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Reaching Muslims in a Season of Social Distancing

It’s become an all-too-familiar scenario. I’m out walking my dog, and another neighbor, doing the same thing, is coming head-on in my direction. Like a game of chicken, there is a showdown on who will leave the sidewalk for the street first. Careful to keep our distance, I decide to leave the smooth sidewalk for rougher terrain at just the right time, before the possibility that a minuscule virus could invade either of our spaces. In this new reality that the whole world finds itself in, where we can nolonger gather in person, where we’ve all had a crash course…

Former Muslims Called to Missions in Albania!

Muslims are coming to Christ in unprecedented numbers and we rejoice at what God is doing in Muslim nations! As more Muslims come to faith in Jesus Christ, the need for theological and missiological training increases. For those of us who have been raised in church and trained in the Scriptures, we must never forget that new believers from a Muslim background need to acquire a solid biblical foundation. For the past several years, Global Initiative has been privileged to partner with missionary Kurt Plagenhoef and the Evangelical Theological College in Tirania, Albania. Fred and Annette Farrokh have been living…

COVID-19 Pandemic: GI’s Commitment

The spread of the coronavirus is impacting the entire world, including Muslim nations and people. This virus is no respecter of ethnicity, nationality, or gender. Global Initiative continues with its emphasis on intercession for Muslims to come to salvation through our Jumaa Prayer Fellowship and training of workers through our Jonah Initiative programs. Global Initiative remains committed to equipping the church to reach Muslims everywhere, because every Muslim must know the truth about Jesus. In uncertain times, such as this pandemic of the coronavirus, it is great to have an unchanging Lord who remains faithful and in control. Pray and…

Jumaa Prayer Fellowship lives on!

In 1982, David Irwin was on a flight shortly after his appointment as the first director for the Center for Ministry to Muslims (now Global Initiative: Reaching Muslim Peoples). While on the flight, David became overwhelmed with a heaviness of heart and began to weep uncontrollably. It was so obvious that the flight attendant came to check on him! David recognized that the Holy Spirit was speaking to him; God made him realize that without intercessory prayer, the Gospel would never impact the Muslim world. He began to ponder how he could mobilize the church to participate in intercession for the salvation of…

The Quest for Identity

“There ain’t no place for me in Christianity,” said Rajul as he leaned against the front door of the Islamic Center. This sixty-something year-old man, dressed in his loose-fitting button down shirt and jeans, had a jovial spirit. He was the kind of man you would want standing at the door to greet those entering for Friday prayers. His mouth was upturned in a steady smile, while his eyes revealed years of hardship.Rajul grew up in Chicago and attended church regularly as a child. There was a problem though, he said. He remembers looking through his Sunday School books and…

The Quest for Justice

I sat across from Abdul in a crowded suburban restaurant. His thick build and sly smile told those around him that he would keep his cool as long as they kept theirs. Talking about sports is usually a good way to soften the conversation, and, since he was an avid Kansas City Chiefs fan, there was a lot to talk about. His tone changed as matters of faith came up. When asked why so many African Americans were leaving Christianity for Islam, he gave a one-word reply: “Justice.” His forthright answer betrayed years of hardship. For much of his life,…

Latin America’s Impact in the Muslim World

In a recent Jonah Initiative training in Argentina, 67 students attended our course on Ministry to Muslims. On the third day, our professor asked the question, “How many of you believe God has called you to minister to Muslims?” Over 25 hands went up! He thought they misunderstood the question or it was mistranslated. When asked again, the same number of hands went up! The Spirit is raising up evangelists and church planters from Latin America to reach Muslims. Globalization and migration has significantly redefined the world in which we live. In like manner, these changes have redefined the historic…

From Church to Mosque: The African-American Muslim

The red and white sticker proudly adorned the bumper of the Cadillac as it sat in the supermarket parking lot. As the well-dressed woman put her groceries in the spacious trunk and entered her steel and glass sanctuary, a casual observer would assume that she was typical of others in her age group from that area: a kind-hearted, church-going woman who takes care of her children and is active in the community. However, the four words written on this bumper sticker betrayed anypreconceived notions that one may have of her. These words were part of this woman’s changed world. What…

Preparing Church Planters in India and Nagaland!

Nagaland, a small state of India, nestled in the Himalayan foothills, is an anomaly for the region. Over 100 years ago, the people of Nagaland were headhunters until Baptist missionaries preached the gospel to them. Today, nearly 90 percent of the 2 million inhabitants of Nagaland are Christians. Global Initiative recently had the privilege of offering a Jonah Initiative training in a new intercultural studies program at the Nagaland Bible College where students are preparing to be church planters. Dr. Senty Ao, the president of the college, has a tremendous vision to see thousands of missionaries sent from her school….

The Spirit continues to call Romanians to reach Muslims!

“Feeling sorry and having a deep pain, seeing how [Muslims] live in darkness. I have an open heart towards them, strong wishes to see Christ changing their lives. Urgent involvement!”  After a recent Jonah Initiative training, that was a Romanian student’s response to the question: “What did God speak to you regarding reaching Muslims with the gospel?” Another student responded, “Yes! I am convinced God calls me to share the gospel with Muslims.” We are grateful to God that His Spirit is still leading Romanians to reach Muslims! Romania is a unique country that God has raised up to impact the Muslim…

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