The Easter conundrum

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The Easter conundrum

In this blog from Georgina, she poses the question, 'How can we talk about Easter with our Muslim friends?' The death and resurrection of Christ are crucial to our faith and our understanding of who God is, yet our Muslim friends reject it. How do we deal with this conundrum?


How can we talk about Easter with our Muslim friends?

Our Bible testifies to the crucifixion which is a historical event that even non-Christian historians agree on. The Quran denies the crucifixion in Surah 4:157.

Avoid my holy text against yours

You can use this as a starting point but if the conversation does not move on you are in danger of an impasse, pitting ‘my holy text against your holy text.’

There are many other elements to ‘Easter’ (i prefer ‘Passover’) beside the crucifixion: the Last Supper, Gethsemane, the trial before Pontius Pilate, the testimony of the centurion, RESURRECTION etc.

 

Look for similarities of meaning

I suggest that it is more fruitful to find similarities of meaning, rather than similar texts, symbols or characters. Ask yourself what is the meaning of the crucifixion?

 

The significance of Jesus' death

I focused on the moment of Jesus’ death when the curtain to the Holy of Holies tore – God removed the barrier between Him and his people. We now have direct access to God, i.e. the heavens opened. Jesus is ‘the ladder’ between us and the open heaven – John 1:50-51: “you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”

 

What can you find in the Qur'an?

Islamic Comparison: Night of Power, a night when heaven is open to all the Muslim’s prayers IF they get it right: the exact night somewhere in the last 10 days of Ramadhan, with the right prayers, with the right intentions and expectations. 

Similarity between crucifixion and Night of Power: heavens are open

 

Explore meaningful differences

Difference: In Christianity God has made atonement for us (the ‘effort’ is from God down to us) and the heavens are permanently open, I can pray to God anywhere, anytime, He promised that He hears. In Islam, the Muslim must put in all the effort, the heavens are only open at a specific, non-descript time and the Muslim must follow many prescriptions on which many Islamic interpreters differ, to try and ‘catch’ the open heaven (must try and build ‘the ladder’ between them and God).

Spiritual re-orientation

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spiritual re-orientation

In this blog from Phil, he encourages us to use Lent as a time to strengthen ourselves spiritually so we can reach out to others more effectively. There are also ways you can engage practically at the end.


A blog for lent

Christians fast during Lent 1 and Muslims during the month of Ramadan2. And for the contemporary generation, some form of detox has also become popular.

But Lent is not just about giving up chocolate or cheese. Or other forms of abstinence.

Jesus talked about not making a song and dance about fasting, but it being personal & secret.  

But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by others, but by your Father who is in secret.
— Matthew 6:17-18

The rewards may indeed be physical benefits such as losing weight, feeling healthier, even food tasting better afterwards. 

But it can also have a deeper, more hidden, impact. 

Fasting is the first principle of medicine; fast and see the strength of the spirit reveal itself
— Jelauddin Rumi

Fasting can also help us to re-orientate ourselves spiritually, strengthen our spirits and refresh us and help us regain that lost sense of purpose.

And your Father who sees in secret will reward you

Action 

Use Lent as an opportunity to draw near to God and strengthen your own commitment to Jesus.

Follow a daily reading scheme like:

And then use Ramadan as an opportunity to pray:


Footnotes

  1. Lent 2018 runs from 14 February to 29 March ⤴️

  2. Ramadan 2018 runs from 15 May to 14 June 🔙

Administrative Assistant, Friends International, Guildford

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Administrative Assistant, Friends International, Guildford

Transforming students, transforming nations

About Friends International

Friends International is a Christian mission agency dedicated to encouraging and equipping UK churches to reach out to international students in friendship and sharing the Gospel. It currently has over 60 Field Staff and Associates working in 30 university towns and cities across the UK.

As the Guildford Administrative Assistant, you will play a vital role in aiding the local Friends International Staff worker in all aspects of administration, data management, communication with students, liaising with volunteers/partners in local churches and general office duties. Please note this role is a new post working primarily from home with equipment provided. 

