BREAKING NEWS: Bloodshed in Sudan as the people protest for a civilian government

Khartoum, SUDAN Just a month ago, we received news from our Frontline Workers in Sudan regarding massive demonstrations protesting ruthless former president Omar al Bashir.  

Today the situation has become even more serious as civilian protesters violently clash with current military government officials. The military forces who now sit in power have agreed to a transition of power to the people.

Then, yesterday the situation took a turn when, for the first time, the military attacked protesters killing six people.

In this raw footage from our Frontline Workers you can see that live ammunition is being fired during protests in Khartoum. We encourage you to join us in prayer for the nation and its people.

An opportunity for evangelism among the chaos.

The anti-Christian constitution of the previous dictator, Bashir, is no longer in effect, and the current demonstrations displayed by the protests offer a unique window of opportunity for Frontline Workers.

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While this is a violent and dangerous situation, it also affords the opportunity to demonstrate the love of Jesus by going into the crowds and providing aid and comfort in the form of cold water, food, and most importantly, by freely sharing the Gospel message. 

As protesters risk their lives to experience the freedom of a civilian government, our Frontline Workers are willing to take the same risk so that others can experience the spiritual freedom of a relationship with Christ. Since the former government had outlawed Christian evangelism, this time of uncertainty is a unique window to share Christ with a nation in turmoil.

Right now, your prayers and gifts to reach the nation of Sudan are urgently needed! Many who have never heard the message of Jesus can experience the love and comfort that only He can provide!

RIGHT NOW FRONTLINE WORKERS NEED:

Bibles...........................................$5
Christian Literature......................$8
Aid Packages..............................$12

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LEBANON: Will Syrian Refugees Ever Be Able to Return Home?

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Bekaa Valley, LEBANON — As the conflict in Syria turns eight years old, many headlines hint at the beginning of the end. Reports even indicate many Syrian refugees waiting in line at borders to return home. And in Lebanon, officials are still putting pressure on refugees to return. Why, then, are most of them staying put?

Millions of lives have been saved from fleeing the war; but for many in the Bekaa Valley, the horrors of war have been replaced with the hopelessness of life as a refugee. Harsh winter months in below freezing temperatures are giving way to the sweltering heat of summer. As the snow melts, the refugee camps turn to mud.

The children who are lucky enough to be able to go to school struggle through the sludge just to have the chance at an education and a future. But they still return to their tents that lack running water (since permanent facilities are forbidden to dissuade these families from staying). While they dream of Syria’s prewar beauty, the sad truth for this next generation is they will likely never experience that anytime soon.

staying in Tents without Plumbing Instead of Returning “Home”…

Call of Hope Frontline Workers are reporting that although some refugees are returning to Syria, roughly the same number of refugees are coming into Lebanon for the first time. Cities of rubble await those who choose to return home. Many more choose to stay in fear of punishment at the hands of Bashar al-Assad's government.

The overall feeling among Lebanese citizens and refugees is that this is now the home of the 2 million+ refugees that have fled to Lebanon. Syria’s future is uncertain. What is certain is that Syrian refugees need immediate aid: food, medical care, blankets, and the hope that only faith in Christ can provide.

At this pivotal time in history, Call of Hope Frontline workers are meeting the needs of refugees both physically and spiritually. Every week, refugees come to one of our four centers for trauma counseling, bible studies, food distribution, training for the blind and disabled and so much more. Each of these refugees has their own story, and thankfully, many have a new story to tell about hope in Christ. Refugees like Abed, a former fighter in the Syrian war:

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.
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Prayer and Support Request

Even now that the Syrian Civil War has ended, Frontline Workers will continue to minister to the refugee population. As God has done throughout history, he is turning tears into joy and desperation into hope! We are grateful for the stories of redemption that have come out of our ministry in Lebanon, but we know there is still so much work to be done. 

To partner with us in Lebanon, you can sign up below to become a Prayer Partner and click the “Donate” button to give a gift that will go directly to support refugees by meeting immediate physical needs, and the most important need of a relationship with the Savior! On behalf of our Frontline Workers in Lebanon, we thank you for your prayers and support at this pivotal time in history!

Please consider giving a gift below and signing up to be a Prayer Partner so that we can keep you up to date in the future.

 

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BREAKING NEWS: Crisis in Sudan opens short window for the Gospel

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Khartoum, Sudan — Massive demonstrations have broken out in Sudan leading to a military coup that has overthrown Sudanese president Omar al Bashir.  Since 1989 he has ruled Sudan with brutal oppression; killing of his own people, and ordering harsh persecution and expulsion of Christians. Over the last several months thousands of Sudanese took to the streets protesting this ruthless and violent regime. 

