We are a Christian charity using creative media to share God’s love with the people of the Middle East. Our media productions and training display the justice, compassion and hope of the Gospel in culturally relevant ways.
We use filmmaking, 3D animation, media training, online videos, websites and more to communicate God’s love for the individual and society. We use creative media to reach into people's homes, hearts and lives, to challenge misconceptions about Christianity and plant seeds of biblical truth across the Arabic-speaking world. In everything we do, we want to affirm the equality, value and purpose of every person in the Middle East.
All our media and training is by and for the people of the Middle East, to show God's love and challenge the status quo in creative ways. Our heart is to see the people of the Middle East encountering God and the truth of the Gospel.
We have a diverse range of projects to serve people across the Middle East through media and training, from 3D animations for refugee children, testimony videos from Muslim-background believers, media therapy courses, a women's online community and much more.
We would love you to join us in our mission to transform the Middle East through media. From praying for us and our work, to fundraising or giving a talk in church, there are several ways you can support us.
Our North African team have been busy training and empowering partner organisations and groups to provide our Life in the Desert training programme. Although around 3,000 children (mostly Syrian) have gone through this programme, there are still many more traumatised children across the region. In June this year we took this training to rural North Africa and trained 100 facilitators from 70 villages.
You may remember in our last MEMO/Ramadan Prayer guide we were raising funds to be able to produce 23 short animated videos for Muslim children. Many of you, our supporters, gave generously towards this project and we’re excited to see these videos produced towards the end of this year and into early 2020.
Here in the West most of the schools have broken up for the summer holidays. While for many children this is a time of freedom, to sleep in, hang out with friends and enjoy themselves, for others it is a time of fear. It is believed that there are 200 million girls and women alive today who have undergone Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Each summer more girls join that number. Families will have their girls undergo FGM during the summer holidays to give them time to heal before going back to school and to ensure their absence is not noted.
Sudan is a country that has seen large amounts of war and trauma. It is currently going through another time of unrest and upheaval. After mass demonstrations in April this year, President Omar Al-Bashir was removed from office by the military. Since then the military have run the country which is something the citizens have been peacefully protesting about, asking for a citizen run administration with elections. During peaceful protests the military opened fire and it is estimated more than 100 were killed with bodies being pulled out of the Nile with concrete blocks tied to their legs. These are not acts of protection, but of suppression. Not to be bowed by fear and oppression, peaceful protesters across the country are out again but now in greater numbers. Sudan is going through a time of change and it needs our prayers.
Our work would not be possible without the support and assistance of our amazing partner organisations and ministries. That is why this week we would like to pray for all our partners who help us sow seeds of transformation across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).
This week we’re praying for Christians living in countries in the Arabian Peninsula. Persecution of Christians in the Gulf takes many forms and is seen on a daily basis. In some Gulf countries such as United Arab Emirate and Oman, Christian migrants are tolerated and allowed to worship in designated buildings. However, across the whole of the Gulf, believers from a Muslim background (BMB’s) are constantly monitored and persecuted for their faith. In the Gulf evangelising and conversion to another faith is illegal which can mean a prison sentence and sometimes even death.
Sunday 16thJune is Father’s Day in many countries across the world including in the UK and US. It is an important day to celebrate and thank fathers and father figures in our lives. The role of all fathers is to provide unconditional love, care, protection, discipline, education and a love and knowledge of the almighty Father to their children.
We are now in the final ashra of Ramadan. Muslims will be using these final 10 days to pray fervently as this ashra is seen as more important and superior to the other stages. Laylat al-Qadr, which is believed to be the day Allah revealed the Quran to the Prophet Mohammed, is observed during this ashra and therefore the prayers during this time will be counted higher than in other times of the year.
If you’re following our Ramadan Prayer Guide, you’ll see that we have just entered the second ashra (the Arabic word for ten) of Ramadan. These ten days focus on forgiveness, where Muslims believe that Allah’s forgiveness is at its peak. Muslims will be repenting of their sins, as well as forgiving fellow Muslims. Significantly, Muslims aim to read the whole Qur’an during Ramadan and by day 16 many will be reading Surah 19, which tells the story of Jesus’ birth and life.
We are quickly approaching the Islamic month of Ramadan in which Muslims fast from dawn until sunset. Sawm (fasting) is one of the five pillars of Islam and all healthy bodied adult Muslims are expected to fast during this month. Ramadan is expected to start on Sunday 5th May and end on Tuesday 4th June.