Even though the war is over, and ISIS was defeated, devastation from the war is evident everywhere. Families are emotionally wounded, and many of their homes, towns and livelihoods are damaged or destroyed. Community spaces such as parks are vital to Middle Eastern culture, offering safe places to connect with neighbors and socialize with friends. These spaces have been gutted, but townspeople and families desperately need peaceful, green spaces to reconnect safely to process the horrors they experienced. The restored parks also offer much-needed places for their children to play without leftover shell casings or broken glass. Your gift to this ministry opportunity will show the love of Christ tangibly by rebuilding parks, community spaces, and some homes of people who have lost everything in the war.
The initial goal of this project was to rebuild homes, but long-term workers saw that their ministry aid could extend beyond one or two families to an entire community by also focusing on refurbishing community spaces such as parks. Your partnership in restoring parks and other community spaces will give residents restful, calm places to think, walk and process the atrocities committed in their home city, rebuilding a sense of social and physical safety.
Rebuilding community spaces not only provides a safe place for villagers to heal but also provides jobs for locals hired to do the work. These jobs furnish income that many of these families have not seen in a while. Prayerfully consider how God wants you to join his work, drawing these people to himself through restored parks and places that foster community and offer opportunities for believers to share the good news that Jesus heals and connects us eternally to God.
This project was formerly called One Home.
North Africa and the Middle East is consistently thrust into the international news as it develops into one of the world’s most enigmatic-but-influential global regions. Vast economic development typifies it's urban centers, offering creative business opportunities for entrepreneurs.
Religious life permeates every society here, whether its residents are Muslim, Christian, or Jewish. Though Christianity began in this cradle of civilization, it is sometimes difficult to know if the church exists. Cities that birthed the gospel now house ornate mosques, temples, and skyscrapers. Thankfully, the church is experiencing a captivating resurgence among this region's 520 unengaged and unreached people groups.
Millions of refugees live here, displaced by war, famine, oppression, or poverty. Many are open to the gospel, seeking an anchor amid the upheaval of their lives. Pray for Christian workers as they share the hope of the gospel during this unprecedented spiritual openness.