The thought of a new school year brings joy to some and dread for others. Parents feel rising stress as the cost of school supplies quickly adds up. But in Lithuania, children face a different kind of stress. For them, buying school supplies is an impossible dream.

Across the Arab World, committed missionaries and national believers are engaging with local people to share God’s love in word and deed. They strike up conversations with taxi drivers. They chat with people in conversation classes. They follow up with inquirers who contact Christian satellite or radio ministries seeking more information.

In Central Eurasia, meeting a follower of Jesus is a rare occasion. In the 10 countries that make up this area, the vast majority of people live from birth to death without ever hearing a clear explanation of the gospel. But, through the obedience of God’s people and the power of the Holy Spirit, the scene is slowly changing!

In the short time Larry Smith had been serving in Bangladesh, people had come to him asking for a variety of things. But one man made a request that left him in shock. “Brother, take my child.” The desperation in the man’s voice was obvious. He wanted the best for his child, but he had no way to provide what was needed.

Popasnaya was once a peaceful town in eastern Ukraine. Life for its 22,000 people went by much as it had for generations. Then the war came. In 2014, Popasnaya—and most of eastern Ukraine—became a battleground between the Ukrainian government and those who opposed it.