Nowruz, or Persian New Year, literally means “New Day”, and is celebrated each year at this time. This is a special time of year to pray for the Persian World, and join us with some specific prayer points.
What is it that you must flee from, and what does it look like to flee? In the years of the desert fathers and mothers, fleeing meant escaping from a decaying moral society and fleeing to the physical desert and into the spiritual arms of the Father in heaven. To these early monastics the goal was a life laid down and a full surrender of the love of self. For many men and women today, the call is much the same although the expression is different.
When we look to the spiritual heritage of the Middle East today, we mostly think of Islam. Though there is a strong Church presence in some countries, the dominating religion of the Middle East is Islam by far. One of the most well known and renowned spiritual leaders of this region is Muhammad. The man who changed the religious face of the Middle East. But what is less known is that the Middle East has a rich Christian heritage as well that goes back to the early Church.
Who are we? GCM is the underground church in Middle East, nameless and faceless disciple makers that daily risk our lives to bring the Gospel to Muslims in some of the most dangerous regions of the earth. Here is a story that comes from one of our disciple makers to give you an inside look at the dangers we face to expand the Kingdom in restricted Islamic nations.