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The Time is Right to Reach Iraq

From the desk of Dr. Michael Youssef

When ISIS took over the major Iraqi city of Mosul in June, Christians were given three options: convert to Islam, pay a penalty to remain in the city, or be killed in accordance with Islamic Law. Seeing no other choice, thousands of families fled as the second largest city in Iraq was claimed for the Islamic State.

Since 1996, Leading The Way has been blanketing the Middle East—including Iraq—with the Gospel. Starting with our very first Arabic-English dual-language broadcasts, which continue to air in the region today, we also proclaim Christ on our 24/7 satellite TV channel, THE KINGDOM SAT, and provide personal follow-up for our viewers in the region. And now, as many of our brothers and sisters face persecution for their faith, we are directly meeting their needs through our Help The Persecuted ministry.

In the past year, as the situation in Iraq has worsened, we have seen an overwhelming response to the broadcasts and personal ministry we provide. In this current crisis, our Help The Persecuted coordinator, Admon—a former Muslim who came to Christ through our broadcasts and personal follow-up—is now helping others as our on-the-ground coordinator in Arbil, Iraq. He has taken over 70 displaced Christians into his home.

Through partnership with him and other local pastors in the area, we have been able to help hundreds of Christian refugee families who have fled the ISIS takeover, providing food, mattresses, blankets, baby formula, hygiene kits, and portable bathrooms. The cases are growing, and we are still responding.

I know you're asking, "What can I do?" Today, I ask you to partner with us in the following ways:

  • Pray with us. Pray that doubting Muslims see the light of Christ. Pray for persecuted Christians and for those who seek to harm them.
  • Give to Leading The Way's work in Iraq. To our brothers and sisters in crisis and to the millions in the region who do not yet know Christ, we are providing an immediate response—over the airwaves and on the ground. If you’d like to support our work in Iraq, please click the link below to give online, and specify IRAQ in the designation line along with your donation.

The time is right to reach Muslims who are disillusioned by the barbarism of ISIS. The time is right to help our persecuted brothers and sisters in Iraq. Will you partner with us as we reach them?

The needs are overwhelming, but we know the ultimate answer is Christ. Together, we can continue to shine His light in this region.

 

In Christ,

Signature

Michael Youssef, Ph.D.
Founder & President, Leading The Way

 

 

P.S. For the most recent updates about our work in Iraq, you can visit www.LeadingTheWay.org/Iraq for new videos and resources.

 

 

Why September 12th Matters

From the desk of Dr. Michael Youssef

This year, the bloodshed of September 11th, 2001, feels too familiar. In recent months, as we have heard about the rise of the radical group ISIS and their attempts to establish an Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the world has been reminded that extreme Islamism still remains a legitimate threat 13 years later. Cities have fallen. Our own brothers and sisters in Christ have been killed for their faith. But how quickly we forget.

For Christians, what matters most in the wake of September 11th is not how sad we felt on the anniversary—it is how we choose to live the day after. As life goes on in the West on September 12th, let us not forsake praying and being passionate witnesses for Christ to a slumbering world. Let’s answer God’s call as He cries out to the world, “Wake up!”

Every year we provide new resources to empower our listeners and viewers to understand and overcome the threat of radical Islam. This year, I want to share a few teachings with you—The Day God Wept and The Imperative of Understanding Islamism—to help answer the big questions: What’s the Biblical response to evil? What can we do to keep this from coming to the West? How can I effectively reach out to Muslims in love?

I am filled with hope knowing the miraculous ways God is working as Leading The Way broadcasts the Gospel into the Muslim world, follows up with new believers, and helps our brothers and sisters who have seen the terror of Islamic extremism firsthand. We have seen Apostle Paul-like conversions—former jihadists ready to die for the cause of Islam, but now completely transformed by the love of Christ and walking in His Truth. Only God can do that, and He is not finished yet.

God is always looking for that faithful remnant of Christians who will live and love with their eyes wide open. As we live in response to the attacks of September 11th, let us call upon Christ’s love, power, and Truth for our nation and world.

