Food, Fuel, Clothing, and Pastoral Care

As winter sets in across the Middle East, we have plans to minister to persecuted Christians in crisis. We will meet their most basic needs, providing food, fuel, and clothing—but, just as importantly, our Field Ministry Team will show them the care and love of Jesus. Last year we helped thousands in critical need, and they shared their gratitude with us: 

“If it wasn’t for your support, we would have been lost, probably dead. You came at the right time.”—Elias, Lebanon 

“We were shivering from the cold, and you provided heat for us. Thank you!”—Omar, Lebanon 

“I’ve had the same shoes for years. I never changed my shoes, and my dad cannot afford new ones for me. My feet are cold, but I am used to it. I don’t feel it anymore.” —Malik, Syria 

It is a gift to be the compassionate hands of Christ to persecuted believers around the world—and you can join us in our Winter Relief Outreach this year! In Matthew 25:37-40, Christ tells us that these gifts were given as if to God Himself. It says: 

“Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’” 

The Extra Burdens of Persecuted Believers 

Demeaned and cast out because of their love for Jesus, Christians in the Middle East and North Africa face horrific violence and abuse. Others have witnessed the deaths of their loved ones and the destruction of their homes and livelihoods at the hands of radical terrorists bent on destroying Christians. 

With food insecurity and economic instability on the rise across the region, these Christians are suffering now more than ever before. Often, when humanitarian aid does make it to these areas for distribution, Muslim authorities intentionally overlook Christians, depriving them of help on account of their faith. However, our on-the-ground Field Ministry Team, fueled by your partnership, is saving and changing the lives of the most vulnerable by providing critical food supplies like rice, flour, and oil as well as warm coats, shoes, and heating supplies. 

However, our care does not stop at meeting their immediate physical needs. As they deliver supplies, our Field Ministry Team members take time to pray with and encourage believers and share the Gospel with families who do not yet know Christ.  

Our team builds relationships as they deliver critical support, and they follow up with families offering a deeper investment, assessing any ongoing needs. We have Safe Houses, the Enduring Livelihood program, and partnerships with local Christian churches in many regions to help persecuted believers not only escape persecution but also begin to restore and rebuild their lives.  

This winter, we are working on the ground to shine the love of Christ and offer hope, encouragement, and strength to persecuted Christians—physically and spiritually—across the Muslim world. Our team has already begun focused efforts in places like: 

Yemen 

Yemeni Christians have converted from Islam and must live out their faith in secret. Conversion to Christianity is forbidden by Islam, and, therefore, by Yemeni law. It is an offense punishable by death, and Christians face arrest and interrogation—at best.   

But religious persecution is just a piece of these believers’ burdens.  

Since the Yemeni Civil War in 2016, a food insecurity crisis has ravaged the country. More than 20 million people are on the brink of starvation.   

Through our established network of trusted partners, we are identifying and directly helping persecuted believers by providing food and other critical supplies through our Winter Relief Outreach.   

Lebanon 

Our Lebanon Crisis Response Program meets critical needs faced by the Lebanese people in the wake of the country’s economic collapse. We initiated sustainable agriculture programs to address food insecurity through farming, hot meal delivery, and employing persecuted believers on the farm. At a recent hot meal distribution, our team was told:  

“If it wasn’t for you, we would starve.”  

Last winter, our team reported a high death toll due to a lack of food and fuel. This year’s need is even more dire. We are expanding our existing outreach with fuel and medicine distribution. From providing employment to persecuted Christians, sharing the Good News of Jesus during hot meal distributions, and providing pastoral care to persecuted Christians, our efforts are centered around meeting both the physical and spiritual needs of people in Lebanon. 

Syria 

Following years of civil war and persecution, Christians in Syria continue to suffer greatly. As winter approaches, our local team member shared that “the number of people dying of hunger or lack of heat is rising.”   

Last year, local pastors introduced our Field Ministry Team to countless families in need—including children who had nothing but old flip-flops to wear during the freezing winter months.  

We are on the ground actively distributing food, coats, shoes, and fuel in partnership with local Syrian churches. Families also receive Bibles and discipleship materials, and our team prays over each of them. Practical help is always coupled with the hope of the Gospel. 

Thank You 

Thank you for your partnership as we work to Rescue, Restore, and Rebuild the lives of persecuted Christians in the Middle East and North Africa. While the situation sometimes looks bleak, we are grateful that we serve a God who truly makes waters part, providing us inroads to serve “the least of these” and reminding us that His love and care for His people is unending.