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This is the Church’s Finest Hour

This could be the church’s finest hour in taking the love of Jesus to the most difficult and hard places.

Indiana

He packed his bags like he had done a hundred times before—button down shirts, dress pants, dress shoes. He folded his clothes neatly, trying to keep the wrinkles at bay. It seems Pastor Dave and Christy pack their bags every couple months. Sometimes it’s for a board meeting two hours away. Other times it’s for the kind of trip that requires a passport. Sometimes Dave is invited to simply attend an event. Other times, he is a keynote speaker, a task he doesn’t take lightly.

This trip, though, was different. It was a trip to a leadership conference in Cyprus with NMC’s newest strategic partner—The Greater Middle East Initiative. On this trip, he, Christy, and another couple from NMC would have the opportunity to meet three of the 17 nationals NMC supports through this partnership.

As Pastor Dave zipped his bag closed, he thought about the people he would encounter, the new country he would set foot in, the possibilities and opportunities God would put in front of them. His heart beat a little faster at the thought of the “immeasurably more” things God wanted to do.

Amsterdam

Most days, Pastor Hany tried not to dwell on the explosion. Thinking about it, letting it sit in his mind, only brought pain with it. He thought about the things his family had lost when they were the target of violence. It wasn’t just their house that was blown up, it was their livelihood and their sense of safety and security. Something was disrupted so deeply that day in his life, in his family, and in his walk with the Lord.

Life wasn’t the same. His family had to move to a place so foreign to their Syrian home—Amsterdam.

His daughter had panic attacks at the sound of anything that was loud and a surprise, any noise that resembled that of the explosion.

His relationship with the Lord…now that was one thing that had only strengthened in the midst of the chaos and stress and worry.

Pastor Hany packed his dress shirts and pants in his small duffel bag. He picked up his shoes and neatly tucked the laces inside, thinking about all the places these shoes had taken him. They had taken him from Syria to Amsterdam. They had taken him into churches and the homes of Christians who were seeking the Lord, who were trying to recover from the trauma of being a refugee, who were trying to create a new sense of normal. They had taken him into the homes of Muslims who were asking questions, who were hurting just as much as his Christian friends, who were searching for hope and light and life.

Now these shoes would take him to Cyprus, to a conference he had been looking forward to for months. He looked forward to the leadership training absolutely, but he also was excited for the opportunity to be with others like himself who were working in difficult and dangerous places. They stood together whether they were in the same country or not, and it was moments like this conference that reminded him that he wasn’t alone.

What ISIS had meant for evil, God was using to bring people close to Himself, and Pastor Hany was grateful to be part of the work.

Cyprus

In April of 2018, a team of four from NMC had the incredible opportunity to be involved in a four-day leadership conference in Cyprus. This conference was in partnership with Step Forward Global Ministries, the organization founded and run by NMC’s friend Michel Khalil. During these four days, men and women across the Middle East gathered to be equipped, empowered, and encouraged in the work they are doing to build the Kingdom as leaders in their own countries.

For Dave, though, this trip was more than just a conference. It was a time to connect with a few of the national leaders that NMC supports. These are people who work within the Muslim community, mostly with refugees. While our NMC crew was in Cyprus, they had the opportunity to hear stories—stories of loss, stories of resiliency, stories of forgiveness, stories of trauma, stories of persecution, stories of God’s faithfulness.

“While I was in Cyprus, I got to hear stories of overcomers—people who had lost everything, but instead of viewing it as a setback, they view it as an opportunity,” Dave explained.

God has opened up doors. He has brought people from closed countries to open countries and has placed among them Christians who desperately love Jesus and want to share His love with a hurting world. It truly is a window of opportunity, one that we don’t know how long will remain open. But, church, know this: the Muslim refugees our partners work with are innocent families who have lost everything. They have nothing. Many are open to the gospel of Jesus Christ and are aching to experience His love and redemption. These are people who deserve to be loved and encouraged by the Body of Christ because they are made in the image of Christ. And so because of this, we not only stand with our partners in the Middle East, we also stand alongside those they minister to who desperately need Jesus.

This could be the church’s finest hour in taking the love of Jesus to the most difficult and hard places.

Will you join us in the cause? You can learn more about The Greater Middle East Initiative here and get involved by clicking here.