How Farmers in Africa are Revolutionizing Ministry to Muslims

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Although the Gospel message and God’s Word itself is unchanging, the presentation of the Good News is often adapted for each group that is receiving it. In Ghana, Nigeria, and Kenya, God gave Call of Hope a culturally appropriate method to connect with the people - Farmer Evangelism. Due to the rich agricultural area that makes up much of the land of these countries, most of the villagers have become farmers to feed and support their families.

Call of Hope Farmer Evangelists are trained in effective small-scale agricultural production, which they use to assist their neighbors and eventually start conversations about Jesus. The evangelists begin by planting crops on a leased plot of land, as the crops begin to grow, nearby villagers take notice and want to know how to improve their own farm productivity, beginning a conversation. Curiosity about farming methods and fertilizer leads to relational evangelism and the presentation of the Gospel message to Muslim farmers. When enough people in a village have come to faith in Christ, a church is established, believers are nourished in the Word of God, and are able to have fellowship one with another.

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The Farmer Evangelist project has been remarkably successful. Many churches have been planted and more than 80 farmer evangelists have been placed in villages across the region! As the Gospel message continues to spread and seeking Muslims are coming to faith in Christ, Call of Hope has made discipleship training a priority. Every two months, the farmer evangelists gather for a time of encouragement and training in the Word of God. Despite strong opposition, the Good News of Jesus Christ is setting free villagers who were once bound by the chains of Islam.

How important is the Bible to you?

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How important is the Bible to you?

Surveys show that 88% of homes in the US have at least one Bible in them. You can find one at the bedside of your hotel room, in any bookstore, and even on your phone! 

It may be hard to imagine a world where Bibles are scarce, but this is the reality in much of the Muslim world. Possessing a Bible in many Islamic countries is against the law, and in some cases punishable by imprisonment or worse. 

God's Word is dishonored in many ways, and often is burned by extremist groups! Because of this, believers hold tightly to their Bibles because they know that if it is lost to them, they may never get one again.

At our center in Lebanon, a congregation of former Muslim Syrian refugees meets every week to receive teaching in God's Word. At the end of a recent service, we asked them "What does the Word of God mean to you?"
 

"The Bible shows us the true God and it teaches us how we can know him. It shows us the true faith and a God who loves us" - Ahmed

"The Muslim leaders used to tell us that the Bible is corrupted. Now I know the truth and the power it has to change our lives!" - Said

"The Word of God has the highest influence in my life and it teaches me my purpose. I have become a new person through the Bible." - Farez
 

Right now, there is a need for Bibles all across the Muslim world. If God has touched your heart, would you please consider giving a gift of $5 or more, so that we can put new Bibles in the hands of Muslim converts?

Please also pray for these new believers, that they would read, understand, and grow in the knowledge of God's Word.

  • Please pray for believers in Northern Nigeria who face danger every day for their faith in Christ. In this area, the Bible's are confiscated and burned in the streets.
  • Please Pray for new believers in the Syrian Refugee camps. Pray for their safety as they read the Word among their Muslims neighbors.
  • Pray for understanding. As new Christians read God's Word, they often have many questions and long to know more. Please pray that the Holy Spirit would speak to them and that Frontline Workers would explain the Word clearly.

New Christians yearn for the truth, encouragement, and peace found in the Bible. Right now, you can help bring light into the darkness! 

A Former Muslim explains the difference between Islam and Christianity.

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What is the biggest difference between Christianity and Islam? Just ask Karim. As one of the newest Christians to find Christ through Call of Hope’s radio ministry in North Africa, Karim has a fresh perspective on the two belief systems. 

Since he was very young, Karim was taught that the Christian faith was wrong. They told him that Jesus was never crucified and that Christians worship three different Gods. He grew up his whole life thinking this way, until he heard God’s Word with his own ears.

During his work as an agricultural engineer for the local government, Karim enjoys listening to the radio. One day as he was scanning the radio he heard the Call of Hope radio broadcast. For the first time, Karim was introduced to the true Gospel message, not what his Islamic teachers had told him. 

He was so curious about everything he was hearing. Could God really love him unconditionally? Could he really be sure about his place in eternity? He took his questions and objections to Call of Hope’s Frontline Worker Thamir. 

Karim and Thamir began discussing the Bible regularly and read Christian booklets produced by Call of Hope. These booklets are designed to answer common questions Muslims have, like “Is their one Gospel or four?” and “What is the difference between the Gospel and the Koran?”

After months of reading the Bible and COH booklets, Karim asked Thamir what he had to do to become a Christian. “How many witnesses do I need?” He inquired. “How can I speak a valid Christian testimony of faith?” Thamir once again took the opportunity to explain the difference between Christianity and Islam. He told Karim that there are no special words and no witnesses are needed. All that he had to do was speak to God with an honest heart.  That day, Thamir led him in a prayer of salvation! Karim said, “I believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God and my Saviour, who died on the cross for my sins. Lord Jesus, I thank you with all my heart that I belong to Your people today and will be with you in heaven.”

