about the Easter story that starts on this dark and sorrowful day we call Good Friday, and one of the best is that this is a three day story. Throughout the bible there are many stories that you can group together by how many days pass in the story.…

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Palm Sunday: Look at God!

April 9, 2022

This Sunday is called Jesus’ triumphal entry. It’s described in all four gospel accounts. We look at it and we say, “Wow! Look at them waving the palm branches and yelling hosanna! They’re welcoming Him as the king!” Luke 19:41 says “As they came closer to Jerusalem he saw the city ahead and he began…

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Challenging Students of All Faiths

March 31, 2022

“I’m converting to Mormonism.” Bailey Palmer’s heart sinks into the ground. He could barely recognize Jeremy*. Jeremy came to Campus Ambassadors as a new Christian, ready to be discipled. He was curious and excited, diving deep into God’s word with Bailey every week. “Are tattoos a sin? What about marijuana?” he would ask. He wanted…

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Ministering to International Students

March 24, 2022

“In Christianity, can a boyfriend and girlfriend sleep together before they are married?” Ahmed’s eyes are sincere. He’s never met a Christian before and has many questions. Steven Jones shakes his head. “No. Christianity teaches sex is only for marriage.” Confusion paints Ahmed’s face. “But there are many Americans who live together or have children,…

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Educating Mexico’s Next Ministry Leaders

March 17, 2022

“Mama?” Ramon’s mother looks up from her sewing. She’s sitting on the step of their front door. “Yes, mijo.” “Who made everything?” Ramon was only in six years old, but he was already pondering life’s biggest questions. How did man come to be? Is there a creator? “God did,” his mother replies. She points to…

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Missionary Bob Lehman on Praying for Ukraine and God’s Sovereignty

March 3, 2022
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Message from President Rick Miller on Ukraine and the Moseychuk’s

March 2, 2022
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Urgent Prayer for Ukrainian Missionaries

February 24, 2022

We are asking for prayer for our Ukrainian missionaries, Alexander and Svetlana Moseychuk. At 4 a.m. this morning, Thursday February 24th, Russia invaded Ukraine. Alexander reports that Russian rockets have attacked many Ukrainian cities and airports. On the front lines, over fifty people have already died. Alexander’s church and home is in Bakhmut, around 12 miles away…

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Bringing Jesus to the Native Honduran Mountain Communities

February 18, 2022

The light from the projector flickers on the enchanted villagers’ faces. They’re huddled close together, sitting outside on the grass or in chairs. Many of the communities in the Honduran mountains don’t have electricity, so an animated movie brings much excitement. On the screen is a Man with a complexion like theirs. They gasp when…

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College Ministry in Hermosillo, Mexico

February 10, 2022

“Highest paying jobs.” A young student in the University of Sonora Googles these words and presses enter on his keyboard. He didn’t even have to complete his thought – the phrase popped up immediately as he typed the words. A plethora of results appear on his screen. Anesthesiologist, general physician, OBGYN. All with salaries over…

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Equipping Refugees to be Missionaries in Their Homeland

February 3, 2022

Liberia, 1989 — Torli shoots up from his bed at four in the morning, wide awake and in a cold sweat. He hears fists pound heavily onto his door and windows. Barely breathing, he sits still in the darkness as his heart nearly beats out of his chest. “Open up! Come out!” voices bellow from…

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Home Away From Home

January 27, 2022

On a cool night in Oregon, Karmann lounges back in a hammock, feeling the waves of heat from the firepit nearby warming her body. Several of her roommates sit relaxed around her. They munch on popcorn, sip coffee, crack jokes, and have serious conversations about life’s deepest questions. Her eyes land on Anna, a young…

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Getting College Students in Church

January 21, 2022

A young woman sits bundled up in a car, watching orange and red painted trees speed by through the window. She’s a freshman at the University at Buffalo and around six hours away from home. She got connected with Campus Ambassadors and started attending Bible studies and on-campus worship. Now, she’s being given a ride…

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To the Ends of the Earth – Missionary to the Amazon

January 13, 2022

Lush, green trees envelope a small riverboat crossing the brown Amazon. Fish jump from the river and splash back down, possibly Arowana. A river dolphin peaks its long beak out of the water and in the distance, Elmer can see a large bird that looks like a stork or heron walking. But Elmer Terrazas isn’t…

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From Joseph Smith to Jesus Christ

January 6, 2022

“I see you’re from Utah. Are you a Mormon?” Marv Cowan was checking into a motel in St. Louis when he was asked that question by the desk attendant, Bill. As a Christian missionary to the Latter-Day Saints (LDS), he was used to being the one who asked that question. “I used to be. I’m…

