Middle East Missions
Recently, a door has opened to proclaim the Gospel of the Kingdom in the Middle East. We are currently supporting a a full time evangelist who is working with a network of over 55 house churches consisting of over 3,000 Christians in three countries. Because of persecution, we cannot identify which Middle Eastern countries these are. We are working closely with Scroll Publishing to translate many of their books and transcripts of their teaching CDs into Arabic and other languages and to distribute them without charge to Christians and Muslims in this predominantly Muslim area of the world. In addition, we are also developing Old Testament materials that will be particularly helpful to strengthen the faith of the Christians and to convert those from a Muslim background or faith.
Christians in this part of the world generally fall into three groups. The first two groups hold Protestant and Catholic/Orthodox beliefs. However, a third group is devoted to Scripture apart from any mainstream denominational thought. They normally meet in houses. It is this third group of Christians who are responding to the kingdom message which complements and completes their current understanding of the faith. Many of these Christians are young, in their late teens and twenties. House churches have been added each month, with Christians eager to learn more about the kingdom message and to be strengthened in their faith.
This door to reach these eager Christians with the kingdom message has opened suddenly and unexpectedly. However, there are no missions organizations, church associations, or denominations behind this exploding ministry. Scroll Publishing is providing its materials free of charge for this kingdom work. Our house church and a handful of other Christians around the country are contributing for the housing, food and travel of a full-time evangelist currently on the ground training house church leaders across the region. Support is also being used to fund a translation team.
Please pray for us. Prayer for wisdom, that we may be discerning in the ways we need to in order to support and equip these courageous men and women. Pray for the safety of the evangelist and others who are courageously laboring in a difficult and dangerous part of the world. And pray for God's Word to go out and produce a harvest to His glory.