Dear Praying Friends
“So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it” Isaiah 55:11
We need to remember this great truth as we prepare, print and distribute the Emmaus courses and Bibles all over this spiritually thirsty region. It is the Lord who does the work of using His word to change hearts and lives. We are simply tools, so privileged to be used by Him
Here in Nazareth
Another shipment of Bibles has arrived to us – PRAY for their distribution. We hope for the newly printed courses to be sent to Egypt and Lebanon from the UK very soon. PRAY for the complex and somewhat cumbersome customs clearance procedures to be done smoothly, especially for Egypt.
Our Easter Kids Bible club went very well and we had a very good attendance with some new children coming. We encouraged them to start studying the courses and some responded very well and are carrying on with the series for children. Often the parents help them and so we have a good point of contact with the whole family. PRAY that the parents may be inspired by their kids to study the adult courses.
Arabic Emmaus ministry in the West
Some years ago a Syrian lady, Dina, who lives in Canada, was studying the Arabic Emmaus courses online. She wrote that she was so blessed by them that she started a women’s Bible study group to study them together. The group grew and they wanted to include their husbands and have an elder to do the teaching. We put them in contact with a local assembly in Canada who visited them. Recently one of those elders came on a tour to Israel and shared how a Syrian man came to faith in their assembly and is now leading that group as an Arabic speaking assembly! Dina’s husband has also come to fath. What an answer to prayer!
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.
In Amman in March, more that 55 graduated from completing a series of 12 courses and recently two were baptised. They are still looking for a larger meeting place. The new assembly in another district is growing. One family of new believers (from the other religion) has returned to Iraq. Pray for their safety and that they may be a strong testimony and find fellowship where they can continue to grow in faith. Bro.Bas., who we mentioned in our last letter, is back in Yemen and finds the situation extremely challenging. Fuel, electricity and even food is in short supply as a result from the war, and he has to travel 8-10 hours to get to a place where there is internet to communicate with Bro.Ibr. Please continue to PRAY for him.
Lebanon Syria and Iraq
The work in Lebanon continues within the churches and with refugees. From a group, which studied Survey in Basic Christianity together, three came to faith and were baptised. One of them returned to Syria and encouraged to continue studying. There will be a graduation in Syria of about 10 who finished the first series of courses led by Brother Bsl.
The Iraqi couple, who came to faith in Amman and returned to Irbil in Iraq, now lead two Bible study groups and are looking for a suitable place to meet. Another group of 10 (from non-Christian background) in Baghdad studied the first series and they are now part of a local church.
Focus on South Sudan (Nuba tribes) Report from Coach Ben
I want to personally thank you and the team at ECS so much for allowing us to take the Bible Courses to Pastors, Teachers and Evangelists in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan.
By God’s grace, we were able to take small amounts of the courses into Sudan beginning in 2016. We were able to take a few more in 2017. In 2018 the demand for these courses became so great as so many different tribes were requesting that these courses be taught in their villages, even tribes with no known believers.
Recently, we had a container of 40,000 Bibles go into the Nuba Mountains. The Lord provided 1500 Arabic ECS courses from our dear brother George that were flown down from Egypt to Juba and then Doug and Lashane Calvin provided the funding to print 7000 of the courses in English while the Bibles were being printed before they left Europe.
One of the tribes with no known believers that requested the ECS program is called Schwaii. Right now the very first ECS course is being taught in the Schwaii tribe and God is using His Word in combination with the course “One God One Way” to open the eyes of many Muslims to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
We are so thankful for ECS and your partnership in the Gospel and will keep you updated on the ways in which God is using the studies to draw worshippers from every tribe, tongue and nation :).