From Our President
YOU’RE SAVING LIVES, NOW AND FOR ETERNITY
Dear Friend in the Harvest,
Thank you for your generous gifts for refugees. Every dollar you’ve sent for this cause has gone to native missionaries in the Middle East who are working tirelessly to share aid and the hope of Christ with hurting, destitute people.
And I want you to know that your investment is paying off.
God is going after those refugees, meeting them away from home, many in foreign lands. And He is using you to reach them like never before.
You have an unprecedented opportunity to reach Muslim refugees with the gospel of Jesus Christ, because native missionaries have unprecedented access to them.
AN OPPORTUNITY LIKE NO OTHER
Safe in their homes before the advent of the Islamic State (ISIS) and the civil war in Syria, these same Muslim people were completely unreachable. Evangelism and Bibles are prohibited throughout much of the Middle East. Contact with Christians is rare.
Terrorism and war have forced them to flee for their lives, leaving everything behind. Some are uprooted within their own country, others cross borders into strange countries where they can’t speak the language and have no way of earning a living.
They suddenly find themselves homeless, with no food to feed their starving families, and no source of clean water for drinking or bathing. Their flimsy tents are no match for the brutal cold of winter. Lives are lost for lack of simple items like blankets and warm clothing.
But your gifts are saving lives, now and for eternity. You fill the arms of native missionaries with boxes of food, bottled water, blankets, diapers, firewood, and medicine.
You make it possible for a refugee mother to prepare a meal for her starving children—to quell their gnawing hunger and see the life return to their faces. You make it possible for her to wrap a warm blanket around her little ones as she kisses them goodnight inside of their tent.
And this same mother—the one who’s suffered so much loss—her heart is melted by the unexpected kindness of Christians.
Month after month, the native missionaries you assist are visiting refugee camps to sit with the brokenhearted, listen to their stories, cry with them, and pray for them. They tell them the reason for their love: the One who first loved us.
And fruit is starting to sprout. One of the ministry leaders visiting Syrian refugees in Turkey reported that a man, along with his wife and three children, believed that Jesus is the only way to heaven. The man explained to the leader that, though they were living in an Islamic country, no fellow Muslims had helped them. He saw the contrast—the undeniable love of Christ shining through His servants.
A couple weeks later, the same ministry leader reported that three more people in the camp made decisions to follow Christ. “If we did not have your help, we could not gain the trust of these people,” he wrote.
ANOTHER MINISTRY LEADER REPORTED:
"You who send aid to us are like God's holy hand reaching out to each of these dear people. As we are helping them get their bags of wood to their tents, they thank us over and over again. These Syrians not only need our help, but they need love, too. I thank you for not only giving us the opportunity to distribute goods to these people, but also to share God's love with them."
This month’s Prayerline contains several opportunities for you to share Christ’s love and truth with refugees. There is also a place on the enclosed reply card for you to give to our general fund for refugees, which will be distributed to ministries throughout the world that are helping refugees.
Thank you in advance for your support. Thank you for saving lives, now and for eternity.
Until there is a witness for Christ in every nation,
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