MERF- A summary

Middle East Reformed Fellowship (MERF) is an evangelical Christian missionary organization which serves in the Middle East, North Africa and Asia on behalf of Reformed and Presbyterian Family of Churches and believers worldwide. Their work is bearing fruit for the Kingdom of Christ among the twenty-two nations of the Arab League and other Muslim areas in Africa and Asia. MERF strengthens national churches with ministries of evangelism, church extension, biblical training, and diaconal aid.

MERF give these bullet points on their website. This is how they seek to serve God:

1. Promote Communion

Promoting communion for mutual encouragement and edification among Christian leaders in the Middle East who hold to the Reformed faith, thus stimulating a true vision of service and a fervent zeal for witness.

2. Foster Cooperation

Fostering cooperation between Reformed churches in the Middle East.

3. Encourage Fellowship

Encouraging fellowship between Reformed churches in the Middle East and Reformed churches in other parts of the world.

4. Render Services

Rendering services in the spirit of the oneness of faith that binds faithful believers together, along with their gifts and resources.

The following are the major services of MERF:

A. Evangelism

Moving forward with an indigenous God-centered outreach. This is to be carried out especially through the support of national evangelists and the use of the media.

B. Church-extension

Building healthy and sound congregations where there are needs. This is to be done always in consultation with and under the supervision of a specific ecclesiastical body.

C. Biblical Training

Providing solid biblical and theological instruction for leaders and potential leaders by means of specific programs and arrangements.

D. Diaconal Aid

“Doing good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith” (Gal. 6:10). This is always to be administered by means of volunteers and under the guidance of the local churches.