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All articles in category Middle East

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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March 2014
Middle East

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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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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Meeting Abdul
February 2012
Middle East

Meeting Abdul

Meeting Abdul The meeting takes place in his small grocery shop. [The Christian’s speech is italicised.] Hi! Good morning! My name’s Richard. I am Abdul. I notice that you have the shahada [Muslim declaration of belief in the unity of Allah] on your wall. Do you read Arabic? No. But I recognise the shahada, because I have seen it in so many shops in this area. Ah, I see. How can I help you? I’d like two dollars worth of dry figs thanks, and two dollars worth of those dried raisins. For you, my friend, I add extra figs. These are the sweetest, the most...

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God at work in Saudi Arabia
January 2012
Saudi Arabia

God at work in Saudi Arabia

God at work in Saudi Arabia ‘Saudi women to be allowed to vote for the first time’; ‘Saudi woman sentenced to ten lashes for driving is later pardoned by the king’. Saudi Arabia can generate headlines like none other. With the Koran as its constitution, and as keeper of the two holiest sites in Islam, Saudi Arabia has sought to restrict the spread of Christianity. Yet, reports are coming in that God is at work in this desert kingdom of 26 million people. Church The church in Saudi Arabia has largely been confined to foreigners. Unlike other countries in the Arabian Peninsula, Saudi Arabia does...

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How Saudi Arabia treats Christians
September 2011
Saudi Arabia

How Saudi Arabia treats Christians

How Saudi Arabia treats Christians Saudi Arabia is home to the two holiest Muslim sites, Mecca and Medina, and the Saudi government, with its allied religious establishment, considers itself the authoritative voice of Islam. The Saudi king’s official title is ‘Custodian of the two holy mosques’, indicating the importance that the royal family attaches to Islam.    The region once had a large Christian population, which was expelled during the reign of Caliph Umar (AD 634-644) shortly after Muhammad’s death. Today, Saudi Arabia is one of the most conservative Sunni Muslim countries in the world, following an extreme and puritanical version of Islam called Wahhabism.   ...

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