Articles

A selection of articles on different subjects relating to the Arab world, Muslims, our ministry and more…

Reaching Mecca

At the end of August, millions of Muslims from across the globe will head to Mecca in Saudi Arabia. They will be taking part in the Hajj, which is one of the five pillars of Islam and a pilgrimage every Muslim must strive to make at least once in their lifetime.

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Are you excited?

Last month, we shared some statistics and stories from our first quarter report, which we hope you found encouraging. We reported that 109 people had professed faith in Christ to one of our responders in the first three months of the year. Since then, that number has come even closer to overtaking last year’s total of 151. If God continues to use our team in this way, we could see almost three times as many professions of faith in 2017 as there were in 2016. Amazing!

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Creative challenges

We are so grateful for the Arab nationals who enrich our team. Here’s an interview with Egypt team member Howida*. We’ve included examples of her work…

How long have you been with the Egypt team?

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First quarter insights

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading… (1 Peter 1:3-4 ESV)

The mental model of Muslim men and women throughout the Middle East – who believe that the law of their God brings peace and promotes prosperity, human dignity and honour – is in contrast to their real life experience. Already, during the first quarter of 2017, the world has witnessed pedestrians run down in London, children killed by chemical weapons in Syria and other unimaginable acts of violence in Egypt, Yemen, Iraq, Afghanistan, France and other places – purportedly to acknowledge that their God is the greatest.

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‘God has come into our world’

But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. (Isaiah 53:5 NLT)

As Easter approaches, I am reading through Isaiah 53, reminding myself of what Jesus came to do and how it was foretold many years before.

This is such a beautiful passage. Isaiah is so clearly talking about Jesus that I wonder how any person could read it and not know – or how anyone could know and yet not believe! It breaks my heart that many Muslims love Jesus, but only consider him a prophet. They are so close, but still a million miles away!

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