However, ever since this course, I was diligent to daily pray for the Lord to provide opportunities to love and minister to Muslims right here in the Midlands. In addition, I would pray for the courage to approach them and for Him to provide the wisdom to know what to say. Well, as we know, God is faithful and does provide such opportunities to share His love with those around us.
One day last week, I had an assignment to interact with major themes from the Qur'an for my Introduction to Islam course and decided to camp out at a Panera Bread to begin the paper. When I sat down, I noticed there was a Muslim woman sitting nearby due to the traditional hijab (head-covering) she was wearing. In that moment, I realized this was the same woman I failed to approach months prior, and how God divinely appointed for me to have another opportunity to minister to her on this day when I had the Qur’an with me. Well, needless to say, a conversation quickly arose where I shared about my relationship with Jesus and where I feel the Lord leading with future plans in serving Him. She was quite vulnerable in return and went on to thank me for the respect and compassion I showed her this day despite our faith-based differences. She shared parts of her story to include her conversion to Islam from Christianity and the persecution she has faced. That morning, I was vulnerable with her, laughed with her and pray that ultimately showed her the heart of Christ.
So, next time you are in a Panera, be available and willing for God to provide you with divine appointments.
Posted by current CIU student in the MA Intercultural Studies program