The discovery I am making is that these people from these countries are human and are Muslim. They have values – showing hospitality, sympathy for the bereaved, respect for the elderly, affection and honour, generosity in giving and visiting the sick.
Have a greater knowledge of Islam and the Qur’an may improve, but does not guarantee a more effective witness of Jesus. It is impossible to guarantee that sharing my rich personal history and legacy, stories, or supernatural experiences will accomplish salvation in a Muslim soul. I know better today how to explain salvation and that is still not good enough. I believe that I have grasped that the work of salvation belongs to God, not me.
I am slowly discovering that I need to accept and see the high value of a hidden and one-to-one ministry. The love language understood best is time. The Bible reveals my need for being faithful, not successful.
Praying has always been and still is the biggest source of power in ministry. A strong loud prayer with certain phrases does not carry out more than a quiet ‘Jesus help me.’ The personal struggle of harbouring unbelief in God’s power has been the largest mountain to remove. The realization that Muslim ministry requires more faith than strategy has finally been grasped.
A not so pleasant discovery has gained a greater hands-on schooling in dealing with Satan’s power, evil schemes and spiritual battles in the lives of Muslims coming to salvation and discipleship. Some of the battle wounds have debilitated. Discovering necessity of prayer partners has helped me survive.
Training in holiness, tapping into the divine love supply when human love runs out, going deeper into the humility, endurance and perseverance of Jesus, knowing better what wisdom from on high sounds and looks like, forgiving some abusive people, crying out desperately for my heart to keep soft and tender, have all been used by God to make me more like Jesus. Perhaps the most significant growth has been the realization that I cannot be the Saviour of a single person – not even a mini-saviour.
The greatest discovery has been that I can completely love this work for which God has set me apart, and be full of joy. That is probably because I know Jesus better and that is worth everything.