Middle East

Since the civil war began in Syria in 2011, the people of the Middle East have suffered unimaginable hardship and loss. Millions of Syrians fled their homes when ISIS invaded their communities. They are now destitute, living in foreign countries like Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, and other places where they do not speak the language and cannot find employment. Likewise, millions of Iraqis fled their homes and headed for the northern region of Kurdistan.

Christian Aid Mission assists numerous indigenous ministries inside Syria and Iraq, as well as in the countries to which refugees fled. Away from their homes, where it was risky for them to inquire about the Christian faith, refugees have been talking with native missionaries about the gospel. Many have expressed disillusionment in Islam and interest in Jesus Christ.

Since ISIS was driven out of their self-proclaimed territory, many internally displaced people are returning to their towns and villages. Those who have become Christians are taking the gospel back to their communities, which have been closed to the gospel for centuries.

How You Can Make a Difference

Indigenous ministries that Christian Aid Mission assists are reporting that they have never before seen such openness to the gospel among Muslims, who are questioning Islam after experiencing the brutality of Islamic terrorist groups. God is providing unprecedented opportunities for His servants to share His truth in the Middle East, but they need your help to provide them with Arabic Bibles and other crucial ministry tools.

Ways To Give

Evangelism & Discipleship

Building Christ’s Church

Since an indigenous ministry in Lebanon launched its audio outreach program in May 2017, hundreds of thousands of Kurdish people throughout Syria, Iraq, and Turkey have heard the gospel in their own language via radio and podcast. More than 14,000 people have called the ministry’s call centers to learn more about Jesus. The ministry is looking into setting up additional call centers to meet the demand. GIVE NOW to help evangelistic and discipleship ministries like this one in the Middle East.

Community Engagement

Being Salt and Light

One of several Christian Aid Mission-assisted indigenous ministries in the Middle East caring for traumatized refugee children, a Christian school in Jordan is providing Iraqi refugee children with a haven of healing. Teachers at the school use the Bible as part of their curriculum and teach students English, which will give them a career advantage. Grateful that their children are receiving a quality education, parents are open to the gospel message shared by many of their children after school. GIVE NOW to help community engagement ministries like this one in the Middle East.

Compassion

Sharing the Love of Christ

Christian Aid Mission assists several indigenous ministries in Turkey that are reaching out to thousands of Syrian refugees in tent camps. Apart from providing for their basic needs, gospel workers are going tent-to-tent to sit with the refugees, listen to their stories and pray for them. They distribute food packages, bottled water, clothing, shoes, and baby formula for infants born to mothers too malnourished to nurse them. During the winter months, they distribute firewood, blankets, and heaters. The ministries are also reaching children through Arabic picture Bibles. GIVE NOW to help compassion ministries like these in the Middle East.

Middle East

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Overview

Since the civil war began in Syria in 2011, the people of the Middle East have suffered unimaginable hardship and loss. Millions of Syrians fled their homes when ISIS invaded their communities. They are now destitute, living in foreign countries like Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, and other places where they do not speak the language and cannot find employment. Likewise, millions of Iraqis fled their homes and headed for the northern region of Kurdistan.

Christian Aid Mission assists numerous indigenous ministries inside Syria and Iraq, as well as in the countries to which refugees fled. Away from their homes, where it was risky for them to inquire about the Christian faith, refugees have been talking with native missionaries about the gospel. Many have expressed disillusionment in Islam and interest in Jesus Christ.

Since ISIS was driven out of their self-proclaimed territory, many internally displaced people are returning to their towns and villages. Those who have become Christians are taking the gospel back to their communities, which have been closed to the gospel for centuries.

How You Can Make a Difference

Indigenous ministries that Christian Aid Mission assists are reporting that they have never before seen such openness to the gospel among Muslims, who are questioning Islam after experiencing the brutality of Islamic terrorist groups. God is providing unprecedented opportunities for His servants to share His truth in the Middle East, but they need your help to provide them with Arabic Bibles and other crucial ministry tools.

Ways To Give

Evangelism & Discipleship

Since an indigenous ministry in Lebanon launched its audio outreach program in May 2017, hundreds of thousands of Kurdish people throughout Syria, Iraq, and Turkey have heard the gospel in their own language via radio and podcast. More than 14,000 people have called the ministry’s call centers to learn more about Jesus. The ministry is looking into setting up additional call centers to meet the demand. GIVE NOW to help evangelistic and discipleship ministries like this one in the Middle East.

