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Reach the Unreached and Stand with the Persecuted: an Interview with Tom and JoAnn Doyle Please tell our readers how the two of you were called to be missionaries to the Middle East.

Tom and JoAnn Doyle: After twenty years of pastoring, God gave us a definite call to go to the Middle East and serve Him in multiple countries. I had become a tour guide for the State of Israel while I was a pastor, but God began to work in our hearts about the people who needed Jesus in Israel and the entire Middle East. Both of us received calls and God put it so strongly on our hearts to leave pastoring and go! What types of ministry are you involved in overseas?

Tom and JoAnn: At Uncharted, we have 70 national indigenous leaders in Israel, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Pakistan, and Germany. Our goal is to reach the unreached and stand with the persecuted. Our team plants churches in high risk areas among Muslims and we work with Jewish Holocaust Survivors in Israel. Another strong emphasis is working with persecuted believers. We try to sound the alarm in the West about the major breakthrough that is occurring in the Muslim world. More Muslims have come to faith in Christ in the last 10-20 years than in the last 1400 years of Islam! JoAnn, please tell us a bit about the new book, Women Who Risk.

JoAnn: After 20 years now in the Middle East we realized that women were always instrumental in the harvest field of salvations. The women we write about in Women Who Risk are real and their stories are true, but the book reads like a thrilling novel. God’s stories are the best, aren’t they? We just had to tell these stories because they remind us of the faithful women who financed Jesus’ ministry, were at the Cross, the Burial and the Empty Tomb. They were the first Gospel sharers as they told the Good News to the disciples too. In the book, women are described as “spiritual gatekeepers.” Please explain what that means.

Tom and JoAnn: Women are the major influencers in their families when it comes to spiritual things. You would think that would not be true in the Muslim world, but it is a God-given role to mothers and if they come to faith in Christ, they are faithful to tell their family even if they may die. At Uncharted we say, reach a Muslim woman, reach the Muslim world. Tom, you wrote a book about dreams and visions. How prevalent are they in the Middle East?

Tom: I didn’t believe in it at first until we were hit by a tidal wave of salvations with former Muslims who often told us that it all started with a high-definition Jesus dream. About 1 in 3 Muslims who come to faith in Christ say they had a dream or vision of Jesus Christ. He identifies Himself as Jesus in the dream so there is no doubt. No one goes to bed a Muslim and wakes up a Christian because of a dream of Jesus. But it starts them on a journey to find our who Jesus is after they have the initial encounter. Maybe because so few go to the Muslims with the Gospel as missionaries, and because Islam is 1/5th of the planet, Jesus is leading the way and opening up the door for us.

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Category: Ministry, Summer 2021

About the Author: Tom Doyle is President of Uncharted Ministries. In 2001, right before the September 11th attacks, Tom left the pastorate and he and his wife, JoAnn, began working full time in the Middle East. Tom and JoAnn co-authored Women Who Risk: Secret Agents for Jesus in the Muslim World. Tom is author of Dreams and Visions: Is Jesus Awakening the Muslim World? and Breakthrough: The Return of Hope to the Middle East. His book, Killing Christians: Living the Faith Where It’s Not Safe to Believe, takes readers to secret meetings, torture rooms, grim prisons, and even the executions of those who choose faith over survival in countries hostile to the Gospel of Christ. He is also author of Standing in the Fire: Courageous Christians Living in Frightening Times, a finalist for the 2018 ECPA book of the year, telling the triumphant stories of Middle Eastern heroes of faith who feared God more than terrorist groups like ISIS.

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