In the past few decades, over 26 million people have immigrated to Europe. Belgium has seen the Muslim population grow to about 630,000 — in Brussels alone, Muslims account for 26 percent of the population. The Algerian, Arabic-speaking in Belgium number 11,000. They are a Berber people group who were “Arabized” when the Arabs entered North Africa in the seventh century. Though they are Muslim, the Berber lifestyle is looked down upon and leads many to immigrate to European countries such as Belgium.
Engagement // What’s Happening Now
Mehdi had just experienced a dream. “A man is coming from another country,” the person in the dream told him. “If you listen to his message, you will find the purpose for your life.” Mehdi was troubled by this dream and pondered who this man could be. Medhi’s wife suggested, “Perhaps it is the man whose face is on the sign by the highway.” Medhi decided to visit the local church that was advertised on the local billboard with the man’s face. Medhi sat through the service and felt something stirring in his heart. After much debate within himself, Medhi decided to come forward and accept Jesus. A year after receiving Christ, Medhi returned to his home country where public declaration of the gospel is not allowed. Even though it is illegal to publicly declare the gospel Medhi shares the message of salvation with whomever he can.
Sustainability // The Bigger Story
Patrick Johnstone, the founder of Operation World, explains, “The opening of the Muslim world for the gospel cannot be organized by human effort or stratagems but only by prayer…”
He contends that the problem facing Christian missions to Islamic people is spiritual and its solution is spiritual. The problem is “some billion people of the world are trusting a false absolute for their eternal salvation.” Through fervent prayer, it is assured that God will soften their hearts and make the truth known to them.
See “Undergirding the Effort with Prayer” posted by Global Initiative for more information.
To get involved with reaching Muslims through prayer, see Jumaa Prayer Fellowship.
Partnership // Move Beyond
“Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete” (John 16:24, NIV).
- Pray Arabic-speaking Algerians will come to know the truth of Jesus, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6, NIV).
- Pray for the adherents of local national churches to be burdened to reach out to Muslims within their communities.
- Pray for more laborers to be sent to European countries such as Belgium to share the gospel with the many Muslims who have migrated.
Interested in more opportunities? See the Wide Open Missions website.