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All articles in category Western Asia

May 2017
Syria

Pray for Christians in Syria

The Syrian government’s use of sarin gas on civilians has seen US President Trump and Russian President Putin at loggerheads after months of seeming mutual respect between them. After Trump ordered an air strike on Syrian government military bases, seemingly carried out without prior consultation and voting agreement at the United Nations, Putin expressed ‘anger’ at the US air strike. As tension mounts between the two superpowers once again, Christians on the ground in Syria and Iraq are facing intensified attacks on all fronts. According to reports from Barnabas Fund, the fighting has now shifted to the edge of the Syrian capital Damascus, in the...

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May 2017
Israel

Reaching out to Holocaust survivors

Grace and Truth Congregation at Rishon- Le-Tzion, Israel, hosted a concert featuring Finland’s Nina Åström on 7 March 2017, in which she performed gospel songs and shared her Christian faith with attendees. In a Grace and Truth newsletter, the organisation expressed gratitude to Nina, who was called to minister to prisoners in Russia, the Ukraine, Holland and other Baltic and Balkan countries a few years after performing in the Eurovision Song contest. Eddie, a Grace and Truth evangelist, organised buses for 160 people from different veterans’ clubs to attend, and the church hall was packed with more than 200 people. The newsletter said, ‘It was...

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March 2017
Israel

Encouragement in Israel

On 20 October 2016, the Grace and Truth Christian Congregation, Rehovot, celebrated its 40th anniversary. It was an historic event, not only for this congregation, but also for the body of Christ in Israel.   Not many congregations in Israel were established before 1976, and this was certainly a sure sign of the faithfulness and goodness of the Lord to our people. By his grace, we were able to celebrate in our new building. Some 250 people gathered, including recent and previous members of the congregation, representatives from other congregations in Israel and guests from overseas. From the beginning, the planning committee had determined that...

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January 2016
Armenia

Armenians, ‘experts in the art of dying’ – and also in the art of living (2)

Continued from Armenians, ‘experts in the art of dying’ — and also in the art of living (1) Christian evangelist Roger Carswell has provided this edited version of a booklet first penned by his grandfather, Rev. Sisag Manoogian, at the time of the Armenian genocide (1915–1917). Sisag continues: I keep a small photo which shows the deportation of women and children from one village. Their husbands and sons were driven into the desert some few months previously. These women were gathered by gendarmes and sent after them to roam in the desert until some at least should meet merciful deaths, as did their husbands. Armenian...

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December 2015
Armenia

Armenians, ‘experts in the art of dying’ – and also in the art of living (1)

Christian evangelist Roger Carswell shares with ET readers an edited version of a booklet first penned by his grandfather, Rev. Sisag Manoogian, at the time of the Armenian genocide (1915-1917). Sisag was a refugee who experienced 33 miraculous escapes from the Turks. He went on to be a powerful evangelist and pastor, proclaiming the gospel of the Lord Jesus in Turkey, Syria and the Lebanon before his death in 1945. Married to Marika, they had one son and four daughters (Sisag Manoogian’s biography Out of the ark, by his daughter Rhoda Carswell, is available as an e-book from www.10ofthose.com). Sisag gives us an eye-witness account...

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December 2015
Armenia

Armenia

A century after the first genocide of the 20th century — the massacre of Armenians by the Turks — the Middle East is once more a place of extensive suffering in which many Christians (as well as Moslems) have suffered terribly. Armenia was one of Asia’s largest empires during the days of Julius Caesar. However, for much of its history, its inhabitants were subjugated by invaders, including ancient Greeks, Romans, Persians, Byzantines, Mongols, Arabs and — from the 16th–20th century — the Ottoman Turks. Armenia was the first nation to officially accept Christianity as its national religion (AD 301), but later the Turks tried to...

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August 2014
Articles > World Mission > Asia > Western Asia > Bahrain

New ways of reaching Arab lands

Staff and volunteers in Egypt and Lebanon form the two main Arabic media ministry teams. These cooperate with others in countries like Jordan, Sudan and Bahrain. Most are in their 20s or early 30s. Connected over the internet by Skype, we regularly wrestle in brainstorming sessions on how to best bring the gospel of God’s grace in Christ to millions of restless, disenchanted Arab youth. Plans are firmed up at gatherings either in Cairo or Beirut. Traditional radio still reaches outlying communities and the older generation. More Arabs, especially youth, are changing over to the internet, so we have been boldly experimenting with online radio....

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April 2014
Cyprus

Progress in North Cyprus

Just over 29 years ago, on the first Sunday in February 1965, a little family of six gathered in their sparsely furnished front room and praised God together on their first Lord’s Day in their new country. The words of the hymn that they had sung with all the well-wishers at Darlington station, a few days before, echoed in their ears: ‘Tell me the old, old story of Jesus and his love’. Multinational congregation Twenty-nine years on, and three members of the same family, along with a wife and three children, met in North Cyprus to praise God on the first Sunday in February. This...

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March 2014
Articles > World Mission > Asia > Western Asia

Shedding Light on Islamic Politics in the Middle East

In Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Syria Islamists tried to hijack the freedom-thirsty uprisings of their people. Being well organized as movements the Muslim Brotherhood branches in these countries outmanoeuvered others and did well in local elections. Their plan, however, was to fanatically impose their narrow Islamic agenda on the rest of their countrymen.  This has backfired on them in every one of these countries.  In Egypt the Islamic president was deposed through a popular uprising. In Tunisia the secularists forced the Islamic government to resign and replaced it by a coalition government committed to religious and political freedom. In Libya, the Islamists have not succeeded in...

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The gospel on the island of Cyprus
October 2012
Cyprus

The gospel on the island of Cyprus

The gospel on the island of Cyprus Cyprus, the third largest island in the Mediterranean, lies not far from the coasts of Turkey, Syria, Lebanon and Israel. Driving across this semi-arid country, one can still come across the idyllic scene of a shepherd leading a mixed flock of longhaired sheep, barely distinguishable from the longhaired goats mingled among them.    Acts 13 records that the first ever missionary outreach was prayerfully sent from the young church in Antioch to the island of Cyprus. In obedience to God’s command to take the gospel to the ends of the earth, the apostle Paul and his Cypriot-background teammate, Barnabas,...

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Redressing the balance
March 2012
Israel

Redressing the balance

Redressing the balance Israel is a fascinating, frustrating, friendly and sometimes plain mad place to live! The fascination comes from living within the pages of the Bible. The frustration arises from Middle Eastern attitudes to life. The madness stems from the clash of cultures between Arabs and Jews, and the rightward shift of Israeli politics. Over 1.5 million Russians have immigrated following the fall of the Iron Curtain and these are often more influenced by Russian autocracy than by Israel’s western democratic tradition.     There are now more Russians than Arab Israelis and they generally do not like each other, a worrying trend when Israel...

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