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Mark Brink

And Who is My Neighbor?

Prior to telling the story of the Good Samaritan, a religious lawyer asked Jesus a probing question: “Who is my neighbor?” Jesus had previously stated that the law is summed up by loving God and loving our neighbor. Then Jesus illustrates the principle with the story of the Samaritan—the only person who helped the man who was beaten and stranded. As we reflect on this familiar story, the details can move us away from the main point. It is easy to focus on the people who passed by or to draw attention to the Samaritan, yet completely forget the key…

Ministry to Muslims in the Midst of COVID-19

As I write this letter, we are in the midst of a stay-at-home order due to the coronavirus pandemic. This pandemic has launched us all into a unique season of ministry, but we recognize that with every challenge we also encounter new opportunities. Allow me to share just a few of these opportunities in relation to ministry to Muslims: – One missionary in a Muslim country reported that for months authorities have threatened to expel him out of the country where he serves. Suddenly travel restrictions would not allow anyone to leave or enter the country. He was rejoicing that…

Former Muslims Called to Missions in Albania!

Muslims are coming to Christ in unprecedented numbers and we rejoice at what God is doing in Muslim nations! As more Muslims come to faith in Jesus Christ, the need for theological and missiological training increases. For those of us who have been raised in church and trained in the Scriptures, we must never forget that new believers from a Muslim background need to acquire a solid biblical foundation. For the past several years, Global Initiative has been privileged to partner with missionary Kurt Plagenhoef and the Evangelical Theological College in Tirania, Albania. Fred and Annette Farrokh have been living…

COVID-19 Pandemic: GI’s Commitment

The spread of the coronavirus is impacting the entire world, including Muslim nations and people. This virus is no respecter of ethnicity, nationality, or gender. Global Initiative continues with its emphasis on intercession for Muslims to come to salvation through our Jumaa Prayer Fellowship and training of workers through our Jonah Initiative programs. Global Initiative remains committed to equipping the church to reach Muslims everywhere, because every Muslim must know the truth about Jesus. In uncertain times, such as this pandemic of the coronavirus, it is great to have an unchanging Lord who remains faithful and in control. Pray and…

Jumaa Prayer Fellowship lives on!

In 1982, David Irwin was on a flight shortly after his appointment as the first director for the Center for Ministry to Muslims (now Global Initiative: Reaching Muslim Peoples). While on the flight, David became overwhelmed with a heaviness of heart and began to weep uncontrollably. It was so obvious that the flight attendant came to check on him! David recognized that the Holy Spirit was speaking to him; God made him realize that without intercessory prayer, the Gospel would never impact the Muslim world. He began to ponder how he could mobilize the church to participate in intercession for the salvation of…

Latin America’s Impact in the Muslim World

In a recent Jonah Initiative training in Argentina, 67 students attended our course on Ministry to Muslims. On the third day, our professor asked the question, “How many of you believe God has called you to minister to Muslims?” Over 25 hands went up! He thought they misunderstood the question or it was mistranslated. When asked again, the same number of hands went up! The Spirit is raising up evangelists and church planters from Latin America to reach Muslims. Globalization and migration has significantly redefined the world in which we live. In like manner, these changes have redefined the historic…

Preparing Church Planters in India and Nagaland!

Nagaland, a small state of India, nestled in the Himalayan foothills, is an anomaly for the region. Over 100 years ago, the people of Nagaland were headhunters until Baptist missionaries preached the gospel to them. Today, nearly 90 percent of the 2 million inhabitants of Nagaland are Christians. Global Initiative recently had the privilege of offering a Jonah Initiative training in a new intercultural studies program at the Nagaland Bible College where students are preparing to be church planters. Dr. Senty Ao, the president of the college, has a tremendous vision to see thousands of missionaries sent from her school….

The Spirit continues to call Romanians to reach Muslims!

“Feeling sorry and having a deep pain, seeing how [Muslims] live in darkness. I have an open heart towards them, strong wishes to see Christ changing their lives. Urgent involvement!”  After a recent Jonah Initiative training, that was a Romanian student’s response to the question: “What did God speak to you regarding reaching Muslims with the gospel?” Another student responded, “Yes! I am convinced God calls me to share the gospel with Muslims.” We are grateful to God that His Spirit is still leading Romanians to reach Muslims! Romania is a unique country that God has raised up to impact the Muslim…

Persistent Proclamation in Pakistan!

I recently had the privilege of returning to Pakistan to do training through the Jonah Initiative. I am always humbled and pleased to see the incredible commitment of our brothers and sisters in Christ who live in the midst of persecution from Muslims. The church has learned that the power of the gospel comes from both persuasion and prayer. Without prayer, they know there is no hope to see their Muslims neighbors accept Jesus as the Truth! In one of our South Asian training locations, a pastor shared how he and other AG pastors have been holding Jumaa Prayer Fellowship…

International Students: A Bridge to the Nations!

September is here and school is back in session. There are literally thousands of international students who have arrived to our college and university campuses. Among them are Muslims from many different nations—like Saudi Arabia, Iran, Turkey, Kuwait, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Pakistan. God has given us the opportunity to meet, befriend, and share our faith in Christ with a Muslim student in our own town. These international students come from many nations that we would never be able to access with ease. In fact, many of these Muslim students are coming from cities where they most likely have never encountered…

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