Reflecting over my three years at College of the Ozarks, I cannot think of a class where I have learned more relevant information about the world than I have in Missions to the Middle East. After this class, I feel adequately equipped with a strong foundation to begin engaging Muslims for Jesus. The methods and tools we discussed each week have widened my view of the missions, God and the world in ways I have never experienced before. I took this class because I felt God placing a burden on my heart for a people group he was bringing to our country’s doorstep. In a culture where so many people’s hearts are hardened towards followers of Islam, it is critical that the Church realize Muslims are the prize, not the problem.
That problem vs. prize mentality is the first area of growth I see in myself. Though I have never held any personal disdain towards Muslims, I have never seen them as a prize before this class. For me, Muslims were always in this subcategory of people that I knew God wanted us to love but I never knew what that would actually look like in a tangible way. Some of that was because I never sought out to learn more about them before this semester. The most first had experience I ever had engaging with a Muslim was when I was a sack boy for the local grocery store in grade school. A fellow sacker, Ian, told me one day that his family was Muslim and that my Christian was not that different from his. I was grounded enough in my own beliefs to know this was not true, but regretfully I never engaged Ian past surface level questions about Islam. Now that I have been given the opportunity to learn about Islam and the Middle East, I see that God is moving in a very big way in the lives of people who have been cut off from th...
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...ion, I was uneasy at first when we started talking about using the Quran as a witnessing tool. But I have come to agree that using a method that looks at the Quran and finds truth that point to Jesus is a wonderful hook to pull Muslims closer to a DBS group. All truth is God’s truth, and if we can help make a connection for a Muslim through the CAMEL method, I am all for it.
This semester has been a huge blessing in my life. The vision and training I received through the Missions to the Middle East has been some of the most meaningful learning that has taken place in my college career. I know that because God has allowed me to learn how to engage Muslims he will no doubt be putting them in my path. I look forward to those encounters, knowing fully that God loves all of his people and Muslims make up a very special piece of the beautiful mosaic that is humanity.
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