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: www.cvministries.org
If you have questions about how to relate or share with a Muslim you can also write to Ruth Lyons at firstname.lastname@example.org and ask her or start a discussion on the Facebook page for National Association of Evangelism.
Check out these International Ministries for More Information:
Ravi Zacharias, International Ministries
Intervarsity , International Student Ministry (ISM)