Westerners are raised on syllogisms and constructs of truth that are propositional. It is somehow hard for those in the Middle East to believe that an anecdote could make them pungent a point as three logically connected paragraphs.
In many respects, the parables of Jesus take on the appearance of riddles for a Western readership because the point of contact, which was obvious in the original situation, is lost across the cultural divide. For many Muslim peoples, however, both the parable form and the content of he biblical stories are easily accessible.
Story-telling should not be feared by Western missionaries to Muslims.