Like many Mnew Christians in the Muslim world, life didn’t get any easier after conversion. Just a month later, Karim’s co-workers at the Department of Agriculture began to notice that he wasn’t attending the mosque, and he continually talked about “The God of Love.” 

One day, a mistake happened at Karim’s work that led to many cows getting sick and dying from the medicine they were producing. Immediately Karim’s co-workers began to blame him. They knew this was the perfect opportunity to get rid of Karim. As a result of this mistake, Karim was immediately suspended and his employer launched an investigation. 

Karim earnestly prayed that God would help him during this difficult time. He asked God to help him prove his innocence. Just a few days later, Karim received a phone call that he could hardly believe. The employee who had actually made the mistake had come clean and admitted that it was his mistake, not Karim’s.

When Karim returned to work, his co-workers congratulated him and apologized sincerely for the accusations. His employer even gave him extended paid vacation time to apologize for the misunderstanding about the incident. 

Karim called Frontline Worker Thamir and told him the incredible news. He said. “I’m reading the word of God every day and I know that our heavenly father is taking care of his children and doesn’t leave them all alone. This is what I have experienced today!” 

Before Christ, Karim lived in fear of the wrath of Allah but now he can rests in the arms if his heavenly father who loves him and cares for him!

So what is the difference between Islam and Christianity? Just ask Karim. 

A Family’s Unbelievable Transformation from an Unlikely Gift

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We all want the best for our families. The Duwani family in Ghana is no different. Every year they come together to work hard on the family farm simply to cultivate enough crops to feed themselves. In years past, when the harvest was meager, they barely had enough to survive the season. As you might imagine, living in such scarcity doesn’t leave a lot of room to provide for schooling and health care for the Duwani’s 4 children.  Today, the situation is very different, thanks to a gift from a Call of Hope donor like you. 

Years ago, a donor provided a goat to Mawuli, the oldest son in the Duwani family. Looking back, it’s clear that the single goat began a chain reaction that has affected the entire family! Today, the Duwani family is thriving, and it all started with one goat. 

“The goat given to our child gave birth to two baby goats and within a span of two years we had many goats from the offspring of the first goat” Mr. Duwani recalls. “Everyday our children would pray that God should protect their goats from diseases,” God answered their prayers, and none of the Duwani goats suffered any sickness, despite the fact that much other livestock in their village died from illness! 

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The multiplication of the goat marked the financial breakthrough for the family. Though the goat was given to one person, the benefits affected everyone! “Through the goats, our son was able to finance his education to the college level and has since become a professional teacher.” Mrs. Duwani exclaimed! In fact, the goats also financed the schooling for Mawulis younger brothers and sisters! 

Paying for school was just the beginning, the goats also allowed the Duwani family to purchase health insurance for every child. For the first time in their family history, the children were able to receive check-ups and attention from a doctor when they were sick! When health insurance wasn’t enough to cover the cost of treatment, they simply sold one of the goats to offset the cost!

During lean years, when the harvest didn’t yield enough crops for the family, they simply sold a goat at the market to help put additional food on the table. Every night as the family gathers to eat, they remember the years prior when they had to scrape by with very little food. Now they praise God for the bounty that they are now able to share with others! When Muslim neighbors ask about the tremendous transformation in the family, they are always ready to give thanks to God and share this testimony of God’s faithfulness!

The Application of Sharia Law by ISIS

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The common opinion among both Muslims and non-Muslims is that the acts of ISIS have nothing to do with the actual practice of Islam. After all, it can difficult to justify such acts like the massive beheading of prisoners of war, the burning of people alive, the enslavement of young girls, or the destruction of churches.

However, if you take a deeper look into major works of Sharia, you’ll see that ISIS actually follows the teachings and practice of Mohammed to the letter! Sharia demands, for example, the killing of Muslims that have apostatized from Islam.

A Muslim becomes an apostate, for example, if he stops believing in Allah and becomes a Christian. Or if he questions Mohammed’s “authority as a prophet”. He also becomes an apostate if he deliberately misses the Islamic ritual prayer. Militant Islamists, such as the ISIS in the Middle East, Boko Haram in northern Nigeria or Al-Shabab in East Africa often attack complete settlements, randomly killing its inhabitants. Sharia law gives a clear permit for such mass murder as well. One important Sharia authority comments: 

“If the inhabitants of a place do apostate from Islam, this place is considered the house of unbelief. The adults are executed; their children and their property become loots of the Muslims.”

What is the Answer?

