Global Impact

God Answered Your Prayers in Cairo!

Despite the threat of political protests following a recent government decision in Egypt, roughly 5,000 people came to hear Dr. Michael Youssef preach in Cairo, Egypt, this past weekend, with many more watching via the live satellite broadcasts of THE KINGDOM SAT. At least 500 people responded to Dr. Youssef’s clear invitation to salvation during his three-day preaching event.

During the first evening of the event, a heavy military presence was outside the church bracing themselves for protests in Tahrir Square. On the last evening, brief technical issues interrupted the live broadcast. Yet in spite of distractions and spiritual opposition, God did a mighty work in the lives of those who attended, drawing many to salvation and encouraging the body of Christ.

Thank you for your prayers and partnership for this exciting three-day evangelistic outreach. We invite you to continue praying with us for these new believers in Christ and for a mighty move of God’s Spirit to continue throughout the church, city, and nation.

If you missed the livestream of the event, you can watch the services at LTW.org/Egypt.

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Celebrating 7 Years of 24/7 Coverage

Seven years ago this month, the launch of Leading The Way's satellite TV channel marked a monumental shift that would forever shape the ministry's history and mission. Birthed out of Dr. Michael Youssef's vision to provide 24/7 Biblical teaching to the Muslim world, this channel has grown into a discipleship movement, providing fellowship, encouragement, and Truth as God ministers to seekers and believers alike through our personal follow-up teams.

Today, God is using THE KINGDOM SAT to bring hope, healing, and salvation into the hard-to-reach places of the world. From homes to refugee camps, the Word of God is touching hearts and changing lives. In closed countries where churches are nonexistent and Bibles are hard to come by, people are hearing and responding to the Gospel message. Underground churches are being planted. And viewers are not only coming to Christ, but becoming bold disciples of Jesus.

Over the years we have received countless testimonies from around the world testifying to God's incredible work through THE KINGDOM SAT. Take a moment to watch and read some of these recent stories. You'll be blessed and encouraged by the work God is doing in the Muslim world.

Your partnership enables Leading The Way to reach into hundreds of millions of homes in the Middle East, North Africa, Europe, and Indonesia through THE KINGDOM SAT. Thank you for your prayers and support.

Springs in the Desert: Reaching the Unreached with the Good News of Jesus

Two days—that’s how long it took Leading The Way’s follow-up coordinator Basheer* to reach Ahmed*, the first known Muslim convert from the Tuareg tribe, in a desert village in Algeria.

Just months before, Ahmed had turned on the TV and stumbled upon the Bible teachings of Leading The Way’s 24/7 satellite television channel, THE KINGDOM SAT. Peace, rest, spiritual transformation—the things they spoke of, Mohamed longed for. The more he heard the name Jesus Christ in the program, the more he began to wonder, “Is this Jesus the right way to God?” And the more he watched the channel, the more the emptiness within his heart became apparent.

Ahmed needed someone to talk to. After a friend advised him to stop watching the channel, he decided to call the channel’s follow-up team directly with his questions. With no access to Bibles, churches, or other believers, Mohamed knew this was his only option.

On the other end of the phone was Basheer, who traveled the long journey to meet with Mohamed in the middle of the desert—all to tell him more about Christ. And in March 2015, our team rejoiced after hearing this report: “Mohamed declared with his mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believed in his heart that God raised him from the dead. Please pray for his protection and for all those he is sharing the Gospel with.”

As the first known Christ-follower in his tribe, Mohamed has his work cut out for him—but his passion for Christ sustains him. “Mohamed wants more than anything else to serve the Lord among his people,” our team reports. “His wish came true for there are four people in his area seeking the Lord. . . . This will be the first church of five members placed in the Algerian desert.”

Basheer continues to disciple Mohamed through Skype calls, and our team has provided him with the resources he needs for the challenges ahead. “He has to mature in the Lord quickly,” our team reports, “for he is the first known Christ-follower in the desert.”

