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“I prayed to meet a Muslim woman.”

07.17.19
in Blog, Canada, Immigrant and Refugee Ministry
Thoughts from a mission worker in Canada.

We had just finished eating our weekly dinner together and moved to the living room to start our discussion about last week’s assignment. For each of the 12 weeks our church group is meeting together, they have an assignment. Last week’s was this: Meet a new Muslim friend, and learn his or her name and home country.

Before I could pose the question to the group, Sally spoke up.

“I was a bit nervous when I left our group last week,” Sally said. “I went to a Mediterranean restaurant, but it was difficult to connect with people and I left discouraged. I started to wonder how I was going to do this.”

Sally explained that a few days later, she couldn’t get the assignment off her mind. She began to pray as she prepared her classroom for the day ahead. I really want to do this, but I need help! she told God.

“That same morning, my supply teacher called in sick, and guess what,” Sally said. “Her substitute walked in wearing a headscarf! We had a long conversation and she allowed me to ask questions about her life. I didn’t get any planning done before my students arrived, but God blessed me with a new Muslim friend. I can’t wait to see how this friendship goes.”

Sally isn’t an expert in cross-cultural ministry. She doesn’t have a missions degree or missionary experience. But she stepped out in faith and trusted God to guide her to someone who needs Him.

You can do that too! Who has God put in your everyday path?

Need ideas on how to meet, build relationships, and share the good news in culturally appropriate ways? I’d love to help you. Talk to me.


Charlie and his family build relationships and make disciples among internationals in Canada.

The people in this story are real, but their names have been changed to protect their privacy.

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