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I just completed my first week in my Encountering the World of Islam class. This class is really stirring up my heart for the Muslim culture. I have always been drawn to go to a Muslim country someday in my life. But the more I read and study, the more it seems it may be a reality someday. I have such a desire to reach out and share my life and the gospel to Muslims and I want to know how to do that. God has changed my heart so much since 9/11 when I was prejudice against Muslims. Since taking Pathways a few years back and working alongside with Frontiers, God has changed all that about me.

Tonight I attended a seminar given by Carl Medeiras. I don’t think it is a coincidence at all that this occurred the same time that I am taking a class on Islam. Carl is an expert in the field of Muslim relations and has spent years overseas in various countries. He acts as a catalyst for a number of current movements in the Middle East to promote peace-making, as well as cultural, political and religious dialog leading toward reconciliation. How does he accomplish this? He tells the story of Jesus to people.

One thing Carl mentioned is that he has never met anyone that says they hate Jesus, they just hate Christians and our judgmental nature. The harvest is ripe now (John 4:36), but we overcomplicate that by being fearful of Arab countries. Hardly any missionaries go because of our worldview of Muslims as dangerous people. Satan is our one true enemy, not Muslims. We are to love our enemies according to Jesus.

One of the ways we can learn to tell these stories is through TOAG. TOAG is an organization that uses ordinary people like you and I and helps train them to tell the stories of Jesus (Acts 4:13). They help these interns interact with people who don’t know Christ by talking about him and who he is. TOAG interns learn values, goals, and skills needed to bring the blessings of God’s Kingdom wherever God leads them next. The hope and fruit is to see Jesus movements all over the world.

The TOAG program does intrigue me. I am stilling praying for direction from God for all these doors he keeps opening for me. I would like explore more this heart for Muslims that God has given me. Below is a short video of Carl Medeiras and his heart to talk about Jesus.

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