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Middle East Reformed Fellowship (MERF) is an evangelical Christian missionary organization which serves in the Middle East, North Africa and Asia on behalf of Reformed and Presbyterian Family of Churches and believers worldwide. Our work is bearing fruit for the Kingdom of Christ among the twenty-two nations of the Arab League and other Muslim areas in Africa and Asia. MERF strengthens national churches with ministries of evangelism, church extension, biblical training, and diaconal aid.

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September 2017
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Farsi media ministry

Farsi is the language of Iran, much of Afghanistan and neighbouring communities, totalling about 110 million Farsi-speakers. Except in the former Soviet republic of Tajikistan, Farsi is written in a modified Arabic script. Although many words have been borrowed from Arab neighbours, Farsi’s roots go back to the Indo-European language family, just like English.…

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June 2014
Somalia

Somali witness

For many centuries, the vast majority of Somalis have professed Islam. Like other East African Muslims, most have little knowledge of the Arabic language and therefore little understanding of their religion. They tend to follow different forms of folk Islam that include elements of ancestral pagan religions. In the Horn of Africa, the cause…

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All things working together for good!

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October 2012
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All things working together for good!

All things working together for good! Romans 8:28 says, ‘And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to his purpose.’ Statistics show that, over the past 30-40 years, more Muslims have converted to Christianity than during the entire 14 centuries…

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Syria

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April 2012
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Syria

Syria Syrian Christians are heartened by the outpouring of prayer for their protection. They are threatened by Islamists opposing the Syrian government. The worst incidents have been in Hama and Homs.     A neighbourhood in west Hama called Mahrada, identified as being a Christian area, was overrun by Islamist armed men. They forced families…

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World Mission – Broadcasting hope to Somalia

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February 2011
Ethiopia

World Mission – Broadcasting hope to Somalia

Broadcasting hope to Somalia   Somali, like many Ethiopian languages, descends from the ancient Cushite tongue. It is the native tongue in southeastern Ethiopia, Somalia, Djibouti, in large ethnic communities in Kenya and Yemen, and among millions of refugees beyond – about 15 million speakers, in all.      The wonderful message of the loving…

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A faithful church

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March 2010
Eritrea

A faithful church

A faithful church The Evangelical and Reformed communities in Eritrea are under much oppression and persecution, but continue to seek to be faithful to the Lord in their walk, witness and worship.      Most are Tigrinya-speaking, originating from nominal Christian backgrounds. These live in the highlands. A smaller group are Arabic-speaking and based in…

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News – Iraq’s Christians suffer

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June 2008
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News – Iraq’s Christians suffer

Iraq's Christians suffer In late March the Red Cross issued a report that spoke of the immense sufferings of Iraqi minorities. Coinciding with the kidnap and murder by Islamic militants of the Catholic archbishop of northern Iraq, the report emphasised that Iraqis of all Christian denominations live in fear for their lives.      Last year…

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