Gospel shines in Middle East despite violence

( [email protected] ) Mar 16, 2004 02:53 PM EST

Israel - Israel raised its overall terror alert to its highest level after recent attacks, however the violence isn't stopping the spread of the Gospel into the Holy Land, according to Joshua Youssef of Leading the Way.

Leading the Way, which airs dual language Christian programming into the region, reported that the response to the broadcast has been incredible. As violence in Israel doesn't appear to be easing in this region, Christians in Israel are clearing looking for spiritual answers. Youssef says, "People are drawn to Christian media, to the word of God, especially in this time of real conflict. They want to know what Christians believe. They want to know about the Christian faith and the word of God."

Youssef reported that two young men came to Christ and through their program, "their faith has been strengthened as a result of our program. And, not only that, but they are learning English through the radio program because it is a dual language program - English/Arabic. They both have expressed that they have received education as well as encouragement."

Youssef commented, “It is our hope that they contact us for Bibles and material and literature. And, we work with local partners on the ground, such as the Bible society (to) get literature to them and that is our hope, that our radio programs would drive them to the word of God."

While in Israel, Youssef’s goal is to “develop relationship and contacts with other ministries to help further the Gospel in this region."