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Hany & Joanne

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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.

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  • protection for Hany and Joanne in a region where spiritual warfare is fierce
  • a spirit of wisdom and discernment for choosing and developing new local leaders and church planters
  • open doors and people of peace in different refugee camps and cities: people who will welcome and champion a movement of planting house churches in the region
  • unity in the body of Christ
  • emotional health and strength in dealing daily with the trauma so many refugees have experienced
  • the Noor Center
  • the midwives being trained and mothers and babies being cared for through the Whole Woman Initiative
Impact Middle East
A New Start

A New Start

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 others, he began his tory. "I was living in darkness. Through the years, I tried all kinds of drugs. I sold all I had to...

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How Can I Forgive

How Can I Forgive

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...

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“I loved the message, but…”

“I loved the message, but…”

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...

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Learning Firsthand

Learning Firsthand

In Iraq, Haris* had heard about Christians. He had heard they are good people. Haris, his wife and his son learned this firsthand when they found refuge in our country more than three years ago after fleeing their homeland. Haris and his family are of Sabean...

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The Lord Goes Before Us

The Lord Goes Before Us

I visited a village where I had never been before. I planned to start a house church there and came to gather information about the area, the people and the culture. While sitting at the coffee shop, I prayed and asked God to guide me to a man of peace. From...

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The Strong One

The Strong One

Em-Elias asked me to have a meeting at her home and speak about love and forgiveness. A few days later, I held the meeting and spoke about the importance of forgiveness in the Christian faith. Em-Elias was listening carefully. After a while, she asked me to repeat...

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