12 Feb 2016
The ultimate and complete methodology of approaches to reach Muslim peoples in five easy steps
Take a walk with me and see what I see. Listen to what I hear.
Think what I think. Eat what I eat. Learn from me.
Having lived and worked in South East Asia for many years, in the midst of Muslim communities, the sentiments of the words above are written my heart.
Who am I?
Well in short, I am you. I am just an ordinary guy, I have a wife and kids. I have a love for the lost, for those who do not have peace with God and especially for those who are Muslims.
I work full-time as a Christian worker, supported by others to reach out to Muslims. In truth I love Muslims.
There is a significant Muslim community who need to hear the truth. So we as a family live amongst them and seek to be part of their lives.
What do I do?
In my normal week my wife and I engage in many activities which draw us in to the community, some examples are:
- Meeting the local imam to talk about religion
- Having a breakfast with a local Malaysian guy who wants to improve his English
- My wife participates in a group in which Muslims and Christians look at the Bible and the Qur’an
- Interviewing men about the role of father in Islam
- Buying noodles from the local Muslim shop
The list goes on…
‘Hey!’, I hear you shout, 'I have a job; I have no time to reach out to Muslims!'
This is a real challenge which I understand having been a teacher for 13 years, but it is no excuse.
God has a way of bringing people into our lives who need to hear the truth, and in days like these I think we need to be aware that God is working in Muslim communities and in the migration of many people across Europe.
What have I learned?
Is there a strategy of approach which I can share with you my reader? Can I give you a three-point plan for witnessing to Muslims?
Get ready for the latest book, ‘The ultimate and complete methodology of approaches to reach Muslim peoples in five easy steps (Volume 1)’
No, my friend, I cannot write that book; I cannot even begin to think of an introduction.
I can share what I have learned though. Sit back relax and tell me what you think… and, yes, please do comment at the end of the blog…
1. Be prayerful
The basis of our lives and the powerhouse of our actions. We have seen God open doors and hearts in Muslim lives, but it started with years of prayer. This has included prayers of ours and of others.
2. Be intentional
In everything, to connect with Muslim neighbours, colleagues. It is simple, go to the local Muslim shop and get some food, once a week. Whatever you do try to be intentional, with prayer.
3. Be loving
Foster a love for Muslims, learn about their faith, and culture. Appreciate their lives. Talk to Muslims about their faith. Be interested in them. Show love in practical ways.
4. Be genuine
We do not relate to Muslims just from a strategical standpoint, we must have integrity and love. May God warm your heart to have a genuine love for Muslims, so much so that you feel at home in their company.
5. Be you
God wants to use you as you are to share him with Muslims.
This is when God can work in you.
SINCE YOU'RE HERE...
... we have recently reached a total of 40 local Mahabba prayer groups in the UK - awesome news!
With your help, though, we would like to continue to sow, plant and support Mahabba groups.
Our work involves a small team of regional reps and central hub personnel investing in local coordinators and groups, as well as spreading the word.
To continue this vital mission to Muslims, we need to increase our regular monthly income.
Our initial target is to raise up 100 individual regular donors, giving an average of £10 to £15 per month.
Could you be one of the 100?