When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God. Leviticus 19:34
Serving those in Sudan, Morocco, Egypt, Lebanon and Syria and sharing God’s love, thanks to you.
Through Project Enduring Love, a partner organization of International Ministries (IM) and its founder and director, the Rev. Dr. Daniel Chetti, IM global servant and adjunct professor at the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary in Beirut, Lebanon, people are receiving the message of God’s love, many for the very first time!
As a supporter of Enduring Love, you are bringing hope to many in the Muslim Majority part of the world: the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Thank you! By fueling this work through your gifts, you are bringing hope and giving new life to so many.
Thanks to you and others, $428,695 of the $900,000 goal has been raised so far to sustain and grow this vital project. Praise God and thank you again!
THE IMPACT OF YOUR SUPPORT IS GROWING
So much has already been accomplished through this innovative effort.
In Morocco, Said and Nadia* serve in discipleship and translation. Nadia leads women’s groups. Said leads a home group and disciples Muslim background believers (MBB). He translated the Jesus movie into Tamazight, one of the Berber languages spoken by 8 million people in North Africa, and has helped to translate the Bible into Tamazight. Said and Nadia thank you for showing Arab people the love of Christ.
In Sudan, Mirlo* is leading an important church movement. His major focus is church planting, business as mission, discipleship, training leaders and jail ministry. Mirlo thanks you for making this a fertile ground for churches to take root and grow.
In Egypt, Mo* is taking a tremendous risk relocating back to a region that he fled some years ago. He serves the Sunni community and is developing a business-as-mission initiative of satellite components and computer repair services. Mo thanks you for helping him to share the good news of Jesus Christ while living among his family and community.
In Lebanon and Syria, Samuel* fled Allepo, Syria. Now living in Beirut, Lebanon, he is discipling refugee children and teenagers through social clubs, leading life groups and serving refugees through his church’s relief aid ministry. Samuel thanks you for creating opportunities to share the gospel with refugees.
FILLING A LONGSTANDING VOID
Most mission societies, either through fear or indifference, neglected to reach out to the Arab nations of MENA, a region that comprises 22 nations with a combined population of 265 million people.
Dan Chetti and his wife, Sarah, are the first IM global servants to be appointed to this region. However, to effectively reach out to Arab communities and people with the good news of Jesus Christ, the task must be borne principally by the Arabs themselves. The focus of Enduring Love is Gospel by the Arabs for the Arabs.
Almost one-third of Enduring Love’s missionaries are “Muslim background believers” and four are engaged in “Business in Mission” or “tent makers.” One of the goals of Enduring Love is to help our Arab missionaries be able to support themselves and their families as quickly as possible.
“We are currently witnessing tremendous fear, anger and suspicion against Arab Muslims,” says Dan. “However, 86% of Muslims have never personally met a follower of Jesus. What face of Jesus do we want them to see: violent face of Jesus? angry face of Jesus? intolerant face of Jesus? OR a loving and compassionate face of Jesus?”
When Dan and his colleagues first launched this outreach, they named it AWI (Arab World Initiative). “Two years ago, we changed the name to Enduring Love, based on 1 Corinthians, chapter 13:4-7– ‘Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.’”
“We believe the love of Jesus has far greater power to transform the hearts of Arab Muslims than any instruments of war. The process may be slow, but we believe it will be more lasting,” adds Dan.
Dan is deeply grateful for your gifts to sustain and fuel Enduring Love. He remains committed to stewarding your gifts and will provide regular updates on the impact of this project. By combining your financial support with the passion of in-country global servants, your gifts are having far greater impact than any one person can achieve from a distance.
Thank you for keeping the Arab world in your prayers and for being part of this exciting project! Please help Enduring Love reach its goal of $900,000 by continuing your kind generosity and asking others to join you. for more information and to give.
*Names have been changed. For more stories of how God is working through Enduring Love in MENA, check out the Enduring Love Booklet