February 15, 2018 - Suddenly the indigenous ministry leaders had to do what only medical personnel normally do – deliver the worst news a parent can hear. Read more.
January 25, 2018 - Civil war in Syria has left the country in ruins, leaving many dejected Muslims ready to hear about Jesus. Read more.
January 11, 2018 - A ministry director in Turkey helps bear Syrian refugees’ burdens in a way that only a native, near-culture missionary can. Read more.
December 21, 2017 - Thanks to the Islamic State (ISIS), for the first time in the history of Qaraqosh, Iraq, an evangelical church this month will hold a Christmas service in the ancient city. Read more.
November 16, 2017 - Her husband imprisoned amid Syria’s civil war, Haya left everything behind when she and her children fled to Turkey four years ago and set up home in a dilapidated house with an outdoor toilet. Then last month neighbors set it on fire. Read more.
November 2, 2017 - The Muslim soldier who returned from Syria's civil war was not the same man he was before – and it was unclear if he ever would be. Read more.
October 26, 2017 - Between the threat of kidnapping and anxiety over families torn apart by war, it is not easy being a child in Syria. Read more.
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.
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.