One of my earliest memories takes me back to my pre-school years in Sunday School. We sang “The More We Pull Together” A LOT. The ditty’s motions kept our little hands and feet busy, while the words poured vital truth into our spongy minds. “The more we pull together ... the happier we’ll be."
Four years ago, Say Hello created a one week devotional booklet called Say Hello: A Guide to Building Christ-Like Friendships with Muslim Women. We have distributed thousands of these.
God’s love for Muslim people is undeniable. Will you join us as we ask God to help us love them like He does?
“I can’t pray today”—these words still ring in my ears. Our families were walking together in the park as the evening Islamic prayer call sounded. Prakash looked longingly at the nearby mosque when suddenly a large bird appeared and relieved itself on his hand. In a moment of horror, Prakash held up his hand and cried out, “Now, I can’t pray. I can’t pray today! I am not clean. I am not clean enough to pray.” As a devout Muslim, the bird feces had rendered his prayers ineffective. Our excursion in the park was cut short that day; Prakash needed to find a way to make himself clean again.
It’s that time of year again. We’ve made our resolutions. Maybe we’re scurrying to the gym or feverishly cleaning out our closets. Perhaps we’re embarking on an exciting Bible reading plan. The start of a new year sparks a change in us all, spurring us on to new habits, a clean slate, a fresh start. But what if this year marked much more? What if this new year actually brought new life? When it comes to Muslim women, there can be no greater thought!
What We Know
Many Christian women would agree that we need to pray more for Muslim women, but most of us don’t know enough about them to pray effectively. Informed intercessions are key to moving God’s heart for them. They are also key to growing our love for Muslim women. The more effectively we pray, the more we yearn to live our lives with them and personally love them like Jesus does.
What is Prayer-walking?
Prayer-walking is a specific kind of intercession that takes us to specially targeted neighborhoods, schools and work districts to pray for and with people who need Jesus—right where they live. It’s on-location intercession. We call it prayer-walking, but it might mean that we push a stroller, casually jog, ride in a car, or perhaps even take public transportation to facilitate purposeful prayer for the community we serve. Once we get started, we’ll realize that there are many ways to be very present and fervently prayerful at the same time. We can adapt our “walks” to our goals.
Magda’s story will challenge your faith and deepen your desire to intercede for women like her, whose commitment to faith in Christ costs her daily.
Joy Loewen’s book is a great starter: its relevant story format inspires and teaches. You will learn about Islam, its women, and the joy and challenges of Muslim/Christian friendships.