The vision of Middle East Prison Ministry is to care for the physical and spiritual needs of prisoners, communicate with and assist their families while the prisoners are in jail, and address the special needs of domestic workers. They also mobilize churches to be involved in prison outreach and help prisoners return home and connect with a local church after their release. As partners together since 2007, Partners International has resourced and equipped the ministry leadership team, allowing them to expand their reach and impact. Today, the team has access to 12 prisons with more than 8,000 prisoners. MEPM is the only Christian ministry with permission to visit and assist prisoners in the region.

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The vision of Middle East Prison Ministry is to care for the physical and spiritual needs of prisoners, communicate with and assist their families while the prisoners are in jail, and address the special needs of domestic workers. They also mobilize churches to be involved in prison outreach and help prisoners return home and connect with a local church after their release. As partners together since 2007, Partners International has resourced and equipped the ministry leadership team, allowing them to expand their reach and impact. Today, the team has access to 12 prisons with more than 8,000 prisoners. MEPM is the only Christian ministry with permission to visit and assist prisoners in the region.

People imprisoned this region come from all over the world. A number of them have trafficked women from Asian nations who were arrested in the Middle East for lack of proper papers or other lesser infractions. An estimated 80,000 domestic workers come from Sri Lanka, the Philippines, and Indonesia each year. Many come to work as maids but flee when they are beaten, taken advantage of, or dismissed without cause. With no money, no local connections, and often little understanding of the language or legal system, they don’t have much hope of being released. Others are there because they are admittedly guilty of crimes. But they all have one thing in common–they need the hope of Jesus.

The standards of prisons in the Middle East are a far cry from the standards of an American prison. Inmates often go without basic toiletries or blankets, and there are few non-governmental agencies with a concern for prisoners or access to them.

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JOEP April 2018 Update Prison Conversions Continue to Happen 1

Prison Conversions Continue to Happen

April 18, 2018

We visited the women’s prison on the day after Palm Sunday, where we met a lady who was very emotionally distressed and feeling regret for what she has done with…

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JOEP March 2018 Update Learning Humility through Unjust Imprisonment

Learning Humility through Unjust Imprisonment

March 18, 2018

In one of our visits to the jail, we met a woman named Mirian.* She was captured by the police and arrested on drug charges. She is a tattoo specialist,…

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JOEP December 2017 Update Exponential Witnessing in a Womens Prison 1

Exponential Witnessing in a Womens Prison

December 17, 2017

One of the Arab inmates in the womens prison had requested a Bible from us during our previous visit. During our next visit we gave her one, and she took it eagerly…

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Released from Prison, Reunited with Family

September 14, 2017

The Middle East Prison Ministry Team was happy to find out about the release of Ms. S*, who was granted a shorter sentence of three years instead of six years…

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JOEP August 2017 Update Two Inmates Released and Returned Home

Two Inmates Released and Returned Home

August 25, 2017

The Middle East Prison Ministry team didn’t do prison visitations in July, but we helped two inmates who were released during the month to travel back to their home countries….

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JOEP July 2017 Update Impact of the written Word

Impact of the written Word

July 20, 2017

  Mr. M from Egypt is convicted with murder. We were informed by one of his relatives that he was announced innocent of charge. During our last meeting with him…

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JOEP June 2017 Update Wheel Chairs bring gratitude

Gratitude for His faithfulness

June 10, 2017

  We were happy to know that some inmates were released from prison and we helped them to find a place to live/stay until all release procedures and documentation are…

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JOEP May 2017 Update woman prison release

Prisoner released to home country

May 24, 2017

A foreign prisoner who was sick spent 15 years in prison. But she was released recently. During her time in prison, she had a change of heart during that time. She started…

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JOEP April 2017 Update gate prayer

In need of prayer

April 12, 2017

  We met a man who had been in prison for 75 years. He asked us to pray for his extreme pain. He was eventually transferred to a hospital at our…

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JOEP March 2017 Update reaching the hearts of the imprisoned

Reaching the hearts of the imprisoned

March 15, 2017

  In many Muslim countries, the consumption or sale of drugs is heavily punished by jail. In the last 5 years the subject of drugs has been like a plague….

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    I pray that they know Jesus and change their life forever.

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The vision of Middle East Prison Ministry is to care for the physical and spiritual needs of prisoners, communicate with and assist their families while the prisoners are in jail, and address the special needs of domestic workers. They also mobilize churches to be involved in prison outreach and help prisoners return home and connect with a local church after their release. As partners together since 2007, Partners International has resourced and equipped the ministry leadership team, allowing them to expand their reach and impact. Today, the team has access to 12 prisons with more than 8,000 prisoners. JEPM is the only Christian ministry with permission to visit and assist prisoners in the area.

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