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Middle East

The Middle East is not a precisely defined geographic area. It includes parts of southwest Asia (Iran, Iraq, Israel, Saudi Arabia) and North Africa (Egypt, Libya) as well as Turkey. Arabic is the language of the majority, and Islam is the dominant religion, although Judaism and Christianity also originated there. Constant conflict, some of it ethnically based, undercuts political and economic stability and often affects global prospects for peace. Most projects are located in Israel/Palestine and include schools, human rights projects, and services for the disabled and children. All United Methodist missionaries are in Israel/Palestine.

Advance Projects in the Middle East


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Missionaries in the Middle East

Related News

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United Methodists and religious partners respond as the crisis continues for Syrians and others seeking refuge in Middle East and Europe.
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Global Ministries Head Signs Second Syrian Humanitarian Appeal
General Secretary Thomas Kemper signs a new humanitarian appeal on behalf of the people of Syria to allow aid workers and supplies to reach those in urgent need of assistance.
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Global Ministries leader urges prayer for Syria peace negotiations.
Global Ministries Leader Joins Humanitarian Appeal on Syria
Thomas Kemper among co-signers from 130 organizations calling for peace and access to civilians affected by conflict.
Refugee children play together in the central train station, the Wiener Hauptbahnhof, in Vienna, Austria, where asylum seekers congregate and volunteers organized by Train of Hope provided an astonishing array of services to the newcomers. PHOTO CREDIT: Photo by Paul Jeffrey
Volunteers in Austria Welcome Refugees
Volunteers in Vienna railroad station welcome refugees with a wide range of services.
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Individual Volunteer Opportunities in the Middle East

Countries in the Middle East

Resource: Advocacy Packet for Use in Local Congregations (pdf)

  Middle East Advocacy Packet for Pace and Justice 2014
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