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 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.
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.