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2) What’s the Best Guide to Arab Culture & Islam?

One of our Brigada participants wrote this past week wondering what might be the best guide to Arab culture and Islam. One of the churches with whom he is partnering is looking for something less on how to evangelize and more on how to get know, how to connect, and how to avoid insulting. What resource would you recommend? If you have an idea, please click “comment” below the online version of this item. Thanks in advance for any help you can render.

9) Crescent Project Offers Training in Islam

Don’t forget about Crescent Project’s Sahara Challenge…

https://www.crescentproject.org/sahara

The training is non-confrontational, uses much scripture, is informed by Islam itself, and is well-regarded by many. Also, you can actually see online videos of the training at…

http://www.crescentproject.tv/

Cool idea. There must be some way to register so you can watch the videos online (and not have to wait for DVD’s to come in the mail). This would be really helpful to overseas customers, living in sensitive situations. Although it didn’t look like the page was protected by SSL technology, one could use a VPN to address security and, presumably, view the entire training program via a distance-learning approach. Awesome.

9) Frontline Conference: Open the Door to the Muslim World

Frontline Conference is a weekend gathering (July 5-7, 2013) where you can join workers from the Muslim world in discussing current strategies for reaching Muslims for Christ. Columbia International University (CIU) will host the conference in Columbia, South Carolina, USA. The Zwemer Center’s Summer Institute bookends the conference, offering one-week intensive courses which can be taken for undergraduate or graduate credit or as a non-credit seminar ($250): Addressing Muslim Concerns (July 1-5) and Islam in the 21st Century (July 8-12). For more information visit

http://www.zwemercenter.com

1) Train in Islamics — with Horizons International

From May 26 – 31, get “From Cubs to Lions.” This is a discipleship course for new and maturing converts from Islam, taught in Boulder, Colorado.

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From June 17 – 21, catch Engaging Islam in Dearborn, Michigan, focused on how to share the Good News with Muslims, with outreach every afternoon.

From July 8 – August 2, attend the Strategic Institute for Muslim Studies, again in Boulder, Colorado, focused on four intensive weeks of teaching which include teaching, interaction and role play.

Get all the details at…

http://engagingislam.org

or…

http://horizonsinternational.org

7) Do you want to be better at loving Muslims?

“Good News for Muslims” is A gathering Hosted by Carl and Chris Medearis. It’s all about loving Jesus and helping others love him too.  Anyone who serves Muslim friends, or is hoping to, is welcome.  Spend time with Carl and others to be encouraged and empowered to love openly. The dates are July 11-12 at MountainView Community Church in Highlands Ranch, CO. The space is limited. Registration and more information are at this link – pay through PayPal (which is your registration):

http://www.carlmedearis.com/conference2013/

http://www.mountainviewfamily.org

Registration is $100 per person or $150 for a married couple.  No childcare, so please no kids – unless they’re old enough to be involved.  This price includes one meal all together. The rest of our meals will be at nearby restaurants.

3) Pastor Needed in Egypt

Heliopolis Community Church

Heliopolis Community Church

In the midst of many changes in the country of Egypt, there is a steadfast, dynamic group of believing internationals living in the Heliopolis area of Cairo.  They are in need of a full time pastor. Heliopolis Community Church is an English speaking, interdenominational church where any given worship service may have 20 to 25 nationalities represented. It is an exciting body of Christ to be a part of.

Additional information can be found at

http://www.hcccairo.com

or by emailing pastor_searchathcccairodotcom

1) Sharing Your Faith with Muslim Friends: Camel Method Makes Sense

Camel Workshop and book

Camel Workshop and book

This past week, I attended a conference about sharing the Good News of Jesus, the Messiah, with our Muslim friends. I’m not saying I was disappointed, but I will say that it left me interested in finding a more tangible approach. And I wondered if others had wondered the same thing. I remembered hearing, a few years back, about an approach that had proven extremely successful in real-live situations. I did some research, ordered a copy for myself, and — I’ve got to say — it seems extremely impressive. “The Camel Workshop DVD” and the companion book, “The Camel Rider’s Journal,” are edited by David Garrison. I also ordered the book that goes along with the workshop, “The Camel: How Muslims are Coming to Faith in Christ,” by Kevin Greeson. I’m looking forward to doing this as a lunch book study in our office — and I’m determined to memorize all the steps. I’ll keep you informed along the way but, on the surface, so far, this seems like the best thing going if you’d like a plan or tangible outline. Am I the only one who wondered, “What do I say to stay on track without offending my Muslim friend?” Can’t wait to learn it through and through. Learn more at…

http://www.camelmethod.com

8) Muslim Connexion is Coming to Beaverton, Oregon

Increasing parcels of land in the Beaverton area are being purchased to build Mosques. Muslims are coming to America with the intent to share their Islamic faith with their neighbors and friends. Do you know how to share your faith with them? Mission ConneXion Northwest 2012 plenary speaker Fouad Masri is coming to Beaverton to teach you how. As founder of Crescent Project, a ministry whose mission is to inspire, equip and serve the church to reach Muslims with the gospel of Christ for the glory of God, Fouad will give you the tools you need to feel confident in sharing your faith through their Bridges One-Day seminar. The event starts on Friday, October 26 from 5:00 9:00 PM, and again Saturday October 27 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. For more information, go to…

http://missionconnexion.com/muslim-connexion

1) Strategic Institute of Muslim Studies: SIMS 2012 —

Here’s a great opportunity for missions leaders, strategists, seasoned missionaries, and missionary candidates who want to increase their knowledge and sharpen their skills in ministry to Muslims. Key speakers and topics are:

*** Don McCurry — Week 1: July 9–13 — Stepping Stones to Eternity: Jesus from the Quran to the Bible

*** John Gilchrist — Week 2: July 16-20 — Apologetics: Sources of Quran, Historical Jesus, Allah, Prophecies and Theological Issues.

