Archive for the ‘Muslim world’ Category

Finding hope again

Monday, April 11th, 2016 by Camilla

We’ve all heard stories of the terrors that many who live in the Middle East have experienced. It’s sometimes hard to even believe that God is at work when we hear about the atrocities people live through. Allow your faith to be strengthened by reading this uplifting story about Rajiya* and how she found hope again after being torn apart inside.

Rajiya, whose name means ‘hope’, is a Chaldean Christian living in the Middle East, where many of her people have been driven from their villages, kidnapped, raped or killed. Rajiya herself had no visible scars, but felt torn apart inside.

heart-1491403-640x960She heard about trauma healing and was put in touch with a lady called Mirah who was running a group intended to help people like Rajiya to find hope again after experiencing horrible things.

Once on a workshop, Rajiya and the other participants were surprised to learn that Mirah and the other leaders used the Bible as their main textbook, and really took it seriously. The workshop combined psychology with Scripture, and looked at questions such as, ‘If God loves us why do we suffer?’, and how the wounds of our hearts can be healed. Discussing carefully selected Bible passages in groups helped participants to move forward.

One particularly moving experience for Rajiya was where participants were given little pieces of paper and invited to privately write down wounds they were carrying. When they were ready they could tear up the pieces, put them in a box and leave them behind.

‘I realise I am once again becoming Rajiya; my hope is returning.’

*For security reasons, Rajiya is a composite of a number of women who attended the trauma healing workshop.

Read the full story here.

Prayer for the House of Islam

Friday, July 17th, 2015 by Camilla

Today marks the end of the 30 days of prayer for the Muslim world. Is prayer for Muslims having an impact? What is God doing in the Muslim world?

In his book A wind is blowing in the House of Islam, David Garrison looks at the nine ‘rooms’, or geo-cultural clusters of the House of Islam (the Muslim world), and explores what God is using to bring Muslims to faith in Christ. He also looks at why, after so many years of almost no Muslims coming to Christ, momentum is now building.

In the first 12 years of the 21st century, there were 69 cases of at least 1000 Muslims accepting Christ and being baptised. Clearly, God is on the move. Garrison does however stress that statistically, these events are almost insignificant; less than one half of one percent of the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims have committed to follow Jesus. More prayer and action is required.

Garrison identifies Scripture as one of the keys to what God has begun to do among Muslims, saying Scripture in the local language is ‘instrumental’. While the Qur’an can only be truly represented in Arabic, God’s word can be translated into any language, allowing it to penetrate people’s hearts. Muslims have often rejected the truth when someone has tried to tell them about it, but have been eager to enter into a heart relationship with Jesus after discovering the truth for themselves through the Bible.

‘As I read it [the New Testament], I felt my heart open like an old door, and I understood every verse with my whole being. I set the Qur’an aside. Inside I felt warm and very thirsty. It was like drinking cool water, and I wanted to drink it all.’ Nadia, an Iranian believer

But the Bible is not yet available in many of the languages most Muslims speak. Around 1000 of the world’s nearly 7000 languages are spoken by groups identified as primarily Muslim. Only around 100 of these have a full Bible, and a further 150 have a New Testament.

The 30 days of prayer event has finished for this year, but let’s continue praying passionately that:

  • What God has started in the House of Islam would gain more momentum and many more Muslims would come to Christ.
  • God would protect Muslim-background believers, as they often face persecution for their faith, and that God would make their witness effective.
  • God would raise up more people to be involved in Bible translation projects in the Muslim world.

Want to find out more? David Garrison’s book A wind in the House of Islam is widely available and will give you a bigger picture as well as telling you how you can get involved.