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Testimony: ‘God prepared her for her ministry today.’

A Global Initiative trainer recently shared this testimony from a student overseas: Erma comes from a traditional Muslim home. Some in the family are very devout while others are nominal and do not practice their faith at all. While attending high school, Erma became friends with a Christian girl who shared Christianity and Christ with her. Remembering her friend, Erma says, “She was a true follower of Christ and helped me in a loving way to see that Jesus was a Savior and friend.” Erma began investigating Jesus as questions about Islam and its teachings started to surface. She questioned…

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…

Life in Syria: Syrian Radio Host Speaks Out

Recently NPR’s Morning Edition spoke with Syrian radio personality Honey al-Sayed. A popular morning host, al-Sayed loved her job, until civil war broke out in the country and both sides of the fighting wanted her to be their mouthpiece. One morning she woke up and decided to leave the country–the pressure was too much. She had a visa to the U. S. and now lives in Washington, D. C. She continues to host a radio show via an online broadcast, to reach Syrians in the States and back home. Read the full story transcript or listen to the interview here. NPR…

Life in Pakistan: Superhero Avenges Wearing Burka

There is a new children’s show in Pakistan, Burka Avenger, featuring Jiya, who is both a schoolteacher and a superhero known as the Burka Avenger. As the superhero, Jiya dons a full-body black cloak complete with face veil to fight an evil magician and corrupt mayor who try to close schools and steal charity funds. While there is support for the cartoon as it speaks to empowered women, camps are divided regarding Jiya’s chosen superhero costume: her burka. Read the full story on The Atlantic here. Critics note that the burka is seen as a symbol of female oppression and…

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…

To Consider: Her Hope for Heaven

The following is the lead article in the November/December issue of Intercede, our bimonthly prayer publication. To download the full version of Intercede, click here. Her Hope for Heaven By Lynda Hausfeld Muslim women comprise a tenth of the world’s population. Whether we live in Houston, Havana, Hyderabad or Hong Kong, they are our neighbors. That makes them ours to invite to heaven. But we hesitate–not because we deliberately ignore the fact that God commissions them to us for heaven’s glory (Acts 17: 26)–but because we don’t know how to invite them. For very legitimate reasons, our perspective of who they are…

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…

Islam in Indonesia: Miss World Muslimah 2013 Crowned

This week the Miss America pageant crowned its first winner from an Indian background, Nina Davuluri, and yesterday (18 September), Miss Nigeria Obabiyi Aishah Ajibola took home the crown in Miss World Muslimah 2013 (pictured) in Jakarta, Indonesia. The third annual pageant exclusively for Muslim women, Miss World Muslimah is a global charity event for the relief of those who are struggling in hunger, war and conflict, and natural disaster, and shows how the beauty of the Muslim sisterhood can be a driving inspiration for others. The twenty contestants were chosen for their religious abilities, including memorization of the Quran and also public…

Muslims in Sweden: Swedish Women Don Headscarves

A Swedish Muslim woman was attacked over the weekend, apparently for wearing a headscarf. BBC News reported that the attacker hit the pregnant woman’s head on a car and tore off her hijab (head covering). In response, Swedish women began showing their support of the woman attacked by posting photos of themselves in traditional Muslim headscarves. Read the full BBC News story here. The campaign has spread beyond Sweden via social media sites Twitter and Instagram, and now women of various faiths outside Sweden are showing their support by posting photos and using the hashtag #hijabuppropet (hijab outcry) (pictured above). This kind…

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…

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