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Christians Facing Islamic Extremists: al Shabaab

  Christians around the world are being attacked by Islamic extremists. One of these groups, known as al Shabaab, Arabic for ‘The Youth,’ is a jihadist terror group based in East Africa. In 2014 it was estimated that the militant group had 7,000 to 9,000

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Letters for Philippines

  When I meet persecuted Christians they often say, “Don’t forget us”! How could I? Each one of the people I meet leaves an imprint in my mind. Their testimonies strengthen, challenge and encourage my faith in the Lord, and years after meeting them I

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Indonesia: Stenley

  (page 44) This testimony is from the book Extreme Devotion. It contains 365 days of devotions using stories of persecuted Christians from around the world. When Stenley got off the boat on the remote Indonesian island, he felt the spiritual darkness. The people practised

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New Life, New Identity

  Thirteen Three sponsors Bible college students who live in restricted countries. Our desire is to see the Gospel spread in these areas. Therefore, it is vital to invest in the next generation of leaders whom God is equipping to be His instruments for this

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Bibles, We Need More Bibles!

How many Bibles do you own? As I write this I’m counting how many Bibles I have sitting in various locations at home. Without looking hard I know I have multiple copies of the CSV Children’s Bible, the NLT, NIV 1984 and 2011 versions and

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Five Years in Prison for Name Change

Sounds crazy, doesn’t it? That someone could be charged and sent to prison for changing their name. But it’s true. You might be thinking, but what about U2’s lead guitarist who named his daughter Blue Angel? Or Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin’s daughter Apple? These

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Remember our Mothers

  Mother’s Day is fast approaching. It is a lovely opportunity for us to remember the great things our mothers do for us and to thank God for them. As we remember our mothers on 8 May, let me encourage you to remember and pray

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Five ways to support the persecuted church at youth

  Last month I posted three reasons why the persecuted church is important for your youth group. In today’s post I’m going to give you five practical ways to incorporate the persecuted church into your youth group. Click on one of these links to find

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What do Boko Haram and Islamic State have in common?

    Bank building destroyed by Boko Haram in Adamawa State, Nigeria. Destruction and total annihilation is what Boko Haram and Islamic State (IS) have in common. The picture shown above is sadly a telling sign in Nigeria that Boko Haram have arrived, killing and

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Elijah, a Student Pastor’s Escape.

  ‘Elijah’ (not his real name), a graduate student from a Bible college in the Philippines, recounts a recent time when, as a student pastor, he helped his village escape from Islamic extremists. Elijah is about twenty years old and his work is vital for

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    In 2016 it is our vision to see many young people demonstrate their willingness to raise awareness and support for our persecuted brothers and sisters. On 3 June 2016 it’s Sacrifice24: A day to make a statement that you are Bound With Them

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Why Talk About the Persecuted Church at Youth Group?

Thirteen Three’s aim is to mobilise and empower a generation of passionate youth to be bound with their persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ. For this to become a reality it is vital for youth groups to keep the persecuted church on their agenda. I

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Releasing the Gospel into North Korea Part 3

Today we end our series “Releasing the Gospel into North Korea” by looking at our third approach, short wave radio broadcasting. It is hard to imagine but North Korean people are living in a fake reality: they are told things that are simply untrue. For

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Releasing the Gospel into North Korea Part 2

During the month of February, I’ve been sharing the various creative ways Voice of the Martyrs has been releasing the Gospel into North Korea. Last week I shared about our balloon project; this week I want to share how we are getting Scriptures into North

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Releasing the Gospel into North Korea Part 1

Imagine growing up being told that you live in the wealthiest country in the world, when in actual fact you are living in the most oppressive one. This is what it means to live in North Korea. Everything is controlled. Everything you do is watched.

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Thirteen Three in 2016

Thirteen Three is off to a big start and we hope you can partner with us in supporting persecuted Christians and mobilising young Australians to be Bound With Them! Listed below are the Thirteen Three initiatives we are organising this year. Please contact us if

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Soldiers of Jesus Christ in Burma

The Burmese government continues to neglect its people, particularly minor ethnic groups and Christians. In recent years there have been more than 3,000 Christian villages destroyed and burned (source: Impact Report). Yet, despite the oppression in this country, there is hope and freedom being declared

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Victory for Indonesian Bible College Students

Imagine going to Bible college. It’s the opportunity to dedicate yourself to studying and training in God’s Word and to prepare for a lifetime of ministry. Now imagine going to Bible college in the world’s most populous Muslim nation; a Bible college that has faced

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Youth: Month of Prayer for Persecuted Christians

The 8 November 2015 is the International Day of Prayer For The Persecuted Church. Christians around the world will be praying for persecuted Christians. But don’t stop at just one day! Encourage your youth group to devote the entire month of November to praying and

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Victory: Blue Mountains Event

Thirteen Three’s latest Victory event was held on Friday 4 September, hosted by Springwood and Winmalee Anglican Churches. The night saw 250 youth come together and raise $2000 to support persecuted Christians in Indonesia. Dave McPhail, the host church’s youth pastor, preached from 1 Corinthians

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