Ministering to Afghan Refugees
November - December
Imagine you have spent your whole life building up your business, working long hours, enduring the stress of being solely responsible for the success of this business and its ability to feed your family. Suddenly, in one day, your life falls apart when your family member is executed and your home and business are burned down to further intimidate you. This is just one of the countless stories shared by Afghan refugees.
Muhammad’s Attempt to Supersede Jesus
September - October
Muhammad holds the most honored place of all humans in Islam. The Islamic confession of faith states: “There is no deity except Allah, and Muhammad is the Apostle of Allah.” This statement boldly names Muhammad in the same breath with Allah. Upon entering a mosque, a worshipper will usually see the names of Allah and Muhammad written together on the left and right walls in beautiful Arabic calligraphy, emphasizing the importance of both names to all Muslims.
The Mystery of Islam
Many people like a good mystery, but when it involves matters of faith and destiny, the level of interest increases even further. This is certainly the case concerning mysterious aspects of Islam that have come to light in the last few years. For example, several YouTube sites with tens of thousands of subscribers are now airing weekly episodes revealing new findings about the foundations of Islam.
The Storytelling Approach to Reaching Muslims
Everyone loves a good story. Children learn to love stories listening to their parents or teachers. John, the Gospel writer, believed that his was the greatest story, when he said, “These are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name” (John 20:30).
Addressing our Missiological Comorbidities
Comorbidity. In this season of the corona virus pandemic, we have been continually confronted with this term “comorbidity.” These “comorbidities” are pre-existing conditions that compromise the ability of the body’s immune system to fight off the virus. Comorbidities, such as diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, and old age, make it more likely that the patient will get seriously sick or die after contracting COVID-19.
Covid-19 and the Muslim Ummah
Our nano-scale experience with Muslim friends here in our own country opens our eyes to the bigger picture of COVID’s impact on the lives of Muslims globally. How our personal laments figure into God’s unchanged love for them and us during this crisis will somewhat depend upon how well we understand their challenges in this season. Every Muslim is part of Islam’s ummah: a community of Muslims whose unity is guided by Allah for the advancement of Islam.