A few weeks ago, a Muslim woman who has been attending family night for a while invited several other Muslim women she knows. As a result of her invitation and others’ invitations, we have had a total of seven Muslim women and their children attend family night, fully partaking in all the activities and loving every moment of it. It is often assumed that all Muslims hate Christianity, do not want to befriend Christians, and would never walk into a church. While the media shows the reality of how some Muslims act towards Christians, it is important to remember that not all Muslims carry such hatred and animosity. What we have discovered is that many are curious about Christianity and want to interact with Christians. Our small church in Dearborn has become a sanctuary for Muslim refugees in the community, who come to satisfy their curiosity and search for something more.
The Muslim women who have been attending family night are being touched by the Holy Spirit through the songs we sing, the prayers we say, and, most importantly, through the personal love and friendship we offer them each week. As refugees, they are hurting and have many needs. We are helping to meet those needs by listening to the cries of their hearts and helping to carry their burdens. We comfort them and give them hope. We also serve in practical ways by helping with furniture, job searches, and other needs. Through the warmth and hospitality offered, they are experiencing something they’ve never experienced before: the love of Jesus. Referring to the help, kindness, and love we provide, one Muslim woman expressed to me more than once: “They don’t do these things for us in our religion [Islam].”
We are very grateful for the new flock under our care and are excited to see how God is working in their lives. They seem to be open minded about Christianity, and one woman has received a Bible. Another said about her own interest in being at the church, “After what I have experienced with Islam in Iraq, I’m ready for something new.” Please pray that the breath of fresh air, which is God’s love, blows new life into these dear ladies.
-Rev. Dr. Gary Rohwer, Director of Missions and Education