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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.

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…

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?…

The 2020 Campaign: Week One!

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.  Join us this week as Asia Pacific Regional Director Jeff Hartensveld shares with us about Muslims in Asia Pacific! Day 1: Muslims and Asia Pacific Day Two: Serving in Faith and Persecution Day Three: How Can We Pray? Day Four: Global Initiative in Asia Pacific

The Latin American Church Begins to Reach Muslims in their Midst!

“I would like to testify that the Lord has confirmed my call to minister to Muslims. I had been praying about this for one year and today the Lord has confirmed that call.” The young woman who stated this was among 24 students during our first week of training in El Salvador. For years the Lord has been calling Latin believers to serve as missionaries in Muslim majority countries. Now, the church in Latin America is recognizing the need to reach Muslims who are coming to their own countries. While we do not normally associate Latin America with the growth of…

May Prayer Spotlight: Prayercast’s Ramadan Challenge

The heart and focus of Global Initiative is for Muslims to know the truth about Jesus, but we also desire to see people of every nationality and religion come to that same saving knowledge! We also want to take the time to highlight intercessory prayer ministries that are lifting up various groups around the world because, as we pray, God increases our capacity and love for all who are lost. You may be aware that Ramadan is coming up in the next few weeks. This is a major holiday for Muslims, as they take time to fast and seek Allah’s…

Eye On… Islam: Our Choice

As Islam grows throughout the world, the Church has had three reactions. Some have reacted with fear and anger, believing that the advance of Islam will herald the death of God’s kingdom. We demand that “they” go home and refuse to interact. We view them with suspicion. Some have reacted with indifference, believing that they have no responsibility to engage with Muslims. We close the doors of our churches and hearts. We take refuge in our own salvation and do not concern ourselves with the spiritual death of those outside. Some have reacted with hope! We pray that God will…

Eye on… Islam: The Growth of Islam in Latin America

Over the past several years, Latin Americans have comprised the largest group of converts to Islam. Predominantly Catholic countries are seeing rapid conversion, and many have attributed this growth to their shared history during the Golden Age of Islam, while some seem to be seeking a more holistic experience, or a stronger connection to a religious community.   (parts 2 and 3) Whatever the reason for each individual conversion, our trainers have held several Jonah Initiative trainings in various Latin American countries to equip and empower Christians to reach the growing Muslim population. Whatever it is that these new converts…

Eye On… Islam: The History of Islam in Latin America

A few weeks ago, we shared the history of the Islamic kingdom of Al-Andalus in Spain during the Middle Ages. Over the centuries, the Arabic and Spanish cultures merged in a number of ways, and a portion of the Spanish language melded with Arabic, producing the Castilian dialect. When the Spanish and the Portuguese colonized what became Latin America in the 15th century, much of the blended DNA came with them and, although the religion of Islam was not transplanted, the commonalities in the two cultures remained. Muslims began to immigrate to Brazil and Argentina in the 1920’s. Mosques were built,…

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