Team Middle East, update 3: A shaking of the foundations

We have arrived safely and settled into our accommodations with our friends.  We spent some time talking about how recent headlines regarding Is lamic extremism are seen in a different perspective from Christians in this area.  We see death and destruction, and to be sure, what is being done is horrible.  However, God is using these atrocities to shake the foundation of those who ascribe to this religion.  When they see what is being done in the name of their religion, they begin to question what they believe.  God uses this doubt to begin a searching in their heart... a longing for something more.  This is where the Church in this area steps in and begins to reap a harvest that the Lord is bringing in.  Pray that local churches would rise up to this occasion and see the truth that is spoken of in Psalm 82:5 “The ‘gods’ know nothing, they understand nothing. They walk about in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are shaken."