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, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert” (Isa. 43:19, ESV).

As the Church, we need to perceive how the Holy Spirit is moving!

We must realize that God is doing a new thing among Muslims! The number of Muslims now coming to faith in Christ seems surreal at times to those of us who have served among them for so many years. But we serve the powerful risen Savior who reminded us: “With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God” (Mark 10:27, ESV).

A few months ago, Global Initiative trainers Dr. Fred Farrokh (a former Muslim), his wife, Annette, and Lynda Hausfeld were training 60-plus students in Argentina for ministry to Muslims.

In one of the sessions, Joaquin,* an Argentinian missionary to a Muslim country in Asia, told a beautiful story. But before I share that story with you, I want to tell you about the training Joaquin received for ministry to Muslims before going to Asia. He attended one of our annual Jonah Initiative trainings at Asia Pacific Theological Seminary in Baguio, Republic of the Philippines. Dr. Fred Farrokh was one of his professors.

Yes, Dr. Farrokh, a former Muslim from an Iranian background, trained Joaquin, a missionary from Argentina, to go to an Asian Muslim nation!

Today, Joaquin is back in his home country of Argentina on furlough. At the recent Jonah Initiative training with Dr. Farrokh, he shared several stories about the work God is doing through his ministry among Muslims in Asia.

One story he shared was how the Lord has directed him to build a relationship with a Muslim imam in Asia. He began praying with the imam regarding specific needs that the imam has, and God is answering those prayers. The imam has thanked Joaquin profusely for coming to him all the way from Latin America.

Through the Jonah Initiative training, the Holy Spirit is both calling and preparing missionaries in Latin America and other countries to go and minister in Muslim nations.

Your faithful monthly gifts make it possible for us to continue partnering with national churches in Argentina, the Philippines, and many other nations as we train and equip the people God is calling to take the gospel to Muslims.

Every Jonah Initiative training, on average, costs $7,500.

Please know that your gift of any size — $10, $25, $50, $75, $100, $750 or more —enables us to continue answering the call when the need for training arises.

Thank you again for standing with us, both through your intercession and with your financial gifts. The Lord is using your partnership with us to proclaim His message of salvation to Muslims everywhere.


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