• Brian C. Stiller, Global Ambassador of the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) travels the world, meeting leaders in church, politics and service agencies, representing the WEA in places of social, economic and political struggle. His blogging is to broker understanding and highlight the good news of Christian faith. He invites you to share your thoughts, concerns, hopes and dreams on issue's which he has commented.

Where yeast is a good metaphor

Pakistan got a black eye by instituting blasphemy laws and by a public outcry over its corresponding results. In effect a neighbor can cry out an accusation that you have blasphemed the prophet or defiled the Quran. This in minutes can escalate into mob rule resulting in a burned down house or death. I asked a businessman … Continue reading

Building bridges of witness

In the turbulent world of international politics, Turkey sits right in the middle. Here in the historic city of Istanbul, the stakes for one- upmanship are growing. On the day I arrived, the president refused entrance to Americans. There are times when my Canadian passport comes in handy. As part of the old Syrian conglomerate … Continue reading

The dark continent calls

Driving from Rwanda into Congo is like reading two tales of one border, as a colleague noted. Just in crossing it’s obvious one is leaving one world and entering another.   I first met the people of Congo in a university history course while reading Joseph Conrad’s novel The Heart of Darkness. In the story a white man tells … Continue reading

Famine, War and Hope

Three years ago Missionary Aviation (MAF) flew us from Uganda onto a dirt landing strip in Yei South Sudan, a wind blown village bravely holding onto life. For four days with 90 chiefs, elders and government ministers we endeavored to broker a peace. These weren’t enemies because of religion but were fighting and killing each … Continue reading

A surprising life cycle

If you are looking for a place to spend winter other than in Arizona or Florida, consider Rwanda. This land of a thousand valleys and countless hills is prettier than a postcard. Rwanda may resonate in your memory because of the 1994 genocide and that, of course, is an awful paradox. Why would this land-locked … Continue reading