Essential requirements

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Excellent attention to detail and ability to meet deadlines
  • Good office skills and a high level of computer literacy, including the use of social media
  • Excellent time management and prioritising abilities
  • Accept the Christian ethos of Friends International

Hours

12 hours per week. This is a fixed term contract for 12 months, with the possibility of extension.

Salary

Dependent on hours, but pro rata of full time salary (£14,290 for a 35 hour week).

Application deadline

5:00pm on Monday 26 February 2018, with interviews by late March.

For more information

Or an application pack please contact:

Friends International, The Rowan Centre, All Nations Christian College, Easneye, Ware, Herts, SG12 8LX, Tel: 01920 460006

Friends International Ministries is a registered charity no.1094095

Executive Director, Global Connections, Leamington

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Executive Director, Global Connections, Leamington

Following the resignation of Anna Bishop, the Board of Global Connections is recruiting a new Executive Director.

You can find the details on the Christian Vocations website. The closing date for applications is 16th February.

This is a unique opportunity for a senior Christian leader to be an ambassador and facilitator across the evangelical spectrum inspiring collaborative partnerships to work towards its vision of ‘mission at the heart of the church, the church at the heart of mission’.

The person appointed will have excellent interpersonal, leadership and people management skills. They need previous CEO or significant senior leadership experience and they will need to be an engaging and inspiring communicator, possessing the ability to inspire others.

Real value

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God is moving among Muslims

This is a real-life story of recent events from one of the local Mahabba groups in the Network. Names and details have been deliberately removed to protect the identity of those involved, but praise God - he is working in the lives of Muslims to reveal Jesus!

Real value

One of my friend’s moved recently so I went to visit him. He is originally from a Middle Eastern country. He was brought up as a Muslim.

After a while on Google Maps and a few calls on my mobile I found my friend. We walked to the new place. I took off my shoes as not to spoil the carpet.

My friend showed me around his new accommodation. The flat was pristine and still smelled of fresh paint.

A multitude of ornaments on the window sill sparkled in the morning sunshine. Everything was in its right place - including a meticulously arranged shoe cupboard.

I was offered a cup of tea, then I was shown the pictures of the flat before he moved in. It was unrecognisable from the place I was sitting in.

The carpets were dirty and walls were full of holes. My friend explained that he had scraped off all the old wallpaper, filled the holes in the walls, repainted and scrubbed the carpets.

The ornaments and the pictures had come from a charity shop and been brought to life with some vigorous polishing.

The sofas came from a friend who was storing some surplus furniture in his garage. The place looked very bright and inviting.

He then told me that people from his culture were very proud and looked down on having anything that wasn’t brand new. He gave me the following example.

If someone was cold and you lent them a jacket - you would never wear it again after it had been returned.

He informed me that it was only after he started to follow Jesus as part of a church community that he was able to get a handle on his pride, accept help from others, value things that were not brand new and not care so much about the negative comments of others.

 

Your turn

Have you been touched by this story? If so, you can play your part.

  • Share the amazing news of God moving among Muslim with your friends via e-mail or social media, using the links below
     
  • Support Mahabba in its work to equip everyday Christians to build relationships and share Jesus with Muslims

10/10 Prayer & Fasting for the Muslim World

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10/10 Prayer & Fasting for the Muslim World

An initiative by Vision 5:9 calling Christians to pray and fast for 10 years that 10% of Muslims would come to faith.

There are no measurements, just a simple call for continuous prayer facilitated by a calendar for agencies and individuals to sign up.

Vision 5:9 is a gathering of mission agencies focused on seeing Revelation 5:9 come into being. This initiative was born out of a gathering in October 2017 named, Abide Bear Fruit - inspired by the great promise of John 15.

The calendar can be found here:

To sign up you will need a username and password. Please fill in the form below for details.

Name *
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Quenching hunger

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God is moving among Muslims

This is a real-life story of recent events from one of the local Mahabba groups in the Network. Names and details have been deliberately removed to protect the identity of those involved, but praise God - he is working in the lives of Muslims to reveal Jesus!

Quenching hunger

We were inspired by another Mahabba group and are hoping to put on a discussion with some mosques inviting believers and Muslims.

