Jordan Update #4

2017-07-11

Today's update is from Ashley Mosteller, our Donor Engagement Manager. Ashley is our newest and youngest employee but she totally gets the essence of our ministry. You're going to love this one!


Group ShotOn the bus ride to the Dead Sea today, I was listening to the movie soundtrack from the Prince of Egypt as we dipped in and out of the desert valleys that the Israelites wandered for 40 years. One of my favorite lyrics from the score is this one: “A single thread in a tapestry, though its color brightly shines, can never see its purpose in the pattern of the grand design.” Over the past week, I’ve had the opportunity to meet, interview, and worship with Christian brothers and sisters from 16 countries. It’s been extraordinary to see how each one is contributing a unique thread to the gorgeous tapestry that God is weaving together in the Middle East. They come from radically diverse backgrounds. Some are wealthy and some are barely scraping by. Some enjoy religious freedom while others face severe persecution on a daily basis. Some are university students while others are serving God in their old age. But as they learned from the life of Josiah this week, each one has a vital role to play in the advancement of His kingdom in the Middle East. And when they come together as one, their colors are dazzling.

As Walk Thru the Bible’s resident storyteller, I’ve had the privilege of interviewing many of the conference participants, both on and off camera. Yesterday I talked to two people in very different seasons of life. Both left the conference full of new biblical insights and encouragement. Their names are Nabil and Luna.

NabilNabil is an Egyptian man in his late 70s who attended the conference with his son. He shared with me that for many years he viewed younger generations in a negative light. They were vacuous, shallow, lured away from the Lord by technology and media and all the trappings of this world. Church leadership should remain firmly in the hands of the wiser, more committed generations, he believed. But over the years, God has changed his heart. He became involved in high school and college ministry at his church, where he was encouraged to mentor passionate young believers. This week has confirmed what God has been teaching him, Nabil said. He had many opportunities to worship alongside millennial participants and hear about their ministries. He realized that technology served to connect them and spread their gospel message. Learning about Josiah’s life under Phil’s teaching filled him with confidence that his church could and should entrust more leadership responsibility into the hands of the millennial generation.

LunaLuna is an effervescent Jordanian woman in her late 20s who was attending a Walk Thru the Bible conference for the first time. God has placed a burden on her heart to serve and mentor younger women who have experienced abuse, divorce, and other hardships. As she seeks to expand her ministry by founding a safehouse for the women, she’s run into countless barriers. She came to the conference hungry for hope and guidance. After only a few sessions, she called a local pastor and told him excitedly that every young person in Jordan should hear this message. As I spoke with her, she could hardly formulate words fast enough to express everything that she felt. Though she’s still praying for the Lord to open a door in her ministry, she left in a fiery blaze of joy at the ways God was using her generation to change the culture.

These are only two threads of the tapestry. Even if I interviewed every participant twice, I’d have a hard time capturing all the stories of struggle, loss, redemption, hope, and transformation that these brothers and sisters brought to Amman. I wish that you could be here in Amman to hear their stories firsthand, but I’m looking forward to sharing the next issue of Pathways and the video we filmed.

Stay tuned!

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