The frontlines of Muslim Evangelism can be extremely dangerous. Despite the peril, our Frontline Workers are boldly proclaiming Christ to even the most militant Muslims. Since Call of Hope workers are indigenous former Muslim themselves, they are uniquely equipped to share the Gospel. Already, many have come to Christ, including former ISIS terrorists. The one thing Frontline Workers ask for more than anything else is that we here in the U.S would faithfully commit to prayer and financial support.

 

What is Sharia Law?

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As Christians, sharing our faith also requires us to understand where other religious beliefs come from. For a Muslim, the concept of “Sharia Law” is the guiding principle for nearly every area of their lives. The literal meaning of “Sharia” in Arabic is, “the way to the oasis.” With this definition in mind, it may not surprise you that the majority of Muslims believe that in following this law lies the solution to all of their problems. In thier minds, if everyone could simply adhere to these simple rules, there would be no war, no poverty, and no sickness.

Sounds pretty nice right? But what exactly is in the fine print of this law? And where did it originate? The answers may shock you!

What is Sharia?

Unlike the Ten Commandments, your city’s building codes, or our national legislation, Sharia law is not one specific legal code. Rather, there are tens of thousands of volumes about Sharia, all of which are open to interpretation. In Turkey, Sharia is referenced when declaring the headscarf as a compulsory order for Muslim women or allowing the marriage of a Muslim with a nine-year-old girl. When ISIS beheads someone for their beliefs, it is the same Sharia law that is used as the justification. In fact, in many Islamic countries, Sharia law has been adopted into the national legislation, sometimes partially, and other times completely.

Where does Sharia Law come from?

The sources of Sharia

1. The Koran

Worldwide, Muslims consider Sharia as "the law of Allah“. However, only a small part of the Sharia is from Allah himself. There is a simple reason for that, namely that the Koran – the word of Allah – is barely dealing with legal aspects of Islam. Among the 6,236 verses in Koran not more than 100 verses comment on legal topics. Ironically, most of those Koran verses deal with Mohammed’s marital difficulties. Since The Koran shed little light on how Muslims could find “the way to the oasis” there were also other influences.

2. The life of Mohammed

The second source is Mohammed’s proverbs and personal writings on his own life. According to Islamic scholars, Mohammed’s proverbs have almost the same rank as the Koran in terms of weight and importance in a Muslims life. Moreover, they say that Allah demanded all Muslims to obey Mohammed and to imitate him in all areas of their lives. The Koran itself does not comment on many common Muslim practices. For example, how to perform the Islamic prayer or how to fast during Ramadan. Muslims learn these laws from the reports about Mohammed’s life.

3. The Judgments of the Sharia Scholars 

For over a 1,000 years, Muslims have had a third authoritative legal basis besides the Koran and the life of Mohammed. This is called “The consensus of the Sharia scholars." Whenever scholars of the Sharia agree upon something, their consent is considered a decision of Allah.  

This way, Sharia is capable of establishing rules on current matters, such as “fasting in Antarctica”, organ transplantation, cloning, genetic engineering or aerospace. Even the duty to establish an “Islamic state” (caliphate) can be traced back to a “consensus of the Sharia scholars”. Today’s Sharia scholars around the world actually owe their powerful positions to other Sharia scholars who appointed themselves the role in creating the “law of Allah.”

Judgments of the Sharia scholars binding for all Muslims

The Sharia is an ever-changing and constantly growing collection of laws. The more questions that are answered by Sharia scholars, the larger the law grows. Each time a group of Sharia scholar decides on a new consensus it becomes binding for all Muslims. In fact, in 2016, scholars introduced over 700,000 thousand new fatwas (legal advices on Muslim law) to answer the questions of Muslims.

Questions can come from the everyday life of a Muslim, like “Am I allowed to eat in a restaurant, in which there is also being served pork?”; “Is it a sin, if I greet my Christian neighbor?  Their legal advice is binding for all Muslims worldwide – not only for the inquirer.

Allah’s Law in People’s Everyday Life

Sharia law is deisgned to teach Muslims how to behave in everyday life. In order to keep track of the sheer volume of laws, everything a Muslim says and does is divided into five behavioral patterns:

Obligatory: Anything that Allah or Mohammed instruct are considered “Obligatory” by the law. For example, every Muslim after a certain age must pray fiver times a day. Obligatory laws are expected to be obeyed and Muslims believe they will face punishment from Allah on the earth and also in the after life.

Prohibited: Everything that Allah and Mohammed have clearly forbidden or warned of is considered as “prohibited”. For example, the consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited. Anyone who violates this rule, is punished with 80 lashes.  If a Muslim is caught repeatedly drinking alcohol, Mohammed demands that this person be put to death.

Recommended: A recommended act, such as friendliness of a Muslim towards another Muslim, might help a Muslim in Islamic “paradise.” However, if he chooses not to do so, it is not considered a “sin”.  

Reprehensible: A reprehensible act, such as eating garlic and onions (Mohammed hated them) can be done without consequence. However, by doing this he loses his reputation as devout Muslim.

