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Opening The Window

SEVERAL YEARS AGO BEVERLY PEGUES BEGAN PRAYING FOR THE AREA KNOWN AS THE 10/40 WINDOW. NOW HER BURDEN HAS BECOME A LIFELONG MISSION.


When God called her to be an intercessor, Beverly Pegues' initial reaction was, "Lord, what is an intercessor?" Little did she know that searching for the answer to this question would lead her, in 1993, to begin overseeing a worldwide network of more than 40 million prayer partners.

Beverly, who coordinates Window International Network, admits: "Not knowing the specific meaning of my calling, I got involved with different prayer groups and began praying with people wherever I could find the opportunity so that I could learn more about being an intercessor. Soon I started praying about everything that I felt wasn't in the will of God." read more

Oops!! Wrong Window


Steve, my husband, said, "Honey, remind me after church to go by the new pharmacy and pick up my prescription before we go to lunch. It won't take long since they have that drive-through addition."

Later when we stopped at the window, a pharmacy associate slid it open and leaned toward us. Little 18-month-old Jamie called out from the back seat, "Fries and shake!"
Kathryn Hillin read more

Oh, Now I Get It!


Sometimes what seems to a parent like a clear explanation of a spiritual truth is not so clear to a child. When my son, Jeff, was around 4 years old, I overheard him and his friends discussing what happens when you die.

They had trouble agreeing on what really happens until Jeff spoke up with great authority and carefully explained that, when you die, they cut off your head and bury your body in the ground. The children were all amazed but seemed satisfied with this new understanding of death.

When Jeff came inside I asked him where he got such an idea. His answer? "That's exactly what you told me, Mother. You said, when you die, only your body dies, and they just bury your body; the rest of you doesn't die." It was obvious to this 4-year-old that the head was the part that continued to live without the body.
----Norma Champion read more

Oh, Don't Mind Us


My daughter, Dana, whose baby was overdue, came over and tried to find a comfortable seat on the couch. As she shifted around, she complained, "This baby is just sitting in here eating and sleeping."

Her 4-year-old son, Nathan, overheard her and asked, "Does she have a TV?"
--Kayla Kirkland One afternoon, while shopping with my four daughters, I spotted a box of cards that I thought my oldest daughter would like for her birthday. As I looked them over, I noticed out of the corner of my eye that one of my girls had walked up and was standing beside me.

Leaning over, I whispered, "Let's get this for Ashleigh's birthday." read more

Now That's Taking Authority!


One day my 7-year-old grandson, Michael, came into the house looking angry and determined. He said: "Mom-ma, those fire ants have attacked us kids and bitten us too many times.

"It was time for us to stand up; we had to defend ourselves and go to battle. This was war! So we caught some and threw them up in the air to come down on the driveway.

"Then we put some of them in gum with their heads sticking out and [placed] them behind Mommy's car so she would run over them. And if that doesn't make them be nicer to us, we're gonna pour a cup of water on them!"
Kayla Kirkland read more

Nothing is Impossible

On July 28, 1997, I was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. The disease had already gone into my bone marrow.

As a believer, I knew that God could heal today just as He had healed people in Bible times. So along with my church family, I began seeking Him for healing. Many people were praying for me. read more

Not Your Average Girl Group

THESE THREE SISTERS ARE OFFERING THE KIND OF CUTTING-EDGE, SPIRITUALLY GROUNDED MUSIC THAT HAS EVERYONE DANCING.

The large room in Oklahoma City overflows with women. Some are younger than others as many teens are here with their moms.

All have gathered for one purpose--girl talk with the three women of urban-pop trio Out of Eden. The topics of the evening run the gamut--boys, dating, acceptance, self-image, clothes, purpose, life in general. read more

Not Afraid Anymore

I thought I was losing my mind. Following a sexual assault, I was nervous, worried all the time and suffering with agoraphobia.

I was afraid to leave my home. Whenever I went out alone, I'd be stricken with panic attacks. My heart would begin beating erratically, making it difficult for me to breathe.

A panic attack is brutal and debilitating. For relief I began taking prescription drugs, but unfortunately, they were addictive. read more

Nora Lam: Christ's Ambassador to China


Yes, I am a Christian!" 23-year-old Nora Lam declared to the interrogator.

Shaking with rage, the Communist Chinese official exploded: "Take her out and shoot her! That's an order."

Nora was blindfolded and pushed into a courtyard before a firing squad. Given two minutes to leave a message for her husband, the young pregnant mother quietly quoted Psalm 23. Suddenly, the wind howled, and a freak storm crashed downward. read more

No Excuses!

After surviving cancer, a stroke and the death of her husband, Bishop Marva Mitchell believes God has raised her up to take the excuses out of the body of Christ.


Bishop Marva Mitchell is a "no excuses" kind of leader. In 1988, when she realized local children weren't eating on Saturdays because they weren't in school to receive free lunches, she fed them. And when she discovered that these same children couldn't read proficiently, she taught them.

