This is a ministry started in 2006 by Pastor Mark and his wife Mary Jane after they heard and responded to God’s call for them to work in full-time Muslim evangelism. Their first focus area is on evangelizing – reaching out to Muslims for the sake of Jesus. They go where Muslims are in the area – university campuses, restaurants, gas stations, fruit and vegetable markets, homes, barber shops, and mosques – along with numerous trips to the Middle East.
The second focus area is equipping – reaching out to Christians/churches for the sake of Muslims. They have designed a weekend seminar that they take to churches, “Bridging the Gap” Muslim outreach seminar. The seminar is specifically designed to help churches learn about Islam and how to reach out to Muslims in their communities. Too many Christians are either angry or afraid of Muslims. They want to change that. They want to help church’s gain God’s heart for Muslims and learn how to build relationships with them and share the Good News with them.
Why Dexter UMC Supports I Love Muslims
Muslims are coming to America. They come as immigrants to find a better life. They come as international students to our college campuses for a better education. And they come as refugees attempting to escape life threatening danger from extremists. The question is, how are we going to respond to this great influx of Muslims into America? Will we be like Jonah? Will we run. . .hide. . .and hate. . .as he did. Or will we be like Jesus? Will we be like the One who came to seek and to save that which is lost?
They believe we have to be ready for the multitudes of Muslims who are coming to our homeland. We need to be informed. The “Bridging the Gap” seminar helps with that. I Love Muslims also provides a list of helpful, practical resources regarding outreach to Muslims: books, websites, articles, and contacts with other U.S. Muslim ministries. The organization also coaches and mentors Christians in U.S. Muslim outreach right. Dexter UMC supports this organization financially.
What You Need to Know
For more information, to access educational resources and a blog, visit I Love Muslims.