Welcome to Christian Mission to Gaza! Our mission is to one of the most heavily populated and needy cities in the world. Our goals are:
- To apply the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the spiritual, physical and social needs of the people of Gaza.
- To work with churches in the United States to establish opportunities for short-term mission trips.
- To encourage our Christian brothers in Gaza.
- To share the Good News of the love of God with the people in Gaza through community development.
Latest E-mail News from the Massad Family:
October 7, 2013
Greetings, dear friends,
I have just returned from Gaza where I ministered with my friend, Pastor Bill, from September 15 to 25. Thank you so much for your faithful prayers, encouragement, and support. I can't tell you how many times we actually felt the effect of your prayers in situations, even as Suhad and our daughters experienced comfort and protection back in Amman.
Thanks to you, I was able to teach an intensive leadership class through the Gaza extension of Bethlehem Bible College and minister to the teachers at our Lighthouse School and kindergarten. We provided beautiful school uniforms for some of 250 students in K-6, as well as much needed material relief for poor students and their families. On Friday, Pastor Bill ministered to the youth of Gaza Baptist Church, with me translating into Arabic. And on Sunday, I shared with the congregation and later had a wonderful opportunity to minister to Hanna Maher, their new pastor. Please keep him in your prayers. Just try to imagine the challenge of shepherding the only evangelical church in Gaza, in the midst of more than 1.7 million Muslims, in a trisected area .
The poverty in Gaza continues to increase, especially after Cairo destroyed hundreds of supply tunnels that connected Gaza with Egypt and which had provided employment for thousands of the young people. We visited families in the poorest areas of Gaza City and in Deir el-Balah---one of Gaza's nine refugee camps, which house 1.1 million Palestinian families left homeless as a result of the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. Deir el-Balah is virtually a concrete ghetto, with 12,000 people packed into 39 acres.
Some of the families we visited are very sick; others are unable to pay rent. We provided food, medicine, and other basic necessities, including mattresses, a refrigerator, and even fixed the roofs on some of the homes.
The woman you see in this picture is a widow with five children. Her husband, their father, died in a Gaza prison several months ago. There is no work for her, so she and her family depend entirely upon charity. We have been helping her and her family for some time now and will continue to do so. This was how Jesus taught us to preach the gospel of the Kingdom of God, not only in words but also in deeds. This is how we introduce widows to their Husband, Jesus, and orphans to their heavenly Father.
Making matters even worse in Gaza is the rationing of utilities. Destruction of the tunnels choked off the supply of Egyptian petrol, forcing people to sit in gas queues for hours to get fuel for their automobiles and lorries. It also has resulted in electricity being on for 8 hours and then shut off for 8 hours, breaking normal life patterns and causing additional stress. While we cannot change the situation, we were able to provide a large battery for a Christian family of seven . It is very expensive about ($430, including the installation and more work in the apartment, please look at the picture below), but it will provide electricity during power outages and enable the four schoolchildren to study after dark
Yes, Gaza is very dark place, poor and oppressed and paying a huge price for the escalating conflicts in the region. But I thank God for his grace, and I thank you for your faithfulness that enable CMG to continue to shine a little light in that darkness---to both the Christian minority and the Muslim majority.
This trip was unique in that, for the first time, Tel Aviv gave me permission to enter Israel and the West Bank in addition to Gaza. So I was able to spend two days in Bethlehem where I was reunited with the ten dear families who evacuated with us after the murder of Rami Ayyad, the manager of our Christian bookstore, in October 2007. They are all ministry leaders in the West Bank, and I was wonderfully encouraged to see the fruit of our labors continuing in their lives and service.
Here in Amman, we continue to reach out with God's love to refugee families from Iraq and Syria, ministering to the Iraqi church every Tuesday. During the past few months, CMG has helped more than three hundred and fifty refugee families. By the end of this year, CMG will have helped more than 850 families in Gaza and Jordan with basic physical necessities, revealing Jesus to them according to Matthew 25: "For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in. I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. ...I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me."
Thank you again for your partnership in the work God is doing through CMG. Please pray: