With terrorism and civil war racking countries like Syria, Egypt, and other Middle Eastern nations, many from these regions are fleeing in search of safety. But some Arab Christians are running toward the danger. They are speaking with their coworkers about the one true God of peace and looking for ways to support themselves as full-time missionaries so they can share the gospel with their neighbors.
Rafik, the executive director of Message to All Nations (MAN), serves as CMM global affiliate in Egypt. MAN’s strategy is threefold: mercy, mobilization, and missions. Through medical mission trips, they meet the physical needs of their Arab neighbors. Through training and discipleship, they mobilize the Arab church to recognize they are called by God to be ambassadors for Christ in a spiritually dark part of the world. All of this leads to more mission sending to the unreached.
Rafik, a medical doctor himself, points to Matthew 9:35 as their ministry’s key verse:
“Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction.”
We recently partnered with Rafik in MAN’s annual mission conference in Cairo earlier this year. More than 150 Arab Christians attended from throughout Egypt and the surrounding countries, even as church bombings continued in northern Egypt. CMM staff from Kenya and Dubai were invited to lead mobilization workshops, and many participants were eager to use the Perspectives course and the Arabic version of our Xplore study in their churches as well. The CMM is privileged to partner with leaders like Rafik as we work together to see nationally led mobilization and mission sending movements to the unreached.