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‘Undercover’ Gospel Spreads In Mideast

by | Wed, Sep 21 2022

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Christian ministry unfoldingWord says it is having great success in spreading the Gospel in a Middle East country it can’t name for security reasons.

It says the nation is one of the most difficult places to follow Christ yet the church is vibrant, healthy and reproducing.

The Ministry’s CEO David Reeves told Mission Network News that’s despite the hostility, persecution and imprisonment.

“The Church is underground. They’re scattered in house churches led by some very passionate and wonderful Godly men,” he revealed.

Government leaders view religious minorities as threats that must be eliminated.

“Christianity is something they’re trying to fight against because it’s growing rapidly and expanding,” Mr. Reeves explained.

“There’s spiritual darkness trying to push back against what is happening here. Sometimes we see it in terms of the opposition, whether it’s someone being thrown into prison or beaten, or other things like that,” Mr. Reeves added.

He said believers are incredibly resilient even after spending weeks, months or years in prison.

“One guy we talked to and his wife had just gotten out of prison for simply sharing their faith and planting churches.”

He added that a church-centric approach to Bible translation works well in places the traditional model cannot reach.

“For example, in this country you can’t bring in outsiders to learn the language, or do training and consulting, things like that,” Mr. Reeves explained.

unfoldingWord equips large-scale church planting networks with the tools and training they need to translate God’s Word into regional languages.