“Now I Can See a Future”

Nadzieja is serving a five-year prison sentence. “You might think that’s a long time,” she says. “But, if I wasn’t in prison, I would surely be dead by now.” Born into a happy family, Nadzieja loved and trusted her parents. That is, until they began partying with their new neighbours. “When my parents were drunk,…

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Building Life through Literacy

As a child, Balraj’s parents were too poor to send him to school. He spent his days working instead of learning to read and write. He remembers peering into the schoolhouse while the other children studied, desperately longing to go to school too. But it never happened. In a few short years, Balraj was married…

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One Meeting Changes Everything

Caroline felt like she could never meet her family’s expectations. “They criticized me, telling me I would never achieve anything,” she says. “So, I reacted by cutting myself, going to parties, doing drugs, and making trouble with boys.” “I decided to go to college in the city and leave my family and troubles behind. My…

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One Unanswered Question

Maalavi was an educated, happily married mother of 3 children, well respected for her no-nonsense attitude and devotion to her work with the Police Department. She had an illustrious career and her family, tradition, and religion were the main foundations and joys of her life. But Maalavi was stuck on one unanswered question, “What is…

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Building Community

Although Joseph has no recollection of the event, when he was 7 years old, he and his whole family were baptized as members of a sect in the town of Shumen. Some years ago, the group leaders closed their building and moved on. But by God’s providence, Angelov, newly trained to start new churches through…

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Restored by Christ

Still trapped in bitterness from years of cultural and religious conflict, most ethnic groups in Serbia stick to themselves. The small evangelical Christian community is an exception. They worship in multicultural congregations as they find peace in Christ. Through partnerships with local Serbian Christians, Bible League Canada is working to train local champions who minister…

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Finding Joy

My husband, Jacob, and I had a difficult life journey, always struggling with employment and health. Why was everything so hard? There had to be more to life. A neighbour invited me to a local church group. I decided to go, but Jacob didn’t approve. I liked praying with these Christians, reading the Bible they…

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Wealthy Criminal Finds Jesus

At age 23, Gor seemed to have it all. The young man in Armenia loved the respect he’d earned in his city’s criminal underworld. On any given day, you could find him at luxurious parties or drinking at a raucous bar. He loved his life, or so it seemed. Then he met a Christian named…

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Literacy Classes Help Deter Horrific Practices

Rajan went numb. He stood in complete disbelief as his family encouraged him to sacrifice his only daughter as a way to appease their gods. They believed it would be the only way for Rajan to escape the cycle of poverty he’d fallen into. Many people in his village worshipped trees and stones. A child…

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