Middle East: Rejoicing Over New Life

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I will make the nations your inheritance, and the ends of the earth your possession. ‭Psalm‬ ‭2‬:‭8‬

The Lord has promised that He is bringing all nations back to Himself. It is such a privilege to witness the fulfillment of that promise in such a clear way. 

Yesterday the team packed food bags, and today we are able to distribute those bags to 175 refugee families from Syria. While the men helped carry the bags, the ladies were able to pray with many women who had come to pick up their food. It was very emotional to hear the heartbreaking stories from these women. They have endured so much. However there is hope, as they are able to hear and see the gospel through the believers who have come to serve and share with them. 

After distribution the team broke up into smaller groups to visit refugees in their homes. Many of these families live in makeshift tents on any open piece of land they can find. It is difficult to imagine the hardship they face just surviving here. 

Our team was able to share testimonies, Bible stories and present the gospel in these homes. One man, who has been blind since childhood heard the gospel and responding by believing that Christ was his savior. We prayed for healing of physical blindness and spiritual blindness and The Lord answered our prayers! While he is still physically unable to see we rejoice that his eyes have been opened to the truth of the gospel. Pray for this family and for the local church here, who will follow up with this man and his family. We praise God that He is at work expanding his Kingdom. 

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Tomorrow our team will return home. It has been an amazing week. We are so thankful for the opportunity to witness what The Lord is doing in this region. Every person on the team was impacted by the powerful movement of the Spirit that is taking place among the refugees, and among the local church as they respond to this crisis. We are leaving now, but will continue to pray for the people here. The Lord is transforming the lives of believers and the lost in the Middle East. May he transform our hearts also, and give us discernment as to how we can continue to support the amazing work that is being done.