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International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES)

Middle East/North Africa Region

IFES Ministry in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) aims to establish a healthy student ministry in every country in the Arab world.  IFES has been involved with student ministry in the MENA region since 1987.  The region comprises 18 countries, 15 of which are hostile to Christians according to the Open Doors World Watch List.  There are 10 established national student movements in the MENA region.  IFES/MENA is actively pioneering work in five countries, and opportunity seeking in three more.  We are building up a staff and students throughout the region to be thoughtful Christian leaders.  IFES regional conferences aim to strengthen and train Christian students, leaders and graduates.  Recently, there has been a focus on equipping for outreach to those from a Muslim background.  These regional activities are especially strategic in this context and also provide much-needed fellowship and support for Christians who are struggling with isolation and persecution.