New dangers for believers in North Africa and the Middle East won’t phase ministry.

By January 6, 2004

International (MNN)–A new audiotape released by Al-Qaida calls on Muslims to continue their holy war. That means oppression will also continue for believers in the Middle East and North Africa. Believers have long faced trouble in heavily Islamic areas for following a faith that clerics say proves they are “conspirators against Muslim nations”.

Because Christianity is often associated with the West, it is especially dangerous for them—but the persecution they experience often serves to strengthen their resolve.

IN Network’s Rody Rodeheaver acknowledges ministry can be difficult, but, “One of the ways we’re doing that is through mail and Bible courses. Many people are coming to know Christ, but they need to be discipled. We need to pray that God will use these Bible lessons, both to introduce people to Christ as well as to help them grow in their faith.”

The Inter-National Needs Network (IN) connects Christian partners in the developed and developing world in evangelism, discipleship and community development. IN is convinced the most effective way to reach the world for the Lord Jesus Christ is through Christians in their own countries.

Rodeheaver says because people are responding, “Therein lies the exposure to danger and that’s where the church worldwide needs to really pray that God will keep His hand over these people whose work in this area is so critical; that they are allowed to grow, because it’s out of that that, the church in these countries is going to expand.”

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