Celebrating Christmas Around the World

Christmas is a time of anticipation and hope for Christians around the world. That Jesus Christ came to earth, God in human flesh as Redeemer and Reconciler is the reason for all weary souls to rejoice.

While the themes of Christmas are the same for each Christian, how we celebrate the advent of Jesus is not. The work that With Open Eyes does in fourteen countries around the world offers a fresh perspective on the impact not only of Christmas but the Gospel of Jesus. In the face of persecutions and hardships, the men and women we’ve met have been filled with the light of hope and joy, even as they fight against despair and worry.

To honor some of the countries we serve, we wanted to share the unique ways they celebrate Christmas. Traditions, meals, festivals and the like are all a part of the worldwide, yet unique way the body of Christ celebrates His birth. Read more

A Thanksgiving Prayer for Mobile Messengers

As Thanksgiving approaches, we are grateful for all the work of our Mobile Messengers, the support of faithful friends, and the guidance of the Lord in all things.

The holidays can be a time of great celebration but also a hardship for many. For friends and family around the world, they face continued persecution because of the Gospel. We want to offer a prayer of thanksgiving and intercession for our Mobile Messengers, and ask for you to pray with us for them in this season of Thanksgiving.

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3 Ways We Show Appreciation for Our Mobile Messengers

Here in the United States, October is, among other things, Clergy Appreciation month. It was set aside as a month to recognize the contributions pastors make in the lives of their congregants. It’s also a chance to celebrate their families and the sacrifices that often come with experience in full-time ministry.

In thinking about appreciating our Clergy here in the States, we wanted to turn our eyes to Africa and Asia, where we are raising up men and women to preach the Gospel. While some may not bear the official title of “Pastor,” their contributions to their communities deserve to be recognized and highlighted. We wanted to highlight those efforts by giving you some ideas as to how you can appreciate your pastor this month, and ways that you can continue to pray for those With Open Eyes is raising up to proclaim the name of Jesus. Read more

The Journey to Become a Mobile Messenger

The words in Matthew 28 are often quoted. Before Jesus ascends, He gives His disciples a particular command:

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.

This command to make disciples and preach all that Jesus has commanded in His Gospel is at the heart of our Mobile Messenger program. At With Open Eyes, we believe there is no one better equipped to reach the underserved and unreached peoples of our world than those who live and work in those specific communities. Our heart and mission are to come alongside these men and women in countries in Africa, India, and Nepal with resources to help them minister Jesus and His Gospel. Read more

A War, A Hope, and the Mobile Messengers in South Sudan

PUSS O'Brien visit to South Sudan, 24-25 April 2012 (Jamam refugee camp). Hehlan Umdan, 23, a refugee from Sudan (far left, pink dress), in the Jamam camp in South Sudan. She has three children and has been in the camp since November 2011. Oxfam water distribution point.
Today we have a guest post from Brad Hobbs. Brad shares his heart for the crisis in South Sudan and how the church here in America can help. 

It is the summer of 2017. For South Sudan, it should be a season of great celebration and feasting to celebrate 6 years of independence from Sudanese rule.

Yet there is a significant problem.

For the past 48 months, South Sudan has been crippled by a civil war that has displaced 3.6 million of its citizens. The estimated 11 million who still live in the country face the constant threat of starvation, rebel invasion, and displacement.

It has been anything but a celebration of independence. Read more

Reaching Rwanda with the Gospel

Imagine a country with sloping mountains and a national park dedicated to volcanos, gorillas, and golden monkeys and you have just a small picture of Rwanda. Nestled between the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Burundi, and Tanzania, Rwanda has a big reputation for such a small country.

Over the years, this African nation has been the focal point of world news from devastating genocide to its most recent re-election of its president, Paul Kagame. It could be easy to assign Rwanda to only these news stories and ignore the great strides this country has made in the last two decades.

Those strides, in part, are due to a slow and subtle move among its people and has its roots in the Christian church. There are many missionaries and organizations that find work in Rwanda from the United States, providing help and aid. But some of the most powerful stories of hope and change are coming from pastors who call Rwanda home.

Pastors like Pastor Ananie. Read more

“When I was in Prison, You Came To Me

It was never my goal in life to be a prison chaplain. Nobody grows up dreaming of spending their days wading through the darkness and oppression that looms over a prison filled with the outcasts of our society.

But the Lord had another plan.

Reaching the lost and hurting population of the penitentiary became my calling for twenty years. I loved every day of it and saw thousands come to faith in Christ. I grew to love “my guys.” Then God called me away to be a part of reaching the unreached and underserved of the world through With Open Eyes. Read more

Food Aid Delivered to Drought Devastated Countries in Africa

The Lord continues to amaze us at With Open Eyes as He opens doors for greater ministry outreach. Since 2011, we have equipped 301 Mobile Messengers in 14 countries across Africa and Asia. Our most recent ministry partnerships have taken us to Northern Nigeria, Ghana, Mali and Ivory Coast in Africa and Northern India and Nepal in Asia.

Every one of these locations presents new challenges and new opportunities to shine the light of the Gospel into some of the darkest places on earth. Read more

Shining a Gospel Light on India

In January, With Open Eyes announced 6 new countries where we will be raising up Mobile Messengers. While the vast majority of our Mobile Messenger presence remains in Africa, we are so pleased that the Lord has opened up avenues to reach the underserved and unreached of Nepal and India.

Opportunities in India are rich and varied. While we cannot wait to come alongside brothers and sisters in Christ in these countries, we are aware of the dangers growing for Christians in these countries. Which is why we wanted to profile them for you. We want to raise awareness, give you points to pray for and to see how great the need is for the gospel of Jesus to go reach these nations. Read more

Teaching The Maasai How to Play Baseball

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We love it when the Lord provides unexpected moments in the midst of ministry. From the miraculous to the mundane, Jesus is always making way for us to build relationships when we travel to Africa. Our friend Brian Adams took his first trip with WOE, and his experience was unusual, to say the least! We hope you are encouraged by his story. – The WOE team. 



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