Friday, October 7, 2011

Evangelists to Muslim Women

“He is the one who gave these gifts to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers.” Ephesians 4:11

A Saudi doctor went to the university and requested someone to help his wife learn English. I was contacted and went to their apartment. There was a beautiful arboretum of tropical plants near the lobby where tenants socialized.  I asked the doctor if his wife enjoyed it. “No,” he replied. “She has never seen it. She goes on the elevator and down to the underground parkade with me when we go outside.” I was shocked at her restrictions. There were many wonderful spiritual opportunities to share in their home. One day I asked if my husband could come with me and visit them but the doctor said no. What a privilege to be a woman and gain access into their home. However it's  not always easy for a Christian husband to gain the same access as his wife because of cultural taboos.

The Church desperately needs to raise up women who will be validated, equipped, sent out, prayed for and supported to be evangelists to Muslim women. Muslim women comprise the largest unreached people group. One out of five females(babies, girls, women) in our world is a Muslim. Christian men are largely restricted from sharing Christ with Muslim women. Culturally most Muslim women can not have access to men unless they are  related to them. Millions of Muslim females are restricted from moving around freely in the outside world. Their lives are lived mostly within their four walls where men can not go. Even if the women are somewhat liberated and hold jobs they still prefer to socialize among women. This is a generalization as there are cultures where the mixing of the genders is acceptable. How will Muslim females – girls and women – hear the Good News in a culturally acceptable way? I believe we Christian women need to awaken to the fact that God has chosen to use us.

Nowadays many Muslim women can hear of or read the gospel on the internet or television but they need to encounter an incarnate witness to give it a human touch.  That kind of evangelism  will  best take place inside either your home or the Muslim woman's home, in privacy,  on a one-on-one basis and within the context of a growing trusted relationship. It is a hidden and slow ministry. Hidden away in our churches is a growing number of Christian women becoming aware of the need of reaching Muslim women and feeling compassion towards them. They really desire to meet them and share the Good News of Jesus Christ with them. They don’t know how or where to begin. They need to be released to be God’s evangelists. They need to be affirmed, validated and sent out. They need to be equipped by other experienced Christian women.

My sister in Christ, if you sense God has gifted you to be an evangelist to Muslim women, don't shrink back.  Your church leadership, friends or family may not understand or grasp this calling yet but just go to Muslim women and share the love of Jesus with them.  He will strengthen and use you. I can testify that this high calling brings abundant joy and blessing and eternal fruit. There are many open doors.

Dear heavenly Father, please raise up more women evangelists in our churches. In Jesus’ name, Amen.