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Throughout the turbulent years at the end of the twentieth century, Christian missions became increasingly sensitive to the needs of the Muslim world in general and responsive to the challenge to engage particularly with followers of the Islamic faith.  In 1991 Brother Andrew called for a ten-year prayer focus on ‘the house of Islam’, that it might open up to the gospel.  During the last decade of the century, the burden for sharing Christ with Muslims grew considerably – thousands of missionaries from various national and church backgrounds sought to aid in long-term church-planting efforts among Muslims.  As a result, there are many new fellowships of Muslim-background believers established.  Equally, many Muslims who have come to Christ are in national, indigenous churches, where these exist.  Movements to Christ have occurred among North African Kabyles, Central Asian Turkic peoples, Jordanians, some Indonesian peoples, Bangladeshis, Bosnians and among Afghan and Iranian refugees.  One Western mission leader suggests that ‘more Muslims have come to Christ in the past 25 years than in the earlier 1,400 years of missions history combined!” The Muslim world now occupies a high place on the agendas of many Christian missions.

It seems that history and the Holy Spirit have together joined to promote a conviction that now is the  hour for a concerted and significant sharing of the gospel with Muslims.  As a result, Christian advocates are needing to get to know their Muslim neighbours and friends to share Christ with them in a relevant way.

 

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