IME empowers national leaders to proclaim the grace and truth of Jesus and plant reproducing house churches among the underserved.
News from the Frontlines
Our work in Israel is among the Arab population.
We have four church planters in Nazareth. Among these planters is the first ordained female. Pray for her as she develops leaders and plants churches.
We have five Palestinian leaders in Bethlehem — three women and two men. These leaders are effective and are reaching a culture that is not Christian. Recently one leader took 200 youth to a retreat where they learned about Jesus Christ.
Each of our leaders in Palestinian territory face difficulty, but they are joyful, passionate and are seeing people come to Jesus.
Through our national leaders we have connections in countries we cannot speak about due to security reasons.
One new ministry began when one of our leaders was forced to flee to another country. Today, in this restricted access country, house churches are being planted and new leaders trained.
In three other countries, ministries from Jordan are sending Middle Eastern “missionaries.” Our Middle East ministries can train, encourage and visit leaders for accountability in countries impossible for a person from the West to enter.
Stories are unfolding daily. Stories we cannot tell.
God is doing amazing work in two growing IME networks in Jordan.
Pastor H. is training many effective new leaders. Teams from Pastor H.’s church go to hundreds of house churches to disciple and pray with those of the majority faith. New leaders have begun groups in refugee camps along the dangerous Syrian/Jordan border.
Pastor R. leads a ministry in Amman that works in the very dangerous Palestinian refugee camps. The ministry also serves more than 4,000 Iraqi, Syrian and Jordanian refugees. Pastor R. has begun house church planting outside of Amman with Syrian refugees.
Early in 2018, Jordan expelled all Western missionaries. Unlike other organizations, our core ministry was unaffected because our core value is to raise up national leaders.
IME was able to train 35 new leaders in September 2017. They were Iraqi and were not affected by the border closings later that month. They have worked, planted churches and begun to identify new leaders. New groups have begun in Mosul and in Baghdad, a city we had to flee over 10 years ago.
Work continues to expand in refugee camps. Individuals are still coming into the camps from all cultures in the Middle East. These camps are fertile ground for expressions of Jesus’ love. Many new leaders, churches and believers are being developed and discipled.
Christianity is not dead in Iraq!
In early 2018 two of our women leaders began to go into small villages and minister to physically and sexually abused teen girls. Many girls have found healing, and many new opportunities for house church planting projects have arisen.
Three years ago two male leaders began a ministry in a maximum security prison. Currently 2,700 people are part of groups either inside the prison or in homes of family members outside the prison.
“Searching Groups” continue in city centers. These groups of educated, and often affluent, members of the primary religion are “searching” to discover who Jesus is. Many have found Him in a very personal way.
Four new regions of Egypt have house church planting projects.
The primary strategy for impacting the Middle East is the multiplication of house churches among the underserved peoples throughout the region and among the diaspora. House churches reflect the New Testament model, avoid the need for costly buildings, allow for rapid expansion, and draw less attention than large public meetings. IME is a registered, non-profit mission organization founded in 2002, with an independent board of directors, governed by a set of bylaws and is affiliated with the Free Methodist Church.
Because of the nature of our organization we need to be mindful of security issues. If you would like a copy of our 990 document, policies including Whistleblower, Retention, and Conflict of Interest statements, please e-mail Diana@impactmiddleeast.org.