The Christmas story in Matthew 1-2 from the perspective of the persecuted church.
Nik and Ruth Ripken are veteran overseas workers for 30 years. During those years they have served in the fruitful harvest fields of Eastern and Southern Africa along with their three sons. Since 1991 they have laboured in countries which are predominantly defined by persecution toward those coming to faith in Jesus Christ. Following the deaths of many converts to faith in Jesus within a Muslim setting, mainly due to their relationship to foreign workers, they also experienced the death of their 16-year-old son on Easter Sunday morning due to an asthma attack in 1997. Soon after this the Ripkens began a global pilgrimage among believers in persecution to recapture a biblical missiology of witnessing and house church planting within environments of persecution and martyrdom.
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