At the event, the Qur’an is read then discussed, then the Bible is read and discussed.

We are hoping this will provide a chance for Muslims to ask questions and open up the word.  

I have spoken to two mosque leaders about it: one was keen, one is speaking to their imam about it.

The one that is keen also seems very spiritually hungry and a couple of us have done some one-to-one Bible study with him and have given him scriptures.

We are praying that he will come to know Jesus and lead his congregation to follow him.

Please pray that the practical details all get sorted and that many come to know Jesus.

 

Your turn

Have you been touched by this story? If so, you can play your part.

  • Share the amazing news of God moving among Muslim with your friends via e-mail or social media, using the links below
     
  • Support Mahabba in its work to equip everyday Christians to build relationships and share Jesus with Muslims

Telephone & Compliance roles, Migrant Help

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TELEPHONE & COMPLIANCE ROLES, MIGRANT HELP

Telephone and Compliance Administrator

Telephone and Compliance Advisor

Migrant Help is a leading charity that has been established for over 50 years and delivers a range of support and advice services to migrants across the UK.

Its vision is for a global society that protects migrants, treats them with respect and enables them to become successful members of their communities. 

It is currently recruiting for the two roles above at its Head Office in Dover.

Closing date: Monday 18th, December, 2017

Syrian Resettlement & Finance and Operations roles, Upbeat Communities

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Syrian Resettlement & Finance and Operations roles, Upbeat Communities

Syrian Resettlement Key Worker

Be a part of the Upbeat Communities resettlement team: help welcome, support and empower Syrian refugees to rebuild their lives in Derbyshire.

Upbeat is looking for an exceptional candidate who has the skills, experience, and passion to help provide the highest level of support for newly arrived families.

The deadline for applications is 12:00pm on Wednesday 10th January 2018.

Finance and Operations Manager (Maternity Cover)

Upbeat's current Finance and Operations Manager goes on maternity leave in March 2018. Therefore, it is looking to recruit someone who can provide support to our organisation until her return.

Upbeat requires someone who can start in the role in February 2018 to ensure a smooth and successful handover.

It wants someone who can manage, maintain and improve the performance, productivity and efficiency of its internal operations.

The individual will be someone with strong financial management skills and a gifted administrator.

The deadline for applications is 12:00pm on Wednesday 10th January 2018.

How do you wish a Muslim 'Happy New Year'?

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How do you wish a Muslim 'Happy New Year'?

From Mahabba Peterborough

Happy New Year!

Or in Arabic: al-sanat al-jadīdah.

Or in Urdu, a familiar language to many of our Pakistani heritage neighbours: nayya saal mubarak.

You could say that to many of your Muslim neighbours, as most have Pakistani roots, but are also British and observe the western new year as well.

You may not know, but in 2017 the Islamic Year 1439 started between the evenings of 21st and 22nd September.

The Islamic New Year occurs at different times of our year because Islam uses a lunar calendar that started from the Hijra, the Flight of Muhammad from Mecca to Medina in 622AD.

Muslims mark their New Year quietly, with prayer and reflection.

What is Mawlid all about?

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What is Mawlid all about?

From Mahabba Peterborough

We have just passed a Muslim festival celebrated by many if not all Muslims.

Mawlid, or Milad, marks the birth of the Islamic Prophet in the year 570 of our calendar.

Sunni Muslims observe the Prophet's birthday on the 12th day of the Islamic month of Rabi' al-awwal, while Shi'a Muslims mark it on the 17th of this month.

Islamic calendars can differ so the Prophet's Birthday for most Muslims was on one of 30th November or 1st or 2nd December.

Mawlid is celebrated with large street parades in some countries. Homes and mosques are also decorated. Some people donate food and other goods for charity on or around this day.

Others listen to their children read out poems about events that occurred in the Prophet Muhammed's life.

Many Muslims do not participate in celebrations but they may mark the occasion by spending more time to read the Qur'an.

Muhammed is said to have been born on a Monday and some scholars see fasting during the hours of daylight on Mondays as another way to celebrate his birth.

How can I share Jesus with Muslims at Christmas?

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How can I share Jesus with Muslims at Christmas?

