The following is a recent update from Sharif. His ministry to Muslim refugees has lately been stirring up trouble with the secret police. The week of this report, he was called in for questioning five separate times. Please pray for his preservation and encouragement.
This month our team has been conducting home visits to encourage various refugee families from Iraq. We share with them from the Bible and encourage them to attend the church meetings. Many of them contact me almost daily to visit them because of their state of anxiety, despair, and fear of the future. They have passed through very difficult situations in their country and have left everything behind. I have been working to form a team of volunteers to help us manage all the relief supplies: food, clothing, blankets, and diapers.
A great blessing this month has been the formation of two new Bible study groups among the Iraqi refugees. One is with Pastor Abu Munahid and his wife, and the second is with me and my wife. We visit the refugees weekly to encourage them and care for them in all respects, and they have sensed the love of Christ in us practically. We also pray for them and their needs. They are regularly attending the meetings at our church. We are using the church bus to take them from their homes to the church, since they live far away.
I have been blessed this month to help with the pulpit ministry of the church, where I have prepared several sermons about the family, God’s plan for marriage, and the qualities of a virtuous woman. My desire is to encourage the members of the church to put God first in their lives and to teach them how to manage their families biblically. We have also been encouraging members to join in the weekly prayer meeting at the church. We want to stir the church’s members to pray with one heart for the ministry in the church, its needs, and its demands.
We also visited many new families among the Syrian refugees this month to deliver the message of Christ’s love for them. We listened to their tragic stories; encouraged and prayed for them; and provided them with food boxes, clothing, and blankets. One of my most encouraging visits this month was with a Muslim man, Abu Uday, and with his family. I had already visited them once before, and when I called to schedule a second visit, he was very excited. We talked and prayed for them. Abu Uday told me that he had felt joy and peace since we had visited them the first time. Please pray for them and other families like them.