Iraq: Christian broadcast ministry reports 'overwhelming response'
As the crisis escalates in Iraq, Christian broadcast ministry Leading The Way is urgently calling for support as they minister to the people of this troubled region at a time of such desperate need ...
As the crisis escalates in Iraq, Christian broadcast ministry Leading The Way is urgently calling for support as they minister to the people of this troubled region at a time of such desperate need.
Leading The Way is seeing an overwhelming response as they blanket Iraq with the Gospel through Arabic broadcasts, personal follow-up, and practical hands-on support of the persecuted.
Currently their dual-language Arabic programming is impacting two strategic locations within the country: Baghdad and the region in the north where many have fled to safety in their flight from ISIS.
“In the past year, as the situation in Iraq has worsened, we have seen an overwhelming response to the broadcasts and personal ministry we provide,” explains Leading The Way’s Founder and President Dr Michael Youssef.
One of those who responded to these broadcasts is Leyla, who accepted Jesus as her saviour through a Skype call with Leading The Way’s follow-up team.
Leyla stays in regular contact with the team, but faces the challenges of isolation in her spiritual life because if she is caught practising Christianity she could face terrible consequences. She says her biggest dream is to worship God with other Christians, even if it’s done in secret.
As well as following up responses to their broadcasts, Leading The Way is also meeting the urgent practical needs of Iraqi Christians. Last month alone they were able to help hundreds of Christian refugee families, many of whom fled Mosul when ISIS attacked, providing mattresses, food kits, and hygiene packs.
Dr Michael Youssef says he believes this is an opportune time to reach the millions of moderate Muslims who are struggling to reconcile such barbaric acts with their religious beliefs. Although ISIS may have millions of supporters, there are hundreds of millions more who can be reached with the Gospel at such a time as this.
Dr Youssef concluded by appealing for urgent help to carry on this vital ministry in the region: “Pray that doubting Muslims see the light of Christ. Pray for persecuted Christians and for those who seek to harm them. We have seen conversions like the Apostle Paul – persecutors of Christians coming to Christ – and it’s happening every single day.
“Also, please give to Leading The Way’s work in Iraq. To our brothers and sisters in crisis and to the millions in the region who do not yet know Christ, we are providing an immediate response.”
To find out more, watch Leading The Way’s Iraq Update, where Dr Michael Youssef and Leading The Way Executive Vice President Joshua Youssef discuss what’s going on in Iraq, what Leading The Way is doing, and how you can help, go to www.LeadingTheWay.org/iraq
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