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Jonah Initiative

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…

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…

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…

19 years and still going strong in Baguio!

“In this current climate of fear, distrust and even anger toward Muslims, the Holy Spirit is transforming the hearts and minds of Muslims. The Holy Spirit works beyond the barriers of politics and prejudice. We continue to receive reports of an unusual number of Muslims accepting Christ in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.” Click through to read about our latest training event in Baguio!

Jesus still speaks through dreams!

“That’s the woman in my dream! That is her!” Gabriela* could hardly contain herself as she expressed this to her husband, Alejandro*. Several months earlier Gabriela had told Alejandro about a strange dream she had. In her dream an elderly woman was sitting in a chair with two Muslim girls veiled in black sitting next to her. But the purpose of the dream was not clear. Alejandro and Gabriela knew God was calling them into missions, but they didn’t have any specific direction. So they just dismissed the dream and trusted the Lord to guide them. Recently, Alejandro was attending…

Engaging the Enemy in Papua New Guinea!

Satan’s deception is quite cunning. Even when the Spirit of God has transformed our hearts, the enemy attempts to keep us from loving others and showing mercy, as Christ has shown to us. “If you lift the ax, you must kill that person; otherwise, you will embarrass the ax.” Kapa*, one of the pastors we recently trained at a Jonah Initiative in Papua New Guinea, grew up in a culture that lived by this statement. Clearly, once Kapa received Christ, he no longer lived by the “ax”. But when it came to loving Muslims, Kapa could not find love in…

Who is coming to your neighborhood?

I have been sharing with you how we strongly believe God is uniquely positioning people globally for access to the gospel. Are we still to go to the ends of the earth? Absolutely! I’ll share with you in just a moment about what God wants to do among Muslims in India. The Muslim population in India has grown to over 170 million. But there are also many Indian Muslims who continue to immigrate to both America and Europe. This is why we say, “Missions is no longer where, but whom.” An example of this: Our Global Initiative trainer, Paul Parks, was heading back…

The spread of Islam in Africa is an opportunity!

“We have lived among [Muslims] for all these years and never knew how to talk with them. I am at peace and not afraid, now that I understand better.” This response came to us from a woman in South Africa after she completed our Global Initiative training in that nation. She tells us that some of her cousins have married Muslims, and as a result of the training the Holy Spirit has changed her attitude towards them. Now she has a desire to reach these family members with Christ’s love. The “belt of Islam” was once thought to expand from…

Equipping the Future for Muslim Ministry

This past month fellow believers from 120 nations gathered in Springfield, MO., for the Centennial Celebration of the Assemblies of God. What a celebration it was as we reflected upon what God has done. Our task, however, is far from finished! In light of this 100-year reflection, we have been thanking God for what the Holy Spirit birthed in the heart of our founder, David Irwin: his vision to reach Muslims with the gospel. Here are some of the highlights of what God has done through Global Initiative (formerly Center for Ministry to Muslims or CMM) since 1982: The Jumaa Prayer…

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