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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…

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…

Training church planters in the Middle East!

Recently Global Initiative had the opportunity of training over 25 ministers in the Middle East. Most of the attendees were church planters among Muslims! Upon considering the composition of the attendees, two things stood out that emphasize the new move of the Holy Spirit: (1) all the trainers were national workers, except for one American, and one of the trainers was a former Muslim; and (2) students came from many surrounding nations, including Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Iraq, Lebanon, Yemen, Sudan, and Syria. This is significant because just a short time back, we couldn’t even imagine that church planters would be…

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…

In the midst of adversity, the Spirit is moving in Indonesia!

Looking at the Muslim woman in the boat with them, Dimas* told his friend, “Let’s throw her out of the boat. Nobody will see us because, at the moment, it is only us and her.” It may come as a surprise to you, but Dimas is a pastor and a professor at a Bible school in Indonesia. Once you hear what he and his family endured, you may understand why he wanted to feed the Muslim woman to the sea. It is difficult for us to understand what minority Christian groups in Muslim majority nations face on a daily basis….

Delivered from Hinduism and Called to Share Jesus with Muslims!

Both Farhan* and Neha* were born into Hindu families in a Muslim majority country. When Farhan was 15 years old, a Christian evangelist came to his city, and his mother decided to attend the evangelistic meetings. Although untouched by the preaching, Farhan’s mother accepted a New Testament in her local language. She gave this new religious book to Farhan to read. Farhan, having his curiosity peaked by other worldviews, read the entire New Testament. After a thorough investigation into this new faith, he simply laid the book aside and kept practicing his Hindu beliefs. Six years later, while studying in…

Building a Bridge to Reach Muslims in America!

From Somalis in Minneapolis, to Chi Alpha international student ministries on college campuses, to the major cities of Chicago and New York, to smaller cities like Springfield, Missouri, there are many open doors to share the gospel with Muslims. Although Global Initiative primarily focuses on training the local church in Muslim majority countries, we also partner with U.S. missionaries and Chi Alpha campus ministries to reach Muslims here in the United States. In order to share the gospel with Muslims in America, believers must prayerfully build a relational bridge with Muslims and knock down the barriers that prevent us from…

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