Muslims

11) “Too Soon to Celebrate, Too Soon to Quit [Loving Muslims]

I enjoyed reading comments on the item, “The BackPage: Muslims are Coming to Isa,” Available at…

http://www.brigada.org/2013/06/17_11846

For example, a worker named Mike reported, “Yes, we are seeing a tremendous growth in areas that I have visited. Much of the fruit is coming from Internet and Satellite as it becomes easier for Muslims to find the Word there. It seems that the church is lacking in reaching them, but through electronic media, the Word is getting out.” Another worker added, “We have been working in the M world for almost 30 years. We are seeing some movements but truly it is a drop in the bucket… The field is white unto harvest and the workers are way too few. We need to been imparting vision that the job is far from over and hands are needed in M countries to bring the harvest in.” Still another worker reinforced, “Christians (in the West and elsewhere) need to mobilize – and do much more than merely ‘pray.’ We need to go – even in very difficult places, and support financially, and give substantial moral and spiritual support to those who do go.” We ESPECIALLY loved Greg L’s comments (those working among Muslims will immediately recognize the name “Greg L” without any further fanfare), “It’s too soon to celebrate, and too soon to quit. We need to keep asking ‘what will be left behind?’ How many identifiable fellowships of MBBs are reproducing… a hit on the internet is hardly ‘regeneration.’ Still, it’s a lot more than before 1975, so let’s keep believing.” (Thanks to ALL participants here at Brigada for dialoguing about this question and others. We appreciate your willingness to share your experience and opinion!)

6) Speaker & seminar on Muslim-Christian engagement

John, an expert in Islam, world religions, dialogue, religious diplomacy, and peacemaking, is available for seminars in churches and other venues on Muslim-Christian engagement in the way of Jesus and other topics. He is the editor of a Christianity Today award-winning book on mission and evangelism, and a leader in Evangelical missions and dialogue. For more information visit

http://www.religious-diplomacy.org/evangelichapter or

http://www.wiics.org

You can also arrange for a presentation by contacting him by phone at (801) 643-6983.

14) The BackPage: Muslims are Coming to Isa

I was fascinated by the little 8-minute video that WorldChristian News released in conjunction with this year’s 30-days prayer campaign. Wow. Paul Filidis wrote, “While we see disturbing sound bites from the Muslim world almost nightly on TV, there are now also confirmed reports of an unprecedented turning of Muslims to Jesus.” If you don’t believe him, just watch his eight-minute interview with David Garrison.

http://www.30daysprayer.com/vid/Garrison2013.mp4

In summary, Garrison says that from 623 until the end of the 1800’s, there was perhaps only one documented movement to Jesus among Muslims. Throughout the next 100 years, there were maybe 9 more. But in the past dozen years, already, God has raised up 64 new church-planting movements among Muslims — in addition to the 10 that we knew about before. If this is true (and we trust it is), God has truly been mightily moving among the Islamic world since 2000. Wow. Let’s pray even harder.

So what do YOU think about this unprecedented growth that Garrison describes? Are you seeing it where you work as well? Please write anonymously; don’t take risks that will cause you or anyone else any harm. But rejoice with us that God appears to be “on the move” among Muslims like never before in history.

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

4) Your Thoughts on “Any-3: Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime”

Sometimes I feel like I’m the last to hear about this stuff. Can someone comment as to how effective (and sensitive) this book by Mike Shipman is? Suddenly, this week, I’m blitzed from 3 different directions about it. Apparently it has been quite effective with Muslims in Asia? Here’s a piece about it…

http://www.churchplantingmovements.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=144:any-3-on-kindle&catid=50:books&Itemid=96

Anyone have any personal experience with this approach?

4) Consultation about a North African Country

It’s happening soon — September 24 through 28, 2012. It’s a gathering in the UK of those interested in this country to network together and lean about opportunities, how to apply their skills in country and how to help those that care. There are many opportunities, needs and your organization may be the best fit for many of them. Write officeatlpartnershipdotnet  (officeatlpartnershipdotnet)   or ellenatlpartnershipdotnet  (ellenatlpartnershipdotnet)   to learn more. I don’t think we’re supposed to say which country, but if you’re interested in recently opening lands, you’ll be interested in this.

2) Massive Pew Study of Muslims in 40 Countries —

OK… I have to be honest. The source on this one is my son. :-) His note went like this:

 

Dad,

You’ve got to browse through this! Very interesting! It’s a massive Pew study of Muslims from some 40 countries. They looked at how Islam is practiced, consumed, and perceived in terms of the entire world, regions, and individual countries.

 

Maybe it deserves a shout on Brigada? Workers in Bosnia can see the percent of Muslims in their country that believe in Angels, those in Kenya can find out how often 18-24 year olds in their country pray in mosques, etc.!

 

See the executive summary-

 

http://www.pewforum.org/Muslim/the-worlds-muslims-unity-and-diversity-executive-summary.aspx

 

See the home page (browse the study with the options on the right)-

 

http://www.pewforum.org/Muslim/the-worlds-muslims-unity-and-diversity.aspx

 

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(Note: These two links will “wrap.” If you have trouble copying it and pasting it into your browser, just log on to Brigada today online and find this same item posted there. We’ll make sure the link works on our site. Thanks.)

 

(Yes, I’m thankful he has a degree in international studies. :-) )

2) Dreams and Visions and Muslim Conversion —

Here’s an historical, cultural, biblical and missiological assessment of how dreams and visions are used of God, in particular, in bringing Muslims to faith in Christ. In addition to offering an explanation of the worldview context favorable to dreams and visions, the book includes nine testimonies of Muslims who came to faith in Christ as a result of their own personal dream or vision encounter. In addition to Amazon, Barnes and Noble or directly from the publisher (Destiny Image), the book can also be purchased directly from the author’s blog:

 

http://nouvelleoptique.wordpress.com

 

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! :-)

5) CNMM Biennial Conference —

The Canadian Network of Ministries to Muslims is hosting a national conference for workers and interested persons in Toronto October 2012.

 

http://lovingmuslimstogether.org

 

The theme is, “here for a purpose”. Mobilization of churches and workers for witness is our goal.  Overseas workers, encourage your Canadian partners to attend! The CNMM operates on the ministry platform of the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada.

 

http://cnmm.ca

 

For more info, you can also email…

gtaatcnmmdotca

8) “Jesus in the Center” Seminar —

This year more than a dozen experienced MBBs from Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Sudan, Kuwait and beyond will participate in a “Jesus in the Center” seminar. The program includes plenary sessions, panel discussions, workshops, simulations, testimonies, personal interaction and more. Organizers bill the program as, “Learn what it takes to reach Muslims for Christ!” The program runs Friday evening October 7 and all day Saturday October 8 at the Royal Heights Baptist Church, Surrey BC, Canada. (Near Vancouver) Learn more at…

 

http://www.mefriendshipcentre.com/seminars.html

 

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