Strengthen the Church
Christians often face discrimination or persecution and are in urgent need of encouragement. Faith in Jesus can be very costly; Muslims who have become Christians often pay a high price and are put under pressure by family and friends. Leaving Islam (apostasy) is considered to be treason; there are numerous stories about divorce, imprisonment, torture and even death after Muslims became Christians. There is a great need for encouragement to stand strong in their faith. Many of them often have no other believers in the vicinity.
We provide discipleship and bible school-style programs, music and pastoral programs to strengthen the faith of Christians in the Arab World.
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Coptic Christians in Egypt are the largest Christian community in the Middle East. The Coptic Orthodox Church is one of the oldest, surviving churches in the region. There are, however, many Copts who are no longer actively involved in church life. Without the strong community relationships, they run the risk of drifting away from their faith.
Arab Vision is working with the Coptic Church in Egypt through a project that will encourage Coptic Christians to rejoin the community life of the church and revitalise their faith.
People will be invited to share a weekly community meal and watch a video. They will hear the faith presented in a manner which is designed to revive their enthusiasm. After seven meetings of sharing meals and faith presentations, they will be invited to a conference where they will have the opportunity to renew their commitment to the faith and to the church community. Subsequently they will receive follow-up to help them persevere in their commitments.
We have produced 8 videos of about half an hour each, presenting the faith through topics like baptism, confirmation, Eucharist, penance and reconciliation, marriage, serving in the church community (vital elements in the Coptic Church) and community-life.
The introduction by Pope Tawadros II has been filmed and a pilot will be run in about 20 churches in the south of Egypt. Sharing a meal, studying the lesson together via the video and discussing the material together, so people can grow in the faith. We are subtitling the whole course in English; it will be excellent course material for migrants all over the world.
Since the Arabic revolutions things are changing. A quick look at Facebook will tell you that there are groups like ‘The Egyptian Association for Atheists’, ‘Saudi Feminist Atheists’, and ‘Tunisian Atheists’.
In a new series of programs we have produced, the spotlight is on families who have to deal with young people who have doubts, relatives who openly call themselves atheists, parents and other members of the family who have no idea how to relate to this. Nobody is used to have an open conversation about believing or not believing, and this is the purpose of the programs: to open up the conversation, to give room for questions and doubts. No ready-made answers, but searching for the essence of faith together.
The program format is drama, about a family living in an apartment in a big building, which they are sharing with their relatives.
The series consists of 13 episodes, which will be shown on satellite TV and short clips will be used on social media.
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In 2007 we produced the first season of Maaki, a series of portraits of Christian women. This series has been used to encourage people as they watch the testimonies since the focus is on God’s faithfulness in their situations, not on a solution to the problems.
The fifth season of Maaki is ready to be broadcast. The focus of this season is on refugee women. Rahma, Lydia and many others share their heartbreaking stories and testify about God’s faithfulness.
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