Indifferent: What Islam has neither commanded nor prohibited, is considered as “indifferent “. For example, eating a watermelon is an “indifferent” act, as Islam knows neither a precept nor a prohibition as to this matter.

The Story of The Goat Project

All across Africa, entire villages are being transformed with the love of Christ demonstrated with the gift of a goat! This remarkable project has changed the lives of thousands of children.  

But how did it start?

In Ghana, Nigeria, and Kenya, God gave Call of Hope a culturally appropriate method to connect with the people - Farmer Evangelism. Due to the rich agricultural area that makes up much of the land of these countries, most of the villagers have become farmers to feed and support their families. 

Call of Hope Farmer Evangelists are trained in effective small-scale agricultural production, which they use to assist their neighbors and eventually start conversations about Jesus.

In order to help the children in these rural African villages, Farmer Evangelists introduced The Goat Project. A remarkable idea that created a pathway to help pay for schooling, as well as open hearts to the Gospel. 

A Farmer Evangelist provides a female goat to both Christian and Muslim families. When the goat produces offspring, they can be sold at market and the proceeds can be used for school fees and other necessary items for the children to receive their education.

Since its inception, over 10,000 goats have been provided to vulnerable children and their families in Ghana  Nigeria and Kenya!

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Become a part of this remarkable project today, give a goat of your own!

Call of Hope: Ministering to Muslims through National Workers

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Today, all across the Islamic world, God is using a seemingly unlikely group of people to reach Muslims with the Gospel message. 

From the remote villages of Nigeria, to the islands of Indonesia, to the arid Middle East and beyond; Former Muslims are reaching their neighbors with the message of Christ! Below you can read a the recent article with Mission Network News on how Call of Hope is making a difference in the Muslim World through national workers.  

 

International (MNN) — Countless ministries all over the world are working in volatile areas with people groups that are indifferent or even hostile to the Gospel. That’s why it’s no small feat when Ron Chiricosta says Call Of Hope“astounded” him with their methods.
“Call Of Hope works with over 200 former Muslims, Muslim-background believers, and they are the ones who actually carry out the work of Call Of Hope in over 27 nations,” says Chiricosta, now Call Of Hope’s Executive Director.
Why is that important? Chiricosta says it’s because Call Of Hope only uses national workers in all 27 countries. They don’t send people; they work with indigenous people living in the areas they want to reach.
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Call Of Hope focuses on reaching the Muslim population of the nations in which they’re operating. Workers use media resources like radio programs, websites, specialized literature, social media, and more to build relationships with Muslims looking for answers.
“That whole relational aspect is so crucial to what we do,” Chiricosta says. “After people respond, and they respond in various ways, through letters, texts, phone calls, we begin the process of meeting people where they are.”
As Call Of Hope workers build relationships with indigenous Muslims, they can connect them with a wide network of house churches. Though they’re “not in the business of planting churches where churches aren’t needed,” they’re still willing to establish new house churches if there are none in the area so no potential believer will have to leave their questions unanswered.
And Chiricosta predicts plenty of questions since the love that can be found in Christ is a foreign concept to many Muslims.
“Allah is not a god of love, and that is not an idea that they know a lot about,” Chiricosta says. “When we say ‘we would like to help you in one way or another,’ when we reach out to people, when we show them kindness and love, it speaks volumes. It bowls them over.”
One of Call Of Hope’s practical ways to show love comes through a goat giveaway in Ghana and Nigeria. Chiricosta says the project opens doors into deeper conversations with local Muslims who are startled by the open arms of believers willing to share the Gospel.
Many of Call Of Hope’s 200 national workers are facing dangerous, volatile situations, and they need all the support they can get. Though Chiricosta says he will never turn away a gift, “Dare I say it, I’d rather someone pray without giving than give without praying”.
“As I think about the people that we have working in the different countries, the overwhelming thing that they say to me is ‘please have people pray for our work and for our people’,” Chiricosta says.
“The focus of Call of Hope is to reach out to Muslims, and thank the Lord that when we reach out to Muslims, people are getting saved, people are coming to Christ!”
But that also means people coming into persecution. Pray for Christians working with Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Jordan, believers facing banishment in Northern Sudan, and refugees fleeing the atrocities of Boko Haram terrorists in Nigeria.
“Pray for boldness that they will continue sharing Christ,” Chiricosta asks.

Refugee Finds Help in an Unlikely Place!

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Mahmoud, a refugee, enters a butcher shop in Lebanon to purchase meat with the last of his money. What happened next he never would have imagined!

Mahmoud lives in the Bekaa Valley, an area now covered with thousands of tents to house impoverished refugees. They have come over from Syria to escape the war, and most have struggled to find adequate food and shelter.

