MIDEAST UPDATE…5/9/2021…”The Way, The Truth, The Life”

For those of you who regularly read the Mideast Updates, you will know that we put an emphasis every year during most calendar observances during which the House of Blessing missionaries see as a special opportunity for evangelism. This of course has every year included the Muslim month of Ramadan. As the reader is likely aware of, this is a […]

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MIDEAST UPDATE…4/24/2021…”Teach Us Your Ways, O GOD!”

Just a real quick update as we have come to the end of another week. I received a call from Pastor R earlier in the week with a little bit of information to add to the previous update.  A story which began with a man named Suleiman and his four grown sons is continuing. You’ll remember that HOB brothers Mahmoud […]

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MIDEAST UPDATE…4/14/2021…”Teach us to Number our Days”

In Psalm 90 we find these words: 10 The days of our lives are seventy years; and if by reason of strength they are eighty years, yet their boast is one of labor and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away. 11 Who knows the power of Your anger? For as the fear of You, so […]

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MIDEAST UPDATE…3/22/2021…”End of the Age Harvest”

As we look back at Church history we find that no matter the circumstances, the true Church, as it was empowered by the Holy Spirit, was able to thrive and grow. We see this in many locations in our world today, including the troubled Middle East. The Book of Acts gives us many examples of this, one of them in […]

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MIDEAST UPDATE 5/7/2019

MIDEAST UPDATE  5/6/2019 As I thought about how to approach today’s update, I thought about the perilous times in which so many missionaries today find themselves, particularly in the Middle East. As I write today, we have yet to hear any news concerning Sisters Mufiedah and Sarah, and brother Omar since they were arrested a few weeks ago for sharing […]

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MIDEAST UPDATE 6/5/2018

I spent some time thinking back over the scores of updates written in the past six years and wondered how often they may seem repetitive to readers. Over these past handful of years there have been stories telling of the Bibles provided and distributed, many accounts of the souls reached, stories describing some of the horrors witnessed and experienced by […]

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MIDEAST UPDATE 5/21/2018

Almost 2,000 years ago, Jesus made this promise to the disciples: “…you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and […]

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MIDEAST UPDATE 4/30/2018 The Beating of War Drums

For those who were watching the news the end of last week, you may have seen some of the reports of the unseasonable catastrophic rains that Israel experienced. Tragically, lives were lost in Israel due to the flash flooding. The same weather also affected Syria. When I spoke with Pastor R, he told me that at least 450 tents were […]

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MIDEAST UPDATE 7/20/ 2017

This week’s update is in two parts, the second part being a story that comes directly from people in Mosul who are experiencing the reality of the civil war battleground that is both Iraq and Syria today. This story will be on line in a couple days. Many people hear little or no news about what is actually happening in […]

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MIDEAST UPDATE 6/22/2017

At a time of the year when the Muslim people of the world are observing Ramadan, a time of fasting, prayer, and reflection, terrorist groups are using the month to showcase their hatred even more than normal. According to the NTEB website, the first 27 days of Ramadan have so far resulted in 152 Islamic terror attacks globally, resulting in […]

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