This week was incredible.
I spent the last week for the most part in Paphos, Cyprus. If you are like me and know very little of Cyprus, it is a small island set in the Mediterranean Sea.
They say it’s the closest you can be to the Middle East but still be in Europe; simultaneously, it’s the closest you can be to Europe while still being in the Middle East.
It’s an extremely diverse country with a rich (even biblical) history. Today, Cyprus is home to the only divided capital in the world, and this little country has consequently been under immense stress the last 40 years. In 1974, Turkey invaded Cyprus and seized control of the northern part of the island. Turkey illegally occupies this space still, but the United Nations has implemented a demilitarized “buffer zone” from east to west in the center of the island in order to keep the peace.
As hard as it is to see the lives of so many Cypriots affected by division, one truth remains: there is no peace outside of a relationship with Jesus.
Romans 5:1 says, “Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.” (CSB).
According to the Joshua Project, only a little over 1.3% of the country is Evangelical. The Joshua Project defines this as “Followers of Christ who generally emphasize the following:
•The Lord Jesus Christ as the sole source of salvation through faith in Him.
•Personal faith and conversion with regeneration by the Holy Spirit.
•A recognition of the inspired Word of God as the only basis for faith and living.
•Commitment to Biblical preaching and evangelism that brings others to faith in Christ.”
It’s for these reasons that A Jesus Mission is excited to announce that the Ryals family will be headed to Cyprus full time to share the hope of Jesus. This week, we began making the necessary steps toward getting the Ryals to Cyprus in May. They’ll be working alongside an amazing missionary couple who have been serving in the region for over 10 years.
We’ll be sharing much more in the coming year, but for now please keep the Ryals in prayer. If you feel led, please consider supporting them financially as they prepare to go.