"What can I get you?" the butcher asked Mahmoud. He explained to the butcher that he only had 2,000 Lebanese Pounds to his name (a little more than 1 Dollar). Mahmoud motioned to the scraps of the cow, something you would only use to make animal feed. 

The butcher could tell that Mahmoud was a refugee and he asked him: "Why would you use the last of your money to buy food for an animal?"

Mahmoud couldn't hold it together any longer. He began to weep as he explained that the food was not for an animal, but for his wife and seven children. His family had lost everything in Syria. They hadn't had a filling meal in months and Mahmoud was desperate to provide anything to fill their stomachs.

The butcher was shocked. He paused for a moment and remembered the day that a Call of Hope Frontline Worker gave so freely to him. He remembered how he received food and shelter in a time of need. Most importantly he remembered how Frontline Workers had shared Christ with him, and the sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross for him. The butcher himself was of very little means, but he couldn't imagine sending Mahmoud away with the animal feed.

Without another second of hesitation, the butcher reached out of his own pocket to buy Muhammed several pounds of the best chicken he had! 

As a result of this act of generosity, Mahmoud was not only able to feed his family, but now they are all regularly attending services at the church planted by Call of Hope. Today they are hungry, not for food, but for God's word. They eagerly ask questions about Jesus and they want to know more about the God in heaven who loves them!

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Here is how you can pray:
 

  • Please pray for Mahmoud's family as they grow in their faith in Christ.
  • Pray that God would protect and care for refugee families in Lebanon as they face brutal winters without adequate shelter.
  • Pray for financial provision so that our frontline workers in Lebanon can provide food, clothing, and warmth to more refugee families this winter!


P.S. You can be the answer to our prayers. If you want to help Mahmoud's family and other refugees, you can give a gift below!

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Widow and Children Find Christ as Refugees

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A mother and her two children sat outside a destroyed home in Bagdad. The pile of ruins was the only thing left of their former home. Alone and afraid, this refugee family was looking for anyone who would help them!

"We are Shia Muslims. My husband was killed in Mosul by ISIS soldiers. We lost everything." the mother explained to our Frontline Worker in Iraq. "Is there anything you can do to help us?"

In this instance, we were able to provide food, clothing, and shelter to ease their burden and show the love of Christ. The widowed mother was filled with intense gratitude but she was baffled by this act of kindness.

"Why would you help us? No one helped us, not even Shias, just you Christians" she explained. Call of Hope workers knew that this was a great opportunity to share the Gospel. He read 1 John 4:8 with the woman and she was overcome with joy. "I want to learn more about this Jesus who gives love so freely."

Today she is coming to church regularly and her children attend Sunday school where they are able to be counseled through their traumatic experiences. 

On the embattled streets of the Iraqi capital, there are many women and Children in similar situations. Unfortunately, aid from large organizations ends up in the hands of men, and women and children are often neglected.

For this reason, Call of Hope Workers in Iraq are ministering specifically to women and children. In addition to food, clothing, and shelter; we have partnered with doctors in the area to ensure that these women and children are receiving the medical care that they need. Our ultimate goal is that refugees would come to know the great physician, Jesus, who can give them eternal healing and relief from pain!

This Christmas, Frontline Workers in Iraq are excited to be organizing a Christmas celebration for over 100 refugee children! For some, this will be the first time that they ever hear about the gift of Jesus coming to the world. Please keep these families in your prayers this Christmas season! 

Here is how you can pray:

 

  • Please pray that the hearts of refugee children and their parents would be open to the Gospel message.
  • Please pray that God would protect and care for refugee families in Iraq this winter.
  • Pray for financial provision so that our frontline workers in Iraq can minister to more women and children this Christmas and into the New Year!


P.S. If you want to be the answer to a child's prayer, click below to give to an Iraqi refugee family.

What is the most important gift you could give this Christmas?

Imagine if you could receive a Christmas card from every life that has been touched by your gift to Call of Hope.


In Ghana, Musah was desperately poor but he received a Goat that allowed him to go to school. In India, a sewing machine helped Wasima start her own tailoring company. On the border of Syria, thousands have been given food and shelter thanks to your contributions. 
These stories don't just end with a handout and a pat on the back.

Our frontline workers are building meaningful relationships with Muslims so that they can come into a saving relationship with Jesus. 

This #GIVINGTUESDAY, The Christmas of Hope Gift Catalog gives you the opportunity to meet both an immediate physical need and the eternal need of salvation for a persecuted Christian or a Muslim interested in Christ. 

Click below to see all the ways that you can make an impact this Christmas season.

A Muslim Scholar Comes to Christ

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Frontline workers have demonstrated time and again, that with God, all things are possible.

When Muslims come to faith in Christ through the ministry of Call of Hope, it's not uncommon for these former Muslims to be harassed by their Islamic teachers. However, sometimes these Islamic teachers actually come to faith in Christ themselves! That is the case of Ahmed*, a teacher of Islam who became a Christian as a refugee in Lebanon.

