[margin10]Forced Exit: Christian Expatriates Leave the Region – again
Once again, dozens of tentmakers have had to leave the countries where they have been serving, some for as long as a decade. Most have heeded their passport country governments’ edicts to leave due to increasing hostilities and lack of security.
Many have become proficient in the local language and accents, making them high value emissaries for the Kingdom. All have reported a new era of openness for the Gospel and some were experiencing Acts 2:47 firsthand: And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.
Thus it is easy to understand how difficult this time is in their lives and journeys.
Here are some excerpts from their emails.
Safely in London now. Much relieved. In the last 2-3 weeks there was a threat to “Christian whores teaching our children”…shooting at our school gate and 2 attacks at our local bank near our home. We were really feeling the need to get out of the country, and I’m thankful that God has brought us to safety. Now time to refocus.
As many of you know, security has plummeted over the months with militias fighting for control of the airport, fuel storage tanks set on fire and the international airport closed. We have prayerfully been watching the news with great sadness and concern for our national friends. Several have emailed or texted to say that they are safe, but the living conditions are deteriorating with lack of cooking gas, gasoline and frequent power outages.
Pray that the seed that has been sown by these tentmakers will bear much fruit now that they have been forced to exit.
Pray for the future of those who had were forced to exit and are facing an uncertain future while seeking God’s leading.