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Malachi 1:11

hc87-150x263Welcome to the Summer Edition of the HeartCry Magazine. As always, it seems like time is flying by us at an ever-increasing pace, and each period between editions seems to grow more and more brief. Our days are truly like a vapor, and as the flower of the field so we flourish, but then the wind passes over us, and we are no more (Psalms 103:15-16... Keep Reading

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Lisa is the wife of Eddy Solano Koplin, an administrator in Lima, Peru. “He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord!” (I Corinthians 1:31)As I sit down to put into words what I had initially purposed in my heart to share, I have sensed that the Lord would have me to add something more. It is my desire to encourage you in the midst of your trials to seek to glorify God in all of your circumstances. You may have heard the question before, “What is the chief end of man?” ... Keep Reading

Emmy is the wife of Domingos*, a church planter in France. We are Brazilian missionaries in Paris. In this “first world” missionary field, we had grown accustomed to the subtle and wily attacks from the unrighteous. But on a Friday, in November of 2015, terror exposed to the world how truly dark the ‘city of lights’ actually is. During the pregnancy of my second child, I suffered some quite serious ventricular tachycardia (rapid resting heart rate), to the point where t... Keep Reading

Gabriela is the wife of Walter Isse, a teacher in Lima, Peru. They have two sons: Walter Hernan (5) and Franco Alejandro (3). I am thankful for the opportunity to be able to share what the Lord is doing among us in Peru. It has been three years since we started with HeartCry, which has been a great blessing for my home, the brethren, and the community. We serve in La Iglesia Bíblica Gracia Eterna in Lima. June marked our six-year wedding anniversary; it has been a time of adaptation... Keep Reading

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Hannah is the wife of Daniel Norén, a church planter in Gothenburg, Sweden. My husband and I work in an immigrant neighborhood in Sweden, and I often meet Syrian refugees together with my children as I take them out to play. (We speak Arabic, which has made a lot of these conversations possible on a deeper level). Here are a few encounters for which I deeply thank the Lord. A lady was playing nearby with her twins, a boy and a girl. I noticed that the children were quite shy and somber,... Keep Reading

Charlene is the wife of Mario Maneville, pastor of Reformed Faith Mission Community Church in Bellville, Cape Town, South Africa. I am excited to see how God is using our small congregation to His glory. I have learned through my journey in these past few years that God is sovereignly in control even when I do not trust or cannot see His plans. I have been going through a difficult time since we moved from Kimberely, in the Northern Cape region, to Cape Town to heed the call of the Lord three ... Keep Reading

Ani is the wife of Ion Tomeci, an evangelist in Timisoara, Romania. They are members of Providenta Church. God is so good, and He works in a wonderful way! We have been holding a Bible study group every Friday night in a home. This environment encouraged the growth of those that were new in Christ, and it was a good opportunity for them to invest in each others’ lives. Our hope has been that every girl would come to know Christ better and learn to be a good testimony to those around them... Keep Reading

Priscilla is the wife of Bill Issa, a church planter in Kampala, Uganda. They have six children: Glory (17), Jonathan (15), Daniel (13), Victor (7), Joshua (4), and Esther (1). There is a young man in our church named Alex whose conversion touched my heart. He is an orphan who became a street kid at a tender age. Later, he was taken from the streets by the biggest Charismatic/Word-of-Faith church here in Kampala, and he became a member of their dance group. By his own testimony, he remained of ... Keep Reading

Helida is the wife of Naphtally Ogallo, a church planter in Eldoret, Kenya. They have two grown children: Tim (24) and Liz (20). I became a Christian in 1973 as a teenager. I trained as a Registered Nurse/Midwife and practiced for eight years. I met my husband Naphtally Ogallo, and we got married on March 31, 1985. We marked our thirty-first wedding anniversary this year, for which we are greatly thankful to God for His sustaining power. My husband became a full-time pastor at Trinity Baptist ... Keep Reading

Gertrude is the wife of German Banda, a church planter in the poor district of John Laing in Lusaka, Zambia. My heart is really encouraged that there are people around the world who are praying for me, my family, and our church. Church-planting is not easy work. We as a family are really thankful for what HeartCry has been doing to support us financially and in prayer. I am grateful that our first-born son, Redson, came to know the Lord last year through the preaching of his father, German. No... Keep Reading

Lidia is the wife of Pavel Purcaci, an evangelist in Anenii Noi, Moldova. I was born into a Christian family with eleven children. I was the eighth child in our family. My parents loved and served the Lord with all their heart, and this was passed to us, the children. In my teenage years, I became a Christian and disciple of Christ. When I was twenty years old, I got married to a man involved in our local church ministry. I was still a student at that time and did not have much opportunity to ... Keep Reading

