Rahma Ministry Sudan
The Lord knows that we can’t pay attention when we’re hungry. Researchers, and especially our own lived experiences, tell us that fed stomachs fuel inquiring minds.
In recent years, the world has seen the highest numbers of refugees in recorded history. They leave for many reasons: war, persecution, living conditions that make thriving impossible. Many countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) are bursting at the seams with the millions of refugees trying to find safety and a better life in Europe and beyond. These countries are often unwilling or unable to provide adequate support to these vulnerable people. Refugees often go without secure employment for years, leading to food insecurity and a whole host of other related problems.
To address this problem in Lebanon and the surrounding area, Fellowship International missionaries Bechara and Roula Karkafi began mobilizing local churches by starting the Rahma Ministry feeding program. Rahma means “mercy” or “compassion” in Arabic. This impactful ministry serves refugees from all backgrounds and religious affiliations by providing locally sourced food baskets to families in need. As the physical hunger is satisfied in the form of food packages, the Gospel is presented; offered as the only gift that will satisfy their spiritual needs. Over 30 house churches have started within Muslim majority communities as a result.
As they have watched God build His Kingdom through Rahma Ministry in seemingly unreachable communities in the Middle East, the Karkafis have been encouraged to expand the program into North Africa. Sudan is a Muslim-majority country that has a population of 35 million people, is home to 52 unreached people groups, and hosts over one million refugees. Over 65% of the population lives in poverty.
This spring, FAIR is seeking to help Bechara and Roula launch a ministry hub in Sudan through the Rahma Ministry Sudan mini-appeal. The goal is to raise $25,000 to help launch this ministry. This would provide funding to make available 12 months-worth of food baskets for 150, in addition to a small gift to welcome and bless a local program coordinator as they establish the program.
FAIR is asking you to participate in three ways:
PRAY that the establishment of a Rahma Ministry hub in Sudan would see many mouths fed and many lives won for Christ.
LEARN — Contact FAIR to find out more about the vision for this ministry.
GIVE — Make a one-time donation to the Rahma Ministry Sudan mini-appeal, or consider committing to provide a family with a monthly food basket (suggested donation of $25/month).