Missionary to Iraq: What it’s like to Present Jesus and Minister in Refugee Camps

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It is beautiful to see people go to those in need of love and the Gospel! We hear from a missionary to Iraq and how he visits the refugee camps to share who Jesus is with the lost. He shares what it is like to present Jesus to those that live in this Islamic nation where many follow the Koran that denies who Jesus is. It is amazing that this man is stepping out in boldness and sharing the truth in love.

David Popovici, founder of Kingdom Gospel Mission, shares about his experience in Iraq as a missionary. “The Lord is demonstrating Himself in power, or you have nothing. Especially in parts of the world where you have traditions and belief systems for over a thousand years that are very aggressive and hostile against the Gospel…In the Muslim world for sure, without power, signs, and wonders accompanying the Gospel we are left with very very little.”

Next, David shares his method of sharing the Gospel to the refugees. “Many of the camps are starting to close and shut down, and people are starting to repopulate the cities that were once completely ruled by ISIS. We are grateful for that. For years we were going to the camps and visiting the camps and because the Middle Eastern culture… is a very hospitable culture it is very easy to start a conversation with somebody. Especially when they are in need.” He shares how he believes that preaching the Gospel to the poor is this “because when people recognize their need, they are open to the Gospel.”

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free…” Luke 4:18

“We will introduce ourselves as believers and that we are here to pray for your sick…they are very open and many many times the Lord heals and touches them. They will invite us into their tent…drink tea and talk about Jesus. Then after that, we often ask them if they have ever had a dream with the Lord, if they have seen the man in white, and many times sometimes years prior they had encounters of dreams with the Lord and had nobody explain to them what it meant.”

When the father or patriarch of the tent is the one to come to Jesus first, then that usually opens the whole family to come to the Lord. But when it is the mother or someone else, they must be secretive about their new salvation. They work to connect with them and connect them to believers that are in the area. They help them to grow in the love of God so that they can resist the fear that is a huge part of the Middle East.

It is encouraging to hear from David, and we must pray for those that God has called to be missionaries to the world. We want to hear from you and what you think about this. Write to us at [email protected]. Greg and John shared in this segment.

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