On April 11, just two days ago, Bashir was overthrown. The Sudanese constitution has been suspended, and a military transitional government has been installed. However, the demonstrations are continuing and people are demanding a civilian lead government. Consequently, the country remains in a state of instability with little to no police presence on the streets.

New Opportunities for Evangelism
& Freedom for our Frontline Workers

Today, our Frontline Workers are rejoicing that they are temporarily free from oppression but they ask that we would all join with them in prayer that the new government would abandon the persecution of the past and support evangelistic efforts throughout the country.

While this is a very difficult and dangerous situation, it also affords the opportunity to demonstrate the love of Jesus by providing aid to the people, and proclaiming the saving message of salvation!  As this is a turbulent and uncertain time, we do not know how long we will have to openly share the Gospel in the country.

As we spoke to our director in Sudan, we could hear the concern in his voice for the future of his country, but we also sensed the excitement he has for this unexpected opportunity to show the people of Sudan how much Jesus loves and cares for them

Raw footage from Frontline Workers shows the intense and violent situation in Sudan.

Prayer and Support Request

This is a crucial time frame where our Frontline Workers can finally experience the freedom to share the Gospel without government interference. At the same time we can show the love of Christ by providing aid packages to citizens in a time of grave uncertainty.

Your prayers and gifts to reach the nation of Sudan are urgently needed! Many who have never heard the message of Jesus can experience the love of Christ for the first time!

Right now Frontline Workers Need:

Bibles...........................................$5
Christian Literature......................$8
Aid Packages..............................$12

Please consider giving a gift below and signing up to be a Prayer Partner so we can keep you up to date in the future.

 

Become a Prayer Partner Today!

An Easter Story of Redemption: Muslim Woman with Tragic Past is Made Whole by Christ

"…tears filled my eyes, Jesus died for me, He loves me!"

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These are the redemptive words of a young woman who had lost all hope. 

As we approach Easter, we can all reflect on God's amazing plan to redeem the world - including the Muslim world and former Muslims like Mona. 

Mona’s experiences were enough to completely derail her life; but because of Christ’s unrelenting love, she and her family have a new story.

Mona grew up in Syria with five sisters and three brothers but, unfortunately, her precious childhood was cut short. At the young age of ten, she was given away to be married despite the protests of one her brothers. 

She experienced multiple nonconsensual sexual experiences and abusive encounters at the hands of her husband. Then, at the age of eleven, she nearly died during childbirth.

Mona lived with this torment and abuse for many years. Her horror stories and pleas for help fell on deaf ears with family and friends. The idea of divorce was more frightening to them than her sufferings, and so she bravely endured until the age of 27 when she and her husband finally agreed to a divorce.

Only a few weeks later, the war in Syria took the life of her ex-husband and Mona fled to Lebanon along with millions of other refugees.

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We first met Mona when she came to our center in Lebanon. She recalls, "I wanted to be a Christian," and goes on, "I loved what I heard about your church, and when I came to your church, I loved the teachings." When Mona heard the stories from the Bible, especially the suffering of our Lord Jesus, she remembers, "Tears filled my eyes Jesus died for me, He loves me!"

She eventually brought her new husband with her to the church where we got to know the couple better. After several visits to our Sunday services, and learning more the Word of God, the couple made the courageous decision to follow Christ. Then, despite the danger, they chose to be baptized!

Mona is now living her life for Christ, and she has even led her family to salvation! Everyday she eagerly shares her faith with the Muslim community that she once hated. Despite the life of trauma she endured growing up, Mona is now a conqueror in Christ.

With the Easter season upon us, Mona's story is a powerful example of the faithfulness of God. Although His plan for redemption started over 2,000 years ago on the cross, many in the Muslim world are hearing the good news for the first time. 

On behalf of the Call of Hope team we want to wish you a Happy Resurrection Day and thank you for your prayers and support as we bring the Good News to the Muslim world!


Prayer Requests:

  • Please pray for women and children like Mona who are enduring the same traumatic experiences today. Pray that God would rescue and restore them.

  • 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.

  • Please Pray for new believers that have converted from Islam. Pray for their safety as share their testimonies among their Muslims neighbors.

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THE MOTORCYCLE PROJECT: Mobilizing Farmer Evangelists to reach the lost

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In Northern Ghana, the distance between villages for Evangelist Joshua Alhassan covers a daunting 72 kilometers radius. Thankfully, with the help of The Motorcycle Project and faithful supporters, we are able to bless our Farmer Evangelists like Joshua with a reliable motorcycle that has transformed his ministry work!

He is now able to spend more time at each village, evangelizing and discipling. He even said, "The motorbike also helped me to go to more villages that before I was not able to reach!”

