MENA Conference 2017


Here they come! The 75+ delegates to our Middle East / North Africa conference here in Amman Jordan are arriving from 16 different countries. Some have traveled alone as the single representative of their entire nation while others arrive as part of a team.

They've come from Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan, Palestine, Israel, Qatar, UAE, Kuwait, Yemen, Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Pakistan, and Turkey.

They are a very diverse group. But their shared commitment to Jesus and their intense hunger for God's Word bind them together.

I've met about 2/3 of these men and women before so this conference feels as much like a family reunion as a training event. The hugs are long and strong, and the kisses cover at least both cheeks!

Josef, who directs The Bible Society in Kuwait, immediately starts telling us how Chosen, the course on Mary he learned last time we were together, has opened up new doors of opportunity with Catholics and Orthodox Christians. Others share reports of how they've been teaching Crucible (David) or Detour (Joseph) since we saw each other last.

Phil and George

Wafaa, Esther, and George (pictured here) from the Middle East Leadership Training Institute (MELTI) in Cairo have done an amazing job putting all this together.

And yet I feel an emptiness without Wahid and Laila Wahba who built MELTI from nothing. They couldn't travel with us from Atlanta because they're still waiting for their permanent U.S. visas to be approved and their attorney is concerned they might not be allowed back into the States if they leave the country right now. Ellen and I are grieving their absence and they are hurting deeply to not be here.

Two donor couples, Brian & Vicki Burgess and Steve & Tina Hood, are with us along with Michael & Molly Gunnin, Ashley Mosteller, and Isaac (a videographer from Atlanta). Rather than writing all the updates myself, I'll probably ask several of them to share their personal experiences.

Our new course, Revolution on the life of Josiah is ready to go. The workbook and PowerPoint have been translated into Arabic and I'll be working with Ali and Rand, two excellent translators that I have great chemistry with.

Everything and everyone is prepared. The only thing missing is your partnership in prayer. Unless God makes His presence known in supernatural ways we will have just had another meeting, and nobody needs another meeting!

Will you commit to pray for us every day for the next week? If so, please comment below and send us a few words to encourage our team? I can't wait to see and share with you what God is going to do with this amazing group!

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Richard D Whittington 07.07.2017 09:57  
Praying Yes No   Praying for God's presence, power & provision.  
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Carol Prime 07.07.2017 09:00  
MENA conference 2017 Yes No   Unto him who is able to do immeasurably more than we can ask or think...Eph. 3:20  
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