One of the most common criticisms against missionaries is that they worsen the problem of Muslim hostility towards the West. Here is a story that challenges that notion.
ARABIAN PENINSULA – AMAZING OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE
from: PTAP (http://www.pray-ap.info) (Praying Through the Arabian
Peninsula) – Weekly Update – December 2006
A couple of [months] ago I went to what I can only describe as
a Muslim home group. The leader then introduced the guest sheikh
and the topic for the evening: How can we find unity again after
the recent political event in our country? The religious sheikh
spoke for about 20 minutes about four paths to unity: a pure
heart, drawing near to God, forgiving others, and spending time
with each other. I was astonished!
The home group leader ended by thanking the host and thanking
everyone for coming. Then he introduced me! “We’re especially
glad that ‘Brendan’ could be here tonight. Of course, he’s not
a Muslim. But he follows Jesus, and his Arabic is very good.
Brendan, is there anything you’d like to say to us?”
I couldn’t believe it. I said, “…For me, what gives me the
power to forgive others is when I remember that God has forgiven
me. When I consider how much God has forgiven me, it’s usually
easier for me to forgive others…” But just about everyone came
up to me afterwards and thanked me for being there and for what
I “spoke from my heart.” Pray for this group of men, please,
as I spend Sunday nights with them.