With all that is going on in Afghanistan currently, the Middle East refugee crisis has returned to the forefront of many believers’ minds. Let me share with you how our Missions Ministry is involved in meeting this upheaval with the Gospel.
- This week we sent four large boxes of supplies through our Ministry Partner, Trey W. a military chaplain, to the front lines. Two of these boxes went directly to Qatar for SBC chaplains to use with refugees. Qatar is the “first stop” for many fleeing Afghanistan through US military aid. The second two boxes went to the Netherlands for Trey and his fellow chaplains as refugees are relocated to the Netherlands and Germany.
- David P. is our IMB Ministry Partner who oversees all missionary and church planting efforts to diaspora and refugee Persians (Afghanistan & Iran). He is also on the IMB taskforce that is directly responsible for coordinating the IMB’s efforts to mobilize SBC churches for this Gospel opportunity. David and I communicate regularly regarding their efforts and our partnership with them.
- David B. is our Ministry Partner in Sweden. He and his family engage Muslim background refugees with the Gospel who have relocated to Sweden due to war and hardship in their countries.
- “John & Ellie Smith” work as IMB missionaries in a war-torn country in the Middle East with refugees. Many have been driven from their homes by ISIS or other militant Islamic groups and are looking for hope. John and Ellie tell them about the One who gives us hope.
In all this, I would encourage you to consider the Book of Acts as we pray and mobilize. In Acts 8:1-3, it was persecution that led to a dispersion of believers from Jerusalem into Judea and Samaria as they fled from Saul and the Jews who sought to imprison or kill them. However, what man meant to stop the spread of the Gospel multiplied it.
Inversely, we now have an outpouring of Muslim refugees fleeing some of the most “closed” and persecuted countries in the world, and arriving in countries where our missionaries can freely engage them with the Gospel. Pray that God would use this dispersion for His glory as He brings about a revival amongst these peoples.
As you pray for our Ministry Partners and those we are engaging with the Gospel, pray about how you can get involved. More opportunities are coming in the near future, but for today, consider giving to our Missions Ministry as we support our Ministry Partners around the world, or give directly to the SBC Relief program for Afghanistan.
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Our Ministry Partners and I are grateful for your support and prayers as we seek to faithfully, “Make His name great among the nations!”