By Rob Collingsworth
MIDDLE EAST — As hostilities escalate yet again in the Middle East, Christians must ask themselves how such events affect missions in high-risk areas. For Southern Baptists in particular, whose cooperative work is centered on getting the Gospel to all people in all nations, these are delicate and important questions. Regardless of the headlines, the Gospel remains at the center of missions.
And in the face of troubling news from places like Iran and Iraq, IMB mission field leader Don Allen* says that “God is still at work, and He is evidencing more work today than I have seen in the last three decades.”
“Don’t believe all the news,” says Allen, who has worked with teams in the Middle East region for several years guiding day-to-day operations. “God is at work in ways you cannot comprehend or see, and we hold on to that.”
According to Allen, God has a plan to reach Iranians and Iraqis. “He’s not going to let anyone thwart His plan,” he says. “Even in times of great upheaval, God is at work.” [Read more…]