Indigenous Missions in the Middle East

I am very excited about your desire to push for finishing the task! I want to have a part in this effort!! Praying that the task will soon be done!! Until there is a witness for Christ in every nation.

— Jean P.

After recent scandals, I have become skeptical of the native missionary movement. I have been supporting native missionaries for decades now, but these scandals have really burnt my trust. Thank you for addressing trust and accountability in Prayerline letter.

— Jann F., IL

We give thanks to our loving, compassionate, Sovereign God for your ministries. Thank you!

— Rick and Debra R., WI

I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you, for such wonderful weekly articles. I look forward to each one, as it helps me to view beyond my own thoughts/circumstances enabling transformed and focused prayers outwardly to what God is doing around the world. It helps me to think outside of my little, local box, to see as God sees that there is more at stake than my problems. These articles and this ministry are a simple grace that is calling us to pray together as one body in Jesus Christ. Again thank you!

— Mark M., FL

God’s Joy and Blessings as we remember what Jesus did for us, new Life in Him.

— Jim and Lorraine H., WI

Thank you for all you do in helping us share in the needs of our brothers and sisters in God’s Kingdom! You are precious! Never forget the value of being the facilitating Hand of Jesus!

— Dale and Nancy D., NY

Thank you for all of your hard work in all of the hardest situations around the world, and thank you for making us aware so we can pray and help support your efforts. May God bless your efforts abundantly!

— David S., OR

Thank you for sending us the newsletters from the various ministries Christian Aid supports with its thrilling testimonies and their needs for us to pray for them.

— Keith and Carla H., CA

God bless you for being a great agent in the Hand of God to build His Kingdom!

— Doug R., GA

God bless your efforts on His behalf!

— Larry W., SD

May God richly bless your wonderful efforts on His behalf. Keep up the great work!

— Gary and Cheryl M., FL

Your work is superlative!

— Jacqueline B., IL

Mission News and Stories from Middle East

Christian Aid serves as a bridge between indigenous missions groups and Western believers. We strive to inform you about the desperate situations of millions of believers all around the globe as well as sharing with you evidence of the Love and Power of God among the nations. Christian Aid’s News articles offer you a glimpse into the lives of indigenous believers, their struggles and their triumphs. We hope that by informing you of the needs of your brethren, God will lead you to pray and support indigenous missions groups.

Syrian Refugees Hope in Christ as Nightmare Deepens

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.

Hearten, Heal and Help Christian Workers in Syria

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.

With Mosul in Ruins, Iraqis Desperate for Help

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.

Syrian Refugees' Tent Camp Is Destroyed

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.

Refugee Kids in Turkey Get Break from Nightmare

July 20, 2017 - Some Syrian schoolchildren haven't been to school in six years. They need a recess from refugee life. Read more.

Building Miracles in the Deserts of the Middle East

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.

Illness, Disabilities Mount among Syrian Refugees

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.

Behind Desperate Pleas in Syria, Broken Families

June 8, 2017 - They have lost everything – home, health, business, homeland – and now Syrian refugees are also losing their children. Read more.

Displaced Iraqis Escape Death in Mosul, Iraq

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.

Aleppo, Syria Aid Resumes Despite Opposition

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.

Christians in Turkey Faithful amid Dangers

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.

In Aleppo, Syria, a Huge Opportunity Opens

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.

Refugee Mothers from Syria Fight to Save Families

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.

God Shows His Hand in Gospel-Resistant Turkey

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.

In Aleppo, Syria, the Fight to Survive Goes On

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.

Battle for Mosul, Iraq Drives Civilians to Camps

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.

Syrian Refugees in Turkey Growing More Desperate

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.

Destruction Reigns as Battle for Mosul Begins

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.

War, ISIS Cruelty Traumatize Syrian Refugees

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.

Tools In His Hands

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.

Egypt's Unseen

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.

Middle East: Finding Christ in Conflict

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.

Girls’ Dormitory Opens Hearts in an Arab Country

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.

Care Packages Delivered in the Name of Christ

"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.

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