In the last 14 years, the church she pastors, Revival Center Ministries International in Dayton, Ohio, has won numerous awards for its truancy prevention and substance abuse programs. This year the governor of Ohio appointed Marva to his task force for faith-based initiatives, and she became chairwoman of Dayton's faith-based committee. Marva also travels the world training pastors and teaching churches how to become more involved in their local communities. read more

Nancy Prince - A Missionary Adventurer


Nancy Gardner was an African American woman, born free in Newburyport, Massachusetts, on September 15, 1799. She was known for her devout heart and lived an adventurous life in service to the Lord.

However, Nancy's life was not void of trials. Her mother was widowed three times. Nancy's father, her mother's second husband, died when she was just 3 months old.

Following her third husband's death, Nancy's mother, then responsible for eight children, suffered a nervous breakdown. Nancy was 8 when the family's three older children were put to work to earn their room and board. She and her brother George committed themselves to caring for their mother and their younger siblings. read more

My Real Father

Candace Lang Like millions of children who grow up without a dad, I dreamed of what the ideal father would be like. He would have the wisdom of Ward Cleaver, the compassion of Charles Ingalls and the indulgence of Mike Brady.

After I became a Christian, I realized that God had used my need for a father as a catalyst so that I would seek Him, even when I was young. If I had not had a need, I might never have known Him.

In a tangible way God showed me that He is a father in every sense. He reminded me of the times He had watched over and protected me when I thought I was alone. read more

My First True Love Relationship

I am a 44-year-old woman, and for the first time in my life, I feel truly loved. I am proud to say that I have a love relationship with my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! My search for love, acceptance and approval began in childhood. My parents divorced when I was young, so I didn't have a father at home. When I looked around my community, I saw few positive male role models. As a result, I grew up with a distorted view of men.

This view only got worse when, at 17, I was raped by two men at a mall. Then, at 19, I married a man who was verbally and physically abusive. Men are not capable of loving, I decided—a deception from the enemy that led me to develop a same-sex attraction.

I stayed married for a while and even had children, but I also began "experimenting" with women. I didn't consider myself to be gay, and I never referred to my activity as bisexual. I just thought I was "bi-curious." I was convinced that God would overlook my occasional alternative lifestyle choice because He knew that men had hurt me. read more

My Battle with Epilepsy

Since my early childhood, I have struggled to overcome epilepsy. Epilepsy is a neurological condition characterized by sudden surges of disorganized electrical impulses in the brain that cause seizures. The seizures can be controlled with medication in some cases, but it never worked for me.

During the early 1980s, I began desperately searching for a cure for my condition. I knew God had created me for a purpose, and epilepsy was hindering His plan.

A counselor from the Texas Rehabilitation Commission (TRC) referred me to several good neurologists. Before long I had a new doctor, who was very optimistic about a surgical procedure he thought might be the cure I was looking for. read more

Move of the Spirit

Two-year-old Nathan was talking on the telephone to his Aunt Peggy. With animated face and dramatics, he described his new ball, then ran to get it for her.

Holding the ball up to the phone, Nathan asked, "See?"

"No," she replied. read more

Money Does Matter


A minister received a call from the Internal Revenue Service asking about a member of his church.

"He stated on his income-tax return," said the official, "that he gave $3,000 last year to your church. Is that correct?"

"I don't have the records here, and I would have to check on it. But I'll say this--if he didn't, he will."
--Tal D. Bonham read more

Miraculous Provision

From the time I became a Christian in December 1991, I was involved in various types of ministry--youth work, street evangelism, college ministry and worship. But I knew that it was also part of God's plan for me to minister overseas, even if only temporarily.

I had a strong desire to minister in India. I knew it would be a faith-building experience for me. And in June 1999, I was preparing to go there on my first short-term missions trip.

For several months, I had been experiencing severe dental pain because of four impacted wisdom teeth. Also, I had cavities, and I needed braces, which I knew would cost an exorbitant amount of money. I didn't have it, but I knew that my heavenly Father did. read more

Miraculous Protection

My 2-year-old granddaughter and I were on our way to my home from her house when it began to snow. The roads became extremely slick, and visibility was poor.

When I attempted to make a left turn, I lost control of the car and went into the other lane. I cried out, "Oh please, Lord Jesus, I need You!"

We spun around and hit a sign, breaking it off and coming to rest in an 8-foot ditch. But we didn't even feel a jolt. God had eased us down into the ditch. read more

Miracles Do Happen

When I was 14, I injured my head in a diving accident. Three days later, my parents discovered me in the middle of a grand mal seizure.

After I had nearly continual seizures for more than three months, my parents were given no hope that I would recover. But I became conscious and seizure-free without drugs after many days of prayer.

Within several months, I went back to classes and scored higher on intelligence tests than I had before the accident. I'd lost a year of high school, but ultimately I finished and went on to earn a degree in elementary education and psychology. read more

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