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.
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.
Our Nisa’a Women’s project has over 550,000 readers of their online magazine and have had over 1.2 million people engage with their social media pages over the last twelve months. With that many readers and impact on culture, we have such an opportunity to use that influence to start lowering the numbers of those who have to go through this trauma and see more young women flourish into their futures.
In recent years MEM have been involved in 5 Bible media projects, such as Animating the Action Bible and the first Arabic Bible app. We are honoured to bring the Word of God to Arab children, young people, and adults of all ages. Therefore, we were excited to partner with the organisation called The Bible Project, to bring their innovative animations to the Arab world.
As we have shared before, Basma is a believer from a Muslim background who, like many others, had to flee her country to be able to follow Christ. Her son, whom she had to leave at a young age due to her faith, gave his life to Isa (Jesus) at the age of 15 and sought out contact with his mother soon after. However, since becoming a Christian he has been severely rejected by his father and has had to go into hiding. He has since been accused of a crime he has not committed and has the prospect of spending up to 15 years in prison having already been in prison for approximately 6 months.
A few weeks ago we had a privilege of meeting Ayoub, a believer from a Muslim background (BMB) and he shared his inspirational story with us. He grew up in North Africa in a Muslim family and during his teenage years he started to ask questions about the Quran and Islam. These questions went unanswered and the local Imam even forbade him from asking any more. By the time he turned 16 he no longer believed that Quran was a book from God and he spent 10 months as an atheist.
Our prayer this week is for our On Bended Knee project, which is specifically aimed at believers from a Muslim background (BMB). This project is for BMB’s to create poetry, prose and prayers in their own language to be able to encourage their fellow believers in the Gulf, as well as spread Gods word and love throughout the region.
Believers from a Muslim background (BMB) face many challenges. When they make a decision to follow Jesus, their families are expected to kill them, or at the very least completely reject them and no longer see them as part of their family. If that wasn’t enough, when they come to know the truth of God, they want to share the Gospel message with those around them. They often do this unwisely and can end up dead or imprisoned.
Our Project, Life in the Desert, uses a 3D animated children’s series to help traumatised children across the Middle East to find healing and restoration. Alongside a curriculum, this project helped over 1,800 children across refugee camps and communities last year.
Our prayer for this week will be a prayer of thanksgiving. Last week, it was announced that Asia Bibi’s acquittal would be upheld in the Pakistani courts, ensuring that she would not be sentenced to death for alleged blasphemy.