October 19, 2017 - A 6-year-old Syrian refugee girl saw that her mother was desperate to feed her family. Then she saw a man in a white robe like "the prophet Jesus." Read more.
August 31, 2017 - Amid the heart-break, trauma and burn-out of working amid war in Syria, the leader of an indigenous ministry has another problem. Read more.
August 17, 2017 - One Islamic State militant grabbed the young mother's arms while another snatched her screaming 3-year-old daughter out of her lap. If the family had no money to give in exchange for remaining alive, then they would take little Christine. Read more.
August 3, 2017 - First Turkish authorities said they would give thousands of refugees a month to move out of a makeshift tent camp. The next day, they didn't give them even five minutes. Read more.
July 20, 2017 - Some Syrian schoolchildren haven't been to school in six years. They need a recess from refugee life. Read more.
July 13, 2017 - The dream of a shelter for indigent children and seniors that an Egyptian seminary graduate had nursed for 20 years turned to dust when another party finagled his land from him. His vision, however, remained intact. Read more.
July 7, 2017 - A 3-year-old boy from Syria who was born in a makeshift refugee camp in Turkey does not walk or talk. An indigenous missionary seeks to bring a little light. Read more.
June 8, 2017 - They have lost everything – home, health, business, homeland – and now Syrian refugees are also losing their children. Read more.
April 6, 2017 - The father of a 10-year-old boy in northern Iraq, displaced by war against the Islamic State, was upset when his son told him he had decided to follow Christ. The father decided to do something about it. Read more.
March 30, 2017 - The battle for Aleppo, Syria put a halt to an indigenous ministry's outreach and aid, but efforts have resumed in spite of renewed fighting and opposition from area Muslims. Read more.
March 23, 2017 - A pastor in Turkey sometimes doubted whether anyone was paying attention to his online sermons. Then the Lord intervened directly. Read more.
February 23, 2017 - In the urban nightmare that is Aleppo, Syria, a rare combination of outside aid, indigenous workers and government support has created a unique opportunity for gospel advance. Read more.
February 2, 2017 - Christian workers in Turkey say that no matter how sharply Syrian refugee mothers may be suffering, they first ask for help for their children – if they still have their children. Read more.
January 19, 2017 - Having set out on Christmas Day to visit friends, a young Muslim woman never met up with them and could not explain how or why she had ended up at a church event. Read more.
January 5, 2017 - The retaking of Aleppo, Syria freed tens of thousands of civilians from danger of being bombed or otherwise killed, imprisoned or forcibly “disappeared” as suspected rebels, but residents remain in sharp need, an indigenous ministry leader said. Read more.
December 22, 2016 - The military campaign to retake Mosul from the Islamic State (ISIS) has driven more than 100,000 from their homes. Most of them are Sunni Muslims whom ISIS has also driven from their religion. Read more.
November 23, 2016 - Syrian refugees in Turkey are despondent, hopeless and hungry as winter comes on after more than five years of war – putting more pressure on indigenous ministries to provide more food, warmth and gospel hope. Read more.
November 3, 2016 - A young woman in Iraq was attending an indigenous ministry's discipleship training recently when her eyes suddenly filled with tears. She had just received a photo of her home near Mosul. Read more.
October 27, 2016 - An elderly Syrian in Turkey lost two children and other relatives following intensified airstrikes and bombings in Aleppo, Syria. He is one of thousands of refugees in need of trauma counseling. Read more.
A skilled craftsman uses an array of valuable tools to create a thing of beauty. The results would be less satisfying if his toolbox contained only a file or hammer. Native missionaries have learned to extend the gospel of Christ through a host of tools that meet needs and communicate the Bible’s message meaningfully. In the Middle East, where restrictions can be a challenge, resourceful mission groups use their God-given ingenuity to fulfill the Great Commission. Read more.
Her name means "priceless," but 13-year-old Ain feels anything but valuable. Perhaps "expendable" is a more accurate description. She is one of 10 children living in a two-room house in the outskirts of Cairo. At night, she curls up next to her sisters on the corner of a thin mattress laid on the floor. Ain is quiet. She has never been one to draw attention to herself or burden anyone with her needs…but she is a burden—another mouth to feed. Read more.
As one of his last acts before his defeat in 2003, Saddam Hussein released thousands of notorious criminals from prisons throughout Iraq. Entire communities continue to live in fear. Democracy is the goal, but anarchy is the current reality. Read more.
Some indigenous ministries have found an effective way to reach Muslims for Christ within Islamic countries. They provide safe, affordable housing for young women who are attending state universities. Read more.
"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. Read more.