Category: Regional Updates

Testimonies from the Isaiah 19 highway.

Shifting Sands in Saudi Arabia

A shift is happening in the Middle East – ruling powers are changing, old alliances are being broken, and new alliances are being formed.  This is especially true for Saudia Arabia, as the crown prince Mohammed bin Salman is turning everything upside down.  Maybe you’ve seen the recent reports: that women will be allowed to ...

The Fall of Kirkuk & How to Pray for the Kurdish People

On September 25th, the Kurdish people in Northern Iraq held a referendum to move towards an independent Kurdish state.  As the largest people group in the world without a nation, this was a historic and exciting move.

United States and Turkey mutually suspend visa services

(By Amy La Porte, Originally published on CNN) Both the United States and Turkey have suspended all non-immigrant visa services for travel between the two countries, after last week’s arrest of a US consulate employee in Istanbul. With some exceptions, the move effectively blocks Turks from travel to the United States, and vice versa, indefinitely. ...

Turkey Offers to Free Jailed American Pastor in Clergy Swap

By Barbara G. Baker – World Watch Monitor / Published on Christianity Today Turkey’s president has for the first time confirmed publicly that an American pastor jailed for the past 12 months is being held as a political hostage. In a speech at his presidential palace last Thursday, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan openly called on the ...

Israeli & Middle Eastern followers of Jesus unite to care for their hurting region

“In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria … Israel will be the third with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the earth, whom the Lord of hosts has blessed, saying, “Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel my inheritance.” (Isaiah ...

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Yazidi, Kurdish delegation sees parallels of Holocaust, persecution by Islamic State

“We ask ourselves how could this happen in the 21st century that women could be sold? What is painful for me was what happened to the Jewish community and everyone was watching and millions were killed. The same thing is happening [today], the international community saw what happened and was watching,” said Mizra Dinnayi, a ...

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Undoing Years of Progress in Turkey

This op-ed published by the New York Times was written by a friend of At the Crossroads. The former mayor of Diyarbakir has worked to foster co-existence and even cooperation among the many different Christians and Muslims in his region. Now he sees that work being undone. He writes: “Entire towns and districts are under ...