While it is true that the persecuted church is blessed by God in innumerable ways, a Christian-friendly government can also help to facilitate the growth of the church. Therefore, we must pray for the many countries in the Middle East where the governments either permit or promote the persecution of Christians. With all the political turmoil that has happened in the region over the past year and a half, there remain many “unknowns” about the future. Egypt has just elected a president from the Muslim Brotherhood. Only the Lord knows what this means for the Egyptian church. We must pray for God’s providential work and care for His people.
In Egypt, our brother Sam S. is doing well. Jon Green and I spent some time with him in June, and there seems to be growth in the church plant that he is leading – not necessarily in numerical growth, but in the godliness and sincerity of the believers. There is also a group of believers in Cairo that has now established a church. This fledgling fellowship has grown out of a group of young men and women who were regularly meeting together to study the Bible and theology. Initially, a church plant was not in their plans, and they were all attending several other churches in the city. However, as the Lord has matured them in their understanding of the Bible and in their love for one another, they have seen the need to establish a new church. Our brother Walid in Lebanon is praying about his future long-term involvement with this group. Please pray that the Lord would make His will clear to him.
Our brothers in Israel are continuing to do well. Antony Simon and Leonid Banchik continue their evangelistic efforts in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. They are also meeting with the Sudanese refugees four days a week, seizing every opportunity to evangelize them before they are repatriated to South Sudan. Michael Karpovetzki, whom HeartCry has partnered with for a number of years, is now relocating his family to the U.S. Some of you may remember that his wife tragically passed away at the first of this year. Because of this, he has made the decision to move his children near their extended family.
In Turkey, we have supported two men (Petrus and Ester), an evangelistic outreach, and a translation ministry. In the near future, it is very likely that Ester and his wife will be moving to the U.S. for one year to undergo training through a church’s ministry program. HeartCry will resume their support when they move back to Turkey. Please continue praying for our partners in Turkey. The Lord is doing encouraging things in this very difficult place.
Dr. Andrew in northern Arabia continues to reach out to the Bedouin in his area. He has a number of ministries over which the Lord has placed him, not the least of which is a veterinary clinic that treats the camels, sheep, and other animals of the Bedouin herdsmen. The clinic has enabled Andrew to make numerous relationships that would have been impossible otherwise. Through his work, we are currently praying about sending a man to a very security-sensitive region of the Arabian peninsula. Please pray that the Lord would direct these plans according to His will.Middle East Coordinator's Report