IMES Regional Brief – January 2019

A Christmas Message from the Institute of Middle East Studies
December 20, 2018
A Shia Christmas and the Incarnate Word of God
January 10, 2019
At the beginning of 2019, the IMES team would like to thank you for accompanying us on our journey over the past year through the various countries of the MENA region. We are preparing for new tours, which we begin today. We always examine critical issues facing the region through a Biblical lens and reflect on possible Missiological implications. Our issues in this month’s Regional Brief come from Iraq, where Evangelical churches are facing persecution by historic churches, many of which feel under attack themselves, from Morocco where the first initiative by Yemeni refugees was launched to serve the community, and from Lebanon, where all the political promises have failed to offer new hope but where we hold on to the truth that God will always be our only stronghold, from South Sudan which is hoping to achieving peace and reconciliation at the grassroots level after all the political promises have failed to do so thus far, and from Palestine whose people are living in exile, at home and abroad.

Lebanon

The Light of Hope Shines through the Cracks of Our Disunity

“The government will be formed before the end of the year” says prime minister Hariri after 7 months of delay, wrangling between rival parties...Read More

Palestine/Israel

Living in Exile, at Home and Abroad: Palestinians Cope with Ongoing Marginalization

I was struck this past month by two very different, yet ultimately related news stories...Read More

Iraq

Ecclesiastical Leaders of Historic “Apostolic” Churches of Iraq Reject Evangelicals as a Subversive Innovation

On the 4th of December 2018, the General Directorate of Christian Affairs at the Ministry of Endowment and Religious Affairs...Read More

South Sudan

A Promise of Peace to Secure South Sudan’s Autonomy

This Christmas, there is an air of optimism in South Sudan. In September, President Salva Kiir signed a new peace deal with rebel leader Riek Machar...Read More

Morocco

Hope from the Empowered Hopeless

“Hope“, a brightly painted building in Kenitra, 40 kilometers north of Morocco’s capital Rabat, stands out among its pastel-hued neighbors. It is a kindergarten run by a group of Yemenis who came to the country to study but could not return as a result of the ongoing war in Yemen. It is Morocco’s first refugee cooperative....Read More

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