Sharing the Gospel with Muslims = Kingdom Growth, by Katey Hearth, Mission Network News
"Is sharing the Gospel with Muslims a lost cause? Julyan Lidstone with Operation Mobilization admits there are many challenges. But in the Middle East, God’s Kingdom is growing because Muslims are hearing the Gospel.
“'Muslim fundamentalism has been on the rise for the last 30, 40 years,” says Lidstone. “That means there is a rise in persecution. And in some areas, there’s a rise in martyrdom and a lot of difficulty.”
"Islam is the primary religion in 35 of the 50 countries on the Open Doors World Watch List, a compilation of the world’s worst persecutors of Christians. The Middle East holds 7 of the top 10 countries.
“'In that area, which of course is suffering a lot because of the civil war in Syria,..the Lord is using that to open hearts and turn people toward Himself,” Lidstone shares. “More is happening inside of Syria than we’ve ever seen before.”
"There are reports of new house churches in northern Syria, Lidstone adds, and churches in Lebanon and Jordan are reaching out to Muslim refugees as never before.
“'God is working in an unprecedented way, so we are hopeful that we are going to see the kind of breakthroughs that we have never seen before,” the OM missionary says."