Middle East

Persecuted but Not Abandoned

Andreas Steffensen

An Afghan Christian family flees from the Taliban and finds hope in a new place, thanks to World Challenge’s partners in the Middle East.

When Nelum* discovered that her husband, Amjad*, an Afghan worker and father of three, secretly was reading the Bible every day after work, she was shocked and frightened. How could he risk their future and their very lives studying the book of a banned, foreign religion?

Those Who Love God in Afghanistan

World Challenge Staff

World Challenge partners are working to help those believers who are facing an uncertain future after their nation fell to the Taliban.

Few of us will be able to sponge away the images of desperate Afghans clinging to the landing gear of planes taxiing down Kabul’s airport runways. Some chose to fall to their deaths rather than be trapped in a country that was swiftly being taken over by the Taliban.

Lashes that Brought Us to Christ

Andreas Steffensen

Christ reached one young man through a violent interrogation at the hands of those who claimed to follow the same god as him.

One of the highlights on any development trip abroad is the chance to meet the people we’re helping and working alongside. This most recent time in Turkey, I was able to visit several refugees’ homes and hear stories of how they escaped Syria and came to faith in Christ.

A Hope and a Future

Rachel Chimits

The Middle East is filled with refugees right now who are seeking safety, and the church is providing places for those who have lost their homes to heal and rest.

Like ministries all over the world, World Challenge’s partners in Israel were very much affected by the pandemic. One team who works with refugees in Northern Israel had over 30 women and children in their shelter on lockdown, and it was very challenging to minister to their physical, emotional and spiritual needs. 

Christ’s Love in the Middle East

Rachel Chimits

A young man in Turkey shares how he went from a faithful Muslim to a Christian along with his entire family.

World Challenge supports church leaders in the Middle East, several of whom work with refugees from Syria. Around 600 of these Muslims have come to Christ and are now founding house churches throughout Turkey and Greece. One young man shared about his journey to Christ with us.

Coronavirus in the Middle East

World Challenge Staff

Already hard-hit by economic woes, Lebanon is staggering under the COVID quarantines, so how are World Challenge partners responding?

We serve Syrian refugees and other vulnerable people in Lebanon. For the last couple years, we have been focusing on education, psychosocial support, counseling and vocational training.

Helping Refugees in Turkey

Rachel Chimits

For those who have been forced to flee from their homes, God offers hope and light in some very dark places.

As conflict flares up in the Middle East, refugees are pouring out of war-torn areas. Their flight often takes them into Turkey since it is more stable socially and politically.