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Author:  Desertfalcon [ Fri Jan 07, 2011 1:11 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Ministering to Muslims

I found this site which looks interesting...

http://daralmasih.blogspot.com/2010/12/ ... ts-to.html

Author:  Xavier [ Thu Jan 20, 2011 2:56 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Ministering to Muslims

Desertfalcon wrote:
I found this site which looks interesting...

http://daralmasih.blogspot.com/2010/12/ ... ts-to.html


Some amazing stories on this site. Thanks!

Author:  Xavier [ Sun Jan 23, 2011 10:39 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Ministering to Muslims

I’m providing an update on the Bible study with the Muslim kids in our neighborhood. We’ve had a few interesting sessions, but tonight’s was shocking. Let me explain. Instead of our regular Bible study, I invented a game called Who am I? On a piece of paper, I asked each child to answer 9 questions about themselves. Then all the papers were passed to me. I took a paper and read aloud the answers without saying who wrote them down. All the kids tried to guess who wrote down the answers. It was fun and everyone liked the game.

I asked traditional things like favorite food, best friend, and favorite activity. But I asked a couple of other things, and the answers were amazing.

Question: “What are you afraid of?” I thought I would hear about fears of spiders, snakes, that kind of thing. Two wrote “I don’t know”, one wrote “the dark” and another “people with guns.” Not terribly surprising, I guess. But 6 of 11 Muslim kids said they are afraid of “God”

Question: “If I could ask God a question I would ask…” I expected funny things like: Why is the sky blue? Where does everything come from? A few of the answers were: “I don’t know,” “what is my future,” and “I have a lot of questions.” Fair enough, but here is what the other Muslim kids answered:
- Why did you make my life so hard
- Am I going to heaven (three asked this)
- Why do we have to go to hell
- Am I going to hell
- Am I a bad person
- When will I die

Keep in mind these kids are all between the ages of 8 and 15, and the bulleted list above came from the kids 12 and under.

I was just wanting to give the kids a chance to say more about themselves, not realizing how distressing their responses would be. As a result, I realize my wife and I need to make sure we emphasize the loving side of God in our teachings. He is not someone to fear but someone to love and who loves us. He is not someone wanting to roast us alive, but someone wanting to save us and take care of us.

Your continued prayers are REALLY needed for this group. Many thanks!

Author:  RolandJS [ Sat Feb 12, 2011 6:04 pm ]
Post subject:  I sub-taught at an international high school...

Xavier!

Press on! Keep on keepin' on! Great thread!
I just wanted to compliment you and your wife for doing so well!

At an international high school [9th & 10th grades], one semester, two days a week, I subbed for a Teacher's Assistant, and was able to meet, greet, converse with, help with their classwork and homework mostly, kids from all over the world. Included in that group was a fair number of Muslims from different nations. If you have any questions or comments or suggestions for me for my job -- I have a ready ear and mind!!

The other posters gave you great advice, so I can add nothing.
Because I can always learn things from others, things that can be adapted to sub-teaching Muslims and all other international students, I'll be watching this very informative thread!

Roland

Author:  SophiaLee [ Sat Jul 23, 2011 8:01 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Ministering to Muslims

Xavier wrote:
I’m providing an update on the Bible study with the Muslim kids in our neighborhood. We’ve had a few interesting sessions, but tonight’s was shocking. Let me explain. Instead of our regular Bible study, I invented a game called Who am I? On a piece of paper, I asked each child to answer 9 questions about themselves. Then all the papers were passed to me. I took a paper and read aloud the answers without saying who wrote them down. All the kids tried to guess who wrote down the answers. It was fun and everyone liked the game.

I asked traditional things like favorite food, best friend, and favorite activity. But I asked a couple of other things, and the answers were amazing.

Question: “What are you afraid of?” I thought I would hear about fears of spiders, snakes, that kind of thing. Two wrote “I don’t know”, one wrote “the dark” and another “people with guns.” Not terribly surprising, I guess. But 6 of 11 Muslim kids said they are afraid of “God”

Question: “If I could ask God a question I would ask…” I expected funny things like: Why is the sky blue? Where does everything come from? A few of the answers were: “I don’t know,” “what is my future,” and “I have a lot of questions.” Fair enough, but here is what the other Muslim kids answered:
- Why did you make my life so hard
- Am I going to heaven (three asked this)
- Why do we have to go to hell
- Am I going to hell
- Am I a bad person
- When will I die

Keep in mind these kids are all between the ages of 8 and 15, and the bulleted list above came from the kids 12 and under.

