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20th Anniversary! Our Latest Jonah Initiative Training in Baguio!

Twenty years ago Islam did not have the global consciousness it has now. The terrorist attacks in New York City in September 2001 definitely brought it to the forefront. Today, we find a strong presence of Islam in nearly every corner of our world and that includes the Muslim-populated countries of Asia. It is evident to us on this 20-year anniversary of The Jonah Initiative training in Baguio, Republic of the Philippines, that Global Initiative leaders were sensitive to God’s leading in 1997. They took the initiative at that time to make Baguio an annual event to train workers for…

Beyond Cuba to the Ends of the Earth!

“You have been a huge encouragement to us this week. It was a fruitful time, and we learned so much we had not been aware of.” I am excited to tell you that believers in the Cuba Assemblies of God are responding to the call of God to take the gospel to Muslims in their country… and to Muslims in other parts of the world.   Thanks to your monthly gifts, Global Initiative is impacting the Muslim world with the gospel by training these believers through the Jonah Initiative. Some of our team members recently returned from training sessions in…

Training Passionate Students in the Caucasus!

“Thank you for coming. I believe your visit was a divine appointment!”  We have been sharing with you how the Holy Spirit is opening new doors for Muslims to be reached with the gospel. This month we share news of yet another brand new open door of ministry! A few weeks ago, Global Initiative team members Fred and Annette Farrokh conducted an intensive missions training seminar in one of the six countries located in the Caucasus, a region at the border of Europe and Asia. The training seminar theme was “Sharing the Gospel with Muslims.” Fifty enthusiastic students attended the week-long…

We’re seeing a spiritual awakening among Muslims!

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Eph. 6:12, NIV Those of us who have ministered to Muslims for years are seeing an unprecedented, spiritual breakthrough in their acceptance of Christ. This is occurring not only with one or two Muslims here and there, but sometimes with a majority of Muslims in a community. Is this due to an increase in loving witness from Christians? In part, yes. Is it due to Muslims…

Millennials are heading to the mission field!

“Why do the unreached remain unreached? They remain unreached because they live in hard, difficult-to-access, war-torn, persecuted areas of the world, and we the church have decided the price of reaching them is too great.” This was expressed by the opening speaker (who works in a restrictive- access country) at The World Missions Summit 4 last month in Houston, Texas. The World Missions Summits are conducted in partnership withChi Alpha and Assemblies of God World Missions and U.S. Missions. Missionaries came to Houston from all over the world to join students from Chi Alpha and Assemblies of God university campuses…

Where Is Our Focus?

With the recent presidential executive order placing a temporary halt on providing visas for seven predominantly Muslim countries, we at Global Initiative have been reminded of the importance of staying focused on our vision statement: Every Muslim Must Know the Truth About Jesus! In 2016 our team of trainers and partners around the world joyfully engaged in equipping over 1,800 persons to reach out to Muslim peoples with the truth about Jesus. With regard to the global issues of immigration and refugees, our ministry recognizes that there are varying views on the politics, issues and personalities that drive current events….

Reaching out to our Muslim neighbors here!

Recently, while in a large U.S. city in the Midwest, I had to travel by taxi from my hotel to a Global Initiative event venue. I soon determined by the accent of the young driver that English was not his mother tongue. I asked him where he was from and he responded “Ethiopia.” He shared that there are many Ethiopian immigrants in the city and that he attends one of the four Ethiopian churches in the area. At our event luncheon the next day, I learned that the four Christian young men attending our table had immigrated to the Unit­ed…

Look what the Lord has done!

As our ministry staff at Global Initiative reflects back on 2016, our hearts are full of gratitude and thanks to each of you who have faithfully partnered with us this past year. Our team has the same heart toward you that Paul had toward the church in Philippi: “In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now” (Philippians 1:4-5, NIV). Many friends of Global Initiative: Reaching Muslim Peoples have stood with this ministry for years through prayers and giving. I would like to…

From Romania to Muslim nations!

The Holy Spirit is at work in unique ways among His church, as well as penetrating the vast spiritual darkness of Islam. We continue to hear more testimonies of Muslims encountering Jesus and surrendering their lives to Him! One key to Global Initiative’s effectiveness is our training of local church leaders and lay people to reach the Muslims in their communities and beyond. It truly is a multiplication process. Our missionaries are expanding their effectiveness through the training of young Romanian men and women. After the fall of communism, a number of churches from the West sent workers to minister…

Pablo and Maria: A Journey to Muslim Ministry

Pablo was so destitute that he attempted to commit suicide, but his gun jammed! Born in Central America an illegitimate baby, Pablo never knew his father and was abandoned by his mother. To appease the continual rejection he felt, Pablo turned to drugs and alcohol which landed him in jail by age 12. At 14, looking for comfort, Pablo illegally entered Mexico in search of his mother. Following her trail he finally connected with her in California. Unfortunately, his mother was not happy to see him. More rejection! Pablo’s anger and bitterness festered, driving him to join a street gang in…

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