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Each week, our prayer community of ~750 intercedes for a Christian leader from the Majority World. If you join, you will receive an email that contains an introduction to that leader’s work and home country, followed by a personal message from the leader with prayer requests.

 

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Middle East and North Africa

Religion, especially Islam, uniquely characterizes the Middle East and North Africa. According to Pew, more than half of the 20 countries in this region have populations that are at least 95% Muslim.

Despite their ancient heritage, Christians remain vulnerable and relatively few. Today, the region is home to 15 million Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant Christians, who persevere as a faithful remnant amid adversity and, in some places, violent persecution. The Middle Eastern and North African Church needs well-equipped leaders who can preach the Gospel amid hostility and address urgent questions concerning suffering, reconciliation, and engagement with Islam.

Through Leader Studies, Scholar Leaders has supported 19 leaders from Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, and Israel/Palestine, including 9 currently, as they pursue PhDs to guide the Church in understanding Christian history and identity, teaching and preaching in context-responsive ways, engaging Muslim neighbors with integrity, and pursuing biblical approaches to peace and justice.

Through the Vital Sustainability Initiative, Scholar Leaders has worked closely with Arab Baptist Theological Seminary (Lebanon),  Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo (Egypt), and the Middle East and North Africa Association for Theological Education (MENATE) to develop strategic plans for training Christian leaders throughout the Arabic-speaking world.

In 2009, we celebrated the reconciliation ministry led by Musalaha founder Dr. Salim Munayer and his colleagues at Bethlehem Bible College with the Scholar Leader of the Year Award. In 2019, we also recognized Dr. Yohanna Katanacho, Academic Dean at Nazareth Evangelical College, who writes, speaks, and teaches on love for enemies made possible in Christ.

To learn from the theological wisdom shared by Middle Eastern and North African Christian leaders in the Scholar Leaders Fellowship, check out these Global Insights:

Scholar Leaders’ own Wageeh Mikhail, Director of Engagement with Islam, also hosted this 12-part House of Wisdom video series, which originally aired in Arabic on SAT-7. Watch to learn how Arab Christians in the Middle Ages developed theology that continues to guide Christians worldwide today, as well as how these forerunners of our faith interacted with their Muslim neighbors. (English subtitles are available, thanks to a generous gift from The Village Church, Rancho Santa Fe.)

Join us in prayer for our sisters and brothers who live and serve in the Middle East and North Africa. Pray for Christian leaders who teach, train, conduct research, produce resources, minister, and proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ amid hardship and danger. Pray for new believers who choose to follow Jesus at great cost.

Please especially intercede with us for our siblings in Christ and neighbors in Israel/Palestine, as war rages on and 250 people are killed daily in Gaza, adding to the horrifying current death toll of 35,000+ Gazans. Pray for violence to cease, safety and provision for displaced and vulnerable people, healing and hope for all who have lost loved ones and livelihoods, and humane negotiations toward justice and peace. Pray for the Church in Gaza as it shelters and ministers to thousands in crisis.

Pray also for Bethlehem Bible College, where Munther Isaac (Leader Studies) serves as Academic Dean, and Nazareth Evangelical College, where Azar Ajaj (Leader Studies) serves as President and Yohanna Katanacho (Leader Studies, 2019 Scholar Leader of the Year) as Academic Dean. Many others in the Scholar Leaders Fellowship teach at these schools and minister in Israel/Palestine: Grace Al-Zoughbi (Leader Studies), Tony Deik (Leader Studies), Rula Khoury Mansour (Women’s Peer Leader Forum), John Munayer (Leader Studies), and Salim Munayer (Leader Studies, 2009 Scholar Leader of the Year). Pray for Christ’s love to overcome hatred and for his peace to prevail.

Photo: Al-Masry Tower in Rafah, Gaza (2024) by Emad El Byed (Unsplash)