The northern region of Ghana is home to a population that is about 90% Muslim, making efficient transportation a critical component to reaching Muslims with the Gospel. Joshua can now encourage, pray and effectively share the gospel with more Muslims in the region. He’s even using the experience to share the gospel with passengers! Joshua says that he invited a Muslim relative along to accompany him on his journeys, and "through this exposure to the gospel he has now given his life to Christ.” In fact, last year Joshua led five people to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior as a result of his motorbike!

Today, Joshua continues to reach distant areas on his motorcycle. He’s going village to village discipling new believers, encouraging persecuted Christians, sharing the Good News, and offering practical agricultural training to Muslims and Christians alike! Just like fish and bread in the hand of Jesus, God has blessed our motorcycle ministry and used it to multiply the harvest, not only for crops, but also for new salvation in Christ!

Muslim girl finds Christ after overcoming family trauma

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"You meant evil against me, but God used it for good." Genesis 50:20


Just as God has done throughout history, He is making a way in situations that seem impossible. Despite the overwhelming stories of women being mistreated in the Muslim world, be encouraged! God is raising up many bold Christian women to proclaim the Good News to Muslims!
One of these new believers is a young woman named Serwa. In a small rural area in Ghana, Serwa caught the attention of our Frontline Worker, Bro. Addae. In a village full of indigenous Ghanaians all speaking the local Dagbani language, Serwa spoke nearly perfect English. How could a young woman from rural Africa speak so well?


As Addae discovered, God was working His perfect plan in Serwa‘s life to turn bad things around for His glory.

Serwa grew up as a Muslim and survived a very difficult childhood. 
She has never known her mother. When she was just a baby, her parents went through a bitter divorce. Soon afterward, her father abandoned her completely and sent her to stay with her aunt in the Ghanaian capital of Accra.
Rather than being sent to school, as she expected, Serwa was forced to earn money by selling rice and beans to an upper-class crowd. Her earnings were not even hers to keep because year after year, her aunt would take her money to support her own children. 

She was treated as an outcast by the only family she had. Eventually the trauma she endured from her aunt in Accra was too much, and she fled back to her home village in northern Ghana.
This is where the Lord revealed His plan to adopt her into God's family.

It was while selling rice and beans to her wealthy, English-speaking customers in Accra that Serwa learned the language for herself, without any schooling. As Serwa talked with Bro. Addae, she had so many questions about why she had to experience all these difficulties growing up.

This conversation opened a door for Addae to share the Gospel with her for the first time. Serwa found herself immediately interested in Jesus. She saw the joy that Christians in her village had and she needed to know more. 

Even after hearing about a God that loves her and wants a relationship with her, she still expected Jesus to disappoint her, just like her family had.

Through the perseverance of Bro. Addae, Serwa eventually accepted the invitation to attend a Call of Hope Christian seminar in Tamale. This is where Serwa first opened her heart to Jesus and began to believe that God truly wouldn’t let her down.

With a renewed hope, Serwa committed her life to Christ and enrolled in the Call of Hope boarding school. After years of broken promises, she finally has the chance to attend school for the first time in her life. As she grows in her academic capacity, she is also growing in knowledge of the Bible and growing closer to her Heavenly Father. 

Today, she is  planted in a local Bible believing church. Although her family has abandoned her, she has a new family of brothers and sisters in Christ. Everyday she is eager to tell others about Jesus, even her Muslim friends and neighbors!

Serwa's powerful testimony is one of many examples of how God is raising up women in the Muslim world. Even in areas where women are often oppressed, the Gospel is setting them free!

P.S. As we approach International Women's Day on March 8th. Call of Hope is excited to share inspiring stories like Serwa's testimony. Even more importantly, we want to cover women in the Muslim world with our prayers and financial gifts so more women like Serwa can experience the freedom of knowing their Creator and Savior. 

Will you join with us in prayer and consider giving a gift of $10, $20 or $50 dollars today?

Become a Prayer Partner Today!

A "new idea" in missions for more than 100 years…not possible without your prayers.

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Dear Faithful Prayer Partners,

We are overwhelmed with gratitude for our prayer and financial partners, and for the grace of God which continues to shine across the Muslim world!  More than 100 years ago God birthed Call of Hope to serve on the cutting edge of reaching Muslims with the Gospel message.  We have seen God intervene countless times over the past century, transforming the lives of those far from Him in some of the most difficult and dangerous places in the world. God gave our early mission leaders a new idea, to equip former Muslims, miraculously saved by His grace, to faithfully proclaim the Gospel and demonstrate the love of Jesus to Muslims desperate to hear the Good News! And now, more than ever, we see how effectively God is using that same idea today!

Rather than sending traditional missionaries from the Western world, Call of Hope reaches Muslims with the Word of God and the message of salvation in Christ through local Believers, all theologically trained and most of whom are former Muslims themselves!