Here are some resources, courtesy of Answering Islam, to share the love of Christ with Muslims during Christmas and New Year season.

There are recommended links to articles, tracts and even a Christmas card insert for Muslims in English, Turkish and Tamil.

They can also be used via social media, e-mail, etc.


Christmas card inserts

Share a Christmas card: https://www.mahabbanetwork.com/blog/greet-muslim-friend-christmas

Share about the star at Christmas: https://www.mahabbanetwork.com/blog/following-the-star

 

Christmas articles

A Muslim perspective on Christmas: Don’t cancel Christmas on behalf of Muslims like me – I love it

Finding common ground with Muslims in the Christmas story: http://www.christianityexplained.net/explainedto/muslims/Christmas.Quranic.Commonalities.pdf

Can I wish a Muslim Merry Christmas? http://www.answering-islam.org/authors/oskar/merry_christmas.html

Explaining the real Christmas to Muslims: http://www.answering-islam.org/authors/oskar/christmas_crime.html

 

New Year’s reflection

Talking with Muslims around New Year about life's questions: http://www.answering-islam.org/authors/oskar/good_enough.html

How do I greet my Muslim friend at Christmas?

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How do I greet my Muslim friend at Christmas?

Looking for a Christmas card with a difference to share the Gospel with Muslims in a culturally relevant way?

Christianity Explained has put together an evangelistic Christmas card for Muslims in various formats.

It contains a link to a more detailed article which is also found in the attachment.

The project aims to explain the Gospel to Muslims in a culturally relevant way.

There are a number of ways you can use the Christmas card, such as putting it on social media.

Time spent in prayer will yield more than that given to work. Prayer alone gives work its worth and its success. Prayer opens the way for God Himself to do His work in us and through us. Let our chief work as God’s messengers be intercession; in it we secure the presence and power of God to go with us.
— Andrew Murray 

Feedback

Whoever designed the Christmas Card has done a excellent job. The words gets right to the psychic of a Muslim mind… FANTASTIC :-)
— From a Muslim Background Believer

Can I give Christmas presents to Muslim friends?

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CAN I GIVE CHRISTMAS PRESENTS TO MUSLIM FRIENDS?

A Mahabba member asked the following question on The City: 'Is it a sin in Islam to give Christmas presents?'

I had a wonderful time of sharing over Christmas with my Muslim friends. I visited one friend who told me that the mosque is saying it is sin to give Christmas presents. This is the first she has heard of this and is very confused. She feels that this could be very divisive. Have you heard of this teaching?

She added that she still got a Christmas present from her friend as a ‘thank you for all you’ve done over the year' gift!

Thanks to some of our specialists on The City, here are some comments to consider.

If you want to join The City and be part of the conversation, you can sign up here.


Some Muslims do not celebrate birthdays

This may not necessarily be a teaching that you have come across, but for some persuasions in Islam it is a logical conclusion.

If you say Christmas is not something that Muhammad celebrated, it is therefore not sunna (accepted practice) .

Indeed, Wahabi and Deobandi (strict sects within Islam) teach that celebrating birthdays is haram (forbidden).

That includes Jesus’ and, sadly, the little girl’s who lives round the corner.

However, it was nice that she gave you a present, and often the fun of parties and presents is more powerful than dull doctrine.

 

Incarnation is seen as heresy

Many Muslims will even say that it is wrong to celebrate Muhammad’s birthday, although this celebration is becoming more common in certain parts of the UK.

You may have noticed more green lights and displays in the windows of Muslim houses during December.

Given that Christmas is also a celebration of the incarnation of God in human form on earth, it is a particularly severe heresy in Islam.

Therefore, giving Christmas presents is participating in, and affirming, something that is un-Islamic and wrong.

 

God is moving among Muslims

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God is moving among Muslims

This is a real-life story of recent events from one of the local Mahabba groups in the Network. Names and details have been deliberately removed to protect the identity of those involved, but praise God - he is working in the lives of Muslims to reveal Jesus!

He is moving

I was delighted to be invited to the birthday party.

