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Islamic View of Jesus

I recently read an editorial that said that Muslims believe in the virgin birth of Christ. It is true; chapter 19 of the Quran describes the birth of John the Baptist, the Annunciation of the birth of Jesus by the angel, and the birth of Jesus. Even some so-called Christians would dispute the virgin birth! However, that is where the similarity ends. In the Quranic account Jesus speaks from his cradle, denies his deity and in an attempt to deny that he was the Son of God declares, “It is not befitting to (the majesty of Allah that He should…

Forbidden Questions

Just the other day I had the privilege to listen to a Christian couple, formerly from Muslim background (CMB), share their testimony. One concept shared stuck out. It reinforced my understanding of the dilemma faced by many Muslims as they develop questions regarding Islam, its practice, beliefs and teachings. What was supported through the recounting of their personal experiences is that Islam is truly a religion of forced submission. A Muslim is one who must submit. Christians often think that Muslims willfully follow Islam. Yet, with the proliferation of electronic media and current societal events, Muslims are having questions arise…

Ministers and lay people being sent from El Salvador!

When we read the Book of Acts, we can certainly see that the Holy Spirit used the apostles of the Church. However, many of the stories we read about evangelistic witness involved lay people: business men and business women were effectively used in outreach. We recently completed our annual Jonah Initiative training in San Salvador, El Salvador. Some folks are still surprised about the connection of Latin America with the Islamic world. But more and more, El Salvador is transforming from being a receiving church to a sending church. One church in El Salvador has already sent 15 missionaries. They…

A Response to Ben Corey’s “5 Things I Wish Conservative Christians Understood About Islam”: Part 3

This 3-part article has been written by Dr. Fred Farrokh* as a response to Dr. Benjamin L. Corey’s Patheos blog“5 Things I Wish Conservative Christians Understood about Islam.” If you haven’t read that piece, we encourage you to do so! Parts one and two were posted previously. 5. Original: “Muslims are most often the victim of terrorism.” Revision: “Muslims are most often the victim of terrorism, which is almost exclusively perpetrated by Muslims.” Corey is again correct that Muslims are most often the victim of terrorists. This is heart-wrenching to observe. Many are truly innocent non-combatants. Innocent Muslim employees died working in…

A Response to Ben Corey’s “5 Things I Wish Conservative Christians Understood About Islam”: Part 2

This 3-part article has been written by Dr. Fred Farrokh* as a response to Dr. Benjamin L. Corey’s Patheos blog“5 Things I Wish Conservative Christians Understood about Islam.” If you haven’t read that piece, we encourage you to do so! Part one of Fred’s response can be found here, and part three will be posted on Friday.  3. Original: “Most Muslims do not view Christians or Jews as ‘infidels,’ nor are they instructed to kill us.” Revision: “Most Muslims do not view Christians or Jews as ‘infidels,” even though the Qur’an’s clear instruction, and Muhammad’s clear example, is to fight against Christians…

A Response to Ben Corey’s “5 Things I Wish Conservative Christians Understood About Islam”: Part 1

This 3-part article has been written by Dr. Fred Farrokh* as a response to Dr. Benjamin L. Corey’s Patheos blog“5 Things I Wish Conservative Christians Understood about Islam.” If you haven’t read that piece, we encourage you to do so! Parts two and three of Fred’s response will be posted on Wednesday and Friday, respectively. First, I would like to commend Ben Corey for addressing an important topic. He also makes a key distinction in his opening sentence: “Conservative Christians seem to have a lot of opinions about Islam and our Muslim neighbors.” When studying this topic, it is indeed helpful…

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…

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…

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