The Gospel Coalition has been asked by partners in the Middle East and North Africa to help provide resources for their church leaders. As you know, following Christ in that part of the world is extremely challenging, and these brothers and sisters need our prayers.
Matching Grant: $30,000
We are asking the Lord to provide $30,000 by June 15, through your giving. Generous partners will match each gift dollar for dollar up to $30,000.
How to Give
There are three ways to give:
Give online: Click here and select “Middle East Relief” from the designation list.
By check: Make checks to “The Gospel Coalition” with “Middle East Relief” in the subject line and send to: The Gospel Coalition, Office of Advancement, P.O. Box 583542, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55458-3542.
Questions: If you have questions about this project or ways to give, including stock and business interests, contact director of advancement Dan Olson at [email protected] or 612-460-5402 in our Minneapolis office.
Gospel Resources for the Middle East and North Africa (Details)
SNAPSHOT: Translation, printing, distribution, and spreading of five new print (and hundreds of digital) gospel-centered resources in Arabic, Turkish, Farsi, French. Once complete, physical books will be available for free distribution by you through TGC IO’s Packing Hope.
COSTS: $60,000 ($20K three-phase translation/proofing; $20K printing; $5K international rights; $5K web/digital translation; $10K project administrative costs).
PROJECT DETAILS BY LANGUAGE:
ARABIC (400 million speakers; official language of 27 countries)
Translating and printing 4,000 copies of Graeme Goldsworthy’s Preaching the Whole Bible as Christian Scripture (Partner: Eerdmans).
Funds to develop an Arabic-language site for sermons and PDFs (see Farsi site below).
Distributing through Packing Hope print and digital Arabic editions of J. I. Packer’s Knowing God (nearing completion!) and Don Carson and Tim Keller’s The Gospel as Center.
Spreading Farsi-language gospel-centered content through mahfeleenjil.com and partners, including Farsi-language sermons of John Piper, Mark Dever, David Platt, R. C. Sproul, as well as digital book translations (Partners: 100Fold, Crossway, Desiring God, Radical, Ligonier, 9Marks).
FRENCH (200 million speakers; 15 percent North Africa and Middle East; 35 percent sub-Saharan Africa)
Translation and printing 5,400 copies of Randy Alcorn’s Touchpoints: Heaven (Partners: Tyndale; BLF Europe) and 5,400 copies of David Helm’s Expositional Preaching (International Edition) (Partners: Crossway, BLF Europe).
Distributing through Packing Hope free cases of new French-language resources: John Piper’s Let the Nations Be Glad and Tim Keller’s Center Church.
TURKISH (75 million speakers; primarily Turkey, Iraq, Kosovo, as well as Eastern Europe)
Translating and printing 1,000 copies of Andrew Walker’s Anchored in Grace and Kevin DeYoung’s Taking God at His Word (Partners: Via Christus, Antalya, Turkey)
Distributing through Packing Hope free cases of a new Turkish edition of J. I. Packer’s Concise Theology (nearing completion!).
ABOUT TGC INTERNATIONAL OUTREACH (TGC IO)
Our goal is to see pastors in the Global South receive access to strong theological content through our resources, distributed in the context of partners (whether expatriate or indigenous) working in the field to provide training and mentoring. We hope church leaders will be affected by the power of the gospel and, in turn, shepherd their congregations faithfully—resulting in widespread gospel renewal, all for the praise of God’s glorious grace. We pray these efforts will strengthen thousands of congregations.