Date: October 25, 2013
USA (MNN) ― Islam's influence in the United States is growing. According to U.S. census numbers, today there are more Muslims, more mosques, and according to one expert, more tolerance.
Why is Islam growing in the U.S.? According to the Pew Research Center, 39% of all adult Muslims living in America are immigrants, having arrived in the United States since 1990. That growth is changing the face of the U.S.
According to a New York School District, Muslim students now account for about 10% of the total number of students there. Some school districts are even changing their calendars to observe Muslim holidays. Dearborn, Michigan schools actually reschedule athletic events around Ramadan, when it falls during the school year.
President and founder of the Crescent Project Fouad Masri says this should be a wake-up call for Christians. That's why the Crescent Project is offering the Oasis Conference beginning Thursday, October 31 in the Dallas, Texas area.
However, knowing that not everyone can go to the conference to learn how to reach out to Muslims, Masri has written a book to help you. "The book Ambassadors to Muslims is designed to help Christians build bridges with the Muslim friends, contacts, and acquaintances. It explains the situation in the Muslim world."
Masri says, "The first five chapters are specifically about Islam and Muslims. I think it would be great for Christians to read this so they understand where Muslims are coming from. The other part of the book is to help you take the initiative and share the Gospel."
Ambassadors to Muslims is basically a "how to" book. Masri says, "It has something called Bridges 101. Basically, it tells you how to begin a conversation, how to end it, and what to focus on. And, it includes key tools on how to use the Word of God in a way to explain the Gospel."
If you can attend the conference, click here to find out more about the conference and how you can register.
If you can't attend and would like to get a copy of Masri's book,Ambassadors To Muslims, click here.
Who would benefit from the book and the conference? Masri says, "People who are in the medical profession, or computers, or sales and marketing, or in the business arena because they may be rubbing shoulders with Muslim engineers, Muslim doctors, Muslim nurses, and Muslim co-workers, also people who are in Christian work."
Pray that God will provide you with opportunities to tell Muslims about Jesus the Savior of the world.