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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The boy who jumped over the wall for food

This post was written while we were in Chad.

I got up very early this morning, thirty minutes before the Fajr prayer time (which is one hour before sunset). Last night, the winds and the rain were violent, and the lightning and thunder were fairly close together.

Garibou boys; photo by Mary Newcombe

photo by Mary Newcombe

So I shut off the solar system, and read a book or two on my handheld and fell asleep.

As I worked at my desk this morning, there was a tall twelve-year-old boy, walking around in our yard! YIKES! This isn’t supposed to happen!

I fearfully but loudly yelled out the window, asking him what he was doing here. With a pleading voice, he told me that he was at the Madrasa (Qur’anic school) up the road; they hadn’t any food for a while. Their Qur’an Master was visiting the fields, and had left him and his fellow students to fend for themselves. He was told that there was a “nasara” (foreigner) in the home here, and that he would give him food.

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Catching up, and transitions in our journey

Thank you for walking with me and my family as we served in Chad, Africa. You have kept up with our adventures through this, my Desert Voices blog.  Thank you for allowing me to vent my frustrations, share my joys, and dream of a better future for Africa.

The journey continues

unloading time on the journey

We are now based in Maine, but we haven’t finished the journey yet.  With permission, we travel back and forth between continents to continue to serve in the ministry of language development.

Last year around April 29th, I went back to Chad for a month and a week.  There, I got to visit the village where my camel lives, and caught up with friends.  I also became arrested; long story… but it turned out fine in the end.  Anyway, after finishing my visit out east, I returned to N’Djaména, ate Royal Chicken, and headed to Kenya for the first time.

One week later, two Boko Haram suicide bombers killed themselves at the Commissariat Central of N’Djaména. Their death was followed by other bombers, one at the Central Market, and others in a small village around Lake Chad.

Life has definitely changed in Chad, but our task, and our calling, has not.  We have a Message of Hope, and are not afraid to tell it.  More importantly, as difficult as life was for my Chadian family and friends under normal circumstances, this

terrible twist of terrorism has increased the level of anxiety and fear on the streets.  For the sake of our friends we left, please keep praying for Chad, and for the end of Boko Haram in Nigeria.

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Bothersome interruption

This post was written while we were in Chad.

I have been fixing Sarah’s desk from Guéréda, and it is coming along well. The wood glue that Steve Banks terapeak.com swift rivers puzzle no interruptionrecommended is really working well! Now that I’ve finished the 500 piece puzzle of Swift River, this has become my latest puzzle to try to assemble! The result will also serve as a model to show to our carpenter friend in town for the other desks for the girls.

Our first interruption began earlier in the day. While we were having church, I looked out the one-way window in the living room, and saw two boys about 9 years old, wandering through the yard, looking around. So I quietly went out the front door, and started chasing them. They were terrified! they ran into two directions, so I kept pursuing one of them. Up to the road, he ran and hid behind a young man who pleaded with me on his behalf. Of course, as a Christian, I couldn’t severely punish that boy. I just wanted him to never jump over the wall again. I think I got my message across.

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Muslims turn to Christ in unprecedented numbers

God is doing something amazing in our world today.

Syrian refugeesAs I mentioned in an earlier post, Muslims are turning to Christ.  This is especially true of the refugees in Europe.

Although we sometimes forget it, the Good News of salvation through Jesus the Messiah is not only for Christians. He also died on the cross so that Muslims could repent and trust in Him, just as we did.

At last, this Message is getting out of the church building and into the world!  As we did, Muslims are meeting the Messiah through visions and seeking out Christians to find out more about Him.

As His church, we need to be ready to welcome these refugees into our churches, our homes and our hearts.

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