The Middle East
Our teams in the Middle East are caring for refugees, starting art galleries, training new believers for ministry, starting businesses, doing medical outreach, and planting churches.
More Muslims have come to faith in Christ in the past 25 years than at another time in history, despite the persecution that many converts experience. Countries where we work in the Middle East range from 87% to 99% Muslim. These nations contain a diversity of cultures, languages, and people groups.
Our Ministries in the Middle East
World Horizons has teams in three countries in the Middle East, ranging from large cities to more rural areas.
One of our teams focuses on refugee care, discipleship training, business as mission, and art as mission. This team owns a coffee roasting business that provides professional experience for local believers and a great point of connection with the community. The employees for this business are often graduates of the team’s year-long discipleship training program. Every month this team also serves over 6,000 refugees by providing aid packets, first aid, language classes, and job skills training. From this grew a business as mission initiative that employs refugee women who make bags and wallets that are then sold to support their families. In 2018 this team will open an art as mission gallery in order to facilitate a church plant in an unreached city.
Our second Middle East team has a vision of reaching out to rural areas in their country and meeting felt needs of the community through medical mission, sports ministry, business as mission, and education as mission. Entrepreneurs with ideas for new businesses are welcome, as business provides a great avenue for engaging with and empowering locals. This team also has the chance to serve one of the largest refugee populations in the world through providing for basic needs and offering counseling and psychological care. Doctors, nurses, and pharmacists are welcome to work in the region and the team is also looking for arts and crafts professionals to engage refugees and local women. Agriculture is another great skill to have to become established in this country.
Lastly, our third team is working in cities with a vision to reach out to underserved areas in their country. This team aims to start an art as mission gallery in fall 2017 in order to reach out to the community and facilitate discipleship relationships. Outside of art, the team uses language teaching and ministry training to engage with locals. Entrepreneurs with business experience are welcome to come begin new business that can support local communities. After sending one local family to serve missionally in another country this year, the team is excited to grow its capacity for training and sending local believers. The team is also eager to expand into tourism and outdoor pursuits businesses.
Join Our Teams in the Middle East
The teams in this field regularly receive interns, skill-share participants, and gap year participants. The internship program includes attending language school, living with team members, attending local churches, getting to know ministry training students, and participating in regular ministries, and using individual skills (ex: programming) to help with various projects.
All long-term members joining any of our teams must complete long-term training in the US or UK prior to going to the field. Once on the field, new team members spend the first two years of their time on the field focused on language learning. During this time, new team members will also be involved with other ministries established by the long-term team. Whichever country new members join, they will focus from the beginning on befriending other Christians and getting to know non-Christians through the teams’ ministries. It’s very important for new team members to be flexible and to come as learners.
If you’re interested in learning more about our teams, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.