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.

 

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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Image: Pew Resarch Center

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

 

Following the star

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Following the star

This is a real-life story of recent events from a friend of Mahabba. 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!

An unexpected opportunity

I had been working on a Christmas tract for Muslims called, 'Following the star', but did not expect such a rapid opportunity to use it!

The very day I received the print-ready version from the publisher, I dropped in to visit some newcomers studying English as a second language at my local church.

I went with my two-year old grandson, Tom, with the intention of befriending and engaging the students in simple conversation.

There were three Muslim ladies at the table and a two year old named Mina who
was not at all shy.

The initial conversation centred around the two children. We introduced them to each other while they were eating.

Mina's mother Rachida was drawn into this conversation as well as the other two Arabic speaking women.

What happened next was rather amazing. Mina crawled across the table towards me with a beaming smile and offered me a taste of her tiny star shaped snacks.

I asked her mother (who knows very little English), 

What is this in Arabic?

as I showed her the star.

After consulting with her friends, Rachida replied,

Najima.

To cut a long story short, I then showed them the proof of the Christmas tract which I had received earlier.

Highlighted in the centre of the short article, 'Following the star', was a large yellow star.

They seemed open to hearing the story about the wise men who sighted the star of Bethlehem in the future.

Undoubtedly they will become even more curious as we draw closer to the time of celebrating Christ's birth.

We plan to serve a Christmas lunch to their class along with a reading of the Christmas story from Matthew 2:1-11 in Arabic, telling the story of the magi who followed the star in search of the newborn king.


If you would like to get hold of this tract, you can download it via Answering Islam as well as read more on its website.

 

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

Deep hunger

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Deep hunger

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!

Friendship first

For those of you that have completed the Friendship first course, you will know that building relationships and strong friendships with Muslims is often the first step to sharing Jesus with them.

All friendships take time and energy to flourish, but the more Muslims I meet here where I am, the more I see a deep hunger for it and for assurance, support and encouragement.

It has not seemed difficult to find Muslim ladies keen to chat about faith, receive encouraging scripture and to pray with.

For this I am very thankful to God.

Last week I met for a coffee with a Muslim lady and our conversation turned very naturally to our beliefs and purpose in life.

I was able to share the gospel with her and talk about what following Jesus meant to me.

It was a very extraordinary moment in a very ordinary setting, flowing from a very real friendship.

Be energetic in your life of salvation, reverent and sensitive before God. That energy is Gods energy, an energy deep within you, God himself willing and working at what will give him the most pleasure.
— Philippians 2:13, The Message
 

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

Peace

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Peace

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!

My peace I give you

It is not every day you get to walk along the main road with the chief imam of the town’s most prestigious mosque, but that was my privilege.

We had a great talk.

Along with all the general things, we talked about similarities and differences between our respective faiths.

I discovered he owned a Bible.

At one point we got talking about how proper respect should be shown to the prophets.

When Muslims speak of Jesus they have to say,

Peace be upon him

I told him I could never say that.

How can I wish peace on him? He is the one who promises peace to us. I would rather say, ‘May his peace be upon us’

I took out my wallet and drew out a printed scripture text,

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid
— John 14:27

It is one of the texts I always have with me because this issue comes up.

Two weeks later he accepted my invitation to have lunch at the church café.

For him it was unanticipated view of church and church people.

Again we talked about lots of things.

At one point we got on to the disobedience of the Prophet Jonah.

The imam talked about all the prophets asking forgiveness.

I pointed out that one never needed to, Jesus Christ who never sinned.

He did not argue. Islam does not disagree. 

We are building a friendship. We will see where God takes it. There are more opportunities in round here than meet the eye.

 

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

Shoes

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Shoes

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!

How beautiful are the shoes

I recently bought a pair of shoes.

I learnt many, many years ago that most shoes were not designed for feet like mine.

I have learnt to always look for wide fitting lace-ups of a particular design because I know I can't get into anything else.

I have never, ever, found slip-on shoes that fit me.

However, as I hobbled about clumsily in a narrow doorway trying to unlace my shoes to enter the home of a Muslim neighbour, I thought it is time to find some slip-ons.

There are so many opportunities and my footwear is a hindrance. It felt like a prompt from the Lord.

I suppressed my revulsion for shopping, girded up my faith and went hunting. I found just one pair that I could get on. Praise God, I now have my ministry shoes for my not so beautiful feet.

I put my shoes to use last night.

I was going to visit a Syrian refugee family to let them know to expect the delivery of second-hand settee.

On the way I met a different family returning from the shops and was pressed to join them for some real Arab coffee.

Shoes off

I stayed with them for about 45 minutes. Drank authentic Arab coffee.

This was the family that had joined as twice when we had open air church in the park.

The head of the family had accepted an English-Arabic New Testament.

Shoes on

Round the corner I found the other family along with their visitors.

Shoes off.

I stayed about 20 minutes, drank more Arab coffee.

Shoes on.

And I came home happy.

 

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

Imam Karim's story

Imam Karim's story - Mahabba Network

Imam Karim's story

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!

Not what you may be expecting

Imam Karim calmly talked of his upbringing, his pride in Islam and, in a matter of fact tone, how he regarded Christianity as not worth considering, as too easy to be taken seriously.

The gasps and stunned looks on the faces of the Christians said it all.

Imam Karim was being interviewed before an audience of Christians but the involuntary responses I witnessed came from my friends watching the DVD as part of the Friendship First Course.

Twenty minutes later Imam Karim was on again telling them how God had spoken to him, commanded him to follow Christ and then the hardships he passed through.

The difference in the room was palpable.

They had come to learn something about sharing Jesus with Muslims.

I think they expected it to be hard work and problem-focussed.

At the end, one of them shook his head and said,

This has been so uplifting.
 

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The final outcome

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The final outcome

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!

We can make our plans, but the final outcome is in God’s hands

Sometimes what seems like a failure may not be such a crushing blow for God, after all nothing takes him by surprise!

Each week I am part of a class where people learn English and study the Bible.

It’s a discovery Bible study type of approach, with the emphasis being on living out what we have learned, as well as praying for each other.

People from a range of nationalities attend - most of whom are of a Muslim background.  Numbers can fluctuate - from a low of 3 to a high of 25+.

Last week only one person came, which has never happened before!

It could have felt like total abject failure. I felt disappointed initially.

However we used the time to visit him, help him clean his house. Then we had a drink and prayed for each other in a nearby supermarket car park.

This week ten people from four different countries showed up!

So was last week a waste of time and resources? I don’t think so!

I think it was good to spend time and hopefully encourage one person. Perhaps we can take comfort that: We can make our plans, but the final outcome is in God’s hands.

We can make our plans, but the final outcome is in God’s hands.
— Proverbs 16:1 TLB
 
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There she was, in church

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There she was, in church

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!

Why did the Muslim lady come to church?

It was her second time in a church service.

A modern Muslim woman, modestly dressed but with no head covering, she was nonetheless diligent in her prayers. She always spoke positively and confidently about her Islamic faith.

And there she was, in church.

It was a guest service and she had been invited, but this is not enough to explain her presence. Thousands of her neighbours were not there, but they had not received personal invitations.

Only a few of those who did get invitations had come along.

The deciding factor for her was that she had a friend. A long term, no nonsense, Christian friend of her own age who had worked with her for years and who shared life with her. Not an evangelist or a preacher, but a real friend.

Her verdict on the service:

It was really good. I loved the music. The teaching was really clear and easy to follow. I am definitely coming again.
 

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