Ahmed is originally from Syria. like many, he was forced to relocate due to the war. He and his wife and three children found their way first to Saudi Arabia, and then to the refugee camps in Lebanon where his life would change forever! Ahmed's brother Omar had come to faith in Christ through the ministry of Call of Hope, and he consistently shared his faith with Ahmed. After many conversations and many prayers, Ahmed trusted Christ as his savior, and began to learn and grow, as he attended a church in the refugee camp where he lived. He was very intent on pursuing his faith and he often shared the Gospel with his neighbors and his family.

As you might suspect, those around Ahmed were not very accepting of his new-found faith in Christ. 

When his wife heard that he had become a Christian, she left immediately and sought a divorce. A week or so later, she returned and tried to work it out, but only if Ahmed would agree to renounce his faith and return to Islam. Every day she would threaten to take the children and leave him.

Things became very difficult and she began to threaten their young children. "If your father does not change, I am going to take you away from him." The constant threatening and turmoil were greatly affecting Ahmed's youngest daughter, Mariam. She actually enjoyed going to church with her father and hearing stories about Jesus. Sadly, this caused her mother to despise her. Although she was only 9 years old, she had to hold the burden of life as a refugee, as well as the threats of her mother on a daily basis. It became so hard for her that she had threatened to take her own life!

One day Ahmed was volunteering at the church Christmas celebration at the Call of Hope Center in the Bekaa Valley when he received a call with news no parent should ever hear. The hospital informed him that his daughter Mariam had hanged herself and had passed away at the hospital shortly after. The police investigated the matter and were not able to confirm with certainty if it was a suicide or if Ahmed's wife had been involved. 

After the incident, Ahmed'swife fled in the middle of the night to Syria with their two remaining children. She was stopped at the border and although she was allowed to proceed, they would not permit her children to go with her into Syria.

Today, Ahmed has been reunited with his children. Despite the terrible tragedy in his life, he continues to share the Gospel and proclaim the name of Jesus! As he continues to work through his grief, he has found joy in serving others and learning more about Christ. In his church home, the congregation has helped him look after his children, and have provided counseling for them. Call of Hope Frontline Workers have also come alongside him to counsel him through this tragedy and to provide friendship and hope. 

God is doing the seemingly impossible in the lives of Ahmed and his children. Despite the unspeakable tragedy, today, you can find them experiencing the joy of knowing Jesus!

Here's how you can pray:

  • Pray for Ahmed's continued safety, and pray that his testimony would be used to bring many in the refugee camps to Christ. Pray also that healing would continue in his Ahmed's heart, and those of his children
  • Pray for the safety of Frontline Workers and Christian converts in Lebanon.
  • Pray for finances that will resource Frontline Workers to reach more desperate refugees like Ahmed.

*Names are changed to protect the identity of Christian converts.

Urgent Need for Children’s Bibles After Terrorist Attacks

As a parent, you do everything possible to keep your children healthy, safe, and happy. Sometimes it can be challenging! Imagine trying to raise a child in northern Nigeria where poverty and Muslim extremism are a part of everyday life. 

Attacks from Boko Haram, a violent Islamic terrorist group, have killed 17,000 people, left 2 million homeless, and forced over a million children out of school. In this pivotal time in Nigeria’s history, Call of Hope's Frontline Workers are responding to the terror of Boko Haram with the love of Jesus!

 

Boko Haram Targets Schools

 Nigeria's militant Islamist group Boko Haram is fighting to overthrow the government and create an Islamic state through a wave of bombings, assassinations and abductions. 

Nigeria's militant Islamist group Boko Haram is fighting to overthrow the government and create an Islamic state through a wave of bombings, assassinations and abductions. 

Boko Haram targets marketplaces, churches, and even schools. Due to this ongoing threat; more than a million children have been unable to attend school and continue their education.  As a result, many of northern Nigeria’s children are illiterate!

In villages where churches have been destroyed and Bibles have been burned to ashes; Call of Hope is responding to help children and their families with emergency supplies and so much more!

 

 Portions of burnt Bibles left behind after a Book-Haram terror attack on a school in Northern Nigeria.

Portions of burnt Bibles left behind after a Book-Haram terror attack on a school in Northern Nigeria.

Education Continues Through Call of Hope

Despite Boko Haram’s efforts to destroy the future of Nigeria’s children, Call of Hope is providing Bibles and hymnals for children, as well as establishing schools with teachers and appropriate learning materials, so that children are able to continue their education.

In these schools, Muslim and Christian children alike are learning to read their first sentences using Bible stories! This show of love and concern during a time of heartbreak and hurt has many Muslim’s looking for hope, and children and their parents are asking questions! That is why Frontline Workers also give out evangelistic booklets written to specifically address questions Muslims have about Jesus Christ and Christianity.

