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Dear Praying Partners
I was reflecting on how many years we laboured, sowing the seed from Nazareth and now the Lord has brought the growth over the last seven years, so that there are now Emmaus Arabic courses up and running in 8+ countries! He is truly the Lord of the Harvest. “And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground; And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how..” (Mark 4:26-27), Jesus then goes on to give the parable of the mustard seed and tell how a huge plant grows from a tiny seed.
Here in Nazareth The team here in Nazareth continues to update the Arabic Emmaus courses to keep up with the revisions in English. We are working on eight new courses. Four of them are still in the translation process and when they are all ready, they will be sent for printing. Fourteen titles have been sent last month to be printed in Belarus for the center in South Sudan. They will then be sent to Juba. Pray for Coach Ben who heads up the work there. Meanwhile the large shipment of courses printed in tthe UK has just arrived in Cairo without any problems – Praise the Lord! This is a great answer to prayer. We have run out of some of these courses in some fields. Some of them are newly translated courses. Please pray that they would be distributed very soon. The shipment to Lebanon however has still not arrived. Also the French and Spanish Bibles, which were ordered almost a year ago, have still not been sent.
Egypt Bro. Ibr. visited Egypt in April and helped to start several Bible study groups with the youth in a number of churches. He also spoke in two conferences teaching on church planting and the importance of Bible study. As a result, many elders and leaders of local churches have become more open to using the Emmaus courses. Bro. Hany continues to do the distribution of courses in Egypt. PRAY that he may find a customs clearance agent who holds a permit to import books from abroad (such a person has to have at least 1 million Egyptian pounds, as a deposit, to get this permit!). Good news is that many bookshops in the Cairo district are now stocking the courses.
The New Office Building Even after 2 years since purchasing the building we have had some more frustrations with obtaining a permit for the external parking area, owing to a combination of obstacles and new regulations for buildings. However, since we do not need the permit for the interior, we are going ahead with preparing the lift shaft and staircase, as well as the electrics and plumbing and tiling. We have found a reliable and efficient contractor for the work. We have begun the work this month.
The Summer Kid’s Camp We managed to keep within the new regulations for the kids camp this summer by holding a 4 day camp with a day’s break in the middle of the week. We had a good number attending. In the Bible Hour we focused on different characters from the Bible and included the gospel in each lesson. Pray for lasting fruit from the Seed planted in each child.
Lebanon Syria and Iraq More good news from Lebanon. Brother Karim reports that one man, who has come to faith through the Bible courses, has started up a new weekly home Bible Study group. Brother Karim has been running a study group for training local church leaders how to use and teach the discipleship courses in their own churches. This means more multiplication of the mustard seed! He is also overseeing the work in Syria and Iraq. He reports that in Syria ten people in a study group have finished the first series of 12 courses and plan to have a graduation ceremony soon. Another similar group has started up. In Iraq, 40 have been studying Series 1 and 10 people have completed all 12 courses. It takes time for leaders to study the courses in order for them to be able to teach them in their own study groups or congregations. Pray for them. Brother N. from Iraq, who was saved in Jordan when there as a refugee, has returned with his wife to his home town Irbil. He began a home Bible Study group and they now have a place to meet, and their goal is to plant a new church there.
Another brother J. from Iraq, who was also saved in the Jordan assembly, has returned to Baghdad with his young family. Brother B. from Yemen, who we mentioned in a previous newsletter, returned to his country to share the good news there. He has since tried to return to Jordan but was held at the border for some days and not able to cross. Please pray for the Lord to strengthen and protect these young believers, N, B and J, as they want to share their faith but face some hardship and trials on returning to their homelands.
Jordan: And more good news too from Jordan. Since the beginning of the year 108 people from Amman, Madaba and Fheis have completed a series of 12 courses. Praise the Lord! The believers in Amman have recorded the Bible study for Survey in Basic Christianity and posted it online and have at least 20,000 followers. Pray for His Word to touch people’s hearts and bring them to Christ. The assembly is still looking for a new premises to meet since their present place is much too small. The most suitable prospect is to rent the apartment exactly adjacent to their present property, with the possibility to open them up to make one larger meeting hall. This would give them much more space and it is in a good area. H
owever the owners are asking JD10,000 for a year’s rent for the two apartments. Pray he may lower this price to a more manageable amount.
Two converts from 3 years ago holding a Bible class for children. 108 people from Amman, Madaba and Fheis have completed a series of 12
Egypt: Good news that the home Bible study groups in Upper Egypt are growing and one group is now looking for a place to meet as a new church plant. Pray for this and still for a larger storage and office for the centre in Cairo, as we store and ship most of the courses from there to the other fields. Finally let us pray for our governments. Here in Israel we have just had the second general election in 6 months and the outcome is never very sure for some time. The political situation in the rest of the world is also quite unstable. We are thankful to know that God is still in control. Let us pray wisdom for our leaders and to make right and just decisions.
Grace and peace be yours in abundance (1 Peter 1:2).
Warmest greetings in Christ,
George & Ros Khalil