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We listened to their stories of brutality , horror and martyrdom . We sat and wept with them .
INTERNATIONAL

THE CHURCH IN THE MIDDLE EAST

GROWING IN THE MIDST OF PAIN AND SUFFERING

We prayed from 6am to 10pm , and for four days the people of God sought His face , praised and worshipped .
By Pastor Guthrie Boyd , Senior Pastor , Gisborne A / G , NZ
In May we gathered in Goreme , Cappadocia , just a few kilometres from the ancient Cave Churches that go back to the days of St Basil , Gregory of Nazianzus , and Gregory of Nyssa . The “ Fairy Chimneys ”, the cave dwellings and early churches carved out of the living rock look strangely alien to the eyes of kiwis used to the lush greenness of N . Z .
There were five hundred of us from various parts of the world , Korea , USA , Philippines , New Zealand , Turkey , Iran , Iraq , Syria , Afghanistan and Egypt . We had gathered in a hotel to pray for the Church in the Middle East . During the day we gathered in three different language tracts , Korean , Turkish and English . We listened to brief reports from featured ministries and we prayed . In the evenings we worshipped simultaneously in the three languages .
We prayed from 6am to 10pm , and for four days the people of God sought His face , praised and worshipped .
From Goreme we flew on to Bursa , a city of 4 million with only two churches where the Spirit of the Lord is working miracles in believers ’ lives . From Bursa we went on by bus to Smyrna , visiting and encouraging church leaders in this region of Asia Minor .
Then , on to Amman , Jordan , by way of Jerusalem . In Amman we met with the leaders of the Evangelical Free Church who are ministering in the slums of this huge city to believers who have fled from the Nineveh Valley , the ancestral home of many Christian communities . When Islamic State ( ISIS ) captured the city of Mosul in August 2014 Christians were given three choices : convert to Islam , abandon their property and leave , or be executed .
In keeping with their threats this Islamic militant group later attacked Christian villages and towns within the surrounding area . As a result thousands were forced to flee their communities , seeking refuge and safety in Kurdistan , while some found their way to the safe haven of Amman , Jordan .
These displaced believers have lost their homes , property , belongings and any hope of returning to Iraq . These families are presently living under very difficult circumstances in small rooms , several families to one apartment and local church compounds . Many have had family members abducted by ISIS and their fate is not known . We sat down with several of these wonderful men and women and listened to their stories of brutality , horror and martyrdom . We sat and wept with them .
We listened to their stories of brutality , horror and martyrdom . We sat and wept with them .
The Evangelical Free Church in East Amman is reaching out to these broken people . They are providing temporary housing , clothing , food and basic needs . They are discipling , teaching the Word of God and giving leadership training , job skills and English language . Many of these people arrived as nominal believers but have become born again and are now on fire for the Lord . I was struck by the statement from Jamal Hashweh former head of the Jordanian
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