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A New Year’s Eve Note From Rick Miller

December 30, 2021

Happy New Year’s Eve! In case you missed our video yesterday, here’s a note from President Rick Miller.    As the year comes to close, it’s a great time for us to pause and reflect about 2021. It’s been another hard challenging year for many people and many of us. And yet in the midst…

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The Power of Indigenous Missionaries

December 29, 2021

Did you know indigenous missionaries have increased church planting by 300%? As you consider how you can support missionaries next year, think about indigenous missionaries — Cambodian missionaries in Cambodia, Guatemalan Missionaries in Guatemala, etc. These are missionaries who are from the country they’re ministering in. They know the language, culture, and care deeply for…

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Highlights from 2021

December 28, 2021

Director of campus ministries, Ryan Miller, goes over all the incredible stories we’ve shared about our missionaries. If you’ve missed any, check them out below! Edwin Colon — the Recovery House of Worship Luis Magandi — Guatemala Paul Ameen — apologist to Muslims Ben Joseph — international students Mottel Baleston — Messianic Jew Radha Manickam…

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The Gift of Christmas

December 20, 2021

When we read the story of the Magi who visited Jesus after He was born, we learn three things about giving. Watch our director of campus ministries, Ryan Miller, share those three things and see how you can apply them this season! God bless you, Missions Door

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The Student With Blue Hair

December 16, 2021

Chris’s phone pinged. It was Madelyn. She was trying to find him amongst the sea of college students. He laughed. It shouldn’t be too hard to pick out the only senior citizen in the plaza. His metal chair grated against the concrete as he pushed it back and stood to be more visible. After the…

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Fleeing War and Meeting a Missionary

December 9, 2021

Hot bright flames pour out from a city bus, swallowed whole by molten-orange clouds of smoke. Steel drips like candlewax onto a floor of shattered glass. Clouds of gray climb to the sky, painting the vehicle an ash-black. It looks like a volcano, erupting and spewing lava right in the middle of an El Salvadorian…

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Helping Students Overcome Fear

December 2, 2021

Tyler Stibrich watched Conner sit down excitedly and spread out his notes. “Guys, this is gonna be awesome!” Conner exclaimed. “We’ll have the zombie team start here and the humans over there.” Pointing to the next page, he continued, “And I found these squirt guns that will work perfectly.” Their game board and snack bowls had been…

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Happy Thanksgiving from Missions Door!

November 24, 2021

Our director of campus ministries, Ryan Miller, has a special Thanksgiving message to share with you! We would love to hear directly from you what you’re most thankful for this year. From the bottom of our hearts, we wish you a happy Thanksgiving this weekend! God bless you, Missions Door  

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There at the Right Moments

November 18, 2021

Elizabeth Cernoia sighed. Her student had cancelled. Now she was at campus hours early for no reason. It wouldn’t make sense to go all the way back home and come back to Fitchburg State just a few hours later, so she’d just need to kill some time. She had some reading she needed to get…

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Sowing in Cambodia’s Killing Fields

November 10, 2021

Cambodia, 1973 – a young man wakes up in darkness. It’s three a.m. and he’s lying down on the hard floor of a semi-truck, enveloped by the pungent smell of raw fish. Radha Manickam is twenty-years old and was kicked out of his father’s home a few months ago. He could put up with Radha’s…

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So That Israel May Be Saved

November 5, 2021

Deep melodic Hebrew rings clearly in the room, the words of the prophet Jeremiah reaching every ear. A white canopy stretches overhead like a cloud, and underneath it a young man lifts his foot to stomp on a piece of cloth, crumpled on the floor. The glass carefully wrapped inside shatters with a thrilling pop,…

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The Scam That Led to Salvation

October 25, 2021

Ben Joseph was the son of a Hindu to Christian convert, born in Kerala, India. While he was raised going to church, he wasn’t interested in any spiritual matters. In the 70s, he began working for a businessman who assisted in sending people to the United States and Canada. The man promised Ben that he…

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The Muslim Apologist Overwhelmed by Christian Love

October 19, 2021

Ahmed was born in 1969 in Alexandria, Egypt to a devout Muslim family. In college, he co-founded the Voice of America radio station fan club. After serving in the military, he began preparing to be a Muslim apologist. Because of his work with Voice of America, he was given a grant to come to Washington,…

