Middle East

We desire:

  • to encourage Christians in the region to continue to minister to their neighbours with the love of Christ and the message of the cross.
  • our new team to work well under local leadership, to model Christianity with integrity across the region.
  • to encourage and support local church-planting networks.
  • to motivate churches in our homelands to pray effectively for the region, asking for the Holy Spirit to bring fullness of life in Christ into the House of Islam.

Middle East

We desire:

  • to encourage Christians in the region to continue to minister to their neighbours with the love of Christ and the message of the cross.
  • our new team to work well under local leadership, to model Christianity with integrity across the region.
  • to encourage and support local church-planting networks.
  • to motivate churches in our homelands to pray effectively for the region, asking for the Holy Spirit to bring fullness of life in Christ into the House of Islam.

Communities where He is least known

Majorities

Islam is in the majority, and a very high proportion of people only know caricatures of the Christian faith. While many people are asking questions, they need to connect with Scripture and with Christians who can explain it to them. Satellite, Internet, print and church initiatives are key.

Maids

In many cities, there is a subculture of migrant maids — often with no liberty, and abused physically and sexually. One of our colleagues distributes MP3 players to these maids, with Scripture and Christian songs in mother-tongue languages. Many are finding Christ as they hear and respond to these.

Prisons

Prison visits are a vital ministry, bringing opportunities to share Christ. Gifts of food, clothes, and the Word of God in print, DVDs and MP3s, help prisoners find freedom in Christ and form fellowships within the prisons.

Refugees

Displaced people are in every area and impact every ministry. As churches reach out, people respond to Christ’s love and ask questions. This calls for adjusting our church programmes and congregational training. Syrians are preparing for the day when they can return to minister in Syria. Educating refugee children sows seeds for eternity and brings families to the gospel.

Prayers

1

Pray for stamina and wisdom, as local Christians and their friends witness to refugees.

2

Pray for theological and practical ministry training to equip leaders to build Christ’s church in unsettled and sometimes volatile circumstances.

3

Pray for people who will pray with and for Middle Easterners everywhere.

4

Pray for flexible and godly people to respond to the Lord’s call to serve in the Middle East.

5

Pray for relationships with local leaders and networks, as we explore suitable opportunities to serve with them.