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In northern Jordan, near the Syrian border, local Church leaders prayed about how to infiltrate nearby unreached communities with the gospel. After identifying a few strategic towns, they began searching for volunteers. But the sacrifice was severe: this would mean uprooting completely, leaving family, and planting in a new community unfriendly to Christians. Who would answer the call?
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Meanwhile, Sarah* was grappling with her new life as a refugee - and a widow - in the Christian community led by one of these local pastors. After her husband was killed and home destroyed in the fighting in Syria, Sarah fled to Jordan and was embraced by this church on the front lines. They shared the good news of Jesus with Sarah and her children using audio-Bible tools Alpha Relief funded and gave them food and blankets provided by Alpha Relief. Sarah was starting to feel like this could be her new home when her pastor shared the need for pioneer missionaries. Something began stirring in her soul.
Who better to go than us? she thought. Christ is all I have left, and all I have to give is His truth. With trepidation, Sarah stepped forward, her children clinging to her skirts. “We will go,” she said with as much courage as she could manage to inject into her voice. “We will go,” she repeated, stronger this time.
Sarah unwittingly sparked a missionary movement among the widows in her community. Ultimately, five families responded to the call; four of these families are Syrian widows with their children. Building on the successes of these brave pioneers, the local leaders plan to send five to ten more families out to other unreached villages along the Syrian border this year.
Through your generosity, Global Advance is empowering local believers to expand the Church among Islamic refugee communities. Will you invest further in this critical work? Your support is vital, and we are eternally grateful. Syrian refugee widows and their children bringing the gospel to unreached communities: this is the kind of story we need to be hearing about refugees!
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