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Building Centers of Hope for the Middle East

September 20, 2017 by Open Doors in

The Middle East has been plagued by terror for close to a decade. Countless churches have been destroyed and an estimated 900,000 Christians have fled to refugee camps and surrounding areas. Left behind are communities without the hope and support they so desperately need.

But God is calling His Church to restore what was lost.

With more stability in pockets throughout the region, the rebuilding process has begun. Local church leaders are returning home with a vision to serve families and communities. They have asked Open Doors “to help (our churches) become true places of compassion, true centers of hope.”

Open Doors has accepted their challenge. It’s no longer about survival. It’s about a new future, where hope is at the center.

THE VISION

Our vision, over the next five years, is to support, strengthen and equip 50 local partner churches to be the Centers of Hope they desire to be—churches who care for their people and serve the wider community through:

  • Gospel ministry
  • Servant leadership
  • Biblical discipleship
  • Job creation
  • trauma counseling

WHY ARE CENTERS OF HOPE IMPORTANT?

Creating Centers of Hope is an innovative opportunity to serve local communities and meet their specific, customized needs more efficiently and effectively in partnership with local churches. In many ways, this concept reflects the Church of the New Testament—both caring for the community and expanding the message of the Kingdom:

“All the believers were together and had everything in common…they broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved” (Acts 2:44-47).

WHAT IS THE POTENTIAL IMPACT?

Depending on location, each Center of Hope will serve 500–1,000 families. That’s anywhere between 2,500–5,000 men, women and children. This ministry is about multiplication and expanding the reach of the Church. Through income-generating projects, discipleship, and training and gospel teaching, we believe the potential for impact will grow exponentially every year. It has the power to transform an entire generation in the Middle East.

THE CHALLENGE AND OPPORTUNITY TODAY

We believe God is calling us to respond to the need of the local church by establishing 50 Centers of Hope over the next five years. Your church can help by:

PRAYING

Join us in praying 1 Peter 2:4-5 for the believers in Iraq and Syria. Pray that stone by stone, community by community, the church in Iraq and Syria will become revitalized and strengthened to withstand whatever they may face in the future.

ENCOURAGING

Write letters of encouragement to believers who are returning home throughout Iraq and Syria. View letter-writing guidelines at OpenDoorsUSA.org/take-action/advocacy/letter-writing/.

GIVING

$25,000 will provide the essential running costs for a local church to expand their reach into a Center of Hope for a full year. This includes staff, utilities, and day-to-day operational costs for activities and programs.

Please prayerfully consider how God wants your church to respond. Any amount you are able to give will bring hope.

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