A new ministry was launched in Egypt early in 2018. Two of our women leaders go into small villages and minister to
physically and sexually abused teen girls. Teen girls are often abused by family members in this culture. The IME women are bringing hope, communicating skills so that girls can stay safe, and opening doors of ministry. Many girls have found emotional, spiritual and physical healing. As a result of this ministry, many new villages, homes and networks are opening for house church planting projects. Pray for this new outreach to those of the primary religious culture in Egypt.
Three years ago two male leaders began a ministry in a maximum security prison. Most of the men were from the primary religious culture and were extremely violent. By God’s grace and the Holy Spirit’s favor great ministry is being accomplished. Many death row conversions are witnessed. Entire families are touched by the love and grace of Christ. Currently 2,700 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 are made up of educated and often affluent members of the primary religion. They gather to “search” to discover who Jesus is. Many have found who Jesus is in a very personal manner.
Four new regions of Egypt have house church planting projects.
It is impossible to tell the entire story, but we praise the Lord for the blessing, the protection and the openness of the culture to the message of Jesus Christ!
The ministry of IME began when Dr. B. W. and his family moved to Jordan shortly after 9/11. Ministries begun primarily amongst Iraqi Refugees and have now strategically transitioned to concentrating on Jordanians as the Iraqi Refugee population has been forced to move on. The Jordanian church is lead by young leaders. We currently have one strong ministry center (traditional church building) and several areas where initial church planting work is in progress. The Jordanian church daughtered the Baghdad church in 2003.
The church in Jordan is full of energy and passion. In a country of only 1% Evangelical believers, millions of people know little or nothing of Jesus. The need is great and the church is poised to reach them.
Impact Middle East is at work in North Africa. In one North African country, 20,000 towns and villages have no church of any kind – no Protestant, no Catholic, no Orthodox churches. However, IME has found an openness to Jesus and the Gospel in many of these towns and villages. It is very difficult to plant ‘normal’ churches that meet in a church building in these areas. The government will usually not grant permission. Local Muslim fanatics often forcefully oppose any such construction. The cost of constructing a church building is often prohibitive for locals who often times make only the equivalent of a few dollars a day.
The answer many times is to identify a ‘person of peace’ (see Luke 10) and begin to disciple him and his family. As they become solid Christ-followers, there is the opportunity to invite others to come to this home regularly for teaching, worship and prayer. In other words, the people gathering in this house are being the church; hence, the name ‘house church.’ This is how the Christ followers in the New Testament era impacted the world. This is how we are impacting North Africa today.
In the past two years, we have seen more than 150 ‘House Churches’ started in one North African country. We have a plan in place to train and release more young leaders with the expectation that twice this many can be started in the next two years.
Due to the intense conflict in Baghdad and the particular vulnerability of Christians, many of our people fled Baghdad in 2004 and 2005 to the relative safety of Kurdish-controlled northern Iraq. Some of these individuals gathered others in their homes and started “House Gatherings.” In one case, the Baghdad church intentionally sent out a leader to a key city in northern Iraq, to plant a church. The church has grown and in fall 2007, became our first “government recognized” church in Iraq.
Work has expanded to three new areas throughout Northern Iraq. There are, however, tens of thousands of towns and villages throughout this region without any gospel witness. Impact Middle East is developing a new strategy that will help national believers in the region catch a vision for planting “house churches” in the most underserved areas.
God is doing great work in the land of Israel. Currently, 5 Leaders are preparing for ordination in God's name. Including our first female candidate in the region. Daily many people throughout Israel are beginning to follow Jesus. Muslims are awakened in the night by visions of Jesus. Those from ethnic Christian backgrounds are begging for churches to be planted in their hometowns so they can know how to follow Jesus. With the population growing at unsustainable rates, with so many living on less than $2 a day, with war and political unrest persisting, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) area is crying out for hope and peace that can only be found in the Prince of Peace.