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Why Christians are #1 Persecuted People in the World

Christians face daily threats around the world In countries where freedom of faith is only a distant dream, Christians face persecution every day. Additionally, National leaders often push minority groups aside. These leaders in power have structures in place to acquire and maintain control.  SOM International has witnessed this dynamic for over a decade on multiple continents around the globe.

By |May 7th, 2021|Categories: Blog, Latin America, Persecution, Update|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Why Christians are #1 Persecuted People in the World

Developments from the Mission Field

Breakthroughs, Bibles, and Broadcasting in Latin America By Russell and Marina Stendal Work continues to advance on many different fronts. Vast breakthrough developments: we are getting ready for another major print of the Jubilee Study Bible, as funds are available.  Another development as the COVID restrictions have relaxed, it is now possible for us to access many of our high

By |May 6th, 2021|Categories: Mission, News, South America|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Developments from the Mission Field

Stephen’s Last Words as the First Martyr for Christ

Stephen faces persecution in the Early Church Adorned and honored. His name means “crown” or “wreath." The first martyr Stephen is one of the honored and crowned leaders facing persecution in the early church. He served “full of God’s grace and power” and accomplished “great wonders and signs among the people” (Acts 6:8). In addition, he also served as one of

By |April 22nd, 2021|Categories: Blog, Faith in Jesus, Persecution|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Stephen’s Last Words as the First Martyr for Christ

Faith Builds in the Forgotten at Bangladeshi Sewing School

Sewing Faith into Villagers  Testimony of Hope from Sewing/Discipleship School Student Because of knowing faith in the Lord as my Savior since my early teen years, I have faced severe persecution in my own home. My parents desired to undermine my faith and arrange a marriage to a Hindu man. For ten years, this man mistreated me. Sometimes after returning from

By |April 13th, 2021|Categories: Bangladesh, Blog, Faith in Jesus, News, Persecution|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Faith Builds in the Forgotten at Bangladeshi Sewing School

India Man Stands Faithful In Spite of Persecution

Man from India Isolated at Work For His Faith Firstly, a man from India shares, “All the men had to leave our village. Work could not be found. Without work, there’s no way to provide for my family.” As a group of Hindu men We moved far away to an industrial area for unskilled labor work and began to work

By |April 1st, 2021|Categories: Blog, Faith in Jesus, India, News, Persecution, Update|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on India Man Stands Faithful In Spite of Persecution

Indian Church Planters Share Jesus

Indian church planters pursue expelled migrants laborers The fruit of their labor Indian church planters frequently minister to migrant laborers. The migrants are living under tarps on the outskirts of villages. Police forced one migrant family to move further away from the village. The authorities came and burnt down all of their belongings, including their tarp house and even their

By |March 25th, 2021|Categories: Blog, Faith in Jesus, India, Mission, News, Update|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Indian Church Planters Share Jesus

Brothers Transformed by Forgiveness

Brothers Strife Leads to Eternal Life in India My brothers and I, and my family live with my parents. I was born into a Hindu family. I married in 2011 and am blessed with 2 children. We live under one roof as a joint family My brothers always quarreled together over many family disputes. Therefore, to the outside world, we looked

By |March 20th, 2021|Categories: Blog, Faith in Jesus, India|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Brothers Transformed by Forgiveness

Bible Distribution in Venezuela Faces Exponential Demand

Bibles Delivered: Truck-loads full Plan to dispense Bibles: Uplifting News from Venezuela We just finished a trip with two huge trucks loaded and ready for Bible distribution along with support materials. We see people walk, ride bicycles, or paddle canoes for hours or even days for the opportunity to receive a Bible. It seems the entire country is desperately seeking

By |March 19th, 2021|Categories: Mission, South America, Update|Comments Off on Bible Distribution in Venezuela Faces Exponential Demand

Couple Threatened in Mexico with Crucifixion

Mexico Couple Threatened, “CRUCIFY YOU LIKE THE JESUS.” High up in the mountains of Mexico, a married couple received the Lord. They started sharing the gospel with others and as a result, the couple was threatened for their faith. As part of their tribal group, this area represents an opportunity where tens of thousands of indigenous people need access to

By |March 18th, 2021|Categories: News|Comments Off on Couple Threatened in Mexico with Crucifixion

High Risk. High Return.

Leaders risk their lives for Christ. SOM International serves leaders who risk much for Jesus. We work with leaders in high-risk areas, focusing on the unreached 40% of the world. Our network leaders risk their lives by bearing testimony of Christ where restrictions could cut off their freedom, livelihood, and community. Following Jesus is a risk-taking adventure. SOM International honors

By |March 17th, 2021|Categories: Blog, News, Persecution|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on High Risk. High Return.

Persecution of the Early Church

The Persecution of the First Missionary and Martyr to Muslims His name sounds like he could lull you to sleep, but Ramon Llull is more of a lion than a lamb. He reached out to North Africa, faced persecution, and later became a martyr for his faith. Raised as a courtesan in the mid-1200’s on Spain’s Majorca island (or called

By |March 2nd, 2021|Categories: Africa, Blog, News, Persecution|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Persecution of the Early Church

A Year in the Life of the India Church Planter

India Church Planter Faces Challenges Firstly, in Acts 13, the Holy Spirit calls out Paul and Barnabas to go into the ministry of church planting. For example, imagine a world, such as India, where almost everyone and everything is against you. In other words, the religious establishment is against you. Meanwhile, the government is against you. In addition, your own family

By |February 28th, 2021|Categories: Blog, India, Persecution, Update|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on A Year in the Life of the India Church Planter

Economic Crisis Deepening in South America: Presenting Unprecedented Opportunities

Economic Crisis Deepening in South America Economic Strife Presenting Unprecedented Opportunities Russell and Marina Stendal The economic crisis in South America is deepening and presenting opportunities for us to serve. There are a number of delicate situations we are monitoring. Just when we think things have hit rock bottom, they continue to get worse. Entire nations are in that boat,

By |February 23rd, 2021|Categories: Blog, Mission, News, Persecution, South America, Update|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Economic Crisis Deepening in South America: Presenting Unprecedented Opportunities

[PHOTO GALLERY] 2020 Highlights from South America

2020 Highlights from South America 2020 Highlights Reported by: Russell and Marina Stendal In reflecting back on the highlights in 2020, it was a very productive and successful year for our ministry and you have been a vital part. At first, things did not look so good due to the pandemic lockdowns. This, however, gave us time to finish writing, editing,

Relief Gladly Received in Mountainous Mexico

Relief Gladly Received in Mountainous Mexico Relief sent to Villagers in the Mountains of Mexico Due to the COVID-19 virus, it has been a while since SOM-Mexico team has been able to visit the indigenous people in the mountains. The tribal people are having a hard time economically since the rain has been scarce this year. The harvest was very

By |January 18th, 2021|Categories: Mexico, News|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Relief Gladly Received in Mountainous Mexico

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