MECO is a group of people with a heart for the Middle East, united in vision for Middle Eastern churches to engage in effective mission. We aim to be culturally sensitive, prepared to learn language, determined to stay around for the long term, flexible, willing to work in teams and to share and model the love of Christ. Historically, the region is deeply divided and only the love and forgiveness of God revealed in Christ can change hearts and bring a desire for real peace. A growing number of true believers live for Christ in the Middle East, often through personal struggles and persecution. They are the ones through whom the gospel will most effectively spread, and our role is to encourage and support them. Middle East Christian Outreach was formed in 1976 through the merger of the Arabic Literature Mission, Lebanon Evangelical Mission and Middle East General Mission. Our service in the Middle East stretches as far back as 1860.