A Vast Mission Field

Missionary sources like Operation World and the Joshua Project report that Algeria’s Christian population is less than a third of a percent—with a reported zero percent Christian population among the Tuareg people. Imagine the support and help you would need as the first Christ-follower in a churchless desert town. Through Leading The Way, the Word of God is not only broadcasted globally, but also stewarded through personal discipleship—and multiplied as our follow-up teams coordinate Bible study groups and help plant churches.

For this small church of five people, the mission field is overwhelming—but by God’s grace and through your support, the Living Water will continue to go forth into spiritually dry places.

Your gifts to Leading The Way enable us to share Gospel Truth with the Muslim world through global broadcasts and personal discipleship. Will you consider a generous gift today to help us continue this work?

*Names have been changed to protect their security.

Your Gifts Are Making an Impact in Iraq

People forced from their homes, Christians targeted, people fleeing -- we've all seen the bleak reports coming in from Iraq. As ISIS has ushered in the largest refugee crisis in history, the physical and spiritual needs are overwhelming.

Recently, the Leading The Way team visited two cities in Iraq to meet with persecuted Christians we have helped this year, assess and address ongoing needs, make house visits to the displaced, and share the love of Christ with the lost through Biblical resources like the solar-powered Navigator device.

As the Christmas season draws near and we reflect on the true meaning of the season, we hope this field report from our visit in Iraq will encourage you that your gifts are making an eternal difference in the lives of the lost and the displaced.

We also hope you will consider partnering with us this month for our December Gift Challenge. Only through your support are we able to share the Gospel, disciple new believers, and help our persecuted brothers and Christ. Your gifts enable us to do this work every day -- and for that we are so thankful.

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Waging an Unseen War

From the desk of Dr. Michael Youssef

Dear Friend,

In 1863, after learning his son was wounded in a Civil War battle, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote “Christmas Bells,” which included these anguished words:

And in despair I bowed my head;
“There is no peace on earth,” I said;
“For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!”

As Christmas 2015 approaches, hate remains strong and there’s still no peace on earth. The terror group ISIS has cut a bloody swath across Syria and Iraq, even claiming responsibility for attacks from France to Lebanon. Millions more have fled as refugees.

Yet Leading The Way is on the frontlines of the spiritual battlefield, wielding our greatest weapon—the Word of God. And as our partner, you are there with us.

At this crucial juncture, God is giving us a strategic opportunity to share the Good News with a world in crisis. Through a special December Gift Challenge, generous friends of the ministry have committed $1 million to Leading The Way and are challenging all our partners to match their gifts this month. That means their $1 million can become $2 million for this Kingdom work:

• GLOBAL BROADCASTS through radio, satellite TV, and solar-powered Navigators reach diverse audiences and language groups with the Good News. A Christian refugee from Iraq shared, "Churches are closing. . . your programs provide our spiritual food." One young woman wrote, “I'm so glad I found you on the radio. I knew nothing about Christianity, but I had problems with Islam." After receiving Christ, she says, "I'm now a child of a loving God."

• ON-THE-GROUND FOLLOW-UP teams connect with viewers and listeners via phone, Skype, or in-person meetings. A young woman in Algeria wrote, “I accepted Christ, but I’ve never met another Christian. I depend on Christian television to grow in faith.” She added that our follow-up teams enabled her to talk to another Christian for the first time.

• HELP THE PERSECUTED brings hope to believers who are suffering for Christ. This year, our team provided housing, living expenses, food, medical help, and pastoral care to 7,725 persecuted Christians and their families—often at great personal risk.

This month, will you prayerfully consider how much you can give to partner with Leading The Way during our December Gift Challenge?

In the midst of war, the peace of God is spreading. In the midst of chaos, hope lives! The love of God within us is stronger than the hatred of ISIS and the sting of sin and death. As in the final words of Longfellow’s Christmas poem:

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
“God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men.”

With your help, we’ll continue sharing the hope of Christ in 2016 and beyond.

To God be the glory.

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Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

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