Macolet (Melly) is the wife of Sam Oluoch, pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Kisumu, Kenya. They have two daughters: Lois (23) and Nila (20). My line of training is secretarial—bookkeeping and accounts. I have been in ministry working alongside my husband for over twenty years. One of the things dear to me is spending time and studying the Bible with the young people, even though there may be no immediate conversions. Scripture encourages me that it is the Holy Spirit’s work to con... Keep Reading

Natalia is the wife of Nicolae Dunas, an evangelist in Cahul, Moldova. My spiritual life began at age thirteen when curiosity drove me to see what Christians do in church. I heard the call of God in a Baptist church in Brinza. I then started to go to every Bible study meeting for teenagers they held, which helped me grow spiritually, and I understood more and more about God. At age seventeen, I was baptized. Right after that, I went to Cluj-Napoca, Romania, to study economics. It was a very di... Keep Reading

Olga is the wife of Gelu Ciorna, a pastor at Immanuel Baptist Church in Cahul, Moldova. They have four children: Robert, Filip, George, and Victoria. I am blessed to support my husband in the youth ministry. Our target is high school and college students. Besides my family duties, I believe my first priority is to pray for the people we serve. Raising my children takes a lot of time—Robert, the oldest, is in school; Filip goes to pre-school; and the two youngest are home with me. I meet ... Keep Reading

Stella is the wife of Marshal Kasongo, a church planter in Chipulukusu in Ndola, Zambia. Iwas raised in a Pentecostal church, so my past understanding of conversion was based on speaking in tongues. At that time, when anyone showed this ability, I was certain that that person was saved; but these were false assumptions about what it means to be conformed to Christ. I lived like that, believing it was normal for people to possess that “gift.” Now, ever since I became reformed in my t... Keep Reading

Gladys is the wife of Arturo Marin, who pastors a Baptist church in San Martin, Peru. I was born in the city of Lima, Peru, and I was converted to Christ when I was a young girl. I met Arturo in the Baptist Church of Chorrillos. Being two very incompatible people, it is quite impressive how the Lord joined us together in marriage and then called us to missionary work. It was also impressive how the Lord providentially prepared us for the work of missions during the time that Arturo was put in t... Keep Reading

Lena is the wife of Vitalii Rusnac, a church planter in Cernauti, Ukraine. I am very thankful to God because, by His mercy, He has blessed me with the greatest blessing of all: the call to live together with Him—looking only to Him and serving only Him. By His grace, I was born into a Christian family. I attended Sunday school from when I was little, and I had the opportunity to hear about Christ often. As I went to school, I decided to study the piano; and then I continued to pursue musi... Keep Reading

Hanh is the wife of Danh*, a pastor in Vietnam. I was born into a family that followed natural worship. There were numerous gods in which my grandparents and my parents believed. Whenever we had problems—for example, when one member in my family had a disease—my parents would offer sacrifices and beg those gods to save the life of the family member. Seeing my parents practice these things, I imitated them and believed these gods could save me too—even though I did not understa... Keep Reading

Bao is the wife of Jian*, a church planter in China. I was brought to Christianity through the influence of my mother. This was how the Lord chose to save me, and it was completely the grace of God for me to become His child. My mother heard the gospel through her sister, before I was born. During that time, she had anemia and was seriously ill. In the beginning, she believed in the Lord because she wanted to be healed of her own sickness. After a few years (when I was still young), she had a s... Keep Reading

Dana is the wife of George Serban, a church planter in Stoienesti, Romania. I was born and raised in a family of nominal Orthodox Christians. However, I had no idea who God was, and I had hardly even heard about God. This was because my father was an alcoholic and violent and did not want us to have anything to do with church. So, I never went to church. When I was eleven, my mother decided to divorce my father. There were six of us children, and because we were under the age of eighteen, we we... Keep Reading

Nicola is originally from England and is the wife of Luis Ramirez, a Peruvian church planter in Tokyo, Japan. The Lord saved me when I was studying at university. There I had made Christian friends for the first time, and they took me to church, where I heard the gospel. I had considered myself a Christian beforehand, as I occasionally read my Bible, but when I heard about my sinful condition and how I stood before God, I finally understood my need to repent and ask His forgiveness. I spe... Keep Reading

Eliane is the wife of Igor Dias Ramos, an evangelist and teacher in São José dos Campos, Brazil. I lived twenty-one years of my life lost in the darkness of Catholicism, but I got to the point where I could no longer live like that. I lived a sad life and looked for satisfaction in friendships, college, and boyfriends until one day I came to the altar of a cathedral. Looking up, I fixed my eyes on the image of what I had been told was Jesus, and I said: “I know that you exis... Keep Reading

By George Swinnock (Works, Vol.1, P.193-197) Consider the doleful tragedy which the Son acted from first to last; meditate on His incarnation. For the Son of God to become the Son of man; for Him that lived from all eternity to be born in time; for Him that thundereth in the clouds to cry in the cradle; for Him that created all things to become a creature—is a greater suffering than if all the men and angels in this and the other world were crowded into an atom, or turned into nothing. Th... Keep Reading

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