Community Engagement

One of several Christian Aid Mission-assisted indigenous ministries in the Middle East caring for traumatized refugee children, a Christian school in Jordan is providing Iraqi refugee children with a haven of healing. Teachers at the school use the Bible as part of their curriculum and teach students English, which will give them a career advantage. Grateful that their children are receiving a quality education, parents are open to the gospel message shared by many of their children after school. GIVE NOW to help community engagement ministries like this one in the Middle East.

Compassion

Christian Aid Mission assists several indigenous ministries in Turkey that are reaching out to thousands of Syrian refugees in tent camps. Apart from providing for their basic needs, gospel workers are going tent-to-tent to sit with the refugees, listen to their stories and pray for them. They distribute food packages, bottled water, clothing, shoes, and baby formula for infants born to mothers too malnourished to nurse them. During the winter months, they distribute firewood, blankets, and heaters. The ministries are also reaching children through Arabic picture Bibles. GIVE NOW to help compassion ministries like these in the Middle East.

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Syrian Refugee Widow Learns to Overcome Affliction

A Syrian widow with several children had endured affliction before and after arriving as a refugee in Jordan. Islamic State (ISIS) invaders in Syria had seized her oldest son and, fearing they might take her other children, she and her husband had fled in 2013. Some of her children were able to help her husband in odd jobs he might find on the streets – until he was diagnosed with cancer.

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Middle East

Help Send Aid to Refugees in Turkey

For the few refugees who can find work, pandemic curfews have kept them from getting to their jobs, as such violations can result in deportation and large fines. Many malnourished refugees are below healthy weight. “Our help is of vital importance to them,” the ministry leader said. “Seeing the joy in their eyes when we take the basic items to them means everything.” Nearly 900 families have received the food, water, blankets, hygiene packets and other critical aid over a six-month span, more than 5,340 people. Workers need donations of $35 or $70 to provide such compassionate aid, which includes Bibles. Pray that refugees will see the love of Christ in each item distributed.

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Lebanon

Provide Aid for the Needy in Lebanon

As the economy has deteriorated, local missionaries have stepped up aid for the growing number of poor among both the Lebanese and refugees. Workers who provided mattresses, food boxes, medication, clothing, fuel vouchers and cash assistance had the opportunity to pray for needy families as they visited their homes. Such aid has helped build trust and relationships for proclaiming Christ, and the many Syrian refugees and Lebanese who have put their faith in Christ are helping to distribute aid. Donations of $35 or $70 are sought for such compassionate outreach. Pray that lives will not only be saved but turned toward Christ.

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Iraq

Make Eternal Life Known in Iraq

During a time of war, a Muslim who had learned about Christ through satellite TV programs had no one to answer his questions about Christianity, but after fighting ended he told a local missionary that when his city was being bombed, Jesus had visited him in a dream and given him a message. The message was undisclosed, but the worker told him it was in Scripture and later began an online Bible study with him – and his friends. Another worker had the opportunity to lead five Muslim families to Christ. Donations of $25 or $50 are sought for such evangelistic outreach and discipleship. Pray the Lord would call many more to Himself.

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Middle East

Help Send the Gospel in Syria

About 150 university students with little chance of ever knowing about Christ heard the gospel thanks to the efforts of a devout woman who has become a leading local missionary. She has discipled those who put their faith in Christ and helped them find churches, and those who complete her discipleship program are sent to plant and lead new fellowships of 10 people each. She and other workers making home visits and organizing evangelistic events established 14 new house churches over a six-month period. Donations are sought for such gospel proclamation and follow-up. Pray that workers low in resources will be encouraged and inspired.

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Europe

Refugee Tortured in Iraq Fulfills Father’s Wish

A young man in Iraq, Sami, and his father were descended from multiple generations of historic Christians, but during occupation by Islamist militants they had been forcibly converted to Islam. Such converts have trouble showing loyalty to a new caliphate, often refusing to join the fight to establish and expand it. Both men were subjected to torture; Sami told native missionaries in Europe that his father died trying to save him from the militants.

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