It’s been a big year for many people. There have been a lot of hard things to go through. There have also been a lot of great things to celebrate. I personally am happy to have been able to learn of some great stories coming out of the Middle East and Eastern Europe. There are also tragic stories I’ve heard, too. All this to say, here are some things this year (in no particular order) I thought you’d value.
Open Doors USA |Article – Length: 5 mins
“At least seven Christians have died and an additional 15 injured in Egypt today (Nov 2, 2018) after a violent attack on a group of Coptic pilgrims. The Christians were on their way to visit a desert monastery, when a group of masked gunmen stopped the bus and fired on it. The death toll is expected to rise.”
Arab Baptist Theological Seminary | Article – Length: 12 mins
” For millions of Muslims like Adel, Evangelical support for Israel and American foreign policy in the Middle East is a stumbling block for the Gospel. “
SoulPancake (on Youtube) – Length: 6.20 mins
” Charles tells the story of his eventual escape from North Korea in 2008 at age 14. After a brief period of time in China at the age of 8, he was sent back to North Korea to work in a labor camp where he was starved and beaten… What have you survived?”
Pomplamoose (on Youtube) – Length: 3.07 mins
Open Doors USA |Video – Length: 3.44 mins
Kid’s Meet|HiHo Kids – Length: 5.57 mins
This is a fascinating and moving encounter a burn survivor has with children.
New York Times – Length: Very Long
This photo-journal tells the stories of survivors and of the devastation of Aleppo, Syria. There is hope there, but it will be a long, long process of recovery. Note: There is limited free viewing of the NY magazine.
Tomorrow Clubs |Video – Length: 11:15
One of the latest, and right now, one of my favourite stories that I heard this year! Rostik’s story is one of tragedy and hope. Praise God.