Revive Our Hearts Weekend Podcast

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Understanding the Persecuted Church

Episode Notes:

These episodes made up today's program:

"Purposeful Suffering"

"God's Story in Iran"

"Hope & Perspective for the Crisis in Ukraine"


Dannah Gresh: Listen, you need to be praying for the persecuted church right now! Here’s Karen Ellis.

Karen Ellis: God's people are here for a reason. They're here for moments like this. They're here to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ in these moments in word and deed. They desperately need the strength of the rest of the global body doing this—empowering them.

Dannah: Today, we’ll talk about the persecuted church. You’ll be encouraged and challenged.

Welcome to Revive Our Hearts Weekend, I’m Dannah Gresh.

The world seems to have gone crazy. We have a pandemic, we have wars and rumors of wars, we have pain and suffering. And it seems to be on the top of everyone’s mind. Today, I …

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About the Teacher

Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth

Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth

Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth has touched the lives of millions of women through Revive Our Hearts and the True Woman movement, calling them to heart revival and biblical womanhood. Her love for Christ and His Word is infectious, and permeates her online outreaches, conference messages, books, and two daily nationally syndicated radio programs—Revive Our Hearts and Seeking Him.

She has authored twenty-two books, including Lies Women Believe and the Truth That Sets Them Free, Seeking Him (coauthored), Adorned: Living Out the Beauty of the Gospel Together, and You Can Trust God to Write Your Story (coauthored with her husband). Her books have sold more than five million copies and are reaching the hearts of women around the world. Nancy and her husband, Robert, live in Michigan.

About the Host

Dannah Gresh

Dannah Gresh

When Dannah Gresh was eight years old, she began praying that God would use her as a Bible teacher for “the nations.” When she sees the flags of many countries waving at a Revive Our Hearts event, it feels like an answer to her prayer.

Dannah is the founder of True Girl which provides tools for moms and grandmothers to disciple their 7–12 year-old girls. On Monday nights, you’ll find Dannah hosting them in her online Bible study. She has authored over twenty-eight books, including Ruth: Becoming a Girl of Loyalty, Lies Girls Believe, and a Bible study for adult women based on the book of Habakkuk. She and her husband, Bob, live on a hobby farm in central Pennsylvania.

About the Guests

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Tom Doyle

Tom’s experience in the heart of the Islamic Middle East is extensive. A gifted storyteller, Tom brings God's astounding work in these nations to light. Whether in his books, on television (FOX News, Glenn Beck, The 700 Club, 100 Huntley Street), on the radio (Focus on the Family, Janet Parshall Live, American Family Radio), at conferences (Epicenter, Passion, Open Doors, Voice of the Martyrs, Calvary Chapel, The Crescent Project), or in local churches, Tom shares fresh, compelling, and thought-provoking reports of God's activity. In 2020, Uncharted launched I Found the Truth. This powerful video ministry shares stories of former Muslims who now love Jesus passionately! Tom and JoAnn have six children and thirteen grandchildren.

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JoAnn Doyle

In 2017, God called Tom and JoAnn Doyle to begin a new ministry, Uncharted. With Uncharted Ministries’ vision to sound the alarm and inspire believers to join God’s great harvest among Jews and Muslims, Not Forgotten fit perfectly under this new umbrella.

JoAnn is also the guest on various national TV and radio programs such as Focus on the Family, Moody Radio, and Mission Network News. JoAnn was recently invited to host “Flourish,” a brand-new women’s TV program broadcasting the name of Jesus into Iran, home of the fastest growing church per capita which is predominantly led by women.

She and Tom co-authored Women Who Risk: Secret Agents for Jesus in the Muslim World, and Breakthrough: The Return of Hope to the Middle East.

Karen Ellis

Karen Ellis

Karen Ellis is the Director of the Center for the Study of the Bible & Ethnicity at Reformed Theological Seminary (Atlanta). She holds Master’s degrees from Yale University and Westminster Theological Seminary, and is a Ph.D. candidate at Oxford Center for Mission Studies in Oxford, England. Since 2003, she has worked as an advocate for the global persecuted Church, raising awareness and promoting indigenous leadership in countries where Christianity is restricted or repressed. Karen is married to Dr. Carl F. Ellis, Jr., a Professor of Theology and Culture at RTS.