It is too early yet to see the unexpected consequences of last year’s Arab Spring. In the short run, there is a bit of fatigue–haven’t we heard this story already? Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Morocco, Bahrain, Iraq, Iran and Syria. One of the consequences that may have the longest impact on the region is the number of peoples who have moved from one place to another. Such moves can lead to “refugee crises” and ongoing ethnic or class tensions.
One thing for certain is that such moves are the context in which people re-evaluate life and their own lives. Such moves therefore often lead to people deepening their convictions or changing their beliefs. Somewhere in Northern Africa and the Middle East are pockets of individuals who are coming in contact with believers in Jesus for the first time and are opening their hearts to the Gospel. Much of what happens in springtime is hidden underground or inside the tree-trunks; so likewise God is nurturing seeds today to bear fruit in the years to come.