"Together with God" ... The Middle East Laundromat Project, a Women for JESUS ministry
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In honor of Mother'sDay,
it is our joy to highlight the nonprofit organization,
Women for JESUS...
a ministry of JESUS Film Project
(Cru / Campus Crusade for Christ)
Take a moment to Lavish Your Soul this weekend
with this inspiring ministry... take a peek
into how they are helping women both
near & far encounter JESUS.
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"If we truly love God,
we will express it by loving our neighbors,
and when we truly love our neighbors,
it expresses our love for God."
~ Richard Sterns
"TOGETHER WITH GOD"
"Throughout history, women have joined together
to accomplish a purpose with great impact
than individual women could ever alone."
Women for JESUS
Millions of displaced families in the Middle East continue to struggle for survival in places where they are considered "outsiders."
Several years ago, Women for JESUS built a new laundromat to serve refugee families and since, God has blessed this ministry and opened doors to expand it to other cities in the Middle East. The impact on lives has been great ...
150 refugee families use the laundromat regularly
Housed in a church, the laundromat opens doors for relationships & ministry
Isolated & displaced women are learning about their value to God through evangelistic films & other resources
Refugee children watch The Story of Jesus for Children & attend classes at the church's school
Discipleship groups have formed for women to learn about the Bible & be ministered to on a deeper level
Women can bring family members to periodic evening meetings to see one of the JESUS Film Project's evangelistic films & receive food & basic supplies
Entire families are being reached as local believers extend help & love
This ministry of compassion is drawing hearts
closer to Jesus and is an important bridge
into the refugee community.
Given the opportunity to have a place to do laundry, have tea and meet others, watch Magdalena or The Story of Jesus for Children, doors are open for staff or church members to visit families at home and share more of Christ's love and care.
A lady shared that she was in this country for 15 months and she only experienced love from "followers of Jesus" as the Christians are known. She said that the word "love" is not part of her religious language. She was astonished to hear that they only have to pay for the soap and that the washing is free.
"Mozambique was a nation in absolute chaos. Civil war had degenerated into total anarchy; millions were gripped by the cruel famine." Over 500,000 refugees fled the war ... Some came to a camp just inside South Africa. When "JESUS" film workers Mark and Jill arrived, the sights and sounds were overwhelming! ...
“When we arrived at the church, I was in complete shock. There was a sea of black in the sanctuary. Women in their traditional dress, covered from head to toe, sat shoulder to shoulder, packed in tightly. There wasn’t a seat left— about 200 women. I was afraid. They were nearly all wives of radical men. I feared that when they realized I was about to show them a Christian film, they might kill me. ‘Lord, this is in Your hands,' I prayed ... "