 Frontline Workers in Nigeria are able to replace burnt Children's Bibles and evangelistic school booklets used to teach students.

Frontline Workers in Nigeria are able to replace burnt Children's Bibles and evangelistic school booklets used to teach students.

Lives Are Being Changed

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The children who attend these schools are often traumatized. They have seen parents and friends killed by Boko Haram; their villages and possessions have been destroyed; many have fled to makeshift refugee camps where survival is a daily struggle.

At first, the children attending the Call of Hope schools in Nigeria come filled with bitterness and hatred. When our frontline worker asked them “What do you want to be when you grow up?” many of them said, “We want to become soldiers, because we want to take vengeance for the murder of our parents.”

Over time, however, as the children learn from the Bible and are healed by God's love, they learn to forgive and love their enemies despite all of the terrible things that have happened.

The Work Has Just Begun

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Call of Hope schools in Nigeria are proving to be an effective way to reach out to Muslims with the love of God while strengthening our Christian brothers and sisters.  But the work is only beginning. Currently, there are children who have been out of school for nearly 5 years, a situation that we would all like to change. To make this a reality, Frontline Workers are asking for us to provide teaching materials, Bibles, and evangelistic literature. For as little as $10 you can play a big part in shaping the immediate, and eternal future of an entire generation of precious Nigerian children who have suffered so much.

12 year old girl escapes violent terror attack!

During this time of year many of our children are enjoy life in the sun during their summer break. However, for children in Nigeria, there are no schools to return to and many have lost their immediate family members due to the horrific violence of terrorism. The attacks from Boko Haram, a violent Islamic militant group, have killed 17,000 people, left 2 million homeless, and forced over a million children out of school.

The danger of Boko Haram is particularly bad in the Borno region of Northern Nigeria, where many former schools have been converted into dilapidated refugee camps. Every day, survivors of terror attacks face horrific conditions as they grieve for their lost loved ones, while they fight to stay alive themselves.

That is why Call of Hope is there, helping victims of terror by providing food, blankets, water, and other supplies. In addition to aid, Call of Hope’s frontline workers have come along side the people of Northern Nigeria, providing friendship, love, and most importantly the message of the Gospel. 

Kaye, a COH frontline worker, has recently connected with a 12-year-old refugee girl named Ravi, during a quiet night in the camp. Ravi told Kaye her story: 

One night in my village, my family and I were eating our evening meal when we heard the sound of gunshots. They seemed to be getting closer, and then I saw a bullet go right through the fence next to our home. My father yelled us to get down to avoid gunfire! The first chance we had, we made a run from the house and hid in the bushes nearby. From the trees at the edge of the village we watched as Boko Haram fighters shot many people and then burned our church and other nearby homes. Just when we thought the men would go away, they approached our home and we watched as they burned it to the ground.

Once the fighters had cleared out, we ran and helped our wounded neighbors. Many had been shot and snakes had bitten others as they hid in the bushes, but thankfully everyone survived. The next morning my family and I, along with many others from my village, walked for 5 1/2 hours to get to a refugee camp where we hoped to find food and shelter.

Ravi’s story is like many in Northern Nigeria, she has been displaced, has not been able to attend school, and struggles to find adequate food and water. With your help, we will be able to show the love of Jesus by providing care, comfort, and the message of the Gospel to Ravi, and those like her, this year.

Would you prayerfully consider giving a gift of $10, $20, $50, or $100 dollars to help children like Ravi? Your gift at this pivotal time is a chance to change a life forever!

Syrian Fighter Finds Peace in Jesus

Abed, a young Muslim man, stands in the center of a refugee camp in Jordan. As he looks around at the endless rows of makeshift tents that he and his neighbors now call home, he tries to recall how he got to this moment. 

Abed grew up as a Sunni Muslim. Like many others, he was taught he was doing his duty as a Muslim when he was fighting in the Syrian war. As the war raged on, he could never quite understand how two groups of Muslims (Sunni versus Shia) could be killing each other in the name of Allah. For the first time, he began to question what he had learned his whole life. As the war became more intense, Abed witnessed repeated attacks on women and children; and he knew he couldn’t participate in these terrible acts of violence. He laid down his weapons and fled to Jordan in search of answers. 

Since everything he had was destroyed in the war, Abed took shelter in a nearby mosque. When other Muslims realized that he was having doubts about Islam, he was thrown out. Alone and afraid, Abed's only option was to scavenge through the garbage to avoid starvation. One day, he heard that food and shelter were being offered at the Call of Hope Center in Jordan. 

Even though Abed originally came for physical help, he received that and something far more valuable. He was astonished to hear about a God who loved and cared for his people. Intrigued by this concept, he asked to talk with a Frontline Worker. 

