We all have an idea of what Christmas is like—maybe it’s quiet family times reading Luke 2 or big church gatherings to sing carols—but holiday celebrations can look very different around the world. For most of our missionaries, they celebrate the Lord’s birth in a foreign setting and often without their extended families.   Taken from CMML Missions Magazine  


At the age of seven, I sat listening to a missionary speak at our church. I was mesmerized. From that moment on, I knew that God was burdening my heart for cross-cultural work. I was raised in a Christian home, and, convicted of sin at an early age, I trusted Jesus as my Savior. I grew spiritually through God’s grace and the influence of different believers. In high school, I went on short-term missions trips to India, and, later, I went to Burundi. Through these trips, God confirmed my desire to serve Him overseas.[.....]     Taken from CMML Missions Magazine


BY PHILIP WELCH : Earlier this year I had the difficult privilege of seeing God use Bjarne and Rosalba Fostervold (Missionary Prayer Handbook Day 25) to work among the Ache people of Paraguay. First, I say difficult because the Spirit of God stretched me physically,emotionally, relationally, and spiritually as I traveled and served.[....]     Taken from CMML Missions Magazine


Steve’s Testimony : Imagine a self-centered, rebellious Eastern mystic with no Christian upbringing getting blown out of an exploding building at age 19. Now imagine that same conceited philosophy-lover,convicted of Christ’s resurrection, praying, “Well,Lord, I guess this is it; I want you to be my Savior.”     Taken from CMML Missions Magazine


For generations, missionaries heading to Africa required training in hunting and how to combat witchcraft and prevent tribal warfare. Along with their Bibles, missionaries brought guns to protect themselves and compasses to explore the uncharted inland. Maybe some of this is still needed, but Africa is changing with the advent of a globalizing economy and post-independence.   Taken from CMML Missions Magazine


We never expected this! My wife and I served as missionaries in Iran in the 1970s. But everything changed when the Islamic Revolution broke out in late 1978. The Shah of Iran was overthrown. A harsh Islamic government took power. The name of the country changed to the “Islamic Republic of Iran.” Missionary work stopped as we and other missionaries were forced to leave the country. Then, in the early 1980s, God began a work in Iran that had never before been seen. Hungry to know about Jesus, Muslims flocked to the few churches that existed. A growing number became Christians even though they knew it could [...]


Hello, my name is Ruth Elizabeth Tucker but most of my friends and family call me Ruthie! The oldest of five siblings, I grew up with the blessing of Christian parents. My parents were commended to Turkey when I was about a year and a half, and we lived there until I was eight years old. Once we moved back to the States we lived in Kentucky, and it was there that I trusted Jesus Christ as my personal Savior. Taken from CMML Missions Magazine


The first year on the mission field is exciting. It can also be overwhelming.We often hear first-year reports but they are written in hindsight, softening the trials and possibly forgetting the daily joys. So, when Melinda Dilione, and her husband, Mike, left for the mission field in January 2016, we took this as an opportunity to create an article that viewed the first year as it happened. Taken from CMML Missions Magazine


The events Of 9/11 impacted many people. As a nine year old, I questioned the fate of all those who died. A couple weeks later while running an errand for an assembly workday with my dad, I asked him about them. As we discussed it, I realized I wasn’t prepared to die. In the parking lot of the local Home Depot, I asked Christ to forgive my sins and to be my Savior. I was baptized a couple years later. My family heritage greatly inspired my sense of calling to the mission field I grew up listening to the Story [...]

Nathan & Virginia Grice

Nathan’s Testimony I was raised in a Christian home in Omaha, Nebraska, with six other siblings. At age 10, our family moved to the countryside in Iowa. In the following years, the call and drawing of God became evident in my life and, a few months before my 16th birthday, I was born again. Christ made my heart new and I haven’t been the same since! But God wasn’t done with His work. In 2009 I was in a severe car accident, which resulted in a fractured skull, a speech impediment, a day in the ICU, three weeks in the [...]