Update on LITD Training

Update on LITD Training

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.

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Call2Prayer: FGM and healing for women and girls

Call2Prayer: FGM and healing for women and girls

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. 

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Call2Prayer: Sudanese Training

Call2Prayer: Sudanese Training

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. 

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Call2Prayer: Persecution in the Gulf

Call2Prayer: Persecution in the Gulf

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.

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Call2Prayer: Muslims finding refuge in God

Call2Prayer: Muslims finding refuge in God

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. 

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Call2Prayer: True forgiveness for Muslims

Call2Prayer: True forgiveness for Muslims

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.

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Breaking FGM's hold on generations

Breaking FGM's hold on generations

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.

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Bringing The Bible Project to the Arab World

Bringing The Bible Project to the Arab World

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.

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Call2Prayer: Pray for Basma and her son

Call2Prayer: Pray for Basma and her son

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.

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Call2Prayer: Digital Media in the MENA region

Call2Prayer: Digital Media in the MENA region

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.

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Focus On Prayer: Believers from a Muslim Background

Focus On Prayer: Believers from a Muslim Background

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.

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Call2Prayer: Persecuted Christians Across The Middle East and North Africa

Call2Prayer: Persecuted Christians Across The Middle East and North Africa

Last week saw the publishing of the World Watch List- a list compiled by our friends over at Open Doors. It was presented at the Houses of Parliament where Home Secretary Jeremy Hunt spoke about religious persecution. The report looks at Christian persecution globally to discover what the global trends are and which countries see the most persecution. 

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Call2Prayer: Women's Rights in the Middle East

Call2Prayer: Women's Rights in the Middle East

One of the first main news stories of 2019 has been about an 18-year-old Saudi woman who renounced her religion and has had to flee her country and family to seek refuge in Australia. Although women’s rights are a global issue, it is especially a problem within the Middle East. This story has brought home the real dangers that women in the Middle East are in just for asking for basic human rights – freedom of travel and freedom of religion. 

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