It starts with a question

What do you remember of your journey to faith in Christ? When did it start? How long did it take? What obstacles were there along the way? Perhaps, like me, you made your decision at a very young age, and a simple faith slowly became a deeper understanding. Or maybe it all happened suddenly and your life was transformed very quickly. Regardless of the when and the how, you will remember things that made a difference – the words of a pastor, the actions of a friend, Bible verses that seemed to be written just for you!

When former Muslims share their stories, they often speak of a journey that began with doubts and questions. They saw contradictions in the Qur’an or violence and hatred between Muslims. They could not ignore the hypocrisy. Friends and family could not help them make sense of things. At some point, they saw something in Christianity that drew them in. More often than not, it was a believing friend or colleague.

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Once for all

Are you looking for a gift to give to your Muslim friend this Christmas? We have a limited number of copies of Once For All, a hardback coffee-table book in Arabic and English. Beautifully illustrated by South African artist Alida Bothma, the book recounts the life of Jesus and events leading up to the crucifixion. It makes a lovely gift and is a gentle way of introducing Muslims to the truth of the gospel.

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While it is day

We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. (John 9:4 ESV)

Islam is in crisis. Muslims are turning away from Islam. There is a wide open door to share the gospel of Christ. Our 2016 initiative, While It Is Day, will bring the gospel to Muslims who are ready for change and seeking truth, strengthen and disciple believers from a Muslim background, and empower the global church to minister to Muslim refugees more effectively.

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The forgotten victims of war

By an Arab World Media team member

I last saw them in the spring of 2013. For three years they had shared their lives with me. For three seasons of Ramadan we had broken the fast together over the Iftar meals. Friday mornings were spent reviewing English assignments with the youngest, followed by the all-important Friday noon meal with their ever-growing family. They brought me into their home, into their family and into their hearts. They treated me with the utmost respect and honoured me with their friendship and amazing Yemeni hospitality. When the two oldest boys were married, I was ushered in on the arm of the groom’s mother. ‘If she doesn’t attend, there will be no wedding,’ she declared. They taught me a lot about their lives as well as the culture of their arid, mountainous land on the Arabian Peninsula. During the uprising of 2011, they guarded my home and cared for me, upholding the long-held Arab tradition of protecting the guest who lives amongst them. Their eldest son slept in my car at petrol stations for days to secure fuel, as it was not safe for me, as a foreign woman, to go near the stations, where queues were often ten miles long and gunfights broke out regularly. They would call my office daily to enquire if I had arrived safely and to remind me of the risky areas of the city that I should avoid. It didn’t matter that they were Muslims and I was a Christian. Their love for me outweighed any of our differences, and through that bridge of love we shared our lives and our faiths.

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Jesus the refugee

In Matthew 2:13-15, an angel appears to Joseph in a dream, telling him to get up, take Jesus and his mother, and go to Egypt. King Herod was searching for Jesus and wanted to kill him, so they had to leave everything and flee.

According to the UNHCR, by the end of 2014 there were 19.5 million refugees worldwide, plus 38.2 million internally displaced people (IDPs). During 2014, an average of 42,500 people left their homes each day to seek protection elsewhere.

In the Arab world, by December 2014, of the 11.6 million people of concern in Syria, 3.8 million were refugees and 7.6 million were IDPs. In Iraq, 4.1 million people were either internally or externally displaced. These figures do not include the thousands of forgotten people in war-torn Yemen, who are trapped in their own country, living from day to day in hellish conditions.

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