As the Syrian refugee crisis is quickly escalating to become the largest in history, Leading The Way is providing spiritual and practical hope to thousands of displaced families in the Middle East.
Since 2009, the ministry has shared Bible messages in millions of homes across the Middle East through THE KINGDOM SAT, its satellite television channel broadcasting 24 hours a day to the Arabic-speaking world. Leading The Way handles regular on-the-ground follow-up cases with those reaching out in response to these broadcasts, providing resources and support for viewers in the region.
Through its dedicated Help The Persecuted fund, Leading The Way has also given practical supplies to Syrian refugees, supported ministry efforts in Syrian churches and provided aid to persecuted Christians fleeing the country.
Now, through Leading The Way’s various relationships on-the-ground, the ministry plans to work alongside local churches in Syria’s bordering countries to distribute Navigator solar-powered audio players, ‘pocket-missionaries’, that feature up to 50 Bible messages of hope from Leading The Way’s Founder and President, Dr Michael Youssef.
During a recent initial visit to one of these countries, Dr Youssef, who is originally from Egypt, had the opportunity to distribute some of these Navigators and minister the word of God in a local church.
“When we saw the refugee camps, it was the most overwhelming thing I’ve ever experienced or seen in my life,” explained Dr Youssef. “100,000 people are displaced inside a fence of one mile by two miles and nothing but tents everywhere.”
He added: “When we arrived there, we were asked to go to a nearby church led by [a local pastor] we’ve been supporting, as it was packed with people looking for help. I had the chance to speak to some of these refugees and tell them about the love of Christ. They had such open hearts to the message, as they couldn’t believe somebody cared enough to come all this way to speak to them and to give them these Navigators.”
Over 2 million Syrian refugees have fled the country as a result of the Syrian civil war, pouring primarily into Turkey, Jordan, and Lebanon. In addition to continued personal follow-up and broadcasting to the region, Leading The Way is currently mobilizing teams to distribute thousands of Navigators to this vast population in crisis.
As some are predicting that the number of Syrians fleeing the civil war may surpass 4 million by the end of the year, making it the largest refugee crisis in history, Dr Youssef is urging people to support them in seizing this opportunity to minister hope to these displaced families:
“Many of the believers told us, ‘If all this misery happened so we can share about Christ, then it’s worth it.’ There are millions of people who are beyond reach to missionaries, radio, television and the Internet. But the word of God is powerful and will not return void, and that’s our greatest hope.”
The Navigator pocket missionary also allows Leading The Way to provide biblical teaching to believers in areas hostile to the Gospel, in the privacy of their own homes. In the last year, more than 5,000 Leading The Way Navigators, some containing Bibles in addition to Dr. Youssef’s teachings, were distributed to more than 52 countries.
£60 ($100) will help produce and distribute three Navigators. To find out more about the work of Leading The Way with Dr Michael Youssef go to:
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About Leading The Way:
Now celebrating 25 years of ministry, Leading The Way‘s television and radio programmes are broadcast to more than 190 countries in over 20 languages. Leading The Way also produces DVDs, CDs, books, a monthly devotional magazine, and daily e-devotionals to spread the light of Christ. This Atlanta-based organization partners internationally with in-country follow-up teams to encourage new believers in their faith, helping God’s Kingdom to grow around the world. Leading The Way, PO Box 1066, Hemel Hempstead HP2 7GQ
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About Dr Michael Youssef:
Michael Youssef, Ph.D., is the Founder and President of Leading The Way with Dr Michael Youssef. Dr Youssef was born in Egypt and lived in Lebanon and Australia before coming to the United States. In 1984, he fulfilled his childhood dream of becoming an American citizen. He holds degrees from Moore College in Sydney, Australia, and from Fuller Theological Seminary in California. In 1984, he earned a Ph.D. in social anthropology from Emory University. He has authored more than 29 books, including popular titles like The Leadership Style of Jesus and Blindsided: The Radical Islamic Conquest. He and his wife reside in Atlanta and have four grown children and seven grandchildren.