September 17, 2014
2012: LMCO Week of Prayer
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Black missionary relates to Zambians' struggles
LUSAKA, Zambia (BP) -- When Troy Lewis came to Zambia, more than 10 years ago as an IMB missionary, he already had an intuitive understanding of many Zambians' struggles.
WEEK OF PRAYER: Former atheist shuns fear by 'walking together' with God
CENTRAL ASIA (BP) -- Omar Khan* loved his father but rejected his religion. In his early 30s, Khan was a self-proclaimed atheist. He didn't believe in any god, especially Allah. Khan would listen out of respect as his father waxed philosophical about the Quran's mysteries during their frequent road trips to the city to buy merchandise for the family's small clothing shop.
Cancer becomes one of God's 'greatest gifts' to IMB missionary

DURBAN, South Africa (BP) -- Roger Hesch should be dead. After stage 4 bone marrow cancer decimated his body, his recovery encountered several life-threatening setbacks, each of which should have overpowered his ravaged immune system. Doctor after doctor told him the chances of survival were next to nothing.
But God had more for Roger to do. Years earlier, after graduating from high school in his hometown of Little Falls, Minn., Roger spent a year in South Africa as part of an international exchange program in Johannesburg that exposed him "to the bigger world," he said. He and his wife Meg met while attending college in Minneapolis and were married in 1980. Early on, the couple made a commitment to say "yes" to God's leading, regardless of what that meant. They said "yes" to Roger attending seminary and pastoring two Southern Baptist churches. "In January 1986, I was speaking on the Great Commission and while I was preaching, God said, 'You can't encourage other people to do what you are not willing to do,'" Roger recalled. It was then the couple said "yes" to serving overseas as missionaries with the International Mission Board. "We said we'll go where other people can't or won't go," Roger said.
Cancer builds couple's reliance on God
DURBAN, South Africa (BP) -- When Roger Hesch was diagnosed with bone marrow cancer, he immediately took it to the Lord -- who told him He was using the sickness to display His glory.
"In the face of his illness, [Roger] set his face like flint, as it says of the Lord Jesus," his wife Meg said, "and [was] just determined to experience this with God ... and to not turn away from God in the face of his suffering."

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