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Creating Community in the Middle East

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Creating Community in the Middle East

This month we introduce you to one of our newer partners at Tying Vines.  Chris Howitz and his wife Nicole, along with their two sons live in Muscat, Oman.  Chris has served as the Anglican chaplain in Muscat since moving to Muscat in 2012, after serving as Chaplain for the Manchester City FC, in Manchester, UK.  Chris and Nicole, who have been married for 21 years, developed an interest in the Middle East early on in their marriage while backpacking through Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia and Kenya. Chris shared, “While on that trip we had great conversations with locals regarding what we believed, and we also got to see a number of Christian communities in the region.  That journey led us to some Arabic study when we returned home, and some further trips to the Middle East on our holidays.”  

In 2012, the Howitz family found their opportunity to finally make the move to the Middle East when Chris responded to an advertisement for a chaplaincy position at the Protestant church in Muscat.  In February of this year, the Anglican church was granted separate status by the Omani government. and they are now seeking to “grow a community of faith that is rooted in God’s Word, reaching out to those around us and to the world”. As part of this vision they are working to refurbish the Bible Society Center on the church campus.  They hope to provide access to bibles and bible literature.  In the remodel they are including a coffee bar with the hope that people will come and enjoy friendship, community and deep conversations.

We are excited to partner with Chris and Nicole and their boys as they serve in Oman!

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