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World Evangelical Alliance concludes meetings

A business meeting of the 14-country delegates of the World Evangelical Alliance. (Photos: World Evangelical Alliance)
Press Release — The Middle East and North Africa Evangelical Alliance (MENA-EA) held its third general assembly in Ajloun, Jordan, the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) said in a statement.اضافة اعلان

The 45 participating delegates represented nine national alliances, partner organizations, prospective members, and representatives of the World Evangelical Alliance accounting for more than 3.5 million evangelicals that live and worship in MENA.

WEA Secretary-General Bishop Thomas Schirrmacher, together with Mario Li Hing, representing the International Council of the WEA — its highest governing body — and Peirong Lin, a WEA deputy secretary-general, brought messages of encouragement and support to the Evangelical Alliance from the MENA region during the September 26–28 meeting.

Schirrmacher praised the steadfastness of the representatives of evangelicals from Palestine, Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon, Iraq, Algieria and Arabic Speaking evangelicals from Europe and said that he has “a special love for the Middle East, for the Muslim world, for Arabic-speaking people”.

Schirrmacher said that evangelicals were the ones who tried to overcome the splits of the reformation era. “Our forefathers put Jesus and the gospel above the theology,” he said.

The German evangelical leader used the family theme as he pleaded for unity among Christians in the region. “We must find unity among all Christians,” he said. “We are a family and if we have some in-house fights, this can be solved together.”

The three-day program held at the Ajloun Baptist Center included devotions and worship, country reports by MENA-EA members, a workshop on accountability in ministry, a panel on religious freedom advocacy, and prayer requests.

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