Just as the apostle Paul took advantage of his status as both a Jew and a Roman citizen to minister to both Jewish and Roman audiences, Call of Hope Frontline Workers are uniquely equipped and positioned to reach out to their Muslim neighbors because they know their culture, their language, and of course the viewpoints of Islam.

Prior to Paul’s conversion, he was dedicated to persecuting early Christians. God worked a miracle in Paul’s heart on the road to Damascus, and today He is still working the same miracle in the lives of those antagonistic to the Gospel. We have seen God transform former ISIS fighters, Muslim religious leaders, and others who are the most unlikely to receive the truth of Jesus. 

As we reflect upon God’s faithfulness in the past, we are excited to see all He will do through Call of Hope in the days ahead!  Psalm 127:1 declares "Unless the LORD builds the house, the builders labor in vain." In the same way, we recognize that we cannot continue our work in the Islamic world without the faithful support of our prayer partners. 

As we embark on a new year of ministry to Muslims, would you commit to praying with us, beginning with just one week? A seven-day prayer guide with specific prayer points for each day is available by clicking the link below.


Eye doctor’s office sees the light from blind refugee

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In the Bekaa valley of Lebanon, where millions of Syrian refugees have settled in the wake of civil war, God is using an unlikely group of people to spread the Gospel message! 

In this region of Lebanon, Call of Hope operates a center for Blind and Disabled refugees. One might expect this center to be filled with sadness. After all, if anyone should have a reason to be downcast, it would be a refugee with a challenging disability. Life for these children is very difficult and they are treated as the lowest class in their society!

However, children in the call of hope center aren't sad at all. In fact, everywhere they go, they radiate the joy of Christ. As you step into the center, your ears are filled with beautiful voices singing worship songs, laughter, and testimonies of God’s faithfulness. How could blind children, many who became disabled as a result of the war, be so happy? 

If you ask them, they can’t wait to tell you. “I know one day I will be able to see Jesus face to face. He will give me new eyes and I will be able to see. My time here on the earth is only temporary compared to being with Jesus forever.” a young girl explained in her native language. 

Here in the center, both Shia and Sunni refugees are receiving treatment together and worshipping Christ together. This is astonishing when you consider the deep-rooted hatred between these two Muslim sects; as well as the difficulties they face from their Muslim families after becoming Christians.

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Blind children often visit a nearby eye doctor to receive treatment. As they sit in the waiting room, they are so happy and joyful that those around them began to take notice. Finally, after several visits, the receptionist asked a young girl named Tamar, “why are you so happy all the time?” Tamar responded by telling the woman about the hope and joy she has in knowing Jesus. Every week, Tamar and the other blind children freely talk about Jesus at the eye doctor’s office. Finally, the doctor himself began to ask our Frontline Worker in Lebanon, Brother Youssef, many questions about Christ!  

Astonishingly, after several meetings and deep conversations, this Muslim eye doctor assistant placed her faith in Jesus and became a Christian! It truly is a remarkable testimony, God can use anyone! Even refugee children who are blind and disabled can have a profound impact for the kingdom of God! Today even the eye doctor himself continues to express interest in Christ.

We hope this story inspires you! After all, each of us has a unique gifting that God can use. Our prayer is that you would allow God to use you today! 

You can reach Muslims for Christ by partnering with believers in Lebanon and other regions through your prayer and giving. Please consider a financial gift to help blind and disabled refugees today. Together we are providing the message of Christ to a Muslim world in desperate need!


In Christ,

The Call of Hope Team

Banking on a goat during tough times!

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Any financial advisor could tell you that it’s wise to have an emergency fund. When unexpected circumstances arise, you’ll know you have some money put away to cover bills, put food on the table, or handle emergencies. 

Like many children in rural Africa, Malekbi Nlessan comes from a deeply impoverished home. His family couldn’t afford to send him to school, let alone pay for supplies like a backpack and clothing. He has only ever known a life of scarcity. The idea of a “savings account” would be a far off dream for the Nlessan family. But EVERYTHING changed when Malekbi received a goat from Call of Hope.

You see, the goat has not only provided a way for Malekbi to go to school. It has acted just like an emergency account for the entire family. As the goat produces offspring, the Nlessan family can sell them at market to make ends meet. For the first time in their lives, the family has been able to afford health insurance, bountiful food, school fees and supplies, and have a backup plan for emergencies. 

When money is in short supply, the Nlessans no longer need to worry! As they gather around the dinner table, they earnestly thank God for the gift of a goat and the remarkable difference it has made for their life. After all, it’s not a savings account that we put our faith in, and its not an animal either. We know that God is our provider, and so does Malekbi.

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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