Oz was a Syrian asylum seeker. I met him just at the time his application was accepted and he promptly moved away with his family into a big city

In our small town he had found Christian friends and even attended some church events. I visited him in his new home.

On the one hand it was gloriously multicultural and on the other hand it was not a nice neighbourhood. I knew it, he knew it.

I put him in touch with a nearby Christian bookshop which I understood to be run by a Pakistani believer and was pleased to hear later that he had visited it.

Then came the invitation for his two year old’s birthday party. It was quite an event. And the bookshop manager had been invited too.

He was not a Pakistani at all but fellow Syrian, young in the faith and keen as mustard. That was more than I had asked or thought.

Then came the news that Oz had found a better place to live and was moving out to a suburb. I was glad that his family had a nicer home, but could I put him in touch with local Christian friends?

I spoke to the bookshop man:

Oz is moving. This is his new address.

The bookshop man said:

Really? I live just round the corner from him!

Wow. God is on his case. Hallelujah!

 

Your turn

Have you been touched by this story? If so, you can play your part.

  • Share the amazing news of God moving among Muslim with your friends via e-mail or social media, using the links below
     
  • Support Mahabba in its work to equip everyday Christians to build relationships and share Jesus with Muslims

Book review: 'Alabaster', Chris Aslan

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Book review: 'Alabaster', Chris Aslan

Review by

Riz, from Across Woking (Mahabba Woking)

What did you think?

I've just finished the book by Chris Aslan which I really enjoyed.

I found it to be an easy read and what I liked most was that it was so good at transporting you to a different culture yet you were still able to identify with the characters in the story because of the similarities we share through the human condition.

We can all identify with the emotional struggles these women face in terms of rejection, the pressure to conform, shame, physical hardship and much more.

The joy and turning point in this book is when we are led to the hope that exists in the teacher's grace and gentleness and not through the religiosity of the village elders advocating striving through works for the Lord’s favour.

It’s not overtly Christian, but as a believer I can see how this book could benefit readers by highlighting the difference between living life with a heavy yoke as opposed to the invitation to live life with a yoke that is light and free from burden.

It’s a great read for young women (Muslim or other) who do not yet know their true position in Christ.

As a believer, I enjoyed making the connections between the characters in the story with the Biblical characters and how subtle the writer was in introducing them into this story.

 

Buy a copy of 'Alabaster'

Holy Injil, Luke - A New Translation from the Original Greek with Commentary

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Holy Injil, Luke – A New Translation from the Original Greek with Commentary

This is a great Christmas gift for Muslim friends, as well as to any Muslim who is interested in learning more about Isa al Masih (Jesus Christ) throughout the year.

The new English translation of Luke was officially launched at a Christmas Mehfil, with guest, including the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society. 

 

This book includes:

  • An introduction, using the Qur’an, which encourages Muslims to read the Injil
     
  • A new translation of Luke from the original Greek into English that Muslims use, with religious terminology and names that they are familiar with
     
  • Commentary provides useful Old Testament or cultural background, attempts to deal with difficulties a Muslim reader may encounter as they read through Luke, explain biblical themes and cross-references the Qur’an where it is helpful to do so
     
  • More in-depth appendices on: The Revelation of the Injil, The title 'spiritual Son of Allah', The Kingdom of Allah, The title 'al-Masih', The title 'Son of Man', The suffering and martyrdom of ’Isa al-Masih, Why did ’Isa al-Masih suffer and die?, The 'Gospel of Barnabas'
     
  • It has been read and reviewed by translation consultants and by Muslims

See below to order copies.

 

Further discussion

To read more of the discussions about the translation, feedback from those who have used it and other comments, see The City. This includes conversations about the difference between 'son of man' and 'son of God'.

Requires logon - if you are not part of The City, you can sign up here >

 

Comments from Muslim readers

Thank you for the lovely injil - we shall all read it and pray to Allah (SWT) to give you strength and to bless you and your family for the great effort put into this chapter of Luke. Amazing!
I have given my brother this book (Holy Injil, Luke). He spent three hours reading it in my house. He said it was beautifully explained.
 

