Trusting God to Bring Whom He wills

Trusting God to Bring Whom He Wills

On Saturday, April 28th and on Saturday, May 5th, NAE held two days of workshops focusing on Islam by Dr. Ruth Lyons and having some fun and ministry by a ventriloquist, Kerry Miller who is prayerfully supported and assisted by his wife, Terry.

Pastors Woodrow (Woody) and Trish, located in Chillicothe, OH. at God’s Community Church, and Pastor Shannon and his wife Jen and Pastor Donna Bevels, located at First Church of God, in Farmington, MO. were all instrumental in making both of these events happen. All of them found in the process of planning these events that they encountered in one way or another opposition and setbacks but persevered. They could have quit!  Neither certainly gained anything monetarily by hosting the events, but they made a difference in their communities and results will be evident in Heaven!

We know that there had been over a period of time praying for God to bring those who should be there and we believe He did! It was evident in each event by the end. For both of the presenters, it is not about numbers, but individuals and relationships. In each event, we knew that those who came went away having “got it”! In other words, they went away with the intention to make more of an impact from now on.

What exactly does this mean? Well, for some this meant that through their lives in their daily routine, reaching out to their Muslim colleague or neighbor or contact and for others it meant praying more fervently for God to reveal himself through dreams, and for individuals to learn about Christ one way or another, and for all to be full of more faith to believe God can bring hope to a broken world and not live in fear or be afraid of that which is different.

At the gathering in Missouri, they had asked for pre-registration and they had not had one single registration by the night before the event. It was so bad, they had phone calls from people who were saying they could not be there! I must confess that after hearing this I just prayed to the Lord and said: “Lord, if it is your will then let nobody come tomorrow and I guess you want me to have a day off.”
The next morning everything was set and ready to begin at 9.00 and at about 9.10 a van with “Jesus loves you” written in large letters on the sides of the vehicle, pulled into the parking lot and a woman was dropped off. She had come from a nearby town because she wanted to learn more about how to reach Muslims. She was a pastor’s wife of an interdenominational church in a town a half hour or so away. She was a woman filled with the Holy Spirit and who was determined to let God use her how He wanted and who would definitely share with others what she learned from the event. We had a precious time of fellowship with her and gave her a private workshop for 4 hours! She left ready to do something with what she had learned.
In both of these events, we believe God brought who He wanted there and hearts were touched and challenged and the world will be a different place as these individuals impact more lives through their fervent prayers and personal outreach in showing love, respect and building relationships with those who are different from them and are spiritually lost.

Thank you to both of our host churches for all the preparation and organization and for caring.

Knock, Knock, Who is there?

Knock, Knock, Who is there?

The United States has become home for millions of Muslims in our generation. While I was home on furlough this past summer as I visited different churches I had people say to me more than once, “A Muslim family live down the street from us. ..” or “There is a Muslim working in our office.”

One story that remains clearly in my mind is the one Christy, a woman at a church shared with me about a mom and her son who were her neighbors. The mom and son are Muslims. “Ayse seems friendly and her son, Ali loves to skateboard and play computer games with my son,” says Christy. She adds, “Ayse dresses in western clothes and is raising her son herself. We thought we’d invite Ali to Sunday School and explained to Ayse that we were Christians.’ Ali gave me his home phone number and I called his mom, but she was not home. I tried again a few days later.”
Reaching others means to keep trying. Don’t give up. Don’t get cold feet! Reaching out, showing respect, and building relationships pave the way to share your faith with a Muslim. Though there may be differences culturally, socially and in language, love is a universal language. This website aims to help the reader understand Islam and not buy into the stereotype ideas.

Here are a few common obstacles you may encounter:
Some Muslims may have some misunderstanding about “Evangelical Christians”.

After 9-11, many Muslims believe that Americans dislike them Muslims.
Islam is more than a religion and our message should extend beyond the theological differences between Islam and Christianity.

The Apostle Paul wrote:
So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ. (Romans 10:17) It’s best to just begin with building a relationship and just giving a person the New Testament or a Scripture portion such as the Book of Mark.

God is sending the world to us – the American church – and we should not miss this opportunity. Some of us have neighbors who have come from half way around the world. Now they are on our door step!
Every lay person in the pew has the opportunity to share and make a difference!

Unsure how to begin to start a conversation?

Donna Thomas has written a book just for you! Learn more and visit her website at:

If you have questions about how to relate or share with a Muslim you can also write to Ruth Lyons at and ask her or start a discussion on the Facebook page for National Association of Evangelism.

Check out these International Ministries for More Information:

Fouad Masri
President / CEO
Crescent Project

888-446-5457 x122


Ravi Zacharias, International Ministries


Intervarsity , International Student Ministry (ISM)

IMPACT EVENT SEPT. 2016, Shreveport

Dates: 9/8-9/10/16 (Thursday evening, September 8 – Saturday AM, September 10)

The National Association of Evangelism (NAE) invites everyone who is interested in having more of an impact and sharing their faith with others to join us. Also you can learn more about the role of technology, ventriloquism and lots more …. Join us for an exciting and practical three-day NAE event hosted at Oakmont Church of God in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Cost for IOE (5 meals included): Registration: $65.00 Early Registration: $59.00 Students ½ off $32.50 Special prices for hotels: $59.00-$94.00 per night

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NAE AD Sept 2016