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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…

The Case of Ali

This update has been submitted by Global Initiative colleagues working with refugees in Europe. Names and details have been sensitized to protect those involved. Please join us in prayer for these refugees and those ministering to them.  This is the case of Ali, a 22 years old young man. Ali was brought to us by Mohammed whom we helped with legal information. Mohammed found Ali after he had been sleeping on a bench for a week. He took him to his house that was rented for a few days. When Ali was brought to us, we saw that he was suffering from severe depression and suicidal…

That’s Not What Simple Means: My Recent Visit to a Mosque

Humans are inherently complicated. Even rules that should be simple (stopping at a stop sign, for instance) can somehow become fraught with complications. “Well, a rolling stop is okay, right?” “There’s no traffic coming, so I’ll just keep going.” “That car hesitated for 3 seconds longer than I think is necessary, so I’m going. I don’t have all day.” “I reject your arbitrary societal structures! STOP SIGNS MEAN NOTHING TO ME.” Any concept that is simple can, and usually will, become more complicated when humans are added to the mix. Now, full disclosure, the town where I live is known…

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….

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…

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…

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…

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…

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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