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Mark Brink

The Price to Pay to Follow Christ!

Nargiza,* a former Muslim from a Central Asian republic, recently shared her story with our team. Her brother, out of curiosity, attended a local house church to see what it was about. After he encountered Jesus and was dramatically saved, Nargiza saw a marked transformation in his life. Her brother suddenly possessed a new peace and joy she had not witnessed in anyone.Nargiza then started attending the same house church. A short time later, Nargiza opened her heart to Christ and experienced the same transformational power. However, she had not anticipated the strong opposition she would experience from her family….

Expanding Outreach to Muslims in Kosovo!

In March 1999, during the war of Kosovo, over 500,000 refugees flooded into Albania. Many of them traveled for days on foot with very little food and water and passing through dangerous checkpoints. Wives were forced to witness the killing of their husbands and children saw their parents executed. In response to the influx of refugees, Kurt and Stephanie Plagenhoef, Assemblies of God missionaries, began a refugee camp and took in several hundred Kosovar Albanians. Many of these Muslims came from the war-ton city of Mitrovia and had never met a true follower of Christ. After the war ended, the…

Poised in the Midst of Persecution!

The great preacher John Wesley said, ?If we suffer persecution and affliction in a right manner, we attain a larger measure of conformity to Christ ? than we could have done merely by imitating his mercy, in abundance of good works.?This statement reflects the church in Cuba today. Recently a Global Initiative team traveled to Cuba for a week of training. We visited two new areas where Fidel and Raul Castro were born and raised. This strong communist area of the island has demonstrated the greatest resistance to the church, but the Holy Spirit continues to strengthen the church and,…

We must respond to Muslims in light of our gospel mandate!

A U.S. missionary, Akhmed,* a former Muslim who is now reaching Muslims with the gospel, shared this story that took place in Virginia: Last summer I was driving through a neighborhood in Alexandria. There I saw six or seven middle school Muslim children selling muffins. I parked nearby and began a conversation with the ordinary Muslim greeting. They were very polite, so I inquired about the very tiny muffins they had for sale. To my disbelief they were asking $2.00 for each muffin. I responded back, ?No way!? and we began bargaining like good Middle Easterners, but they would not…

Prayer is the difference!

Prayer is not just necessary, it is the critical difference between whether or not Muslims come to Christ! What power do we have to change people and circumstances? In comparison to the powerful work of the Holy Spirit, our efforts alone have little influence. Our persuasion, our words, our efforts may have a temporary impact, but until the Spirit of God moves upon a Muslim?s heart and mind, lasting transformation cannot take place! This is why we continue to declare that prayer is the spearhead of ministry to Muslims. Without fervent intercession on behalf of Muslims, we cannot expect to…

The Principle of Multiplication

During the modern missions movement, American and British missionaries were primarily sent to what we refer to as the Global South (Latin America, Africa, and Asia). God still calls Western missionaries, but a shift has taken place where even more missionaries go out from the Global South. What the Holy Spirit has done in the church in Latin America is so unique. For many years, Assemblies of God missionaries, empowered by the Holy Spirit, plowed the ground to see Pentecostal churches established. It came with great sacrifice and a pioneering spirit. In establishing new churches, Western missionaries taught missions principles…

A Prayer For Muslims in Boca Raton

Join us in praying for Muslims in Boca Raton today!

Tanzania is poised for a great in-gathering of Muslims!

Like so many other nations in Africa, Islam is expanding rapidly in Tanzania. Currently, 21 million people in Tanzania are Muslims, whichrepresent nearly 40% of the country?s population. Islam is growing exponentially due to several factors. For instance, the island region of Zanzibar, just off the coast of Tanzania, is 96% Islamic. The nation has also seen an increase of Muslim immigrants from India and several Arab nations. In predominately Christian areas, Islam is investing significant financial resources into the economy and educational system. Ultimately, the evangelistic nature of Islam is pushing toward majority control of the country. For the…

Ten Students at a Jonah Initiative Training in India Affirmed God’s Call to Reach Muslims!

?Before this class I hated Muslims and I never prayed for Muslims. But after this class I have a burden for Muslims and now I pray for Muslims ? and after college I want to go minister to Muslim people.? This is just one testimony of the 44 students who recently received training in India through the Jonah Initiative. At the end of training, our team led the class in a time of Jumaa prayer. As we know, prayer brings about the transformational work of the Spirit in hearts and minds. Prompted by the Spirit, our team member asked students…

Overcoming Fear, Anger, and Indifference!

As I reflect on what the Holy Spirit has done this past year, the Spirit?s empowerment is so evident! Heart transformation must take place in the follower of Jesus before it can happen in the heart of the Muslim. During 2018, the Global Initiative team had the privilege of literally traveling the globe! We trekked from Argentina to Africa, from Belgium to Bulgaria, from Romania to Indonesia, as well many places in between. However, we find a common thread in the church?s response to Muslims?fear, anger, or indifference! Nevertheless, the Holy Spirit is working powerfully to change hearts and perspectives….

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