Global Ministries

The United Methodist Church

Connecting the Church in Mission

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


Related News

Surviving an airport bombing and searching for hope
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Thomas Kemper Recounts Attacks at Istanbul Airport
Thomas Kemper had just fallen into a light sleep in a lounge at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul when he was jarred awake Tuesday night by the terrifying sounds of people screaming.
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Thomas Kemper, top executive, United Methodist Board of Global Ministries, escapes injury, calls for unified response to terror.
Ceasefire Grants Reprieve, But Refugee Needs Still Great
United Methodists and religious partners respond as the crisis continues for Syrians and others seeking refuge in Middle East and Europe.
Last fall, three Syrian refugee students received UMCOR school kits and hygiene kits through a partnership with International Orthodox Christian Charities. Winterization kits that included food parcels, blankets, and rugs also benefitted Syrian refugees in Jordan.
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.
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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