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Ministry Update: Global Initiative in NYC

The first week of March eight young ladies joined a Global Initiative exposure trip to New York City to serve women and children at English centers in Queens and Brooklyn and to learn about immigration in America. The first day in the city included a visit to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island where the team read stories of immigrants from America’s past. The next four days included ministry to the immigrant women and children of America’s present day. The ladies served in numerous English classes for women every day as classroom helpers and working one-on-one with students. They…

To Consider: Muslims on American University Campuses

The new issue of Intercede is now available. During March and April we focus on Muslims on American university campuses. Should we be worried or should be we encouraged? ********** Muslims on American University Campuses: A Threat or Opportunity? Be very careful, then, how you live–not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. (Ephesians 5:15-16 NIV) Only ask–and I will give you the nations as your inheritance–the ends of the earth as your possession. (Psalm 2:8 NLT) So often I have observed it: about one-hundred Muslim students, men and women, dressed in…

Ministry Update: Mobilization Visits Campuses

The mobilization team from Global Initiative recently visited Southwestern Assemblies of God University (Waxahachie, TX) and Valley Forge Christian College (Phoenixville, PA). SOUTHWESTERN ASSEMBLIES OF GOD UNIVERSITY At Southwestern, the team (Jackie, Mark, and Tommy) had four days on campus during the university’s spring missions convention. They spent the week speaking in classes, interacting with students at Einstein Bagels on campus, and sharing in chapel. Highlights of the week included participating in a wide variety of classes, such as Church in Mission, Geography, Hermeneutics, Pentecostal Doctrine & History, Comp & Rhetoric, and Cults, Occults, & Folk Religion, among others. Each…

To Consider: Her Hope for Heaven

The following is the lead article in the November/December issue of Intercede, our bimonthly prayer publication. To download the full version of Intercede, click here. Her Hope for Heaven By Lynda Hausfeld Muslim women comprise a tenth of the world’s population. Whether we live in Houston, Havana, Hyderabad or Hong Kong, they are our neighbors. That makes them ours to invite to heaven. But we hesitate–not because we deliberately ignore the fact that God commissions them to us for heaven’s glory (Acts 17: 26)–but because we don’t know how to invite them. For very legitimate reasons, our perspective of who they are…

Events: 2013 COMMA VIII Consultation

Please consider joining our friends at COMMA for their 2013 consultation. COMMA VIII will focus on post-conversion and discipleship, by exploring six areas that make up the world of Believers from Muslim Background (BMBs): personal, interpersonal, family, leadership, spirituality, and geo-political. Many speakers are former Muslims and all are experts in the field. The consultation will be held Wednesday, October 16 to Saturday, October 19 at: Grace Chapel 59 Worthern Road Lexington, MA Workshop titles include: Safe House for MBBs Role of the North American Church How to Identify Ministry Goals Ministering to People of a Toxic Faith Evangelism &…

Muslims in America: The First Muslim Fraternity

The Independent published a feature this week on the first all-Muslim fraternity at the University of Texas. Established in February, the fraternity Alpha Lambda Mu (or Alif Laam Meem) aims to be a place where Muslim men can unite as brothers at the university. While the idea of Muslim fraternity at first seemed heretical, said founder and president Ali Mahmoud, they realized that “many Muslim men at university felt that they either had to compromise their social life in order to live by the values of Islam, or compromise the values of Islam in order to have a social life.” Alpha Lambda…

Islam in America: NYPD Labels Mosques

The Associated Press reported yesterday (08/28/2013) that the New York Police Department secretly designated entire mosques as terrorist organizations. This label gave the NYPD the option to use informants and spy on imams, whether or not there was evidence of criminal activity. This also meant that anyone attending that mosque for prayers is “a potential subject of an investigation and fair game for surveillance.” Read the full AP story via Time here. Since 9/11, the NYPD has opened “terrorism enterprise investigations” into mosques in an effort to investigate terrorism cells, and though these investigations may have stretched on for years, the…

Muslims in America: A Missions Statistic for You

One out of five non-Christians in North America does not know a Christian. In June Gordon-Conwell’s Center for Global Christianity published a study called “Christianity in Its Global Context, 1970-2020,” in which it was revealed that twenty percent of non-Christians in North America do not personally know a Christian. “Given the religious diversity of Northern America, it is surprising that only 80 percent of all religionists personally knew a Christian in 2010,” the study says. And beyond North America, worldwide the figure is much higher: more than 8 in 10 non-Christians do not personally know a Christian. The Christian share…

Ministry Update: Dearborn, Michigan

Global Initiative led a team of six young adults on an exposure trip to Dearborn, MI, last week. The team spent three days immersed in culture learning and Muslim engagement. Each morning was spent in culture learning. This included history of the ministry to Muslims in Dearborn, an introduction to Islam, and testimonies from Muslim background believers. Afternoons included prayer walks in various neighborhoods of Dearborn, a visit to a local mosque, learning about Arab American history and culture at the Arab American National Museum, and a tour of nearby downtown Detroit. Evenings were spent in local restaurants and cafes,…

To Consider: How Do You React?

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev appears on the August 1 cover of Rolling Stone. Our first reactions could be exactly that–reactions. As Christians in America we have a propensity to react with patriotic fervor, rather than processing such happenings with biblical reflection and prayer. The latter godly approach will lead us to know the mind of the Father through scriptural truth and the counsel, guidance and correction by the Holy Spirit. Did the Church fail these mistaken young men? How many more are in our society that have the same inclinations toward violence? There is a jihadist in the Book…

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