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Eye On… Islam: New Brothers and Sisters in Europe

“My biggest challenge has been the attitude of some of the people within the church,” says Smith. “I have had a lot of opposition. Criticism, negative attitudes and trying to undermine the work that we are doing – that’s from the white British congregation.” The quote above is from Rev. Sally Smith, who has been ministering to Muslim refugees in Stoke-on-Trent, and has seen a dramatic restructuring in her congregation as a result. Several sources, including our colleagues in Europe confirm that Muslims are coming to Christ at an unprecedented rate, but some also report that some convert to ensure that…

Eye On… Islam: The History of Islam in Europe

Yesterday, we discussed the influx of refugees in Europe, and how that has increased the Muslim population. However, Islam has a long history on the continent of Europe, beginning in the Middle Ages. Under the Umayyad Caliphate, Muslims spread throughout the Middle East and began to quest into Europe. The Iberian Peninsula, conquered in 711, became known as Al-Andalus and it’s capital, Cordoba, was a center of commerce, culture, and learning for 500 years. Sicily and a portion of southern Italy was eventually conquered as well. The Christians and Jews who did not convert to Islam were subject to increased…

Eye On… Islam: Muslims in Europe

In 2011, civil war broke out in the country of Syria. By 2014, over 6 million Syrians had been forced to flee their homes under threat of violence. These refugees flooded into the countries surrounding Syria, but by 2015, at least 500,000 sought asylum in Europe.     Amira* and her 12-year-old son, Sayid*, had made the long journey from Syria all the way to Macedonia. This is a long trek for anyone. But it is an even greater challenge for a mom with cerebral palsy to carry her son on her back that distance. More than 3,000 refugees have…

The Case of Ali

This update has been submitted by Global Initiative colleagues working with refugees in Europe. Names and details have been sensitized to protect those involved. Please join us in prayer for these refugees and those ministering to them.  This is the case of Ali, a 22 years old young man. Ali was brought to us by Mohammed whom we helped with legal information. Mohammed found Ali after he had been sleeping on a bench for a week. He took him to his house that was rented for a few days. When Ali was brought to us, we saw that he was suffering from severe depression and suicidal…

Muslims in Europe: A look at the numbers

Europe has been, and continues to be, in our prayers. Tensions are running high as the region tries to heal from the recent acts of terror in Belgium, France, and Germany and, at the same time, we’re hearing amazing stories of Muslims hearing the Gospel and coming to Christ, thanks to the religious freedoms available in Europe and the willingness of Christ-followers to reach out to them. Check out this study from the Pew Research Center regarding the growth of the Muslim population in Europe, and pray with us that God will continue to use His people to grow His kingdom. 5 facts…

GI Current – Paris and the European Refugee Effort

We’re interviewing our representative in Europe, Craig Mathison, LIVE today at 2pm! Join in below: Did you miss the live stream? You can catch the video on our YouTube channel! Here are the resources Mark mentioned in the broadcast: An Appeal For a Realistic View of Islam Visit JumaaPrayer.org for weekly prayer requests Download the Jumaa Prayer Fellowship app

GI Current: Spotlight on Europe

We enjoyed having special guest Paul Trementozzi, the Regional Director for Europe, with us for our latest GI Current! If you’d like to hear more from our host and fantastic guest, here’s a Europe Missions podcast in which the roles were reversed. Enjoy an episode of “Coffee with Paul” below, and check out other podcasts in iTunes.  

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…

Life in Germany: Lessons in Islam Now Offered

A recent story in The New York Times examined the addition of classes in Islam to some German public schools. The aim of the classes is two-fold: (1) to better integrate Muslims into German society and (2) to counter “the growing influence of radical religious thinking.” Read the full story here. Each of the sixteen German states is responsible for its education system and non-compulsory religious study. Islamic study is available in some form in all former West German states and none of the former East German states (which have fewer Muslim immigrants historically). One teacher took 240 extra hours…

Muslims in the United Kingdom: Women Suffer More From Islamophobic Attacks

A new study, “Maybe We Are Hated,” reports on the impact of Islamophobic attacks in the U.K. Muslim women more than men are more likely to be subjected to such attacks, especially those women who wear a hijab, niqab, or other clothing associated with Islam. The report will be launched in the House of Commons today (11/20) and is intended to “look beyond the statistics and, for the first time, give a voice to the female victims of Islamophobia.” Read the full story from The Guardian here. Twenty women were interviewed for the report that includes actual statements and experiences…

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