By Peter Wooding, Europe Bureau Chief for ASSIST News Service
JORDAN (ANS – October 24, 2017) — This Autumn in Jordan, hundreds of Iraqi women and children quit the harsh conditions of their makeshift homes for a chance to experience the love and hope of Christ through retreats organized by Leading The Way — retreats that provided a safe space to rest, laugh, cry, and be comforted by the Word of God.
Leading The Way’s Help The Persecuted ministry hosted these refugees who fled ISIS not only to meet their physical needs with meals, the peace of a clean, secure bedroom, and toys for children, but also to equip them spiritually with sound Biblical teaching, prayer, singing, and Bibles.
Last year, Help The Persecuted held a similar retreat for women where over 80 percent gave their lives to Christ. The ministry helped these refugees work through the devastation of leaving everything behind.
But this year the women faced a new shock to navigate at the retreat since they had recently returned to their homes in cities that had been freed from ISIS—homes that had been utterly ravaged. Though this trial proved more crushing than the first, the women knew where to go for strength: their sovereign Lord.
A Leading The Way staff member noted the mature faith that had developed in these believers from one year to the next: “There was more peace and joy on their faces — you could see the difference. These women will be used by God to make an impact in their families and communities. This is a building block.”
Thankful for the retreat, one attendee said: “My soul was renewed. I feel that I am a new person now. I am so hungry to learn and to be blessed in God’s presence.”
A young girl who participated in the children’s retreat said: “I feel the love of God, and I thank you so much for making it possible for us to leave our homes for a few days and be refreshed.”
Leading The Way is working closely with local churches to ensure everyone who attends these retreats receives follow-up support. There are already plans to host more retreats throughout the Middle East over the next year.
To find out more about Leading The Way go to: www.ltw.org
About Leading The Way:
Now celebrating over 29 years of ministry, Leading The Way‘s television and radio programs are broadcast in 25 languages to audiences across six continents. Leading The Way also produces DVDs, CDs, books, a monthly devotional magazine, and daily e-devotionals to spread the light of Christ. This Atlanta-based ministry utilizes field teams to evangelize seekers, disciple new believers, and help the persecuted in places where it is dangerous to follow Christ. Dr Youssef’s unique perspective has given him a platform to speak boldly into today’s issues and provide Biblical solutions to the challenges Christians are facing today.
About Dr Michael Youssef:
Michael Youssef, PhD, is the Founder and President of Leading The Way with Dr. Michael Youssef. Dr Youssef was born in Egypt and lived in Lebanon and Australia before moving to the United States. In 1984, he fulfilled his childhood dream of becoming an American citizen. He holds degrees from Moore College in Sydney, Australia, and from Fuller Theological Seminary in California. In 1984, he earned a PhD in social anthropology from Emory University. He has authored more than 30 books, including popular titles like The Leadership Style of Jesus and Jesus, Jihad and Peace: What Bible Prophecy Says About World Events Today. He and his wife reside in Atlanta and have four grown children and ten grandchildren.
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Photo captions: Children enjoying themselves during retreat. 2) Women receive spiritual support at a Leading The Way retreat. 3) Dr. Michael Youssef preaching. 4) Peter Wooding filming his father, Dan Wooding, interviewing Michael Youssef at the NRB Convention in Nashville, Tennessee.
About the writer: Peter Wooding, the younger son of Dan and Norma Wooding, is an award-winning radio, TV, and print journalist. Having previously spent 10 years as news editor with UCB Radio in the UK, Peter has travelled extensively, reporting from countries including Greece, Russia, Serbia, South Sudan, the Philippines, Uganda, South Korea, Zambia, Gambia, Georgia, Mozambique, Croatia, Israel, India and Ukraine. He reports regularly for the ASSIST News Service, Samaritan’s Purse, and Leading The Way. Peter is the London Bureau Chief for the Global News Alliance, and lives in North Wales, UK, with his wife, Sharon, and their three daughters, Sarah, Anna and Abigail. To contact Peter, please e-mail him at: firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at: +44 7500 903067.
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