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Fred Farrokh

From Europe to the World

For many years, Global Initiative instructors have trained young missionaries at the Romanian Center for Cross-Cultural Studies (CRST). During this academic year, Harry Morin and Fred and Annette Farrokh taught the second-year students intensive classes in ministry to Muslims. Like many European Christians, our friends at CRST have noted that this is the 500th Anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation in Europe. Martin Luther’s nailing of his “95 Theses” to the church door in Wittenburg, Germany is considered by historians as the beginning of the Reformation. Revival fires are burning once again in Europe! Many of our missions…

Issues American Muslims are Wrestling With

American Muslims are very diverse. Essentially, the diversity of the world’s 1.5 billion Muslims is reflected and compressed within the American Muslim community, which is 1/200th the size of the global umma (Muslim community)! Each Muslim people group and every Muslim family is dealing with unique issues. In a previous blog, I dealt with the issues of assimilation, integration and victimization that are facing Muslim Americans. Here are some more of the main issues presently confronting the Muslim community: Materialism vs. Spirituality: As many Christians know, sometimes it is easier to focus on the visible material world around us than…

Assimilation, Integration, and Victimization

Wow. It is already 2017. Tommy Hodum in his fascinating Intercede article has brought up the issues of assimilation and integration among American Muslims. I grew up as a part of the Muslim American community back in the 1960s and 70s. It was a community with a lot of amazing people back then, as it is today. Like most Muslim kids, I watched my parents working hard to give us the best future possible. Most Americans seemed to be unaware of Muslims until 9/11/2001 when the Twin Towers went down. For Iranian-Americans, the public became aware of us a bit…

What is Jesus’ “Love Language?”

Recently my wife and I were asked to provide pre-marital counseling to an engaged Christian couple in our area. The curriculum we are using includes Gary Chapman’s well-known teaching on “Love Languages.” The five “love languages” presented by Chapman are: words of affirmation; quality time; receiving gifts; acts of service; and, physical touch. These are ways different people prefer others to interact with them. One person’s preferred love language may be different from another’s, even within marriage. As I have been reading through Matthew lately, I began to ponder how Jesus wanted people relate to Him. In other words, what…

Refugees, Exiles, and “Visions of God”

“Now it came about in the thirtieth year, on the fifth day of the fourth month, while I was by the river Chebar among the exiles, the heavens were opened and I saw visions of God” (Ezekiel 1:1, emphasis added). When it comes to a discussion about Muslims in America, attention immediately turns to refugees. Who are they? Why are they here? Have they been vetted? Who let them in? Etc, etc. These questions are certainly to be expected from the general population. But should other issues concern the praying and missions-minded Christian? Are there any other angles we should be looking into? I…

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