Middle East: Out of the Ashes


Imagine you've lost nearly everything you own. Your home, your material possessions, possibly even the lives of those you love the most. You are forced to seek refuge in a country that is not your own that does not welcome you. This is a harsh reality for millions of displaced families in the Middle East right now. It's hard for us to wrap our minds around. Many of these families come from an upper or middle class background and are now living in a single room apartment with a foam mattress on the floor and a camping stove in the corner. This reality is made all the more harsh when you consider that these are the lucky ones. These are the ones who made it out alive.

In the face of such devastation the local body has responded to aid these hurting families. They welcome them with food and simple home goods, which opens the door for them to share the gospel. Our team was able to partner with these local believers as they visited displaced families and shared Christ with them. God is moving in this place. Out of the rubble and ashes of war, the Spirit of the Lord is on the move and changing lives. In the midst of unthinkable devastation God has given these families an opportunity to hear and respond to the Gospel.

It is humbling to see the way the local body here is responding to this crisis, but the need is overwhelming. This is an unprecedented moment in the Middle East, and the door to share the Gospel is open like never before. We must not let this opportunity pass us by, we too must respond by boldly proclaiming the Gospel in the hard to reach places.

He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away." And He who sits on the throne said, "Behold, I am making all things new. -Revelation 21:5