Whenever we see disaster and tragedy, we run towards it. We see throughout history that it is in these alarming moments that God works. It is in times of war, not peace, that history is changed. Would any of your churches have ever dreamed that one day they would be full of Sunni Muslims? Our nets are breaking with those coming to know Jesus… despite, or maybe, because of these terrible times!
These powerful words were uttered by an Iraqi pastor serving in Daesh (ISIS) controlled territory, after three of his staff, running children’s work in their homes, were murdered. Every day we continue to hear of the plight of refugees from the Middle East and Africa, who are desperate enough to risk life and limb to cross oceans in rubber boats, and to walk across continents in the search for safety, freedom and opportunity.
Churches in Europe are often at the forefront of receiving refugees – and none more so than in Germany.
This refugee crisis has been stimulated mainly through the activities and expansion of Daesh and their ideological affiliates, such as Boko Haram, Al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood. There has been a mixed response from Muslims worldwide, ranging from being inspired by this ideology to completely rejecting it. However, for the refugees who have been directly affected by these groups, their trauma is leading many of them into a deep questioning of their Islamic faith, the like of which has not been seen since the birth of Islam.
One of the key kingdom partnerships that Arab World Media is involved with is called The Journey, a thirteen-part DVD series that takes participants through the Old Testament to discover the truth about the coming Messiah, Jesus Christ. The programme is currently being widely and effectively used across the Middle East, Arabian Peninsula and North Africa.
At present, an estimated 3,000 people have taken part in some 750 groups around the world. We have seen Muslims come to faith from various backgrounds – Algerian, Azeri, Bedouin, Berber, Egyptian, Iraqi, Kurdish, Lebanese, Libyan, Moroccan, Omani, Sudanese, Syrian and Turkish. Many more have come closer to an understanding of Jesus, the Messiah, and his work.
In partnership with the German church, The Journey will be used to share the good news of Jesus with refugees in Europe. For security reasons, we cannot say any more in this public article, but if you would like to know more about it, please get in contact with us.