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I N S I D E the mission work

The Forbidden Peace Treaty: By Pastor Steven Khoury

In our daily planning and vision casting with our teams and

team leaders, we reflect on how humbled we are by the fact

that we possess power of the darkness in the name of Jesus,

we can have tangible hope and can confidently preach that

there is hope, and there is freedom. Since January of 2022,

we have held over nine outreaches and gatherings with a

couple hundred, which all come from Muslim backgrounds;

these meetings are in addition to the 50 plus weekly meetings

we hold. Sharing the love of Jesus with them and introducing

them to a Savior that doesn't judge you based on what

religion you come from but invites you into a personal

relationship with Him based on the atoning work He did on

Calvary's Cross.

Out of the many exciting stories we are putting together to

encourage you our friends and partners, there is one exciting

story, in particular, I would like to share. This story began with

a lady whom we will call Noura, who lives and comes from an

area that most people do not visit in the northern west bank.

In these outreaches, we target areas that are generally

considered to be extremely hostile. Sites such as ancient day

Samaria and it’s close surrounding villages such as Tool Karem

and Jenin. These villages and cities are almost weekly, and in

some instances, daily in the news for attacks and clashes with

the I.D.F. These are areas where, as a broad analogy, 'Airforce

one wouldn't even go', to paint you a simple picture or

example of the backdrop of where we are at. You now

understand it's all for the sake of making the name of Jesus

known. We begin by renting out a restaurant for the whole

day, start setting up the game stations for the kids on the

upper floor while using the main floor for the meals that are

served along with the message and service that is held. This is

also where we prepare to introduce them the Gospel through

a short play to capture their attention and serve as an

icebreaker. We arrange the main hall in a way to

create a welcoming atmosphere while spending the time praying

around tables and chairs calling on the name of the Lord to bring His

Joy and peace to surround them and cover the hall for hearts to open

up. Our trip to get to these villages and cities is about two and a half

hours while keeping in mind the roads along the way consist of very

steep hills, bumpy rundown roads, and narrow streets. We usually get

to the restaurant needing a motion sickness recovery session, but

thank the Lord for baklava or kaek which we are met with upon arrival

that helps sweeten the arrival experience. Since we are going into

some hostile areas, there are usually Israeli I.D.F. checkpoints along the

way and in certain neighborhoods that we pass through. We always

pray asking the Lord to remove any blockades along the way, which

could detour us, making the trip much more difficult than it already is.

As this specific group arrived, I remember standing in the entrance

seeing all the wonderful people who bravely came to listen this

message that they have heard changes lives. As they began to take

their seats at the tables, I could see a mix of emotions on their faces.

Some were smiling at the excitement of seeing and hearing something

new while the majority were nervous, pondering on what to expect and

thinking whether they would hop back on the bus we brought them on

feeling as if it was a waste of time; or will this be one of the best days

they have had in a long long time given the reality of their daily struggle

to see a brighter day. We began the outreach by telling them, we are

here to share the love of Jesus with them. We introduced ourselves as

their new family for many days to come. We had one of our Evangelists

Roma, start off with some ice-breakers and riddles for them to solve to

lighten the atmosphere. We then taught and sang some worship songs

followed by the message about the greatest healer. We opened

the opportunity for those that need healing to raise their hands,

reminding them that Jesus is mentioned as the greatest healer even in

the Quran. About 9 raised their hands sharing intimate prayer needs

with us. I started to walk around the tables to say hello. It's a bit of a

challenge because in the culture, specifically amongst those that come

from villages and towns where the culture is still very conservative, you

are not allowed to directly speak to or shake the hands of women

especially if they are married and particularly if you are not of the same

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