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Ministry Update: Mobilization Exposure Trips

Global Initiative Mobilization recently sponsored three summer exposure trips. Here’s a recap. INDONESIA Six students from Valley Forge Christian College (Phoenixville, PA), along with a Global Initiative mentor, ministered with Pastor Jaime Kemp in Jogjakarta. Jamie founded a Chi Alpha campus ministry in this university city that has over 20 colleges with at least six major university campuses. The Chi Alpha ministry has a two-story ministry center called the International English Center. They engage students through conversational English as well as through many other outreaches to the mostly Muslim university students. The team plugged into the Chi Alpha ministry and…

Islam in the Middle East: Saudi Arabia Backs Rebels

A column in Reuters this week explores a recent move by Saudi Arabia to unite rival Islamist groups under a single Saudi-backed command. The move by Saudi Arabia to consolidate the rebel groups is in response to the rise of Al Qaeda in Syria. Rebel and diplomatic sources said it was Saudi Arabia which nudged rebel brigades operating in and around Damascus to announce this week that they have united under a single command comprising 50 groups and numbering some thousands of fighters. There are many layers to the conflict in Syria. This story helps explain which players in the Middle East…

Islam in Iran: Claiming to Be the Madhi

The print edition of The Economist for April 27 features a story on the number of men in Iran who have been arrested, claiming “to be the Mahdi, a sacred figure of Shia Islam, who was ‘hidden’ by God just over a millennium ago and will return some time to conquer evil on earth.” The men were called “deviants,” “fortune tellers,” and “petty criminals” as they collected alms from Iranians in the courtyard of the mosque in Jamkaran. Read the full story here. The mosque in Jamkaran has been popularized by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as “the place of the awaited Mahdi’s advent,”…

Islam in Syria: Minaret of Ancient Mosque Destroyed

Al Jazeera reported that the minaret of the ancient Umayyad mosque in Aleppo, Syria has been destroyed, according to Syrian state media. Both sides of the fighting in Syria blame the other: Syrian rebels blame the army, while the state blames rebel fighters. The Umayyad mosque is currently in rebel control. Read the full story here . Aleppo’s largest and oldest mosque, Umayyad is situated in the city’s UNESCO*-listed Old City. It held various Islamic relics and ancient artefacts and is purportedly the home of the remains of Zechariah, John the Baptist’s father. According to Al Jazeera, “both rebels and…

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