MENA Leadership Center Training Gospel Workers Throughout the Middle East/North Africa

Image depicts rising smoke following an Israeli air strike in the Gaza Strip on May 4, 2019. (Photo by Hassan Jedi/Flash90/Flickr)

Sparks flew in the Holy Land yesterday after rocket fire from the Gaza Strip reached southern Israel, the first since the 11-day war in May between Israel and Palestinian militants.

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Dr. Jennifer Murff heads up the newly-launched MENA Leadership Center, training Gospel workers throughout the Middle East/North Africa region. “The other day, I got on the phone with a leader [from the Gaza who runs] the only Christian school in the Gaza Strip,” she says.

“I asked him, ‘What are the challenges you’re facing? We hear about the Gaza almost on a daily basis on the news, and you’re on the front lines sharing the love of Jesus in a Majority-Muslim land.’ He says, ‘I need you to pray for my children… the 300 children that go to my school’,” Dr. Murff continues.

“‘We’re under immense stress. Bombs are always flying over us. Our kids are struggling so bad.’”

Gospel growth in Gaza

This believer expanded his skillset and built capacity through the MENA Leadership Center. That leads to “staying power” for his ministry in the Gaza Strip. “They are outwardly Christian, evangelistic; they are doing incredible work and they are very bold about their faith,” Dr. Murff says.

“They teach Bible; they teach about the Christian faith, [and] the heritage that has come out of the Holy Land.”

The Gaza Strip is a highly-contested territory with frequent bouts of conflict. “The borders are closed [and people] can’t get in and out of the country with ease; it’s restricted,” Dr. Murff explains.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth

CALL TO ACTION

  • Ask the Lord to protect and sustain His followers in the Gaza Strip.
  • Pray more Gospel workers can receive the training and skills they need.

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