Abed explained, “In Syria, they taught us how to fight, but you Christians taught me that Jesus has never carried a sword or did violence to anyone. He did the opposite, Jesus healed the sick and taught to love your enemies.” With tears in his eyes, he continued, “All my life I have had anxiety and questions, but now after hearing about Jesus, I am overwhelmed with a feeling of peace”. 

After talking and receiving counseling from the Bible, Abed came to embrace Jesus as his Savior and Lord.  Now, as he looks out into the refugee camps, he stands there on a mission to tell his refugee neighbors about the hope that he has found in Christ!

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What is a Frontline Worker?

Today, all across the Islamic world, God is using a seemingly unlikely group of people to reach Muslims with the Gospel message. 

From the remote villages of Nigeria, to the islands of Indonesia, to the arid Middle East and beyond; Former Muslims are reaching their neighbors with the message of Christ! 
The entire ministry of Call of Hope has been built on the courageous and passionate service of these “Frontline Workers". They brave separation from families, extreme persecution, and even death, to return to their people and boldly proclaim the hope that is found in Christ!

YOU CAN PLAY A LARGE AND VITAL PART IN WHAT GOD IS DOING TO BRING LOST MUSLIMS TO HIMSELF IN THE ISLAMIC WORLD. BY HELPING TO SPONSOR A FRONTLINE WORKER FOR $29, YOU CAN MAKE A BIG IMPACT TODAY

Former Muslims are Reaching their Neighbors with the Gospel

Call of Hope Frontline workers hold a training conference for pastors in Africa.

"The man who formerly persecuted us is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy." Galatians 1:23

The apostle Paul is one of the most influential figures of the Bible and he himself authored much of The New Testament. Before he was an Apostle, Paul (then named Saul), was famous for persecuting Christians and opposition to the teachings of Christ. But after a life-changing encounter with Jesus, God used Paul in remarkable ways to spread the Gospel.

Today, God is using a seemingly unlikely group of people to take The Gospel into the world of Islam – former Muslims. Over 200 of these indigenous Muslim background believers, all theologically trained, and all leaders in their ministries and communities carry out the work of Call of Hope. Christians who have come out of the Muslim world are uniquely positioned to share Christ with their neighbors for the following reasons:

 Call of Hope frontline workers focus on forming authentic relationships with their Muslim neighbors. In Morocco, many men and women have come to know Christ through relational evangelism.   

Call of Hope frontline workers focus on forming authentic relationships with their Muslim neighbors. In Morocco, many men and women have come to know Christ through relational evangelism.

 

LANGUAGE

Muslims live all around the world. From the remote villages of Kenya, to the islands of Indonesia, to the Middle East, speaking the heart language of the land is a critical part of evangelism. Language however, is only a small portion of the cultural makeup of a given area.

CULTURE AND CUSTOMS

Anybody who has spent time traveling can tell you the importance of understanding cultural differences. Of course from the United States to the Middle East, there are many differences; but what may be more surprising are the differences between certain Muslim denominations who reside in close proximity to each other. A believer in Christ who is from a Muslim background, who has grown up in the Muslim community has a perspective that few others will have, a perspective that makes a valuable difference when reaching others with the message of Christ.

All throughout the world, many Muslims are searching to answers to life's tough question. Frontline workers are coming along side these men and women with a message of hope in Christ.

 

SECURITY REASONS

The frontlines of Muslim evangelism are dangerous and potentially life threatening. In fact, much of the work of Call of Hope is not spoken about publicly due to the security risk that it would pose to those who are in the mission field. Frontline workers know the danger they are in, yet despite the peril, they are compelled with the love of Christ to share the Gospel with their Muslim neighbors.

PERSONAL TESTIMONY

The Bible tells us that we can overcome with “the word of our testimony”, and this is clearly seen on the frontlines of Muslim evangelism. Many Muslims are searching for answers to life’s most difficult questions, and hearing a personal testimony from a former Muslim has proven to be an effective ministry tool. In a world where Muslim converts face persecution from friends and family, hearing the personal account of the grace and love of the one true God is powerful.

Call of Hope's Frontline Workers

From the Middle East to Africa to Southeast Asia and Europe, Call of Hope’s Frontline Workers are serving tirelessly to proclaim the Gospel through a variety of creative and innovative means.  This includes literature production and distribution in the heart language of the people, indigenous radio broadcasts, internet resources designed specifically for Muslim seekers, relational evangelism, planting house churches, and providing life sustaining aid. The passion of the Frontline Workers is to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to Muslims seekers desperate for a message of life, hope, and assurance!

With a foundation of prayer and giving by supporters all over the world, the ministry of Call of Hope has been built on the courageous and passionate labor of these mighty servants of God. They brave separation from family, extreme persecution, and even death, to reach out to their people and boldly proclaim the name of Jesus Christ!

Only through prayer and financial partnership can frontline workers continue the work that God has called them to, please keep these faithful servants in your prayers and consider giving a gift today!