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Eye On… Islam: Sharing Christ with Our Neighbors!

“The love of a Christian couple” is what brought Sarawut* and Malee* and their children, a Muslim family in Thailand, to understand the gospel and accept Christ as their Lord and Savior. A Christian couple, Niwat* and Sinee*, attended the training and told us the story of how they had reached out to their Muslim neighbors, Sarawut and Malee. They didn’t hound them. Instead, they took advantage of every opportunity the Spirit provided to share the truth about Jesus. Through Niwat and Sinee’s love and compassion, Sarawut and Malee saw the love of Christ. While facing a difficult financial and…

Eye On… Islam: The History of Islam in Asia Pacific

Throughout history, the religion of Islam spread at a fantastic rate across portions of the world as Muslims migrated, intermarried, and gained converts. A combination of charismatic leaders, enterprise, and military might combined to make Islam a force in the developing world that often rivaled and came into conflict with Christianity. The Asia Pacific region contains the largest populations of Muslims, with Indonesia claiming 225 million Muslims. Islam reportedly had a small presence in the region until the 12th century, when Muslim traders and merchants made significant inroads. These traders developed ports, gained influence with local leaders, and set down…

Eye On… Islam: Muslims in Asia Pacific

“On February 14, 2009, the Lord captured me.” This is the testimony of Hakim*, who was a devout Muslim until he had an encounter with Christ in an Indonesian village. Hakim had suffered from chronic bronchitis since birth, which continued to grow worse. He coughed non-stop from 6 to 9 p.m. every night. Seeking help, he went to visit a Muslim healer but was not cured. On that February day, Hakim’s motor scooter engine “happened” to die in front of his wife’s former teacher’s house. She and her husband are Christians and they invited Hakim into their home. Hakim was…

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