A selection of articles on different subjects relating to the Arab world, Muslims, our ministry and more…

First quarter insights

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading… (1 Peter 1:3-4 ESV)

The mental model of Muslim men and women throughout the Middle East – who believe that the law of their God brings peace and promotes prosperity, human dignity and honour – is in contrast to their real life experience. Already, during the first quarter of 2017, the world has witnessed pedestrians run down in London, children killed by chemical weapons in Syria and other unimaginable acts of violence in Egypt, Yemen, Iraq, Afghanistan, France and other places – purportedly to acknowledge that their God is the greatest.

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‘God has come into our world’

But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. (Isaiah 53:5 NLT)

As Easter approaches, I am reading through Isaiah 53, reminding myself of what Jesus came to do and how it was foretold many years before.

This is such a beautiful passage. Isaiah is so clearly talking about Jesus that I wonder how any person could read it and not know – or how anyone could know and yet not believe! It breaks my heart that many Muslims love Jesus, but only consider him a prophet. They are so close, but still a million miles away!

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A source of encouragement

An interview with team member, Khalil*.

How long have you worked with Arab World Media?

I began my service with Arab World Media in March 1999 when I left my country, Syria, to go to the Media Centre in France. It was the first time I had travelled abroad.

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A time to give thanks

In the northern hemisphere, this is the season of harvest, a time when we reflect on how much we have to be thankful for. Some of us even have a national holiday of thanksgiving. Most often, the first thing that comes to mind is thankfulness for provisions such as food, shelter and safety. If we think a moment longer, we realise we are thankful for family, friends, our church community, and the freedom to worship.

But if I lived in Aleppo, Syria – which is all but destroyed – or in Sana’a, Yemen – where an air attack on a funeral recently killed more than 140 mourners – I could find it difficult to be thankful. Indeed, even in the safety of my warm home, I can find it a challenge to be thankful when I see the dark state of the world. So many people do not have the basic things that we take for granted. No food, no shelter, no safety, and no freedom of belief. And they all have family and friends who have been killed.

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A true picture of Yemen

Hope and despair

The BBC recently broadcast a programme about starvation in Yemen. In Our World, Starving Yemen* a reporter follows a Yemeni doctor as she visits families with malnourished children. Included is the story of an eighteen-month-old boy who is slowly starving because the only milk his body can digest is no longer available… His mother cries as she tells the doctor, ‘I’m losing my son and there is nothing I can do about it.’

It’s clear that many children have been dying in Yemen, while for the most part the media has looked away. Most of us know there is an ongoing war, but we know little of its devastating side effects: famine and disease. The doctor mentioned above has been buying medicine with her personal savings, remaining in Yemen alone while her husband and daughter stay in Jordan. She makes a powerful statement:

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