For the person who carries in their heart a deep passion for missions and fulfilling of the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20), seeing movements of God in our day is very thrilling. For that reason I want to give you some exciting information from the extensive research done by David Garrison and published in his recent book, A Wind in the House of Islam – How God is drawing Muslims around the world to faith in Jesus Christ, (WIGTake Resources, 2014, page 20, 21).
“In 2007, a colleague encouraged me to conduct a study of these Muslim turnings. At the time, we could count at least 25 Muslim movements to Christ that we knew of personally or had heard about through the global grapevine. We had no idea, at the time, that the number of movements was actually much larger. By the time we completed our study six years later, we were able to identify 82 movements to Christ taking place in every corner of the Muslim world.”
If nothing else, this should ignite a fire in our hearts to pray far more diligently for the gospel to spread through these indigenous movements of God. Paul would beg us to take our passion even further than prayer. As he spoke of the Jews, he said, “I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh” (Romans 9:2–3). How deep is your passion for the Muslim world? They may not be our “kinsmen according to the flesh”, but God is going to have from their number, these unreached people groups, those who make up the myriads who “say with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain” (Revelation 5:12). Let’s not allow current events to cloud our vision and detract us from pursuing God’s plan and purpose for them also.
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