World Horizons has had committed, persevering teams serving in the Middle East for over 25 years. Team members may have changed, but the vision to see the least reached in this region encounter Christ is still the same. A number of countries in the Middle East have been involved in news headlines in recent years because of the rise of Islamic militants whose horrific actions in Syria and Iraq have led to millions fleeing to seek asylum in many countries around the world.
The Middle East is where most of the Bible is set, and from where the Good News of Christ’s resurrection went out to every nation around the world. Today more than 300 million people from 400 people groups residing in the Middle East have little or no access to the gospel, and it is our teams’ desire to witness sensitively to those who have yet to meet Jesus.
There has also been a greater level of persecution of believers. Though legally protected, many new followers of Christ are put under great pressure by the Muslim society. Many of these people emigrate which results in fewer people remaining to bear witness to the transforming power of the Gospel. We believe that God can, and will, intervene in the Middle East. Our small teams, in partnership with local churches, are seeking to meet the needs of refugees living in their nation as well as develop sustainable businesses as a way to make friends and sensitively share their faith.