I was just wanting to give the kids a chance to say more about themselves, not realizing how distressing their responses would be. As a result, I realize my wife and I need to make sure we emphasize the loving side of God in our teachings. He is not someone to fear but someone to love and who loves us. He is not someone wanting to roast us alive, but someone wanting to save us and take care of us.

Your continued prayers are REALLY needed for this group. Many thanks!


When I was still a practicing Muslim, we were told first and foremost to fear God. The Arabic term is taqwa which technically means to be conscious of God, but a lot of the Muslims that I know says it means to FEAR God. Also, being a Muslim doesn't guarantee that you are going to heaven. You still have to do everything right, and make sure your good deeds outweigh your bad. Muslims also believe that God sends you tests which might explain why the one child asked why God makes his life so hard.

Author:  Teacher's Widow [ Fri Aug 12, 2011 3:57 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Ministering to Muslims

Another item you might consider with the older kids is the idea that Christ is the perfect hajj. The younger ones might not be able to grasp this but the older ones might at some point when it fits in. I never correctly understood the paschal lamb of Exodus until I connected that with the Paschal Lamb, Christ, of the Gospel of John. What happened? I read a copy of Dr. Scott Hahn's book "The Lamb's Supper." I'm not suggesting you introduce the kids to this book as it is written for adults. Perhaps you could adapt the points so the kids can grasp and understand it.

Another thing about Islam is it's big on Mary. They really have a reverence for Our Lady. I'm not sure why but they do. She's mentioned in the Qur'an and muslims believe in the virgin birth. What I find so interesting is that they believe in the virgin birth but don't grasp that this is meaningless if Christ was only just a man & another prophet, even if a "great prophet." The VB only makes sense to me in light of Our Lord's being the Son of God & the Paschal Lamb, our Savior.

Prayers went up for your wife. I love what you're doing; this is amazing. If you want to read a great adult story about a Muslim converting to Christianity read, "Son of Hamas" published by Ignatius Press. It's a fantastic read. Good luck with this. I'm sure God has blessed you and your wife for doing this. What a fabulous vocation! :salut:

Author:  Xavier [ Thu Apr 26, 2012 8:56 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Ministering to Muslims

A long-delayed update here... We continue the Bible study with the neighborhood kids but are outgrowing our current house (our own kids share a room and we have only one bathroom!). We decided to purchase another house in the same neighborhood. There are some ups and downs with this. The upside is we will have a lot more room, and by chance, will also be closer to additional muslim kids and their families. However, we will be flanked on one side by an arabic Mosque, and on the other side by a Turkish Muslim community center.

The other issue is my job. I am a federal employee at an air force base and we learned this week there may be layoffs in the next few months. My boss says not to worry about it - that I will have a job somewhere on base at the end of all this. Even so the timing is not great, because we have not yet closed on the house (mid-June) and yet are under contract to buy.

So, I would really appreciate prayers that the Lord would provide for us to buy and maintain ownership of the new house, and continue our ministry at the new location in one of the most Muslim populated areas of the state. Thank you! :pray:

Author:  anawim [ Fri Apr 27, 2012 12:08 pm ]
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:pray:

Author:  pearl [ Tue Feb 12, 2013 9:22 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Ministering to Muslims

Please update your marvellous work

Author:  Xavier [ Sat May 25, 2013 9:46 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Ministering to Muslims

We took a break during the cold weather months - not many kids were coming. Now that Spring is here we want to restart. I'm working on a sporting event day to try and draw new as well as old kids.

Author:  Cenobite [ Sun Jul 07, 2013 4:26 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Ministering to Muslims

The Catholic faith is very different from Islam as you know. I personally would do nothing further. You have introduced them to the faith, and they can embrace or reject it. If they embrace it, then they may further seek you out, or a Priest. You've dropped the seed there. Some seeds take, some don't. If the soil is good and the rain comes at the right time, a beautiful garden will grow. But, not all seeds take. You've done your job as I see things.

Cenobite

Author:  AndyF [ Mon Aug 05, 2013 8:34 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Ministering to Muslims

Xavier wrote:
My wife and I have a weekly bible study group with muslim kids from our neighborhood. It's been going for about two years now, which represents a real surprise to us both. However, I am reaching a point where I am unsure how to proceed further in communicating the gospel message. Are there any resources available for successfully ministering to Muslims?


