Posted 23 May 2009 - 12:16 AM
Posted May 2009
International (MNN) ― Fouad Masri, founder and president of Crescent Project, says millions of Muslims in North America need to know about the hope of Christ.
It's a vision he's shared since 1993, when he established Crescent Project. Masri, a Lebanese pastor, grew up in the war zone of Beirut. After his own encounter with Christ, he saw a need to equip Christians to reach out to the Muslim community.
Most Muslim ministries have focused on sending full-time missionaries overseas to Muslim countries. Crescent Project has used an entirely different approach: train the local church to reach out to the Muslims in the community.
They are considered one of the fastest growing and most influential populations, although Fouad notes that the Muslim population is not growing by conversion numbers, but rather by immigration and biological family growth.
Many Christians are intimidated by the unknown, but Masri says the task is manageable. "The way to reach Muslims is to do it the Jesus way: one person to reach one person. Our goal, as a ministry, is to help local believers and local churches reach out in love to their Muslim neighbors and give them a gift."
It's easier than you might think. "Many Muslims in America are pious, and they are open to talk about Jesus because they hear about him. They don't know much about him."
The 'gifts' are Outreach Packets which help move conversation about Christ in the right direction. "It's a packet of material that includes a movie on the life of Christ. It includes a booklet on why Christ died for our sins called 'Adha in the Injeel.' It also includes a book that explains why the New Testament has not been corrupted, along with a card explaining how to receive a free New Testament; individuals can go to our Web site and get one for free."
Crescent Project has mobilized over 10,000 North American Christians to better understand Islam and extend a message of hope to their Muslim neighbors. The Outreach Packet is just one way to do it. Their teams offer more in-depth training, too, but any evangelical advance is really all about relationship.
For a limited time, the Crescent Project is offering MNN listeners these Outreach Packets at no charge. If you'd like to request one or several to give to your Muslim friends, please e-mail Emily Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact information.
Posted 23 May 2009 - 12:20 AM
POSTED: 17 APRIL, 2009
USA (MNN) ― Misunderstanding and misinformation. These are the problems affecting relationships between Muslims and Christians. One organization is trying to change that, while equipping Christians to help Muslims better understand Jesus.
President and CEO of Crescent Project Fouad Masri says, "Our goal is to equip and enable Christians to reach out to the millions of Muslims in America with the claims of Jesus and give them a chance to respond."
Masri says there's a reason he started the ministry. "I discovered that a lot of Muslims moving to the West do not have any Christian friends. The majority of Muslims today have never been to a Christian's home. So they come to America, and their view of our values and our religion is what they see on television and in movies. Muslims are not hearing the claims of Christ."
The terrorist attacks on 9/11 and the growing extremist movement have caused Muslims to begin searching for truth, says Masri. "Muslims themselves are seeking. They are asking questions. And now, with the internet, with media, they can see what's going on around the planet in an instant. And they are seeing Islam is not working."
Masri says they're asking the right questions. "What does it mean to be a follower of God? Does it mean you kill people in a plane? If Islam is true, why can't people read the Bible? This is Jesus, the prophet in Islam, so what's the big deal? Why can't we read the Bible?"
Unfortunately, they remain Muslims because there's nobody to help point them in the right direction. He says it's like living in a house with a leaky roof. At least you are in the house and not outside in the rain. "They choose Islam because they compared it to false information of Christianity. So they are in a house of Islam because they don't want to be in the rain."
According to Masri, Crescent Project is developing materials to help Christians begin a conversation in a sensitive way on the right topics. "We have on-line training. We have a one-day seminar. We have one-week training. And we have just come out with a small group DVD-based Bible study on understanding Islam and how to connect with Muslims."
Posted 28 May 2009 - 07:44 PM
USA (MNN) ― A lonely woman, abused by her husband and without any way to defend herself against his physical and mental abuse. It's the picture of the life of so many Muslim women. But in America?
Muslim women have fewer rights than men in their religion. Two girls were shot in Texas last year by their father for not wearing their hajib headpieces. Another woman was set on fire. Muslim women are simply unaware that this cannot happen in America, and many Americans don't speak out about the abuse because they assume it's just part of Muslim culture.
"Sometimes Muslim women have social issues and family issues, but they don't know that in America there is a law that protects them," says Fouad Masri, president and CEO of Crescent Project. "So what happens is they are stuck, and no one is there to tell the man that, no, that cannot happen."
Above all, Muslim women remain completely isolated and alone. American Christian volunteers with Crescent Project respond by befriending Muslim women and teaching them English through "English as a Second Language" programs. Once the women learn English, they can at least shop for their families and get around easier.
Masri says that many volunteer groups introduce Muslim women to American culture, taking them to museums, parks and places to take their children. If nothing else, they welcome them to the country, getting to know them and being available to counsel them and help them understand their rights.
Crescent Project says that as believers, "our job is not to make the Muslim a Christian. Rather, our job is to show them [Muslims] the love of Christ.”
"Even [with] the little things -- not the major things, just the little things -- we can show the love of Christ and welcome them and be the hands and feet of Jesus," says Masri. "Then the Lord can use that to minister to these women."
These little things also include a large amount of prayer. Crescent Project has dedicated the entire month of May to prayer and petition for Muslim women in America, and they would like to get as many people involved as possible.
Posted 07 October 2017 - 11:06 PM
Many Muslims are responding to the love of Christ as believers minister to them in their suffering in refugee camps, etc.
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