By Bill MacLeod, Executive Director
You’d think it was yet another book from another popular “Killing…” series, but, “Killing Christians…Living the Faith Where it is Not Safe to Believe” is a book written by Tom Doyle, one of our plenary speakers for Mission ConneXion Northwest 2017.
Christian Persecution is at an all-time high globally, and in his book, Tom introduces us to some incredibly courageous persecuted believers who are leading a new Jesus movement around the world. Killing Christians was written to tell stories of victory from the front lines of the war raging around Jesus’ church in places like Iran, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, and Israel.
Reading such accounts causes us to cry out with the Apostle Paul, “Who is sufficient for these things?”
Our theme for MCNW 2017 is “Who is Able?” When we watch world events, we’re tempted to ask, “Is Christianity winning or losing?” Considering today’s challenges, it may well look like Christianity is losing, and that becoming a missionary is an impossible feat – like scaling an insurmountable mountain peak. However, we know that God is “able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us” (Ephesians 3:20).
Are people like Tom Doyle just extraordinary over-achievers who were born for greatness, or are they ordinary believers, like you and me, through whom God accomplishes the extraordinary?
Tom graduated from Biola College and Dallas Theological Seminary. He became an officially licensed guide for the State of Israel, leading over 60 tours to the land of the Bible. He pastored churches in Colorado, Texas, and New Mexico for 20 years, then became the Middle East director for e3 Partners/I Am Second. JoAnn, his wife of 34 years, serves with him at e3 as the director of Not Forgotten, a ministry to women of the Middle East.
If you’re asking yourself, “Am I able?”, plan now to come hear Tom, and see what the Lord can do with those who serve Him.