Global Impact

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,

 

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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."

Recent Michael Youssef Radio Interviews

In recent months, Dr. Michael Youssef has been featured on multiple radio shows in the United States and the United Kingdom, sharing Biblical insights on evangelism, prayer, and the current political turmoil taking place in Iraq, Syria, and Israel.

A summary of these interviews and links to each are provided below to keep you informed about how God is using Leading The Way to encourage and equip audiences here at home and around the world.
 



Description: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/5/5e/Premier_Christian_Radio_(logo).pngMichael Youssef – Live on Premier Christian Radio

During a live in-studio interview on Premier’s Inspirational Breakfast Show, Dr. Michael Youssef answered questions from callers, sharing his own personal insights on evangelism, prayer, personal victory over areas of sin, and what we can do to help our persecuted brothers and sisters around the world. Listen to Dr. Youssef’s in-studio interview on Premier Christian Radio.

Michael Youssef – Phone Interview with Premier Christian Radio

In a phone interview on Premier’s Inspirational Breakfast Show, Dr. Michael Youssef shared Leading The Way’s ongoing outreach to Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim nation. Listen to Dr. Youssef’s phone interview on Premier Christian Radio.

Description: http://confessingbaptist.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/srn_mefferd.jpgMichael Youssef on the Janet Mefferd Show

In a radio interview with Janet Mefferd, Dr. Youssef shared about his recent visit to a Syrian refugee camp, explained the roots of the unrest in the Middle East today, and talked about how Leading The Way is reaching the Muslim world. Listen to Dr. Youssef on the Janet Mefferd Show.

Finishing the Year Strong

Thank you!

Thanks to all your support in June, Leading The Way was able to meet the match for the fiscal year-end Matching Challenge. This means that every gift given in June—up to $350,000—was matched by generous ministry partners of Leading The Way.* Thank you for helping us reach our goal!

In the last year, your gifts have helped us:

  • Reach a new audience in Sri Lanka with the addition of our 22nd language, Sinhala, to our dual-language library
  • Launch THE KINGDOM SAT Indonesia, reaching the world’s largest Muslim nation
  • Distribute over 5,000 Navigators in strategic locations around the world
  • Provide physical and financial aid to persecuted believers in 12 nations

As a result of your partnership, Leading The Way listeners are coming to Christ, like this university student in Turkey:Navigator Recipient in Indonesia

At first I listened to your radio program because I wanted to improve my English, but later your programs started to touch my heart. I began to understand that these programs were actually giving me spiritual guidelines. I was surprised that I did not understand this the first time. Now I have accepted Christ in my life. I feel that God has everything under control, and that gives me peace.

God is strengthening believers in their faith, like Stephanie in the United States:

Thank you so much for preaching the Word of God. I thank the Lord for His faithfulness and His Word, and for people like you who are declaring the truth. I am inspired to pray and will encourage others to do so as well!

People like Evgeniya in Ukraine have access to God's Word through Navigator solar-powered audio players:

I am a Christian, but have not been able to go to church for several years because the left side of my body is paralyzed. My eyesight is also pretty weak because of diabetes, so it is difficult for me to read my Bible. This Navigator has become a great spiritual blessing through which I can listen to God’s Word.

Persecuted Christians like Shahid have received freedom and legal help through the aid of Help The Persecuted:

Thank you to everyone who helped me. Thank you for the lawyer and all that you did. Thank you for caring.

Thank you for all your prayers and generous gifts. There are so many viewers we are still praying for, places we have yet to reach. We are excited to see how God continues to transform hearts and minds with His Word as we begin this new fiscal year.


*In June, we shared Leading The Way’s opportunity to distribute Navigator solar-powered audio players to Syrian refugees in one of Syria’s neighboring countries. Although this project is still largely in progress, we are excited to share with you that we are in the process of shipping 600 stuffed animal Navigators to one of these strategic locations. We hope these Navigators, which share the story of Jesus in Arabic, will be a source of hope, comfort, and Truth to the many Syrian children who have been displaced from their homes as a result of the Syrian civil war.

July Notes from Our Inbox

At Leading The Way, we receive encouraging testimonies and letters from viewers, listeners, and readers around the world. We hope that their words will be an encouragement to you and an answer to your prayers for Leading The Way.

Australia:

"I just wanted to let you know how much your ministry means to me. I have had one tragedy after another in my life in the last two years, but I love your devotionals and look forward to reading them every day. Thank you—they encourage and strengthen me every day."

Ukraine:

"You fill my life with meaning and strengthen my faith every day. You are a living testimony of God’s love. Thank you for your very useful work! I always watch your programs on TBN in Ukraine. For Ukraine it is more important than ever! May the Lord bless you!"

Indonesia:

"Each night we play your program on our radio station in Papua. This is a very good program for the people in Papua. One woman who contacted us shared of her struggles with a wayward husband. The woman had decided that she had had enough and wanted to commit suicide. At 10 p.m. she decided she wanted to commit suicide. At the same time, the Leading The Way program was playing on the radio. As she heard the program, the teaching gave her a solution to her problem. She decided to call the radio. The staff at the radio were able to minister to her and she decided not to commit suicide! This is an amazing testimony and it is only one example of the many testimonies we hear. On behalf of the radio, I want to say thank you to Dr. Michael Youssef."

Albania:

"Your radio programs fill all the empty spaces in my heart when I’m working or when I’m home. Your programs are teaching me as a young parent to face different situations in life."

United States:

From our follow-up team: "One listener from Richmond called in thanking God for finding Leading The Way programming in Richmond. She and her family are attending an American church, but most of the time she is lost during the sermon because her English is not very good. Leading The Way programming is where she can hear a clear godly message in Arabic."

Russia:

"We watch TBN Russia with the whole family and enjoy your programs. We have learned about Christ through your preaching. Thank you for this!"

Indonesia:

"When I was not living my life the right way, I experienced a breakdown and bitterness. My life was in darkness. When I listened to Leading The Way programming, I had answers for my feelings of anger, hate, and anxiety. Thank you Michael."

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