“The light that shines farthest shines brightest nearest home,” said British missionary C.T. Studd. Have you seen this dynamic at work in your church?
- Effectiveness in global outreach may reflect a sense of gospel purpose, community, and servanthood that also undergirds the church’s worship, children’s ministry, and more.
- Churches actively engaged in ministry at the ends of the earth may also be among the most faithful in reaching out cross-culturally to internationals, refugees, and immigrants in their own towns or nearby cities.
Encountering the World of Islam is one such resource that can help churches shine their light brighter near home as well as far away.
From a partner church that has hosted EWI a number of times: Rachel, a volunteer coordinator from the church, explains, “We started it as a follow-up to Perspectives because we saw the need for something like this was growing. God uses the course to touch hearts and stir passion for Muslims in the heart of believers. It’s a good chance to learn what Muslims believe (and what they believe we believe) and what the barriers to the gospel are.”
She goes on to point out, “It’s also a refresher on grace… your heart is humbled again by what God has done for us in Jesus Christ. It changes the way people watch the nightly news and helps make them open to what God would have them do.”
- Any time this church has a member considering serving in the Muslim world, they encourage them to take the class—along with those who are not sure where they want to serve.
- Members are building relationships with Muslim refugees and partnering with ministries that teach English and citizenship classes.
- This year, for the first time, a local university program arranging host families for international students was able to match up every student who wanted an American family, including all the Muslim students.
You may already be aware of the related Perspectives on the World Christian Movement course, another great class many churches are using to mobilize and equip their people. As Rachel mentioned, EWI may be a good follow-up to Perspectives if there’s enough interest in your area.