Daily Topic for December 02, 2009
Though the Saudis are hostile towards the modern political state of Israel, they regard themselves as “children of Abraham.” To them, Abraham is the father of Ishmael, of whom they regard as their direct ancestor, but he is also an excellent example of a man of faith. Those who wish to share Christ with the Arabs would do well to begin with things on which we agree. Honoring Abraham is one such thing.
Pray that cross cultural workers in the Arabian Peninsula will be good ambassadors of Christ by starting with areas of agreement when discussing spiritual matters with devout Muslims.
Zwemer and Cantine began to get lonely; the Anglican missionaries they initially worked with were relocated, and the Syrian believer who worked with them died six months later. Five years later, in 1895, Zwemer married a British missionary nurse, so he finally had a helpmate. After two more years of ministry, the couple went on furlough in the U.S., and then returned to the Persian Gulf to work with Muslims in Bahrain. Their traditional evangelistic methods of tract distribution and preaching in private homes did not receive a positive response. The Zwemers faced personal tragedy as well. In 1904, they saw two of their children die within eight days of one another. Despite the pain, Zwemer was happy in his ministry. Some 50 years later he commented about that time, “The sheer joy of it all comes back. Gladly would I do it again.”
1905 was a key year for the Zwemers. By that time they had established four mission stations in the Arab world, and there were courageous Arab believers. That was the same year they returned to the U.S. on furlough, where Samuel’s speaking was now met with enthusiastic crowds. Working with the Student Volunteer Movement, Zwemer stirred students, not only in the U.S., but also in the Edinburgh Missionary Conference in Scotland.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for a brand new work among students that will lead hundreds of them to make long term commitments in the Muslim world.-KC