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Searching for a Father is an inside look into Ramadan to equip you to pray for Muslims.

But it’s more than a prayer guide. It’s a story that draws a human portrait of the experiences and challenges many Muslims encounter – Frontiers

Searching for a Father is a great guide to help you pray for the millions of Muslims who don’t know Christ during the month of Ramadan (June 5—July 5). Frontiers hopes to join Christians around the world to ask the Lord to lead many Muslims to discover the answers to their souls’ deepest questions—not in the religion of Islam, but in peace with God and salvation through Jesus Christ. Click here to learn more on how you can join in on this prayer journey.

ramadan

Ramadan is the most holy month in the Islamic calendar. It’s a time for Muslims to refocus their devotion to Islam as they fast from all food and drink from sunrise until sunset.

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TOAG

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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In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. Praise be to Allah, the Cherisher and Sustainer of the Worlds; Most Gracious, Most Merciful; Master of the Day of Judgement. Thee do we worship, And Thine aid we seek, Show us the straight way, The way of those on whom Thou hast bestoweed Thy Grace, Those whose (portion) is not wrath, And who go not astray.

This is the Al-Fatihah. It is recited five times a day at salat (prayers). I opens the Qur’an. It is very similar to our own Lord’s prayer in the New Testament. I have also been able to study the different postures of prayer. If you haven’t figured it out, I have decided to step out of my comfort level and start learning more about the muslim culture. I want to love the people just as much as I love their food.

We had muslim night in my missionary class a couple of weeks back. They actually set up the room as if we were in an actual mosque. We had to take our shoes off and purify ourselves with water. Guys were separate from the girls. We practiced the postures of prayers. It opened my eyes to this culture that I had always feared. I really enjoyed that night.

Last night I was invited to a seminar in Phoenix called ’A Night in Pakistan’. It was an event sponsored by Frontiers, an organization that sends missionaries into muslim countries. The purpose of the gathering was to raise awareness and support of what was going on in these countries with several of us missionaries and church leaders. I had an amazing time.

I got there pretty early and walked around the bazaar. They had music, jewerly, linen, toys and all sorts of information on the muslim culture. It was a cool set-up. (I of course bought some more books). I spent most of my time meeting missionaries and drinking chai tea. I never knew chai meant ’tea’. All I know it blew Starbucks away.

I then had a gentleman in a turban walked up to me and asked me what country I claimed. I wasn’t sure. I told him my views of the church and how we don’t do enough to send people to unreached countries. He smiled and said that he felt God calling me to a muslim country. He then said a prayer over me in the mist of the crowd.

I then chatted with some local Pastors and leaders around the valley. I also had a great conversation with my friend Amaris, who is going to Finland for 5 months. She has been a person who’s faith I have always admired and someone I learned a lot from on how to have a servant’s heart. Then some people that recognized me from Cornerstone came up to me and said hi. I recruited them to go on the Mexico caravan trip I’m heading in a few weeks. I then won a door prize… a cool slingshot.

The rest of the evening consisted of a banquet with some speakers. I dove into the food. Lamb kabobs, chicken korma, potato curry, eggplant and basmati rice. Oh my gosh… I was stuffed. But most important, I really tried to listen in and learn what God is doing with these people. Frontiers is doing some awesome things. Unfortuantely, the church is not. Over 3000 unreached people groups within the muslim culture. And not enough mssionaries…

I’m not sure what God is calling me to do with my newfound love of the muslims. All I can do is study more. I met some missionaries at the seminar that go to my church that want to meet with me. I also had a gentlemen that goes to Cornerstone as well that came up to me and said hi. He was a muslim.We had an amazing discussion about his culture and what we felt Cornerstone needed to do to become more missional.

I love that God is opening up my eyes to mission and this culture. I love that I have such a heart to spread the gospel to those in need. I love that he has made me step out of my comfort zone. Missions is my heart and desire. God commands us to share the good news to other. I want to obey.

And just real quick about the Mexico trip…

I went on a recruiting spree this weekend and capped the trip off at about 20 people. God is amazing! More than half of these people have never been on a mission trip! I am excited and can’t wait to see what he does with this team of people. God is so good!

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