 

Recommendations for 'Holy Injil, Luke'

We recommend it as a translation to be used in discussion with Muslims to shed light on the beautiful and majestic life that is Jesus Christ without hampering them by using terminology not familiar to their ears. And we already know of Muslims who have read it with joy.
— Tom & Judi
Duncan Peter has prepared this version of Luke’s Gospel for a conservative Muslim audience. There are helpful appendices dealing with the most common Muslim questions, like the allegation that the text of the Bible has been changed, and the objection that God cannot have a son
— Julyan
The translation is brilliantly done and is enhanced by excellent notes and appendices which face the difficult critical questions Muslim readers may have with deep sensitivity and wisdom. From a Christian perspective, this unique volume will not only prove invaluable in developing conversations with Muslim neighbours and friends, but it points toward the future of mission in a pluralist world.
— David
 

How to order copies

Copies are available direct from the author. Please note, orders are not handled by Mahabba.

'Holy Injil, Luke' is marked at £8.00, but there is a special introductory offer of 50% off:

  • 1 copy is £4.00 + £1.58 postage
  • 5 copies are £16.00 + £2.90 postage

N.B. Costs are to UK addresses. Different rates apply to overseas.

If you’d like to order, please fill in the form below, which will be directed to the author directly.

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Europe’s Growing Muslim Population from Pew Research Center

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The Pew Research Center continues its research on the growth of the Muslim population in Europe

Muslims are projected to increase as a share of Europe’s population – even with no future migration.

Here are the main headlines:

  1. Even if all migration into Europe stopped immediately, the Muslim population would still be expected to rise from the current level of 4.9% to 7.4% by the year 2050
     
  2. It all refugee flows stopped as of mid-2016, but regular migration continued (migration of those who come for reasons other than seeking asylum), Muslims could reach 11.2% of the population in 2050
     
  3. If the record flow of refugees between 2014 and 2016 continued, Muslims could make up 14% of Europe’s population by 2050
     
  4. Refugee flows of the last few years are extremely high compared with the historical average in recent decades, and already have begun to decline
     
  5. Europe’s non-Muslims are projected to decline in total number in each of the scenarios above

Read the article in full on the Pew Research Center website.

International Director, Faith2Share, Oxford

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International Director, Faith2Share, Oxford

Faith2Share is looking to recruit a new International Director.

It is currently recruiting a new International Director to lead its growing network of global mission movements after Mark Oxbrow moves on in 2018.

Is this the right post for you?

Do you know the person who should be applying?

Could you pray for God to raise up the next leader for Faith2Share?

The International Director provides leadership within the network in the following key areas:

  • Networking the member organisations
  • Disseminating mission research and information that will advance the common goals of mission
  • Sharing or finding resources to advance the members’ mission objectives.

The International Director facilitates the cooperative development and implementation of shared policy within the network and catalyses the network’s growth through intentional and relational bridge-building with organisations sharing a common mission vision who may wish to join the network.

The post holder will ensure that the whole Faith2Share network continues to work at the cutting edge of contemporary mission, specifically by working with other global mission networks to explore appropriate responses, and new mission models, as churches face new opportunities and challenges in mission.

For more information, to access the full job description and to see how you can apply please go to the website recruitment page.

Fundraising Assistant, Mahabba Network, Derby

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Fundraising Assistant, Mahabba Network, Derby

Introduction

At a glance

Part time
£17,000 pro rata
Derby

The Mahabba Network is looking for a personable, organised, technology-literate individual to assist the Hub Manager (think Operations Manager) with fundraising applications.

You might be a student looking for a bit of work around studies; be interested in getting some experience in charity work or fundraising; or perhaps looking to serve our vision to see Muslims come to know Jesus.

Important note

If you are put off by the idea of fundraising, likening it to grovelling for money, think again. This is an opportunity to learn how to market and promote Mahabba, communicating the needs, benefits and the impact we can make with partners. The skills you will learn and employ are akin to those you would wield marketing in the business sector.

 

About us

We are a relatively small, young charity, founded in 2012, but with a presence across the UK.

We help everyday Christians engage with Muslims by: facilitating opportunities to pray; increasing understanding of Muslims and Islam; equipping them to share Jesus with Muslims.

