An Arabic Scripture distribution in Iraq moves ahead.

By April 23, 2004

Iraq (MNN)–Attempts to fracture the U-S led Coalition in Iraq have led to insurgents targeting foreigners, including aid workers and missionaries.

The acts of violence against these people are on the rise, with kidnappings keeping pace with deadlier attacks. World Bible Translation Center’s Roger Massey explains that’s why they have to work with the indigenous church.

Although risky, Massey confirms plans to assist a Scripture distribution in the region. “I’m not able to divulge names of ministries that we’re working with; this is kind of for their own security reasons. But, we’re starting off by sending several thousand of our contemporary Arabic New Testaments in with a couple of different ministries that are involved in two different kinds of evangelism in Iraq. This should have already begun entering the country.”

The Center is working with another ministry setting up Christian schools in the Middle East to distribute 1,000 more copies. Pray for the safety of all who are giving and receiving these New Testaments. “When ministries are establishing very good and healthy working relationships with community leaders, the Iraqis themselves vouch for and cover the workers that are there.” Massey urges prayer for safety and open hearts, especially in the early relationship stage. It’s often vital to the team’s safety. “The more dug in they get, they find that that’s where their security is coming from.”

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