An Unplanted Field

Did you know that Muslims are the largest unreached people group in the world? There are nearly 1.5 billion Muslims who have never heard the good news of the Gospel. The Muslim people are earnest in desiring to please God, yet they have no knowledge of the Gift that leads to Eternal Life. Increasing numbers are looking for answers that will satisfy their hunger for God. We must be available to them to show them the path that leads to Life. They have no way of escape except through the Gospel.

So how can we reach this largely untapped people group?

Below are five keys of cracking Islam’s pull over the Muslim world. We look forward to helping you reach the Muslims in your community and abroad.

Key 1: Recognize The Need

london-mosque-mapThis is a map of London, England. The red dots are Mosques; Islam is growing in Europe at an exponential rate, and has been for several years. It isn’t improbable that this could someday be San Diego, New York, Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago, Philadelphia or Phoenix.

 

If we don’t rise out of nominal Christianity, equip ourselves with the full armor of God, and begin sharing the love of Christ with our Muslim neighbors, we will lose our country. Daniel Massieh feels this verse (2nd Kings 7:9) applies to us today:

 

They said to one another, ‘We are not doing right, this day is a day of good news, and we are keeping it all to ourselves. If we wait until daylight, punishment will overtake us.

Besides, who could stand to keep The Gospel hidden? If you had a secret that would save a friend’s life, would you keep it to yourself? Of course not! We’ve been given the free gift of eternal life! Let us put aside our selfish hindrances and share this secret. Muslims are the largest unreached people­ group in The World. There is one missionary for every one million Muslims. OTG seeks to change that.

 

This is your opportunity to join us. Prayerfully consider it.

Key 2: Pray

The Scriptures tell us that the “fervent prayers of a righteous man avail much”. We need to pray regularly that the powerful Light of the Gospel will penetrate Islam so that all whom “God has called will be saved.”

 

Open the Gates invites you to set aside one day each week to pray for the Muslim world. If you can, make Friday at noon your special time to pray for the descendants of Ishmael. Friday Islam’s Holy day. It is on Fridays, at noon, that Muslims worldwide gather in local mosques to seek Allah’s favor.

 

Here are a few suggestions as you pray:
  • Pray that the Holy Spirit will break the intense barriers and strongholds that keep Muslims from seeking and finding the Truth.
  • Pray that God will raise up workers and evangelists who will lead many Muslims to Christ.
  • Pray that God will continue to reveal Himself to Muslims through miracles, healings, and dreams.
  • Pray that Christians will resist a spirit of fear (and condemnation) towards Muslims and instead truly exemplify the Love of Christ.
  • Pray that God will give understanding and courage to Muslims who desire to know the Truth.
  • Pray that all those whom God is pursuing will find Him, making a full surrender to Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
  • Pray that God powerfully protects and sustains each new believer.
  • Pray that they are discipled and firmly established in the faith.

Key 3: Understand the Muslim Culture

Open the Gates has resources to help you which you can access through our website or by contacting us through email. You can also check out our calendar to see when Daniel will be speaking next! Daniel’s one-day seminars also equips anyone with an understanding of the Islamic faith, its history, culture, and impact on civilization.

 

However, the best way to understand Muslim culture is through sincere committed relationships.

Key 4: Build Relationships

The Muslims who live in the United States are hungry for fellowship. They need help adjusting to American society and culture. There are many opportunities through work, neighborhoods, schools, and volunteer activities to become acquainted with the Muslims in your community. Moreover, see Sponsor Refugees to find out how you and/or your family can be partnered with refugees from Syria.

Key 5: Know How To Answer Islam's 5 Objections

Open the Gates offers classes and resources that answer “Islam’s Five Objections to Christianity”, which you can find on our website. Loving, patient, sincere, and educated answers are paramount in winning your Muslim friend’s heart for the Gospel.

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