*** Tat Stewart — Week 3: July 23-27 — Evangelism and Discipleship among Muslims. Why are Muslims coming to Christ in unprecedented numbers?

*** Bill Nikides  and Georges Houssney — Week 4: July 30-August 3

Church Planting: Building multiplying Christ centered communities.

*** In June we also have Legacy Conference and a week of practical training with hands on outreach to Arabs in Dearborn, Michigan.

For info on these and other training programs visit,

 

http://engagingislam.org

 

(Thanks again for Engaging Islam’s partnership with Brigada!)

2) Bridges Course, Connecting Christians with Muslims —

Where have I been? How is it possible that might never have seen this course until now? Packaged in a cool binder, it includes 2 DVD’s, a companion study book, Leader’s notes, and a wealth of knowledge! It features Middle-Eastern-born Fouad Masri, the founder of Crescent Project, leading discussions, showing videos, teaching a whole course on this stuff. The sessions are made more interesting in that we’re not just watching a talking head for 45 minutes. There are small groups, one-on-one testimonies, and lots of cool topics… like “Islam Rising,” “Belief and Ritual,” and much more. You can even get the entire version in Spanish!!! Learn more at…

http://www.crescentproject.org

where you can also research ministry opportunities, workshops, and more. Great job, Fouad! :-)

4) Need to Clearly Communicate The Way to a Muslim Friend? —

(I’m trying to avoid the temptation to say, “There’s an app for that,” because I think that phrase has been way over used. But it’s still tempting. OK.. Doug.. get hold of yourself. Back to the subject.) Now you can — via a new app by Goldenripe.

 

https://market.android.com/details?id=org.theway&feature=search_result

 

Introduces the app… and

 

http://goldenripe.org/

 

reveals even more. There’s a lot there — but at a minimum, it allows reveals eye-opening content (including content from both the Qur’an and Injil) from discussions with Muslim and Christian friends and associates regarding life now and life after this life. To me, this kind of application has huge potential. (Thanks for the tip, Michael!!!)

1) Zwemer Institute: A Key Event this Summer —

The 15th Summer Institute in Islam (July 4-29) will be held on the campus of Columbia International University in South Carolina.  In four, one-week courses, the focus is on understanding Islam, building healthy relationships with Muslims and training workers to effectively present the gospel.  When taken as a seminar the cost is only $250 each.  With nearly 40 hours of classroom instruction for each course, Zwemer’s distinctive over other programs is that it provides in-depth training for the Church’s greatest challenge in the 21st century. The courses are Islam through Christian and Muslim Eyes (Visiting Professor) July 4-8; The Spirit World of Islam (Dr. Warren Larson) July 11-15); Introduction to the Qur’an (Dr. Peter Riddell) July 18-22; Approaches to Muslims (Dr. Phil Parshall) July 25-29.  Register online at …

 

http://www.zwemercenter.com

 

 

Learn more at

 

http://www.ciu.edu/muslimstudies

 

or contact Trevor:

TCastoratciudotedu or by phone +1-800- 777-2227, X 5327.

(By the way, hats off to the Zwemer Institute for its preemo support of Brigada this past month. We appreciate you Zwemer Institute!)

14) New Book Challenges Islam —

Exciting new finds indicate that Islam’s original holy city was in northern Arabia at the city of Petra. The author claims that during the second Islamic civil war (66 AH) the Ka’ba was destroyed and the Black Rock was moved into Arabia for safe keeping. You will be amazed at the archeological, historical and literary evidence that support this theory. Discover why these finds challenge the Qur’an. Snag a copy of “Qur’anic Geography” from Independent Scholars Press

 

http://www.indipress.ca/feature.html

2) World Missions Rally in Vancouver —

Do you live in Vancouver? If so, you’re in luck: Catch Patrick Johnstone giving a challenging talks on, “What to Expect in the Future!” and “Discipling the nations: how are we doing?” Also hear Roland Muller talk about “Islam: Past, Present & Future.” Catch this and more at Grace Community Church, 9770 King George Blvd., Surrey BC. Feb 19, 2011. 1-5 pm. All meetings are to be held in English and Korean.

4) “The Waiting World, Special Edition” —

The producers of the prayer video series, “The Waiting Word” have just completed a new edition, and are making it available to readers of Brigada Today. This edition of the series contains six 7-9 minute videos showcasing the 10/40 Window, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Animism/Tribalism. There is also a bonus music video set to Israel Houghton’s song, “We Speak to Nations”.  The music video would be a good introduction for a missions seminar or presentation, while the prayer videos for each of the major religions of the 10/40 Window could be used to introduce a time of prayer for that religion or a people group of that faith.  The 10/40 Window video gives a basic understanding of the 10/40 Window along with an explanation of why it is important. As a special discount, readers of Brigada Today can email the producers at

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