Karim came from Syria to Brazil as a refugee in 2013. His family was being persecuted for their faith, their city was destroyed and he did not want to take part in the war as they were recruiting. Even though he was already a Christian, his experience with MORE made him want to serve the suffering church the same way he was blessed. He learned Portuguese, received missionary training and now works full time on staff at MORE Brazil.

How do you describe the situation of Christians in your hometown in Syria?
I am from Aleppo in the northern part of Syria. It is now considered the most destroyed city on the planet after World War II. Most Christians in Aleppo used to live in safer zones, where ISIS did not have access by land. For that reason, it was the part of town they bombed the most. My neighborhood was the only one hit by 22 bombs, because they knew it was where Christians lived. Christians face this every day in Syria, especially the more vulnerable Christians that live in villages on the outskirts of the city. Those suffer violence and are constantly kidnapped.

Did you have the option of staying?
In my case, no. I had served in the army when things were more under control. Because of my experience, I was told there was no chance I would not be recruited. This is one of the most violent wars in history. The only way I would survive would be by killing others.

How did your experience with MORE bring you closer to God? How did it add to your calling?
MORE brought me new hope. I went for refuge in an arid and distant land, and their love was amazing. They did not treat me as a stranger nor question the fact that I was an Arab. Since 2006 I had felt God’s call in my heart, but at that point it became much stronger. I want to do the same for others. Today I am a full time missionary with MORE so that I can help others.

What are your future plans as a missionary?
I wish to go back to the Middle East to make disciples of Christ and serve refugees. And of course, if God allows, I want to be a part of the reconstruction of Aleppo.

How can the American church pray for you?
Please pray for me but also pray for all my people. We are one church of Christ and it is a blessing to be cared for by the Western side of the body!

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BRAZIL | Colombo – PR | Headquarters

MORE’s Global Headquarter is located in Colombo, in the state of Paraná in Southern Brazil. From this location we coordinate international projects and provide support to our missionaries.

In Colombo, MORE has a Mission Training School, that is focused on equipping Christians that have the calling to go into missions and help the Suffering Church. MORE also hosts refugees that are unable to stay in their countries due to religious persecution or war.

 

Uganda

In operation since August 2014, MORE Uganda has helped run an ESL School in partnership with a Norwegian organization Refugee Alliance. MORE’s team visits periodically refugee resettlement camps providing support and identifying best ways to implement development projects

 

Southeast Asia

MORE Southeast Asia’s efforts are focused on refugee assistance and resettlement and community development initiatives with local Christians. Our base provides support and refuge to Christians of surrounding nations that are undergoing persecution.

 

Middle East

MORE Middle East started in 2014 with the goal to strengthen the suffering church in the region and to provide support to christians fleeing persecution and looking for refuge. 

MORE has small business initiatives aimed at helping Christians find work and dignity. There is also a dental and medical clinic for the community. MORE’s missionaries do on going visits to nearby refugee camps to provide discipleship and relief. 

 

USA

MORE USA started in 2016 with the purpose to raise awareness about the suffering church with the american church and to build partnerships that will help support MORE’s global projects.

Nepal

MORE Nepal works in partnership with other organizations and local churches. Our team is located in Kathmandu, the capital and visits the interior of the country periodically. MORE’s work has been concentrated mainly in the provinces of Dolakha and Sindhupalchok, which were deeply affected by the 2015 Earthquake.Nosso objetivo é desenvolver projetos que visem à recuperação da agricultura de subsistência – principal fonte de renda destas populações. A partir deste trabalho será possível promover meios de geração de renda para os camponeses por meio do comércio e exportação.

The goal for this location is to develop projects with local farmers to recover their land and subsistence, which is their main source of incone. As a result of this work, MORE believes we will be able to provide more income and support to the local communities.

Italy

Since early 2015 MORE Italy has been providing support to refugee resettlement projects and working alongside the Italian church. MORE Italy’s director has been working with refugee initiatives since 2011.

Our goal is to raise awareness amongst the Italian church to the reality of the Suffering church and the refugees that are arriving at the Italian shores daily.

Haiti

MORE started as a response to the Haiti earthquake in 2010. After the emergency aid that was provided, MORE started it’s base with the focus to develop mid and long term recovering projects around the nation in partnership with local Haitian churches.

MORE Haiti has a Community Development School that is provided free of charge and is a training program to our Small Business initiatives which hold three core principles: financial investment, people development, and discipleship. Our program with those that want to participate in our school and small business initiatives lasts eighteen months. MORE Haiti also has ongoing projects with a local orphanage and a music school (REMIX School) .

Guinea Bissau

MORE Guinea Bissau is working in partnership with House Emanuel, a local orphanage. Our missionaries have been discipling and equipping teenagers and local children, many of which have never left the orphanage compound.

Colombia

More Colombia started in late 2014. Most of it’s efforts are related to Small Business initiative in the rural area. In partnership with local churches MORE has also been providing support to internally displaced refugees that are running away from guerrillas and the internal conflict that has been ongoing for decades.

 

Central Asia

MORE Central Asia is providing support to Christians that are suffering persecution due to local regimes. Our missionaries have been encouraging and discipling local leadership.

 

Sertão

In 2015, MORE started a new base in the northeastern region of Brazil in the deep drylands. In partnership with other missions, MORE has started small business initiatives to provide income and discipleship to families. As a result, a toy factory and a guitar factory are now in operation.