Middle East

In the midst of the Middle East’s chaos, many are looking for answers. Record numbers are opting for no faith at all. Our partners work diligently to share the Good News, via satellite (including programs filmed in Venture’s studios), social media, and “on the ground” through Discovery Bible Studies, where people learn to read and apply the scriptures. Beyond humanitarian aid efforts, our partners are providing discipleship and leadership development as key components of their ministries.  In the midst of the Middle East’s chaos, many are looking for answers. Record numbers are opting for no faith at all. Our partners work diligently to share the Good News, via satellite (including programs filmed in Venture’s studios), social media, and “on the ground” through Discovery Bible Studies, where people learn to read and apply the scriptures. Beyond humanitarian aid efforts, our partners are providing discipleship and leadership development as key components of their ministries. 

 

 

Stories

Jafer Alsharif is a Jordanian Muslim background believer who came to Christ while living in the United States.  He hosts a popular satellite broadcast where he engages Muslims in Christ centered conversations, and frequently leads people to Christ on air.  When not broadcasting he travels and ministers to displaced Muslim refugees in Sweden or Australia.  

Jafer preparing to baptize Muslim background believers in Sweden:

 

Stories

 

  • Venture partner Levant Ministries produced Christmas music videos that were shown on satellite TV, and on social media platforms, generating hundreds of thousands of views.  See here » 

  • This past Christmas, one of our partners organized an outreach Christmas party for Syrian children.  View »

  • A 2018 recap of a partner ministry ».

  • Venture member Bashar Haddad films, in our studios, a ministry program that is broadcast globally, with hundreds of thousands of views.

  •  Chrisitianity today

  • Venture member Dr. Ehab Soriel tells his story:

 

 

Missionaries

Partners:

  • Fares and Soha Abraham
  • Jafer and Nan Alsharif
  • Sylvia and Edwin Caruana
  • Nadim and Julie Costa
  • Bruce and Pam Sider

Short Term Trips

April 4-12, 2020 — Jordan

Jordan is a beautiful and complicated country, comprised of numerous people groups (including Moabites, like Ruth who married Boaz) and tribes.  In the midst of the Middle East’s chaos, it has remained relatively stable, considers itself an ally of the United States (Jordan’s Queen Noor was born in the US, and even went to school in California).  Jordan has opened its doors to at least 1.4 million Syrian refugees, plus Iraqi and Palestinian refugees. This provides tremendous opportunities to minister among them.

 

August 1, 2020 — Sarcamento (Middle Eastern Refugees)

Looking for a Middle East adventure but aren’t quite ready to head off to the Middle East? You can work with one of Venture’s key partners in Sacramento, serving refugees from the Middle East. You’ll have a chance to help shape an immigrants’ first perceptions of Christians in North America. Assist with a Vacation Bible School and serve refugee families. This is a family trip. A background check is required.

October, 2020 — Jordan

Join a team that will minister primarily to Syrian and Iraqi refugees displaced in Jordan. You will visit families in homes, provide humanitarian aid, share your testimony, work alongside other Christians, and encourage people on their spiritual journey. Must be 18 years or older, and a background check is required.  The trip includes a visit to Petra (think Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade).

 

Fun Facts

Last year our partners in the Middle East saw:

  • over 10,000 national leaders trained
  • over 5,000 new Christ followers
  • over 14,000 new churches started
  • thousands of refugees fed
  • $388,000 of faith promise monies were spent in the Middle East

 

Easy Homemade Hummus Recipe

 

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup of tahini (roasted, not raw)

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (plus more for garnishing)

2 garlic cloves, mashed and roughly chopped

2 15-oz cans of chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained

1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

1/2 cup water

1/2 teaspoon of salt

Garnishes: A sprinkling of paprika, a swirl of olive oil, toasted pine nuts, and/or chopped parsley

 

METHOD

  1. Process tahini and olive oil: In a food processor, combine the tahini and olive oil and pulse until smooth.  
  2. Add remaining ingredients, process until smooth: Then add the garlic, garbanzo beans, lemon juice, 1/2 cup water and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Process until smooth. The longer you process in the food processor, the smoother the hummus will be. Add more salt or lemon juice to taste.  
  3. Serve: Spoon into serving dish, swirl a little olive oil over the top and sprinkle with garnishes—a little paprika, toasted pine nuts, or chopped fresh parsley.
  4. Serve with crackers, raw dip vegetables such as carrots or celery, or with toasted pita bread.
  5. To toast pita bread, cut the pita bread into triangles, brush with olive oil and toast for 10 minutes in a 375°F oven, turning them over half-way through the cooking.

 

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