Global Outreach

Middle East

Courageous youth leaders in the Middle East deeply desire to reach their friends and families in a militant religion. Boldly, but wisely, they proclaim Christ, even though that can lead to prison and death.

Today

In the very volatile and dangerous Middle East, young people openly engage with the gospel of Jesus despite potential persecution. Teenagers face the same life issues as all adolescents—but issues of self-worth and purpose are intensified because of their difficult circumstances. Futility sets in because they know that when they finish school very few will find jobs and if they do, they will get paid low wages. This leads to discouragement, depression, lawlessness, abuse, religious fanaticism and, for some, terrorism. Yet teenagers who know and follow Jesus desire to make their lives count. Through their witness, many Muslim young people are encountering Jesus. In this dangerous but ripe environment, Reach Out has a strong commitment to engage in ongoing training and support of courageous younger generation leaders.

Strong leaders lead Reach Out! They offer vigorous training in some very strategic countries in the Middle East.middle-east-coaching-185x150

Since 2005, Reach Out has equipped younger generation leaders and translated resources in several Middle East countries.

Going Forward

In 2016-2017, we will pursue these outcomes:

  • Conduct Jesus-Focused Youth Ministry training in Turkey.
  • Bring 24 younger leaders from four cities in Iran in groups of 6-8 to train them.middle-east-group-150x94
  • Engage 20-30 younger leaders from Turkey in training.
  • Translate and print resources in Farsi and Turkish to enhance the application of the training including: Jesus No Equal, Spending Time Alone with God, and Making Jesus Lord.
  • Coach the emerging leaders to implement and multiply Jesus-Focused Youth Ministry.

As a result, well equipped younger generation leaders in the Middle will continue to grow into a fruit-bearing, multiplying movement that will produce successive generations of well-equipped leaders who will continue to reach and disciple their generation for Christ.

Due to the sensitive nature of this ministry, specific plans are not made public.

Reach Out’s History in the Middle East

Since 2005, Reach Out has equipped younger generation leaders and translated resources in several Middle East countries.

In 2005, Reach Out’s USA Team introduced 55 youth leaders to the JFYM strategy. The JFYM notebook was translated, produced, and distributed in Arabic.

In 2006, the JFYM strategy was introduced to 70 hand-selected youth leaders by the USA Team. 11 JFYM leadership and discipleship resources were translated, produced, and distributed in Arabic.

In 2008 and 2009, 190 more youth leaders received training in JFYM.

In 2010, Reach Out conducted a week of JFYM training for 60 youth leaders from one region of the Middle East. The JFYM notebook and PowerPoint presentation were translated, produced, and distributed into Farsi and Armenian.

In 2011, Reach Out selected 5 youth leaders from a very closed country and 15 Armenian youth leaders who attended the training in 2010 and equipped them in how to introduce, implement and multiply JFYM in their countries. They will become our future leaders in those countries.

In 2012-2014, due to the chaos in the region, we paused to assess the new political/religious paradigm. As a result, we shifted our plans to address the current situation and created a robust strategic plan for 2015.

In 2015, the Reach Out team in the Middle East conducted Jesus-Focused Youth Ministry training in the United Arab Emirates for Iranian and UAE younger generation leaders. Five resources were translated and produced in Farsi to enhance the application of the training: Jesus-Focused Youth Ministry Notebook, Jesus-Focused Youth Ministry PowerPoint, Getting Started, Following Jesus, and "Accountability Questions."

Student Resources
Israel Ngirababo

The Jesus-Focused Youth Ministry Forum was one of the most important training experiences I have ever had in my life. I was so excited that I called 32 bishops representing various churches in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo and shared with them what I had learned."

Israel Ngirababo
(Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo)