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New doors open in Zambia for ministry to Muslims!

Outside of Christianity, Islam is the only other major religion with a missionary focus. When we look at the growth of Islam over recent years, we recognize that if we don’t take the gospel to Muslim nations, then Islam will be coming to us! Muslims believe their calling is to inhabit the whole earth with their message. We must be alert and obedient to the Great Commission Jesus Christ gave to us to take the gospel to every person including Muslims! Friend, thank you for your gift this month and every month! You are making it possible for Global Initiative…

Training Passionate Students in the Caucasus!

“Thank you for coming. I believe your visit was a divine appointment!”  We have been sharing with you how the Holy Spirit is opening new doors for Muslims to be reached with the gospel. This month we share news of yet another brand new open door of ministry! A few weeks ago, Global Initiative team members Fred and Annette Farrokh conducted an intensive missions training seminar in one of the six countries located in the Caucasus, a region at the border of Europe and Asia. The training seminar theme was “Sharing the Gospel with Muslims.” Fifty enthusiastic students attended the week-long…

We’re seeing a spiritual awakening among Muslims!

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Eph. 6:12, NIV Those of us who have ministered to Muslims for years are seeing an unprecedented, spiritual breakthrough in their acceptance of Christ. This is occurring not only with one or two Muslims here and there, but sometimes with a majority of Muslims in a community. Is this due to an increase in loving witness from Christians? In part, yes. Is it due to Muslims…

Issues American Muslims are Wrestling With

American Muslims are very diverse. Essentially, the diversity of the world’s 1.5 billion Muslims is reflected and compressed within the American Muslim community, which is 1/200th the size of the global umma (Muslim community)! Each Muslim people group and every Muslim family is dealing with unique issues. In a previous blog, I dealt with the issues of assimilation, integration and victimization that are facing Muslim Americans. Here are some more of the main issues presently confronting the Muslim community: Materialism vs. Spirituality: As many Christians know, sometimes it is easier to focus on the visible material world around us than…

Reaching out to our Muslim neighbors here!

Recently, while in a large U.S. city in the Midwest, I had to travel by taxi from my hotel to a Global Initiative event venue. I soon determined by the accent of the young driver that English was not his mother tongue. I asked him where he was from and he responded “Ethiopia.” He shared that there are many Ethiopian immigrants in the city and that he attends one of the four Ethiopian churches in the area. At our event luncheon the next day, I learned that the four Christian young men attending our table had immigrated to the Unit­ed…

Assimilation, Integration, and Victimization

Wow. It is already 2017. Tommy Hodum in his fascinating Intercede article has brought up the issues of assimilation and integration among American Muslims. I grew up as a part of the Muslim American community back in the 1960s and 70s. It was a community with a lot of amazing people back then, as it is today. Like most Muslim kids, I watched my parents working hard to give us the best future possible. Most Americans seemed to be unaware of Muslims until 9/11/2001 when the Twin Towers went down. For Iranian-Americans, the public became aware of us a bit…

What is Jesus’ “Love Language?”

Recently my wife and I were asked to provide pre-marital counseling to an engaged Christian couple in our area. The curriculum we are using includes Gary Chapman’s well-known teaching on “Love Languages.” The five “love languages” presented by Chapman are: words of affirmation; quality time; receiving gifts; acts of service; and, physical touch. These are ways different people prefer others to interact with them. One person’s preferred love language may be different from another’s, even within marriage. As I have been reading through Matthew lately, I began to ponder how Jesus wanted people relate to Him. In other words, what…

Refugees, Exiles, and “Visions of God”

“Now it came about in the thirtieth year, on the fifth day of the fourth month, while I was by the river Chebar among the exiles, the heavens were opened and I saw visions of God” (Ezekiel 1:1, emphasis added). When it comes to a discussion about Muslims in America, attention immediately turns to refugees. Who are they? Why are they here? Have they been vetted? Who let them in? Etc, etc. These questions are certainly to be expected from the general population. But should other issues concern the praying and missions-minded Christian? Are there any other angles we should be looking into? I…

Responding to Tragedy

-reposted with permission from Mike and Cara Tyler‘s missionary newsletter. I wanted to send a nice Christmas greeting this month, but after Monday night, I feel the need to send a different message. I usually share a pleasant story that illustrates what’s happening in our ministry, but tonight I had to take a different route. I’m sure you’ve heard about the terror attack in Berlin. A man killed a Polish truck driver, stole his 18-wheeler, and used it to plow into a crowded outdoor Christmas market; killing and injuring many. We heard the news at about 9pm last night –…

Sharing the Christmas Journey Through the Eyes of Mary and Elizabeth (Part 3)

Mary and Joseph had to travel 90 miles to Bethlehem to register for the census as they were of the line of David. While they were there, the time came for Mary’s child to be born. Can you imagine how inconvenient and uncomfortable it was for Mary to give birth away from home in a barn- not even a hotel? Did Mary wonder if she had heard the angel right. My child is supposed to be the Son of God whose kingdom will never end and he is born in a stable? Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared to…

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