Update #5 From The 2015 MENA Conference

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Rob and Susan Turner, two of our American delegates to the Middle East/North Africa conference, just sent us this update:

We met this amazing man and his wife and children from northern Iraq. He is a Chaldean, like Abraham was from Ur of the Chaldeans.

As a young man, he began to pray about a deeper fellowship with Jesus. God spoke to him in multiple dreams and visions and through these he became a believer in Jesus Christ. This was sometime around the first Iraq war in 1991.

He married began to raise a family while worshipping in Christian churches in the area. God's protection of his family and him was displayed in 2004 when Al-Qaeda attacked his car with 200 shots. They prayed during the entire time and no one in his car was hurt, not even a scratch.

God has opened several doors for ministry during the ensuing years. One of his primary ministries is church planting through small home churches. There is currently an eight church alliance with four more about to expand the alliance. God's Word is spreading through the work and testimony of our new friend. He told us about four occurrences of Muslims calling him to hear more about Jesus.

Recently ISIS came within 10 miles of their home, and although many people including some of his relatives fled, he and his family chose to stay in their home with a complete sense of peace and faith in God. The next morning, ISIS had been pushed back by the local army.

Today ISIS occupies a region within an hour of their home, yet they continue to rest and rely on the peace of God and power of Christ to fulfill his plan to reach people in a place desperate for a Savior.

It is evident despite many challenges past and present in Iraq, God is spreading the gospel through servants like this brother and his family. We can only say we are blessed and encouraged beyond words by their deep commitment and sacrifice in following God's calling.

Please keep praying for our family working throughout the Middle East and North Africa.

  • Smileys
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