Memorial day is a very noble holiday. Americans take this time to remember those who bravely gave their lives for this country. These people are heroes, along with their families and loved ones, who courageously responded to the call of duty.

On this day, as the country celebrates these soldiers’ lives, MORE wants to celebrate the lives of some other heroes who fought for God’s cause. Many of these folks hail from countries other than the United States, where the price for being a Christian is very high.

You may have heard of Polycarpus, Bishop of Smyrna, who was burned in public for the sake of his faith and ministry. Or the Chinese pastor Watchman Nee, who died in jail for the same reason.

But there are so many unknown Christians who most people don’t know, whose faith has cost them their lives.

In Nigeria, Eunice Olawale was killed on July 9th, 2016, at the age of 41. Mother of seven, she was a Deaconess of her church and a street evangelist. She was being threatened for months by Muslim radicals because of her dedicated work in the streets of Kubwa. She was stabbed multiple times, and people heard her screaming “Blood of Jesus” at the time of her murder. Her Bible and megaphone were close to her body when she was found. Eunice’s death provoked great international attention and definitely increased the animosity between Christians and Muslims in Nigeria.

Many years ago, when I lived in China, I met a young man called Dawei, who I had the honor to lead to Christ at his college campus. He was a very smart young man who dreamed of becoming a doctor. Dawei’s father was a prominent leader of the Communist party in his region. As he became a Christian, his own family became his first major challenge. Dawei moved to another province and started a college ministry that led dozens to the Lord. Unfortunately, he was later caught and imprisoned. Unofficial sources told us in 2006 that Dawei died in jail. His name was never in the press, and no global advocacy campaign was initiated to release him. He simply did what the Lord led him to do, and he definitely had his name celebrated in Heaven. In his last message to me, he wrote in big letters: IT IS WORTH IT!

There are thousands of stories just waiting to be told from every corner of the globe. Most of these Christians do not see themselves as heroes, and in fact, are honored to suffer for Christ. However, as we stand on their memory and keep praying for the suffering church, our Christian worldwide nation is made victorious along with the Lamb. To Him be the glory.

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MORE’s Global Headquarter is located in Colombo, in the state of Paraná in Southern Brazil. From this location we coordinate international projects and provide support to our missionaries.

In Colombo, MORE has a Mission Training School, that is focused on equipping Christians that have the calling to go into missions and help the Suffering Church. MORE also hosts refugees that are unable to stay in their countries due to religious persecution or war.

 

Uganda

In operation since August 2014, MORE Uganda has helped run an ESL School in partnership with a Norwegian organization Refugee Alliance. MORE’s team visits periodically refugee resettlement camps providing support and identifying best ways to implement development projects

 

Southeast Asia

MORE Southeast Asia’s efforts are focused on refugee assistance and resettlement and community development initiatives with local Christians. Our base provides support and refuge to Christians of surrounding nations that are undergoing persecution.

 

Middle East

MORE Middle East started in 2014 with the goal to strengthen the suffering church in the region and to provide support to christians fleeing persecution and looking for refuge. 

MORE has small business initiatives aimed at helping Christians find work and dignity. There is also a dental and medical clinic for the community. MORE’s missionaries do on going visits to nearby refugee camps to provide discipleship and relief. 

 

USA

MORE USA started in 2016 with the purpose to raise awareness about the suffering church with the american church and to build partnerships that will help support MORE’s global projects.

Nepal

MORE Nepal works in partnership with other organizations and local churches. Our team is located in Kathmandu, the capital and visits the interior of the country periodically. MORE’s work has been concentrated mainly in the provinces of Dolakha and Sindhupalchok, which were deeply affected by the 2015 Earthquake.Nosso objetivo é desenvolver projetos que visem à recuperação da agricultura de subsistência – principal fonte de renda destas populações. A partir deste trabalho será possível promover meios de geração de renda para os camponeses por meio do comércio e exportação.

The goal for this location is to develop projects with local farmers to recover their land and subsistence, which is their main source of incone. As a result of this work, MORE believes we will be able to provide more income and support to the local communities.

Italy

Since early 2015 MORE Italy has been providing support to refugee resettlement projects and working alongside the Italian church. MORE Italy’s director has been working with refugee initiatives since 2011.

Our goal is to raise awareness amongst the Italian church to the reality of the Suffering church and the refugees that are arriving at the Italian shores daily.

Haiti

MORE started as a response to the Haiti earthquake in 2010. After the emergency aid that was provided, MORE started it’s base with the focus to develop mid and long term recovering projects around the nation in partnership with local Haitian churches.

MORE Haiti has a Community Development School that is provided free of charge and is a training program to our Small Business initiatives which hold three core principles: financial investment, people development, and discipleship. Our program with those that want to participate in our school and small business initiatives lasts eighteen months. MORE Haiti also has ongoing projects with a local orphanage and a music school (REMIX School) .

Guinea Bissau

MORE Guinea Bissau is working in partnership with House Emanuel, a local orphanage. Our missionaries have been discipling and equipping teenagers and local children, many of which have never left the orphanage compound.

Colombia

More Colombia started in late 2014. Most of it’s efforts are related to Small Business initiative in the rural area. In partnership with local churches MORE has also been providing support to internally displaced refugees that are running away from guerrillas and the internal conflict that has been ongoing for decades.

 

Central Asia

MORE Central Asia is providing support to Christians that are suffering persecution due to local regimes. Our missionaries have been encouraging and discipling local leadership.

 

Sertão

In 2015, MORE started a new base in the northeastern region of Brazil in the deep drylands. In partnership with other missions, MORE has started small business initiatives to provide income and discipleship to families. As a result, a toy factory and a guitar factory are now in operation.