Articles

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

Guarding our hearts

By a member of the Arab World Media team

Giving birth to your first child takes your breath away. Suddenly, there is this precious little life, unable to do anything for him or herself, and you are the one who has to make sure their needs are met. You are completely in love, but you are also completely overwhelmed by the responsibility you now have.

In those first few weeks of motherhood, I would sit in my living room, nursing my daughter for hours on end. There wasn’t much else I could do, so I would use my phone to keep in touch with the world. While on maternity leave, I wanted to keep informed of events in the Arab world, paying particular attention to the war in Syria. It was 2014 and Daesh (ISIL) was making the headlines.

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A life-changing journey

One of our aims for 2016, through our While it is Day initiative, is to empower the global church to minister to Muslim refugees more effectively. ‘The Journey’ is a video-based course that takes people through the Old Testament to discover the truth about the coming Messiah, Jesus. It was designed for people of the Arab world, by believers from the Arab world. It is an amazing resource and we are privileged to partner with this ministry.

The following report comes from a group of believers in Germany who ran the course earlier this year. It is very encouraging, so please read and share…

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What can we do about fear?

It seems these days that almost every breaking news item is accompanied with a note that terrorism ‘cannot be ruled out’. We hold our breath as we await confirmation that a plane crash, a stabbing or a shooting has been orchestrated by a supporter of Daesh (ISIS). And even before we know the motive of an attack, we’re gripped with fear as we realise it could have been us or someone we know.

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Connecting with refugees

Safia* is in a refugee camp in Germany. She believes in Christ but is afraid. Our responder Habib* spoke with her about Ramadan (which came to an end at the beginning of July). He told her that she could dedicate her time of fasting to Jesus. She was afraid that if the Syrians in her camp discovered that she was a believer, they might tell someone in Syria and so the information might get to her family. Habib asked if she would like to meet Christian brothers and sisters in Germany. She hesitated at first. They prayed together. She said that she feels lonely and she really wants to meet someone. We’re seeking to put her in touch with an Arabic speaker.

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It takes a church…

IF it takes a church to raise a Christian, what happens when there is no church?

This is the reality that many believers face in the Arab world, and particularly in the Arabian Peninsula, where believers are more scattered.

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