The newest Free Methodist work in the Middle East is in the Galilee region of Israel, specifically the city of Nazareth, Jesus’ boyhood home. Led by Dr. Nabil, an Asbury Seminary graduate, the work encompasses church planters serving 21 house fellowships and more than 400 people. More house churches will be launched soon. In addition, leaders anticipate establishing four house church networks in the Bethlehem area in 2016. Some 1.6 million Israeli Arabs reside in Israel and represent the target population for FM church planting efforts.