The Free Methodist Church in the
FMWM IN THE MIDDLE EAST
IME Refugee Outreach – Kurdistan
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Your Prayers – Making an Impact
In the Middle East, we empower national leaders to proclaim the grace and truth of Jesus and plant reproducing house churches among the underserved.
Pray for House Churches in the Middle East
Our primary strategy for impacting the Middle East is the multiplication of house churches among the underserved peoples – those who are unchurched and those of the majority religious background. House churches reflect the New Testament model, avoid costly buildings, allow rapid expansion and draw less attention than large public buildings.
Pray for National Leaders
We are also working to equip and release national leaders to plant house churches and develop local leaders. National leaders are given freedom to create hybrid models fitting their ministry context. Young women are viewed as having an equal calling and are developed as leaders in a region where women are traditionally ostracized or neglected. We frequently partner with leaders of other traditional denominations who have a passion for proclaiming Christ and planting churches.
Pray for Ministries of Love and Compassion
We not only proclaim the grace and truth of Jesus through house church networks but also through love and compassion expressed to the people of the region. Women leaders minister to women and girls who have been physically and sexually abused. Leaders minister to male violent offenders in a maximum security prison and to their families outside the prison. Communities of friendship and love are created for at-risk young adults. “Searching Groups,” comprised of educated and often affluent members of the primary religion, gather in cities to discover Who Jesus is.
Praise the Lord for New Opportunities
God is opening networks, providing new leaders and expanding His kingdom in the Middle East. We praise the Lord that we are entering three new countries in the Middle East. Pray for our leaders as they go into these new areas, often places antagonistic to the message of the gospel.
Continue to pray many will find the answer to the question, “Who is this Jesus?”
Dr. Dale is area director for the Middle East region. In this capacity, he is also executive director of Impact Middle East, through which the FMC serves in this region of the world. Dr. Dale and his wife, Dawn, have served with the FMC for 37 years as members of the East Michigan Conference.
Hany and Joanne work in church planting and leadership development with Impact Middle East. Hany founded a training center, the Noor Center (Noor in Arabic meaning “light”), to work with refugees. The Noor Center’s mission is “Bringing Healing, Light and Hope to Refugees and the Hurting.” In the region where the center is located, there are approximately 2 million refugees, most under 18. All these children and their mothers are at high risk of being exploited into slave labor, sex trafficking, or recruited into regional militias or even ISIS. Joanne works with abused women, bringing the hope of wholeness into broken lives. She also leads the Whole Woman Initiative.
We invited him to our house-church meeting to share how he had become a follower of Christ. Although he was shy and hesitant to speak in front of...
Sumayya*, a Yazidi girl, had attended a seminar about forgiveness at our center. I later visited her at home to ask her about the seminar and her thoughts about the topic. Her mother and two of her siblings were present as well. Sumayya shared that she couldn’t understand how to forgive people who committed horrible acts such as Dae’sh (ISIS) had done to the Yazidi people. They had killed men, raped women and young girls, and destroyed their homes and possessions. Those who survived had to leave their homes and become refugees.
We invited a woman from one of our searching groups to join us for an event explicitly organized to reach people for Christ. The messages we delivered were very clear, and we felt the Holy Spirit surrounding and touching the event and many hearts. When the event was finished, the woman came to me saying: “I loved the message. It was good, but I can’t accept Jesus as Savior for my life. That decision would turn my life upside down.”
Give to the Middle East Area
Join the ministry in the Middle East as a short-term small maintenance team doing general building repair.
Join the ministry in the Middle East as a short-term leadership coach.
Join the ministry in the Egypt as a short-term theology teacher.
Join the ministry in the Middle East through participation in a short-term VBS Team.
Join the ministry in the Middle East through participation in a short-term medical team.
Join the ministry in the Middle East through the prayer team.