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To Reach Lost Boys Like Me

October 12, 2021

Luis Magandi and his family live in Melchor, Guatemala—a village on the Belizean border. They run a small pizza shop to help support their church-planting ministry. Last week, a young man named Estuardo walked into their shop hoping to find work. As they talked, Estuardo revealed to Luis that he had just left his home…

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The Recovery House of Worship – a Church Started by Drug Addicts

October 4, 2021

Edwin Colon is the co-founder and pastor of the Recovery House of Worship in Brooklyn, New York. He describes his church as a refuge for the marginalized and his congregation being filled with murderers, prostitutes, and drug addicts. But Edwin tells his church regularly that he’s the worst sinner of them all. Edwin’s downward spiral…

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June 2021 NetWork NewsCast – Christ Communities

June 2, 2021

Communities. God has encouraged community from the very beginning because he created us for relationship with him and others. We typically define communities by where we find them geographically — where they’re located. But for Missions Door, our Christ communities are best defined as people coming together with a common interest for learning, fellowship, support…

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New pastors go above and beyond

March 31, 2021

Every three months, new believers walk from remote mountains and villages. They ride buses and boats for up to 18 hours, often not knowing where they will sleep and what they will eat when they arrive at their destination. They are driven on this journey by their hunger for truth and the word of God.…

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March NetWork NewsCast – Serving where you started

March 1, 2021

How often have we heard, “No one could possibly understand what I’m going through?” In today’s world, the need has never been greater to find others that genuinely understand struggle — and bring us a message of hope. At Missions Door, our mission is to raise up people within a culture, to be missionaries who…

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January NetWork NewsCast – From Rodeos to Rural Revival

January 28, 2021

Missions Door is entering a new season of ministry in 2021. We are retooling and refreshing our ministry structure and will begin engaging in new initiatives to strengthen and multiply the spread of the Gospel through a network of culturally-authentic Christ communities. Welcome to NewsCast — our new resource providing you with highlights found throughout…

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Wonderful Time of the Year

December 2, 2020

  Listen to the story! As I was driving to the church, the Andy Williams’ song came on the radio. “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” I looked down the poverty-stricken streets full of mud and shacks made of wood scraps and cardboard. “Do the people of Valle Verde feel it’s the most…

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A God-Inspired Love for Big Cities

November 20, 2020

For as long as he can remember, Mark Marchak has always loved big cities—the people, the diversity, the hustle and bustle. It was a passion for him to visit major cities, and he was especially drawn to New York City where he grew up as a third generation American from Russian immigrants. Living through the…

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Hurricane Iota Mercilessly Follows Eta’s Path in Central America

November 19, 2020

  Hurricane Eta slammed into Central America, with sustained winds of 140 mph. Near the center, it is estimated that the winds reached upward of 190 mph, making this one of the strongest storms on record in the Northern Atlantic. Just 13 days later, while families and communities are still overwhelmed with tremendous loss, Hurricane…

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The Guatemala Story: How God used One Family to Impact a Nation for Christ & His Kingdom

October 15, 2020

How does God work in our world? Throughout history, God has called and empowered ordinary people to follow Him and impact the world with the proclamation of the Good News of Jesus Christ. The Guatemala story is no different. One family in Guatemala holds this testimony, as their obedient steps of faith opened the door…

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A Bridge between Brothers and Sisters in Christ

September 17, 2020

Along the highways and inside the towns, signs are posted to encourage people in the Navajo Nation to stay home. “STAY HOME, PROTECT YOUR FAMILY”, many of them say. Aggressive measures and curfews have taken place among the Navajo people to protect themselves from the virus. Even so, COVID-19 hit the nation’s rural people particularly…

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Following a Divine Path

August 14, 2020

The Lord has been carefully preparing him for the next step throughout his life. Now, at Missions Door, we are thrilled to announce John Benza as the newest member of our Strategic And Leadership Team (SALT). John comes from a background of quick acceleration in the business world as well as ministry. After faithfully following…

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Do Justice, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly

July 16, 2020

Marv and Denise Robinson met while working at an office together, and when the Lord intertwined their hearts’ desire to work at a children’s ministry, their love for each other blossomed. Marv proposed on a busy bus in New York City, and in 1975, they were married. Appointed in 1980, Marv and Denise have just…

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COVID-19 Among Campus Ministry

June 12, 2020

Learning to adapt has been the anthem in many of our lives over the past few months, and universities are certainly not immune. Fervent efforts by Campus Ambassadors, such as missionary Devynn Brankel, have gone toward adapting to the new normal under the shroud of COVID-19 and encouraging university students to continue pursuing the Lord…

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