Update #2 From The 2015 MENA Conference

Today's update from the MENA Conference is from our Vice President of Advancement, Michael Gunnin.

It is late on Saturday night and we are just wrapping up the day at the MENA conference. It has been a long, full day. Phil has taught several sessions of Chosen, his new course on the life of Mary, the mother of Jesus. It is being received with such enthusiasm!

Many of the people gathered at the MENA conference are enduring great personal struggles. Chosen is a reminder that God is faithful and we can trust him even when we can't understand the circumstances happening around us.

I've also been reminded today that Walk Thru the Bible is such an important global ministry.

2015-06-29 image-3This is a picture from today that I'll cherish for a long time. Second from the right is Wahid, our international director. His influence and legacy throughout the entire Middle East is so so apparent. With Wahid's help as a translator, I had the privilege of interviewing the two men on the far right and the far left.

One is a pastor and the other an emerging leader of a church that is completely made up of former Muslims. They are persecuted. ISIS is completely surrounding their town and even threatened this week to overtake it. But the church is thriving! They have services 5 days a week. Many are coming to believe in Jesus. The faith of these two men is indescribable, and the have an unwavering commitment to sharing the Gospel in one of the most difficult places despite great personal risk.

I asked them how Walk Thru the Bible resources could serve them. They talked about the need for quality resources to teach new believers, especially those who know very little about the Bible. There are 20 small groups that meet in the church that will participate in God's Grand Story when we can get program to them. They are desperate for the materials that Walk Thru has available - we just need the resources to ensure they can get them. I am more convinced than ever that Walk Thru the Bible is critical ministry in serving the local church - even in the most challenging places around world.

Both of these men said more than resources they need prayers from others. Would you join me in praying for the two men standing with me in this picture? God is using them both in an amazing way.

Walk Thru the Bible is making a significant different around the world. Thank you for your friendship and partnership in ministry.

- Michael

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