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 States from Egypt; they were speaking Arabic! One of them shared how he enjoys the freedom in the United States to worship as he wishes without intimidation.

These two encounters reminded me of the growing immigrant population here in our U.S. cities and how important it is for the Church to ready itself to reach out to them with the gospel of Jesus Christ. This is especially true in regard to unreached Muslims — most of whom have never heard a clear presentation of the gospel.

The United Nations High Commission for Refugees estimates that 60 million people are on the move
globally. One out of every 122 persons on the planet to­day is living in a place outside their native-born homeland.

Every day 42,500 people are uprooted because of war, strife, disasters or persecution. They are running away from something and racing toward something. Many are coming to America because they per­ceive it to be the land of opportunity.

Will we the Church seize this great opportunity to share with them the message that Jesus is more than a prophet, that He is the Savior who died for them? Does God use migration and immigration as a tool to advance Kingdom purposes? We believe the answer is yes!

Although Global Initiative’s primary ministry work takes place overseas, the world in so many ways is coming to us. We are receiving more and more invitations from U.S. churches asking for our help in training.

For example, this past year Paul Kraus, intercultural director for the New York District – A Ministry Network, invited our team to participate in several trainings. In New York City alone there are over 800,000 Muslims. Our team also participated in trainings in California, Florida, Michigan and Texas.

At Global Initiative we understand the challenges that Islam can bring to our American society and culture. But we are encouraged to see how the Holy Spirit is touching the hearts of many people in our U.S. churches and calling them to reach out to Muslims in their neighborhoods and cities.

In 2017, would you be willing to be a part of our ministry among Muslims here in America? Here are some practical ways you can partner with us:

  • Pray for a move of the Holy Spirit among the Muslims in your community or a nearby larger city.

To know how to pray more effectively, we encourage you to read the January/February 2017 Intercede which focuses on Reaching Muslims in America.

  • Reach out in friendship to Muslims that you cross paths with in your city, community or neighborhood.

Read this great article on reaching out to immigrants by Donna Krstulovich, one of our Global Initiative trainers.

  • Financially support the trainings we will conduct in 2017 in the states of New York, California, Texas, Florida, Michigan and more.

The only way Global Initiative can continue to answer the many invitations to provide training on how to reach Muslims for Christ is through your faithful financial partnership.

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