Go ye into all the world...even in your own neighborhood. Your neighborhood or town may now look like "all the world," for that world has now come to your country.
The Walmart cashier, the banker, the patients in the doctor's office, neighbors walking down the street, pushing a grocery cart through the parking lot...wearing a colorful head scarf or veil on the women, robe and skull cap on the men..
we must reach for Christ.
It has been my desire to tell the Good News of the Gospel to this increasingly growing population. Jesus shed His precious blood for every Muslim and it is His will that they be saved. He is not willing that any should perish.
Although I have witnessed to many different kinds of people through the years I have felt somewhat intimidated about speaking to Muslims. Only recently have I seen so many in the places I frequent, and have felt compelled to reach them. However, I wasn't sure I knew how. I was fearful of approaching them wrongly.
I asked him where I could find a certain product and he led the way to the shelf where it was. I thanked him. “Thank you very much.” He immediately noticed items on the shelf that didn’t belong there and said, “I do this all day long. People decide they don’t want an item and just leave it wherever they are. All day long I walk these aisles and put things back on correct shelves.” He just kept talking and I did too. “That sure makes a lot of work for you. Thanks…Look at how important you are. We would never find things without your help!” The conversation actually continued for several minutes.
b. A Muslim lady in Muslim garb pushing a half filled cart in Walmart.
She stopped in the aisle where I was shopping. I smiled at her and said, “There are so many choices!” She agreed and talked about the products.
HOORAY! TWO FRIENDLY CONVERSATIONS WITH MUSLIMS!
It is terrible that I have felt so hesitant to approach one. Yet, it is not hard at all.
Then, came two more opportunities that took me a step further and thrilled me.
Bob went into the office with the doctor and I stayed in the waiting area.
Two women entered, perhaps a mother, and daughter in her forties, dressed normally and sat together one seat away from me.
As I read my Spanish course book, I overheard them speaking a different language. It was too soft for me to make out, but included sounds that did not seem to be Spanish. Eventually I looked over at them and we exchanged smiles.
“And this is your Ramadan!”
With that I reached into my purse and pulled out the JESUS DVD and turned it over showing them the language list that included Farsi.
It is a wonderful story of his life. You will like it…and you can watch it in the Farsi language.
At this I told him that I think I have something in Farsi…and began pulling out the JESUS DVD and showed him the back with the language list including Farsi.
This may not seem to be much to you if you are already witnessing freely to Muslims, but is a new spurt forward for me. Please share your own witnessing experience in comments below. And here's an old song that echoes my heart:
To lay my burdens down,
I want to hear Him say, "Servant, you've gathered many sheaves,
Receive a starry crown."