In my view it won't work if it is for the purpose of meeting some ecumenical agenda. It will work if the students are simply studying Catholicism as a religion. In any case they should be prepared for disturbing differences in doctrine.

Having a good knowledge of the Quaran would be a necessity, this to allow for the correct expression of sensitive areas
of their beliefs, and to establish any commonalities. You could suggest a meeting agenda with the parents just for an idea of how they feel things are progressing. You can also establish a curriculum with a short narrative of key points. Good social interaction with the parents is key. This way if there would be no surprises, and any objections can be resolved immediately. (Actually, I wonder if some of the new citizen parents feel coerced in this, not outwardly of course, but simply to want to become better nationals, MMmmm).

It would not work for me as I feel it would become a mine field. I would eventually find myself expending all the material that skirts key issues, then having to take them on. St. Francis had no such reservations(to my shame). I would find myself circling the verses of A. Usogh Allee and Oud Emrom, like covered wagons, resisting blurting out the obvious. :)

Mohammed eludes to the Divinity of Christ, and boarders around coming out and saying it outright, no doubt due to the risk
of the loss of his temporal status and charism. This "religion" is a sad shame really.

Sorry I'm not much help.

Author:  lbt [ Mon Aug 05, 2013 10:35 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Ministering to Muslims

I suggest the following book:

Le prix à payer par Joseph FADELLE, copyright 2010 by Les Editions de l’Œuvre, Paris.

English translation by Michael J. Miller : The Price to Pay by Joseph Fadelle, copyright 2012 by Ignatius Press, San Francisco.

This is a story of an Iraqi Muslim, who become converted to Christianity.

You will then be able to understand proiblems that former Muslims faced.

Author:  Speed Racer [ Mon Aug 05, 2013 10:39 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Ministering to Muslims

I nominate AndyF for thread necromancer of the week :fyi:

(You replied to the initial post, which is from 2010.)

Author:  AndyF [ Tue Aug 06, 2013 2:19 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Ministering to Muslims

Zoom wrote:
I nominate AndyF for thread necromancer of the week :fyi:

(You replied to the initial post, which is from 2010.)


:D

Thanks, the 'ol noggin aen't what it used to!.

Author:  lbt [ Sat Jul 05, 2014 4:02 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Ministering to Muslims

Steve Ray talks about a Muslim imam, who got converted to the Catholic Church:

http://www.catholic-convert.com/blog/20 ... ic-church/

Author:  Xavier [ Tue Oct 14, 2014 6:09 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Ministering to Muslims

Well, something of an update here. I am starting to wonder whether we should open our home again to neighborhood kids for a weekly day and time. The emphasis would be different. Instead of a Bible study as the structured event, we would reserve a period of time to talk with the kids about what is going well or poorly in their daily lives. Of course, we would prepare for this with prayer in case God wanted to open up opportunities for discussion about faith matters.

I would appreciate your prayers as we think this through. :salut:

Author:  MySweetLord [ Wed Oct 15, 2014 8:32 am ]
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Depending on the age of the children, this could be getting personal. I know that I wouldn't like it if a neighbor or teacher was asking my children questions about what is not going well in their lives. Of course, it appears that the parents of these Muslim children seem to trust you.

Author:  Xavier [ Sun Dec 13, 2015 5:29 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Ministering to Muslims

It has been quite some time since I posted any updates. There was not much to report, until now.

One of the foreign Muslim teens who attended our Bible study over the years has undergone tremendous changes. He slipped into drug use which led to several crimes and several periods of jail. He became a habitual liar, and I’ve only known one other person who had sunk so low. Along the way his family more or less disowned him. The last time I saw him in his impaired condition, he was sitting on some railroad ties next to our house. I tried talking with him, but he was so stoned it was not much of a conversation and he wandered off.

About a month ago he knocked on our front door, with the same American girlfriend with whom he started him down this path a couple of years ago. They both looked healthier and clear of mind. He said he met a pastor the last time he was in jail, and when released went to live and work with him at a ministry house of some kind. He said he was regularly attending Bible studies, helping out at a food pantry, and considering converting to Christianity. I asked one of his friends about all this who verified it is true.

My wife and I were excited to hear about all of this but also circumspect. We are very glad he is clean of the drugs and pray it would continue. We also wish of course for his conversion. But this young man has such entrenched character problems his future is hard to predict.

If you think of it, please pray him for him. His name sounds like “Mav-lood”

Thank you

Author:  Jack3 [ Sun Dec 13, 2015 8:32 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Ministering to Muslims

:pray:

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