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Retaining Familial Language – Seminar Series

Modern missiology faces a number of challenges with today’s evolving cultural and religious trends. A current debate is whether it is wiser to retain “familial language” in translations of the Scriptures (specifically references to Jesus as the divine son of God), or to remove or de-emphasize those passages in an effort to make Christianity more attractive to those in Muslim contexts. Global Initiative: Reaching Muslim Peoples and Assemblies of God World Missions has prepared a position paper on the subject, and we’re pleased to share the following series of lectures from colleagues and scholars.

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….

The Spread of Islam Touches the Nation of Trinidad!

“I found peace and joy when I accepted Christ! There was fulfillment in my life and hope. I was no longer just existing!” This is the testimony of Asif,* a former Muslim living in Trinidad. Asif was born into a nominal Muslim family, but felt no purpose in his life. When he was about 15 years old, an elderly Christian woman, who was also his neighbor, began to share the gospel with him. This is often the case with Muslims coming to faith in Christ—a true follower of Christ acquires God’s heart for a person’s soul and then declares the…

The Holy Spirit is on the move in Europe among Muslim immigrants!

Recently I attended a gathering of our Assemblies of God missionaries who are serving throughout the European continent. The Spirit of God is moving in unique ways among Muslim immigrants in Europe. As immigrants risk their lives trying to find peace in a new land, they are discovering eternal peace that comes through Christ alone! As these new Europeans settle into life in their new land, the opportunity to share the Gospel increases. In their displacement and disillusionment with Islam, they are open to hearing the message of Christ! While immigration comes with sociological and political complications, both in Europe…

The Girl in the Foyer

Scenario one: It is Sunday in a city that has been steeped in Islam for almost half a millennium. In this particular neighborhood the mosque’s minaret towers over hundreds of homes that line its placid streets. Loudspeakers protruding from the portentous pylons pronounce the Islamic call to prayer into every residential courtyard; indeed, it enters the ears of every person within the sound’s reach. Five times a day Muslims here respond and confess that there is no other God but Allah, and Muhammad is his prophet. But not all people in this community are Muslim. A humble, valiant band of…

The #2020 Campaign: Week Four!

The 2020 Campaign is a month long journey toward seeing Muslims as God sees them: with 20/20 Christlike vision! Be inspired by stories of God transforming Muslims around with world, partner with us to pray for the souls of those who are lost, and examine your own heart to see Muslims through God’s eyes. This week, we want to help you connect with Europe, Latin America, and Asia Pacific! As we share their videos and highlights, consider supporting them through prayer, giving, and service! Day 17: Refugees in Europe Day 18: Missions in Latin America Day 19: Impacting Indonesia (Asia…

The #2020 Campaign: Week Three!

The 2020 Campaign is a month long journey toward seeing Muslims as God sees them: with 20/20 Christlike vision! Be inspired by stories of God transforming Muslims around with world, partner with us to pray for the souls of those who are lost, and examine your own heart to see Muslims through God’s eyes. Welcome to week three! This week, we have David Woodworth with us to share about  the connections between Muslims and Latin Americans, and how this can be used to reach them for Christ! Day 11: How do Latin American missionaries reach Muslims? Day 12: How is…

A Journey to Understanding Muslims

The Apostle Peter penned marvelous words to the Early Church, when he declared: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” A living hope! What comfort, what joy, and what true hope we have in knowing Jesus is alive! For those of us who have experienced the life-transforming work of Jesus Christ, we can easily forget what life was like without Christ. We must never lose the wonder and awe of…

The #2020 Campaign: Week Two!

The 2020 Campaign is a month long journey toward seeing Muslims as God sees them: with 20/20 Christlike vision! Be inspired by stories of God transforming Muslims around with world, partner with us to pray for the souls of those who are lost, and examine your own heart to see Muslims through God’s eyes.  We’re back for the second week of #2020 with Mark Hausfeld! Europe has seen a massive influx of Muslims in recent years, which has proved an amazing opportunity for the Global church! Day 6: Muslims in Europe – New Opportunities Day 7: What are Our Challenges?…