The Arab World Evangelical Ministers Association (AWEMA) is the broadest national evangelical movement among Arabs in the world. Partners has worked alongside AWEMA since its earliest days in the 1980s. Today, we assist AWEMA in its mission to equip indigenous Arab church leaders in evangelism, leadership training, and community transformation. AWEMA’s ministry spans all 22 Arab countries.

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The Arab World Evangelical Ministers Association (AWEMA) is the broadest national evangelical movement among Arabs in the world. Partners has worked alongside AWEMA since its earliest days in the 1980s. Today, we assist AWEMA in its mission to equip indigenous Arab church leaders in evangelism, leadership training, and community transformation. AWEMA’s ministry spans all 22 Arab countries.

Reaching the world’s 22 Arab countries with a population of more than 370 million (and growing) is a daunting challenge. Aside from the sheer size of the Arab population, its diversity also adds to the complexity of the task. Demographers have identified 920 distinct ethnic groups within the Arabic-speaking region. Although nearly all the ethnic groups speak Arabic, their cultural distinctions are pronounced.

Though home to several historic Christian faiths, 95 percent of the Arab world has no Christian witness and today this region is sometimes called the “Land of the Vanished Church.” Ninety-two percent of the population in this vast region describe themselves as practicing Muslims. Christians in 16 of the 22 Arab countries cannot meet openly and instead meet discreetly in house churches, risking persecution and punishment.

After the revolutions that took place in Egypt and throughout the region in early 2011, the religious climate is both insecure and hostile to Christians. The current unrest is allowing Muslim groups to express openly their desire to come to power and impose an Islamic government.

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Not Yet a Teacher of the Gospel

EGAW: Showing love to our neighbor

September 22, 2018

My name is H*. Three years ago, my husband decided that he wanted to join a literacy class, as he had never learned to read or write. He had heard…

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Discipleship Group Leads to Transformed Life

June 13, 2018

A couple of AWEMA church planters planted a church over the course of two years in an area in northern Egypt, and subsequently handed it over to the Church of…

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EGAW January 2018 Update Teacher Finds Christ through Student

Teacher Finds Christ through Student

January 11, 2018

S* is a middle-aged nominal Christian who lives with his wife, M*, and their children in a small town, served by AWEMA, in North Africa. He works as a teacher…

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EGAW December 2017 Update From Illiterate Farmer to Church Planter 1

From Illiterate Farmer to Educated Church Planter

December 16, 2017

N* is 38 years old, married and has two children in primary school. He works as a farmer and has never finished his education. When he was in the third…

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EGAW October 2017 Update Sharing the Gospel through a New School

Sharing the Gospel through a New School

October 20, 2017

In a village on the border of one of the countries on the Horn of Africa, AWEMA started a ministry by sending 2 church planters, Sabra* and Fabumi*, to serve…

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EGAW September 2017 Update Seminars Empower Women Leaders

Seminars Empower Women Leaders

September 16, 2017

T.O.* is a newly married young Christian woman, from a local tribe, who was brought up in a traditional family. We met her for the first time in 2014, when…

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EGAW August 2017 Update Worker Unhindered Even During Rebel Attack e1502904684715

Worker Unhindered During Rebel Attack

August 18, 2017

We visited the Syrian territories during the last ten days of the month of March. Shortly after the arrival of AWEMA staff in Damascus, there were fierce clashes and a…

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EGAW July 2017 Update Prayers for Refugees

Prayers for Refugee Families

July 29, 2017

077 We are visiting refugee families throughout the region and we can see how the Lord Jesus is present in every interaction. Praise Jesus for His healing of sister Nur*,…

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The Good News

June 23, 2017

  In a village on the border of one of the countries in the African horn, AWEMA started a ministry through sending 2 church planters, S and F, to serve…

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Augustine Theological Institute

October 22, 2016

We held an introductory and following up course for the new learners and former graduates. The class includes 26 members from non-Christian backgrounds from three countries. It is a comprehensive…

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