I could not keep my eyes off his name tag. The check-out clerk did not look Middle Eastern, but his name tag read, “Ramadan.” I knew Muslims fast during daylight hours for thirty days during the month of Ramadan.
“I have never seen anyone with that name,” I observed. “Is that your faith?”
“Yes,” Ramadan replied. “I was born during Ramadan.”
Since I knew Muslims have a great respect for Isa (Jesus), I offered him the a multi-language mini-CD (which is no longer available). If I were to run into him today, I now carry an affordable DVD in my purse for the Muslims I may encounter. (This DVD has The JESUS Film in 15 different languages, including Arabic, Farsi, Indonesian, Japanese, and more.)
You can also have a part in reaching Muslims for Christ through praying for them. TODAY begins the month-long observance of Ramadan. For more than twenty years, Christians have prayed for Muslims during Ramadan. Learn where to download a prayer calendar to join me in praying daily from July 20th through August 18th.
Muslims are open and hungry for the Gospel and many are coming to Christ. According to Joel Rosenberg, more Muslims are coming to faith in Jesus today than in any other time in history. He also reported on a radio broadcast with Focus on the Family several years ago that the believers coming from Muslim backgrounds numbered 500 in Iran in 1979, the year the Ayatollah Khomeini took over. Because of Khomeini’s radicalism, many Muslims were disillusioned so that more than 1 million Iranians from a Shiite background have come to faith! (I don’t have a current figure, which I’m sure would be higher.) When the doors seemed to close to missionaries, the doors never closed for God!
Your love and prayers can change our world!
“But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. . . For if you love those who love you, what reward will you have?” ~ Matthew 5:44, 46a