Episode 082

Georgia Revival, Persecution in Mozambique, & Experiencing God

Apr 26, 2022

The number of new Christians in Georgia grew by another 19 in revival services earlier this month at Pineland Baptist Church in Thomasville in the state’s southwest region. Christians in Mozambique are facing increased attacks as Islamic terrorist groups are aggressively moving against them, according to the Voice of the Martyrs. And longtime friends Deborah White and Paula Kaufman have camped out in the “Experiencing God” Bible study for more than two decades.

Transcript

The number of new Christians in Georgia grew by another 19 in revival services earlier this month at Pineland Baptist Church in Thomasville in the state’s southwest region.

The new converts join hundreds of other Georgians who have made professions of faith in recent weeks in what denominational leaders hope is the beginning of a widespread spiritual awakening.

In early April in Mount Vernon, Ga., it was college students, 20 of them, who made salvation decisions in a Brewton-Parker College chapel service.

Three days before that, 102 Columbus, Ga., reportedly came to faith in Christ during an evangelistic outreach in one of Georgia’s toughest neighborhoods, one that had become known as Little Chicago because of its high crime rate.

In the Columbus Baptist Association, associational missionary Jimmy Blanton said he had been heartbroken by surveys that showed fewer than 10 percent of the people living in the 31907 zip code area attend church, an indicator that perhaps 90 percent of residents there are spiritually lost.

Similar reporters have come from Moultrie and Woodstock where churches have reported tremendous numbers of people coming to faith in Jesus Christ.

Christians in Mozambique are facing increased attacks as Islamic terrorist groups are aggressively moving against them, according to the Voice of the Martyrs.

Radical Islamists have killed nearly 3,000 and displaced more than 800,000 Christians and moderate Muslims “in recent years” who refused to recite certain creeds, VOM said in its report. A focal point includes Cabo Delgado where the Christian population has grown to 40 percent Christian since 2017. VOM cites an influx of Christians working in Cabo Delgado and growing conversions among Muslims.

Good News for Today is sponsored by The Voice of the Martyrs

Good News for Today is made possible through our friends at The Voice of the Martyrs, a nonprofit organization that serves persecuted Christians around the world. Founded in 1967 by Richard and Sabina Wurmbrand, VOM is dedicated to inspiring believers to deepen their commitment to Christ and to fulfill His Great Commission — no matter the cost. Find out more and sign up for their free monthly magazine at vom.org/goodnews.

Most people complete the Bible study “Experiencing God” in about 12 weeks. Longtime friends Deborah White and Paula Kaufman have camped out in the popular workbook for more than two decades. Based in Peoria, Illinois now, White says the resource has been a help as she and her husband have moved 32 times over those years because of the nature of his work.

White and Kaufman are just two of millions of people around the world who have resonated with the message of Experiencing God. First published in October 1990 by Lifeway Christian Resources, the study by Henry Blackaby and Claude King promotes a God-centered way of life that helps people know God intimately, recognize His voice and understand His will for their life.

In the past 32 years, Experiencing God has become a perennial favorite Bible study, selling more than 8 million copies in English and translated into more than 75 languages. This April, the study is hitting another milestone by being re-released with new video content that includes Richard and Mike Blackaby, the son and grandson of Henry Blackaby.

Find more stories at BaptistPress.com.

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