Middle East Reformed Fellowship (MERF) is an evangelical Christian missionary organization which serves in the Middle East, North Africa and Asia on behalf of Reformed and Presbyterian Family of Churches and believers worldwide. Our work is bearing fruit for the Kingdom of Christ among the twenty-two nations of the Arab League and other Muslim areas in Africa and Asia. MERF strengthens national churches with ministries of evangelism, church extension, biblical training, and diaconal aid.

Update on the 'Arab Spring'

20 Apr 2013

The so-called 'Arab Spring' has emboldened Islamic extremists, bringing them publicity, prominence and political influence, especially in Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia. In Egypt, the significant Christian minority has faced intimidation and threats by Islamic groups. The response of some Coptic Christians is to seek to run away from the country. Many others, including evangelical believers, have turned the Islamic threats into an opportunity to proclaim the gospel of God's self-giving love in Christ. For example, one boldly creative group of young believers held large banners in Cairo's Tahrir Square announcing to their Muslim countrymen their love, as Christians, for them and distributing cards with Bible quotes on Christian love. Many Muslims joined them in holding the large, bright posters and banners with New Testament quotes on Christian love.

In central and northern Syria, a growing number of Christians have had to leave their homes and villages in the wake of approaching armed and violent Islamic militants. Many Syrian Christian refugees in Turkey and Lebanon are even now seeking immigration to the West.

The rise of Islamic fanaticism and militancy has also had its positive side effects – more disenchantment with Islam. Yes, many more Muslims are boldly raising serious questions about Islamic teachings. There are many disquieted about the application of 7th century eastern Arabian living norms from Mohammad to 21st century societies. In Syria, the more violent the Islamists, the more the Muslim-majority Syrian population opposes their drive to take over the country. Support for Islamic forms of government is rapidly declining throughout the Arab world.

Much thanksgiving can be offered to the Lord for using even the Arab Spring to attract more Muslims to new life in Christ.

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