We have sown and planted 53 local Mahabba groups (at the time of writing), which gather local Christians from a variety of churches to pray and engage practically. This is the Network that we support and encourage.

We want to continue to engage Christians with the need to pray and share Jesus with Muslims. To do that we want to increase our revenue and ultimately establish a large support base of individual givers.

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Who you will be working with

You will predominantly work with Simon, the Hub Manager, in The Hub office in Derby.

Our Hub is the focal point within the Network for admin, communications, finance and fundraising. Simon facilitates the central admin we need to exist as a registered charity, as well as maintaining the flow of communication with local Mahabba groups.

We try to keep things lightweight structurally to reflect our shape as a network, but focus on efficiency and impact to ensure we use what we have effectively. A lot of our tools and systems are cloud- and app-based, such as MailChimp, Donorfy, Google Apps, WhatsApp and Skype.

You will also cross paths occasionally with other teams, such as the Network Team (made up of our regional reps), local group coordinators and trustees.

We are blessed to share desk space with Community Church Derby and East Midlands Christian Fellowships. We also relate closely to other charities, such as Upbeat Communities and Welcome Churches, so the office is a fun, lively and vibrant place to work.

 

Responsibilities of the role

  • You will work closely with Simon, create reports and send updates to him
  • You will update the fundraising database, Donorfy, with grant applications
  • You will help Simon prepare and write grant applications to trusts and foundations
  • You will print, package and send off applications by post as well as by e-mail
  • After training, and with ongoing support, you will call individuals to share news and ask whether they would like to support Mahabba financially
  • You will help Simon with fundraiser e-mails via MailChimp, keep donor records up to date and engage with donors when they get in contact
  • You will help Simon with sourcing stories of impact and text and image content for publications
  • Depending on time and your aptitude, you may also help Simon with engaging our audience on social media 
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Requirements of the role

  • Use customer relationship management (CRM) software to create reports on fundraising data for the management team on deadline
  • Follow established workflows and processes to produce high-quality, branded materials to be sent out in a timely fashion
  • Able to manage your time and work, balancing getting your tasks done with catching up with Simon and identifying ways we can improve
  • Experience using or adapting to cloud-, app-based software for communications and administration, such as MailChimp and Donorfy
  • You should be able to talk to and e-mail funders, donors and Mahabba people, using a warm, friendly and engaging style
  • Able to receive direction on your work and then work independently, making it your own, solving problems and developing it in line with our overall objectives
 

Benefits of working with us

  • Experience of fundraising for a Christian charity and operating in the evangelical, faith-sector
  • Experience of working in an office environment with exposure to a range of practical tasks that can help you with your career progression
  • Flexibility to arrange your work schedule to suit your other commitments, by mutual agreement with Simon
  • An easily-accessible work location, ideal if you live in Derby or Nottingham
  • Contact with colleagues from Community Church Derby and East Midlands Christian Fellowships and opportunities to interact with Upbeat Communities and Welcome Churches
  • Opportunities to take on further responsibilities and work for the right person
 

Location & salary

  • This is a fixed term project until 31 August 2018 in the first instance, and depending on further funding
  • Location: The Riverside Centre, Riverside Court, Pride Park, Derby, DE24 8HY
  • 1.5 days per week, with flexibility
  • £17,000 pro rata
 

Closing date

12:00pm Friday 15 December 2017

Interview date

w/c Monday 1 January 2018 TBC

Anticipated Start Date

w/c Monday 8 January 2018 TBC

 

Application process

  • If you want more information or an informal chat with Simon, e-mail info@mahabbanetwork.com or call the office on 0300 302 0017
     
  • Please send a copy of your CV and a covering letter to Simon at info@mahabbanetwork.com explaining how your skills and experience meet the responsibilities and requirements above, and why you would like to work with Mahabba Network
     
  • Submit your documents no later than 12:00pm on Friday 15 December 2017
     
  • Applications will be sifted and if you make it onto the shortlist, you will be called to interview
     
  • The interview will likely consist of a short practical exercise and a panel interview, held in Derby
 

More Information

Call 0300 3020017 or e-mail info@mahabbanetwork.com