Hope for Syria
In a makeshift cinderblock room, Rima adjusts to a bleak new reality. Her family has just fled from Aleppo, Syria, to Lebanon—their house left behind and destroyed by war, their feet hurting from a six-hour trek through the mountains. It's winter in Lebanon. Their room is cold and dim. Burning up with fever, one of her sons lies wrapped in blankets in the corner of the room. Is this her family's future?
Only God can use the greatest crises of our time as His canvas for revival and spiritual awakening.
What she doesn't know is that hope is about to break through.
God has been pursuing her, and her life is about to change. On November 30, 2016, Leading The Way's field team walks into Rima's makeshift home in the refugee camp. They bring socks and food, and later they will install a stove to warm the room. But they sense that she needs something more.
"Would you like to accept Christ into your heart? Do you know that if you believe in Christ, you will spend eternity in heaven?"
"Yes, I would," she says eagerly. "Why would you all come to me if God didn't do this for me?"
It's something that only God could have orchestrated. On the frontlines of one of the greatest humanitarian crises of our time, Rima hears the Gospel—and gives her life to Christ.
From the tents of refugee camps to the offices of national leaders, you were there with us.And hope is breaking through.
A Voice for the Persecuted
Beleaguered by ISIS terror, Egypt is a nation in crisis.
After two church bombings on Palm Sunday, and later a bus bombing which kills 29 Christians, many are fearful. Who will stand for the persecuted? On April 18—less than two weeks after the Palm Sunday bombings—the Leading The Way team travels to Egypt. There they meet with Coptic Christian families who have fled ISIS persecution—their family members killed and homes burned down. Roughly 265 people will receive tangible support as a result of their meetings.
Meanwhile, Dr. Michael Youssef meets with key Egyptian leaders at the Presidential Palace in Cairo. For two hours, they discuss how Egypt and the U.S. can work together to eliminate terrorism and take a stand for Christians in the region.
"I will take this to my friends in the White House," Dr. Youssef promises them.
Three weeks later, true to his word, Dr. Youssef will join global leaders in Washington, D.C., at the first-ever World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians to discuss the plight of persecuted Christians around the world—and how they can work together to help them.
While in Cairo, Dr. Youssef preaches a timely message at the largest evangelical church in the nation. "Those who trust God in the face of evil will rejoice with Him for all eternity," he proclaims. Thousands of congregants fill the church and hundreds of thousands more tune in as the event is broadcast on live TV. In the face of persecution, the church stands strong.
It's something that only God could have orchestrated. On the frontlines of the great crises of our day, God is using your prayers and support to uphold His people.
Going Where Many Cannot Go
"Thank you for your willingness to minister in parts of the world where it isn't physically safe to do so." –BRENT, USA
From the frontlines of ISIS terror to the plight of Syrian and Iraqi refugees to the global persecution crisis, a vibrant move of God is happening through your prayers and partnership.
You're helping us go where many cannot go, broadcasting the Good News of Jesus into closed countries and ministering on the ground.
On the frontlines of the Syrian and Iraqi refugee crises—thousands of refugees like Rima have heard the Gospel and received tangible help from Leading The Way after fleeing civil war and ISIS violence. One woman shared with us:
"I am so happy. If I had not become a refugee, I would have stayed lost."
On the frontlines of ISIS terror—we heard from radical Muslims, including a former ISIS leader, a member of Hezbollah, and an extremist sheikh. All exchanged their conquering for surrendering after watching our broadcasts or interacting with our field teams:
"When I compared Islam and Christianity, your teaching tipped the scales. Your ministry made a difference in my life and in my search for Truth and helped me pass from darkness to light."
On the frontlines of the great spiritual battlefields of our time—from Christian persecution to the war on Biblical Truth—God has opened doors for Dr. Michael Youssef and Leading The Way to advocate for His people and take a stand for His Word. Listeners and viewers are sharing the impact:
"Thank you for presenting us with Truth, hope, and a call to action in this chaotic and confusing time!"
God is faithful. In the darkest of situations, He does not leave Himself without a witness.
As many ask, "Why does God allow suffering?" the new harvest of souls coming out of today's crises is asking, "Why is He so gracious to use it?" Only God can use the greatest crises of our time as His canvas for revival and spiritual awakening.On the frontlines, hope is breaking through—and you are there with us.
A Unique Approach to Ministry
Dr. Michael Youssef 's unique background has culminated in an unprecedented opportunity to reach the world for Christ—particularly the Muslim world.
With indigenous field teams and a network of trusted partners on the ground, the life change we are seeing in response to our broadcasts is sustained through ongoing personal support and discipleship. Together, we are not only reaching the lost but also equipping the church to stand strong and advance the Gospel in today's world.