Paul, the renowned apostle to the Gentiles, carried the Gospel of the Kingdom across ethnic lines, cultural barriers, and linguistic boundaries to obey the commissioning of Jesus to, “make disciples of all nations.” Refusing to build on someone else’s foundation, Paul traversed the Mediterranean basin to regions completely unreached by the news of Messiah, reasoning, "How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in Him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?”
Later, while dealing with a crisis of charisms in Corinth, Paul also reminded them, “…if I do not know the meaning of the language, I will be a foreigner to the speaker and the speaker a foreigner to me."
So weighty was this task of demonstrating and preaching the Gospel with clarity, that Paul wrote his sending community in Ephesus, asking for prayer that, " ...words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.”
Compelled by the same command as Paul was, and commissioned by the same Jesus, we also must obey the call to make disciples of all nations. Pioneer workers must be equipped to exposit the Word of God, to proclaim the the Gospel, and to lead others into the same redemptive ministry of Christ-exalting declaration—not as a foreigner speaking incomprehensibly, but as an ambassador giving an incarnate witness to the incarnate God.
What’s in a name?
The word, “Al-Raed” in Arabic means “the pioneer, the forerunner, the pathfinder, the herald.” The Al-Raed Arabic Program exists to equip—through language acquisition, study, community, prayer, and practical ministry experience—pioneer laborers who will go to the frontiers of the unreached Arab world proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom.
Jesus prophesied that this Gospel of the Kingdom would be proclaimed to all nations, and then the end would come. As we look to His coming with a "Maranatha!" cry in our heart, we put our hand to the plow to obey His commission to make disciples.
The focus and strategy of the missions community 200 years ago was to reach the coastlands of the world with the good news. A century later, the success of the coastlands effort motivated a new generation to reach the interior regions of the continents. Today, followers of Jesus are concentrating their efforts on the unreached peoples of the world, and the Arab world sits at the very heart of this final thrust.
255 million Arabic speakers haven't heard the glad tidings of our hope, and have no indigenous community of believers amongst them. Laborers are desperately needed to go and work in these ripe harvest fields.
history belongs to the pioneers
Looking to the rich history of missions, we can glean from the various models of those who have pioneered the strategic frontiers of the past. One such example is Hudson Taylor and the China Inland Mission. Part of the great missions movement towards the continental interiors, Hudson Taylor began China Inland Mission with the goal of putting two disciple-makers in each of the eleven interior province of China, as well as two in Mongolia. From this humble ambition, which increased the number of Christian workers in inland China by 25%, the number of laborers grew, both Chinese and foreign, until today there are over 70 million Chinese believers.
China Inland Mission had a revolutionary approach to training their pioneers in the early 1800s. They put a high value on language acquisition, cultural and worldview understanding, and building strategic platforms for Gospel workers. Deeply steeped in the Word of God, and given to a lifestyle of prayer, these are the history-makers, and the ones of whom the world is not worthy. It is with this model in mind that the Al-Raed Arabic Program has been designed.
In addition to Levantine Arabic and Modern Standard Arabic, we will also be studying:
Church Planting and Discipleship Methods
Arab Culture and Islam
Leadership and Pioneering
Relief and Development Platforms
APPLICATIONS HAVE CLOSED FOR 2019
We will be accepting applications for the Al-Raed Arabic Program 2020 in early summer of 2019. Keep an eye out, and sign up to receive updates!
¿No hablas inglés?
El programa de árabe Al-Raed ofrece el curriculo del primer año utilizando el español aprovechando sus similitudes gramaticales con el árabe. Para más información, favor de escribir al programa.
EXALTING THE WORTH OF JESUS CHRIST
AMONG THE UNREACHED AND UNENGAGED
AT THE END OF THE AGE
 Romans 11:13
 Matthew 28:18-20
 Romans 15:20
 Romans 10:14-15
 1 Corinthians 14:10-11
 Ephesians 6:18-20
 Matthew 24:14
 Joshua Project: Arab World