Leading The Way impacting secret believers in the Middle East

• Dr. Michael Youssef preaches at a packed-out church in his home country of Egypt.

Meha* looked both ways before two members of the Leading The Way field team smuggled her through the back door of the church — aware that government police, many of them Muslims, were stationed at the front. But this secret meeting was necessary for her to get the answers she needed:

“Are you ready to receive Jesus in your life?” the field team asked.

“I am still struggling with calling Jesus my Lord,” Meha answered.

“Lord, show her that You are the Lord and that Satan is trying to stop her from taking this step to accept You,” one field team member prayed.

For seven years, Meha, a 31-year-old woman from Egypt, had been secretly watching THE KINGDOM SAT, Leading The Way’s 24/7 TV channel that broadcasts God’s Word into the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe.

“I faithfully followed the programmes and began to understand what Christianity meant. I finally understood the Trinity, the blood of Jesus, His resurrection, and His second coming. Long after I would turn off the TV, I felt peace in my soul. I started reading the Bible in secret. I was so impacted by Dr. Michael Youssef and the other programs on the channel. The only obstacle I faced was to confess Jesus as my Lord.”

Desperate for answers, she reached out to Leading The Way’s field team with her questions, and after the meeting, went home to think about what had happened.

One week later, she prayed, “Prove that You are my Lord.” 

Immediately, the phone rang. It was the Leading The Way field team calling to check on her.

“You are the sign I asked for!” she said. “Now I am ready to accept Jesus as my Lord.”

More than 257 million people in the Middle East are unreached by the Gospel — and satellite TV is one of the most effective ways to engage them. Meha is just one of millions of people God is reaching through Leading The Way’s Vision 2025 initiative — including many who risk extreme persecution for their faith.

“Our Vision 2025 goal to see one million souls saved guides our work each and every day,” says Dr. Michael Youssef, Founder and President of Leading The Way. “It’s exciting to watch God use Leading The Way to spark revival in hearts here at home and around the world.”

Through 24/7 Gospel programming, Leading The Way’s satellite TV channel THE KINGDOM SAT is already seeing vast numbers of viewers drawn to Christ — from young college students to former ISIS leaders. Now, through the Vision 2025 initiative, the ministry plans to expand THE KINGDOM SAT’s reach in four strategic ways:

  1. Increasing field teams in the Middle East
  2. Creating new Bible teaching programs
  3. Fostering a support network for underground churches
  4. Creating discipleship materials for new believers

“My heart’s desire is to reach as many people as possible with the Good News of Jesus,” says Dr. Youssef. “And the future ahead of us holds incredible opportunity — especially now when there is so much hunger for the Word of God.”

*Name changed for her protection.

To find out more about Leading The Way’s Vision 2025 initiative go to: Vision 2025


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Peter Wooding
Peter Wooding is Senior Editor at Assist News Service and an award-winning radio, TV, and print journalist. Peter has worked as news editor at UCB Radio in the UK, and has reported from countries around the world including Israel, India, Russia, Serbia, South Sudan, Ukraine and Mozambique. Continuing his father Dan's legacy, Peter now leads the global expansion of ANS. He is also the London Bureau Chief for the Global News Alliance, Media and PR Officer for Leading The Way UK and UK Director for Mercy Projects. Peter lives in North Wales, UK, with his wife, Sharon, and their three daughters, Sarah, Anna and Abigail.