 

In Christ,

Signature

Michael Youssef, Ph.D.
Founder & President, Leading The Way

Field Reports from Iraqi Pastors

Recently we shared a video of Leading The Way's special Iraq Update, where Dad and I discussed what’s going on in Iraq, what Leading The Way is doing in the region, and how you can help.

In the days following the update, I was able to speak with Iraqi pastors and ministry partners who were able to shed light on what life is like right now for our brothers and sisters who fled the ISIS takeover. These people are on the ground in Iraq right now, serving their communities in the midst of the crisis. They, better than anyone, understand the reality of what’s going on in their home country.

You can click below to watch these field reports with Admon Isaacs, a coordinator for our Help The Persecuted ministry, and Pastor Ghassan, a local pastor in the area. Both are on the ground in Arbil, Iraq, where many of Mosul’s Christians have fled from ISIS. In these videos they discuss the practical and spiritual needs of these displaced believers—which we are actively working to supplement.

 


In the coming days and weeks, we will be sharing more specifically about how Leading The Way is reaching out to Muslims and persecuted Christians in Iraq. Until then, please continue to pray, share these videos with your friends and family, and prayerfully consider giving a gift to Leading The Way.

 

Thank you for your ongoing support as we broadcast the Gospel, provide personal on-the-ground follow-up, and help the persecuted in the region.

In Christ,

Signature

Joshua Youssef
Executive Vice President, Leading The Way

 

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Understanding the Iraq Crisis

From the desk of Dr. Michael Youssef

Dear friends and partners of Leading The Way,

Linked below is a special video I want you to watch. For those of you who have seen news reports of the persecution and political turmoil taking place in Iraq and have asked, "How can I pray? How can I help?"—this video is for you.

Last week I joined my son Joshua, Executive Vice President of Leading The Way, in the studio to put together a special video addressing the many questions we were receiving about what's happening in Iraq. I hope it will help you better understand what is going on in the Middle East and what we as Christians can do. You can click below to watch it now.


I want to let you know that, by God's grace, we are already on the ground broadcasting the Gospel, following up with listeners and viewers, and helping the persecuted in this region. God has given Leading The Way a unique platform to reach the world's most hostile areas with the Truth of Christ, and in these moments, we must never forget the power of the Word of God and the prayers of His people. Let us press on with this crucial mission.

In Christ,

 

Signature

Michael Youssef, Ph.D.
Founder & President, Leading The Way

August Notes from Our Inbox

At Leading The Way, we are blessed to receive encouraging testimonies from viewers, listeners, and readers from around the world. Just as they are a tremendous encouragement to our team, we hope that their words will be an inspiration to you and an answer to your prayers for Leading The Way.

Indonesia:

Leading The Way has blessed me so much today. Please pray for me that my faith will grow; that I will have more wisdom and mature spiritually. Thank you for delivering God’s Word, for you always bring something new to my faith. God bless you.”

Australia:

“Only recently in the last six months have I felt the power and love of our Lord and Savior. Jesus Christ and Dr. Michael Youssef have helped remove the ice from my heart. Now I am starting to see with God’s eyes.”

Algeria:

“I have found the peace and the truth in Jesus after many years of searching.”

Turkey:

“In the beginning of the New Year something happened in my life. I was sitting home and listening to the radio when I started to listen to your program by accident. I had never heard anything about Christianity before in my life. As I was listening to you, I felt different. It was like someone was touching my heart. A few days later, a voice in me told me to turn to the same radio frequency again. I listened two months to your programs and afterwards I accepted Jesus into my life. I wanted to share that with you, because I want to share this new beginning with someone.”

Latin America:

“Your messages are a powerful source of education, inspiration, and correction in my life. I thank God for you and all those who work to lead the way to salvation.”

India:

Leading The Way programs are like my spiritual breakfast. The knowledge I get helps me trust in the Lord and has also cleared my other doubts on whether Jesus was the only true God. Leading The Way has helped me even guide other people to God’s feet."

United Kingdom:

"I have been listening to your dual-language radio for some months now. This is powerful and I have been sharing it with family, friends, and strangers who want to understand a certain language and are looking for God. I really am inspired in everything I've heard from your ministry and share it with many across the nations."

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