Care Packages Delivered in the Name of Christ
4WD Vehicles are a necessity for desert travel.
"Relationships are key to unlocking doors to the gospel in the Arab world," says Abu Sahid, leader of networking ministries throughout the Middle East. "Our 'street evangelism' consists of going out and talking to people one-on-one in cities or villages.
"In order to gain admittance and build trust among people we want to reach, we go in the name of the Lord, carrying food staples, clothing, medicine, and other basic personal hygiene items. These 'care packages' cost about $50 each and hundreds are delivered monthly. While we do have other approaches to ministry in different areas, this outreach is very effective in reaching certain neglected segments of society, especially in remote villages and desert communities."
Druze, Gypsies, and Bedouins are being reached in the desert.
In order for ministries to reach these isolated people, a vehicle is needed. But vehicles are very expensive in many Middle Eastern countries due to the rapidly developing economies. A durable four-wheel drive vehicle costs about $70,000! Abu’s ministry rents vehicles to carry the care packages to outlying areas where relationships are being established. Additional visits are planned to nurture these new friends.
Abu told Christian Aid: "What we pay in one year to rent a four-wheel drive could be used as a down-payment for our own vehicle. Help with even 30% of the cost of a good vehicle would enable us to purchase our own. With this size down payment, we would be able to make the monthly payments with the money we used to pay for rentals. Not only that, visits to existing mission fields could be increased while new ones are being established."