Why Digital Church Matters in Middle East and North Africa

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Last year, believers worldwide stayed connected with their home groups and church fellowships by going online, even though COVID-19 restrictions kept them physically apart.

The online church provides more than convenience in the Middle East and North Africa. Sometimes, it saves lives. “I think about the moms who’ve come to faith, and they’re married to someone who is a non-Christian,” MENA Leadership Center (MLC) CEO Jennifer Murff says.

“It’s very dangerous for them and their children to just step into a local church.”

Following Jesus leads to a death sentence in many MENA countries. “Local churches need a safety outlet, which is the digital church,” Murff says.

“People who come to faith, whether it’s through evangelism, dreams or visions, or however God meets them, [can] step into discipleship in a safe way that doesn’t put their family at risk.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth


  • Pray Iraqi leaders trained by MLC can use their new skills to start and grow digital churches.
  • Praise God for the opportunity to strategically plant churches throughout the MENA region using information from the digital church.