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Eye on… Islam: The Growth of Islam in Latin America

Over the past several years, Latin Americans have comprised the largest group of converts to Islam. Predominantly Catholic countries are seeing rapid conversion, and many have attributed this growth to their shared history during the Golden Age of Islam, while some seem to be seeking a more holistic experience, or a stronger connection to a religious community.   (parts 2 and 3) Whatever the reason for each individual conversion, our trainers have held several Jonah Initiative trainings in various Latin American countries to equip and empower Christians to reach the growing Muslim population. Whatever it is that these new converts…

Eye On… Islam: The History of Islam in Latin America

A few weeks ago, we shared the history of the Islamic kingdom of Al-Andalus in Spain during the Middle Ages. Over the centuries, the Arabic and Spanish cultures merged in a number of ways, and a portion of the Spanish language melded with Arabic, producing the Castilian dialect. When the Spanish and the Portuguese colonized what became Latin America in the 15th century, much of the blended DNA came with them and, although the religion of Islam was not transplanted, the commonalities in the two cultures remained. Muslims began to immigrate to Brazil and Argentina in the 1920’s. Mosques were built,…

Eye On… Islam: From Latin America to Afghanistan

After attending Bible college, Pablo met and married a wonderful woman who was a devout follower of Christ. Together, Pablo and his new wife felt God calling them to missionary service in Panama where they planted a church and started a Bible school. During their time in Panama, Pablo met a community of Muslims from Afghanistan. But after the September 11, 2011 tragedy in New York City, Pablo developed a bitter resentment toward Muslims. Soon, though, the Holy Spirit convicted him of his unChristlike attitude, and his hatred was replaced with God’s love for Muslims. When Pablo and his wife…

Ministry Update: Medellin, Colombia

A team of Global Initiative trainers recently traveled to Medellin, Colombia to teach Islamic studies at the Colombian missions department School of Missions with 250 in attendance. The official class was 150 students. The class demonstrated eagerness and overwhelming interest to know more about Islam and how to become involved in Muslim ministry both locally and outside Colombia. The hearts of the Global Initiative trainers were deeply moved on the final evening of the conference. A young man, wearing an Afghan national outfit sent to him by his brother in the military, wept on a trainer’s shoulder telling of his call to Afghanistan. Five young girls…

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