3 Uncommon Ways to share God’s Love with your Muslim Friend

Fridays are important to your Muslim friends (source: times of india blogs.com)Reaching Muslims with the love of Christ is no longer just the job of Christians who travel the world.  It is now the job of the local church in Hometown USA, as it reaches out to its community.

Ten years ago, sharing God’s Love with Muslims was something that Christians did in places like Africa or Asia.  We would pray for them over there as they served in many ways, but saw little fruit.

But our world has certainly changed since then.  As we enter 2018, you are more likely than ever to have a Muslim neighbor, classmate or coworker.  In North America, over three million Muslims call the United States or Canada home.  According to Pew Research, that number is expected to grow to 8.1 million by 2050.

It’s true: some of the Muslims in North America support or condone some form of violent jihad.  However, most have come to free the economic, political and religious oppression of their country of origin.

And Jesus didn’t die on the cross and rise again for Christians alone.  He also heroically sacrificed Himself for all Muslims, all who receive His gift.  When we share God’s love with Muslims, they can choose to receive His salvation and know God as a friend.

Here are 3 lesser-mentioned tips to help you share God’s Love with your Muslim friend.

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What is a MicroBible?

MicroBibles are the solution God provided to help us break through the five barriers which prevent access to the Word of God.  The MicroSD card is smaller than your thumbnail, so government officials can’t stop them from entering into their country.  They can be played on MicroSD Card players, available worldwide (except in America, ironically).

And you don’t need access to the internet to read these Bibles.  In fact, you don’t even have to know how to read!  These Bibles read themselves to the person who receives them, in the language of their heart.

What is a MicroBible?

Technically speaking, a MicroBible is an SD Card to TF Card adapter, and a TF Card (usually 2 to 4 Gigabytes in size).  MicroBibles for sale - Order NowWe load it with a Bible that reads itself to the owners in their own language.  Then we add the best Good News video and audio resources we can find.  Each MicroBible is tailor-made to reach its audience with God’s Love as expressed by what Christ did for them.

However, MicroBibles are much, much more than the metal and plastic they are made of.  They are even far more than the audio and video files within them.

When you dig deeper, this is what a MicroBible is:

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It was her wedding ring… until she gave it away…

How God used a wedding ring to get us back to Chad

God is doing some amazing things through Desert Springs Ministries!  Yet, we want to be honest with you.  wedding ringIt’s not about us… that is, our family.   In reality, it’s about you.  God uses wonderful people like you to bring His Word to the Nations through MicroBibles and Scripture translation.

One of the greatest illustrations of this reality is the story of how He used a wedding ring to get us back to Chad.

In a time of struggle

It was 2009.  We were having a difficult time raising our support to return to Chad.

Since joining AGWM, our support budget had more than doubled.  My fellow workers were finding it easy, but we just couldn’t promote ourselves like they could. Also, there were so many of us trying to get to the foreign field that year.  And almost every pastor I called or visited was already supporting as many of God’s overseas laborers as they possibly could.

One afternoon, while I was out shopping for groceries, I got “THE phone call”.  It was the support raising supervisor at Headquarters.  He told me that, if something didn’t change in our budget soon, we couldn’t return to Chad.

Around the time of that call, I was scheduled to speak at a missions breakfast at Calvary Temple Assembly of God in Fall River, Massachusetts.  We were all given five minutes to speak.  When it was my turn, I poured out my heart about our struggle to get back to Chad to continue the work we had started in 1992.

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This is Sarah

For those of you who read the Faris newsletter, this is Sarah. For those who have just learned about DSM, this is the oldest daughter of the founder of the aforesaid ministry.

Why am I writing the posts now? The short answer: I work here. The long answer: I graduated from high school, and, once I discovered that I needed to wait about going to college, the DSM board of directors hired me to take on some of my father’s work, to give him more time to do language work.

Facts about Sarah

little SarahNow don’t get me wrong; I love writing and look forward to creating these posts for you. Because I took two English courses during my senior year of high school, I gained a college credit for Language and Composition. I also enjoy reading books and composing essays in my spare time.

Over a span of thirteen years, I have intermittently lived overseas. Thus, I have acquired a plethora of idiosyncrasies, such as extreme verbosity, or using a lot of words. However, I will do my best to keep things interesting and  somewhat logical.

As a fourth or fifth generation Christian, I have practically heard the Word of God since birth. Also, you could say that my parents raised me in church. Some people might think that such a situation is enough to make them a Christian; however, that notion is incorrect. You can’t get to heaven by hitching a ride with your parents: you have to accept Jesus for yourself, like I have.

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Luggage, food, and lasting impressions of Dakar

This post was written while we were in Chad.

We watched the sun rise this morning from the porch, for our last time, until next time we are in Senegal. A last day puts a priority on getting some last-minute things done, and for us, it meant my going to the marketplace. faris041 luggageWe were invited over for supper at the home of a Canadian couple serving here in Dakar.

As Will and I watched the chicken marinated in St. Hubert sauce roast on the gas barbecue, he showed me their micro garden of squash growing on little tables with peanut shells 5 inches deep. It was incredible how much they were invading the planters they were in! We’ll have to try this in Chad.

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