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Mark Brink

Building a Bridge to Reach Muslims in America!

From Somalis in Minneapolis, to Chi Alpha international student ministries on college campuses, to the major cities of Chicago and New York, to smaller cities like Springfield, Missouri, there are many open doors to share the gospel with Muslims. Although Global Initiative primarily focuses on training the local church in Muslim majority countries, we also partner with U.S. missionaries and Chi Alpha campus ministries to reach Muslims here in the United States. In order to share the gospel with Muslims in America, believers must prayerfully build a relational bridge with Muslims and knock down the barriers that prevent us from…

The victory over Islam begins on our knees!

We rejoice that thousands of Muslims have come to faith in Jesus Christ because Christians have been praying and fasting for them. Nevertheless, our hearts cry out for the millions of Muslims who have yet to have an encounter with Jesus. Scripture clearly affirms that prayer makes a dramatic difference. For instance, when the Israelites were fighting against the Amalekites, Moses, Aaron, and Hur climbed to the top of the hill. “Whenever Moses held up his hand, Israel prevailed, and whenever he lowered his hand, Amalek prevailed” (Exodus 17:11). Most scholars agree that Moses’ raised hands were a sign of intercessory…

Christ breaks down barriers in Romania and beyond!

Hanif,* a successful Egyptian Muslim businessman living in Greece, met a young Romanian woman, whom he later married. Six years later they relocated to her home country of Romania. It was there that Hanif’s brother-in-law began sharing Christ with him and gave him an Arabic Bible. Hanif agreed to start attending church but, like most Muslims, he struggled to accept the entire message of the Bible. Nevertheless, Hanif’s brother-in-law continued to pray for his salvation. Keep in mind that prayer plays a crucial role in Muslims coming to Christ. Two years ago, the Lord Jesus Christ supernaturally revealed himself to…

Combating the Spread of Islam in Papua New Guinea!

A spiritual battle is raging in unlikely places around the world due to the spread of Islam. Keep in mind that Islam will not be defeated through politics, military power, or even persuasion. Only Spirit-empowered prayer and proclamation will conquer the darkness of Islam! Will the Church awaken to this reality or will we allow spiritual apathy to keep us from obeying the Great Commission? Will anger toward Muslims hold us back from sharing the gospel?

Celebrating What God Did in 2017!

Christians everywhere must understand that the battle with Muslims is not political, religious, or sociological, but rather spiritual! During one of our Jonah Initiative trainings, one participant declared, “I learned that the anointing of the Holy Spirit and discerning of spirits are very important in ministry to Muslims!” As Pentecostals, we believe in being led and empowered by the Holy Spirit. This students’ declaration will result in effective ministry to Muslims. When we minister to Muslims, we face demonic powers and the influence of various evil spirits. What Jesus and His disciples faced in the first century is a daily…

God is Doing a New Thing: Ministry to Muslims is coming full circle!

When Global Initiative (formerly the Center for Ministry to Muslims) launched in 1982, it was prophetically ahead of the curve. Reaching Muslims for Christ was a distant thought in peoples’ minds because the majority of Muslims were located somewhere in distant lands. No one in the early days of this ministry could have dreamed that today a former Muslim would be one of the key trainers on our staff. Neither could anyone have envisioned that God would raise up Latin American missionaries to go as ministers to the Muslim world! The Lord spoke through the prophet Isaiah years ago, “Behold,…

New doors open in Zambia for ministry to Muslims!

Outside of Christianity, Islam is the only other major religion with a missionary focus. When we look at the growth of Islam over recent years, we recognize that if we don’t take the gospel to Muslim nations, then Islam will be coming to us! Muslims believe their calling is to inhabit the whole earth with their message. We must be alert and obedient to the Great Commission Jesus Christ gave to us to take the gospel to every person including Muslims! Friend, thank you for your gift this month and every month! You are making it possible for Global Initiative…

Training can help people share Jesus with love, power, and authority!

I want to share with you a few students’ testimonies from a recent training at CTS in Brussels: “After this course, I grew in love for the Muslim community. I realized that I should value and develop relationships with my Muslim friends.”  “It was eye opening to learn to love Muslims and show them respect as a way to see them come to Christ.”  “The Holy Spirit showed me that Muslims are normal people like anyone else who is in need of a Savior.” These students’ testimonies reflect the transformation that took place in their hearts. How can someone possibly…

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…

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…

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