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Equipping the Future for Muslim Ministry

This past month fellow believers from 120 nations gathered in Springfield, MO., for the Centennial Celebration of the Assemblies of God. What a celebration it was as we reflected upon what God has done. Our task, however, is far from finished! In light of this 100-year reflection, we have been thanking God for what the Holy Spirit birthed in the heart of our founder, David Irwin: his vision to reach Muslims with the gospel. Here are some of the highlights of what God has done through Global Initiative (formerly Center for Ministry to Muslims or CMM) since 1982: The Jumaa Prayer…

Ministry Update: Say Hello in South Asia

In January a specially-collaborated team of five, including two members of Say Hello: Serving Muslim Women, gathered in a sensitive South Asian nation for an intensive week of training and strategizing for the long-term sustainability of a community center ministry that reaches out to Muslim girls and women. Say Hello believes this community center ministry is a global model for ministry with the capacity to multiply beyond its present borders to reach countless Muslim women. The trip was prompted by an urgent phone call in which the director, a Muslim background believer herself, expressed a great need for help. Drawing on…

Ministry Update: Say Hello in Europe

Twelve ladies from Oklahoma joined the director of Say Hello: Serving Muslim Women, Lynda Hausfeld, in a European city to collaborate with a local worker in outreach to Muslim women by means of friendship/salon ministry. The main focuses were women in a very conservative suburb and women from another neighborhood who were already journeying to Jesus. Their first outreach was to a group of Muslim women with whom a French believer had already invested substantial time and relationship. She served from a narrow, frugally furnished apartment that the team quickly transformed into a place where a steady stream of Muslim…

An Opportunity to Serve Muslim Women in France

A request from our ministry Say Hello: In September Say Hello: Serving Muslim Women partners with Oklahoma’s Women’s Ministries for outreach among Muslim women in France. The venue is a salon-type outreach that ministers to women’s personal beauty values. Christ followers offer days of community-focused pampering, in which ladies come for makeovers, hand and foot massages, haircuts and styles, health checks, and crafting opportunities. The daily events culminate with tea time, testimonies, and prayer. Every separate event is a powerful day of impact–because Jesus shows up. The project itself is directed by a Muslim background believer, whom God uses to…

From Say Hello: Reversing the Dress Code

A recent post from Say Hello: Serving Muslim Women: The Muslim woman’s veil is not meant to marginalize or stir fear. Essentially, a Muslim woman veils to communicate her modest practices and her desire to please God and honor community. Christ followers who can relate to these core values enjoy loving friendships with wonderful Muslim women because they are able to help seekers find Truth. A recent blog shares the story of women who worked to reverse the dress code of a Danish supermarket chain to allow Muslim women to wear hijab while working. Read the full story here.

From Say Hello: Approaching American Muslim Women

We wanted to share a recent post from Say Hello: Serving Muslim Women. Our stereotypes of Muslim women, particularly those who convert to Islam from other faiths, can hinder our friendships with them. We approach our relationships with Muslim women like we would approach any other friendship: unassumingly, with openness and great anticipation. Read this recent story from NBCNews.com: “Not ‘brainwashed’: American Women Who Converted to Islam Speak Out” The American Muslim women in this story have encountered stereotypes and harsh accusations in the years following their decision to convert to Islam, and most appear to brush those off. One woman,…

Islam in Chechnya: Chechen Girls and Islam

NPR’s online section The Picture Show features a series called “100 Words” in which photographers describe their work in their own words. Featured this week was photographer Diana Markosian who tells the story of Chechen girls coming of age in a place that is embracing Islam to a greater degree. Watch the slideshow here. Another version of this can be found here, with additional photos and words by Markosian.

Saying Hello in Seattle

Our ministry to Muslim women, Say Hello: Serving Muslim Women, shared this story with us this week: Christmas is a wonderful opportunity to show Christ’s love to your Muslim neighbor. Eavesdrop on Sarah and her parents’ heart-chat… Our daughter, Sarah, volunteered for a day at a ministry in the Seattle area. The organization collects gently used items to be given to low income families during the Christmas season. Two Muslim women entered wearing dark chadors, fully covered to their wrists and ankles. Sarah noticed that none of the other volunteers were helping these Muslim women, like they felt awkward, unsure…

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