My heart has been burdened for Muslim women for many years. They live oppressed in Islamic-governed countries, and the burqa they’re forced to wear is merely a symbol of the oppression. The lack of hope in their souls is distressing, yet it’s also an opportunity.
Why an opportunity?
Last week, I participated in the Global Missions Conference hosted by my church. It was interesting to listen to missionaries who work in Islamic countries and see firsthand the evil of that religion—so many lost souls who die with no hope of eternal security.
Opportunity exists for folks to participate in global missions, both as missionaries and as supporters. As such, we can help those in the field share the hope and love of Jesus with Muslims. Of the ninety-nine Islamic names for Allah, among them Judge and The Hidden One, none are love. I don’t know about you, but I find that very sad.
|Aisha punished for |
leaving abusive marriage
Isn’t it sad that Muslim women are taught they can only get to heaven through their husband? Doubly sad because, just as Christian women pray and model Christianity for unsaved husbands, Muslim women strive to keep their husbands tuned in to Islam.
Muslim women live under the control of male relatives where everything is chosen for them, even their mates. Sharia law, which governs most Islamic countries, further highlights the oppression. According to the law, women are valued as half a man. It takes half as many witnesses to convict her of a crime and twice as many to declare her innocent.
shot by Taliban for promoting
girls' education rights
Many of you might be looking to click to the next blog at this point because, in all honesty, you’re wondering, “What’s the purpose of reading about this when I can’t stop it?”
My answer is—you can do plenty to help. First and foremost—pray for the oppressed and persecuted.
When asked what their greatest need is, missionaries say, “Prayer.” The conditions they live under, spiritually, physically, and emotionally, can often be fatiguing, discouraging, and lonely. Even if you can’t help financially, you can cover them in prayer. Ask the Lord to continue to send missionaries to Muslim nations and pray for their protection.
Prayer suggestions from the International Mission Board:
· Pray for Bibles to be made available to Muslims.
· Ask the Holy Spirit to remove the veil of unbelief from the hearts of Muslim women.
· Pray for Muslim women who confess Jesus as Lord to find comfort, strength, and grace during persecution.
· Pray for Muslim women who’ve been saved to have a true Godly influence on their husbands and teach God’s Word to their children and grandchildren.
· Pray for the government leaders and future government leaders of Islamic nations to encounter the One True God. Many of these leaders are educated in the U.S. This is the best opportunity for them to encounter the Christian witness freely.
Participate in social media activism. Iranian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani was freed from an Iranian prison last year after being under a death sentence for sharing Christianity. Worldwide activism, much from social media, put intense pressure on Iran’s government to release him. Never before have we had such an opportunity to combine our voices to rescue the persecuted. Iranian-American Pastor Saeed is also imprisoned in Iran. Christians worldwide are raising their voices to free hiim. Information on those persecuted worldwide is available on Voice of the Martyrs website, along with suggestions on how to help.
When a reporter asked Iranian President Ahmadinejad about Sakineh at the time, he wondered aloud why people concerned themselves about a lowly peasant woman in another country.
Christians must be concerned about oppressed Muslim women and the missionaries who try to reach them, sometimes suffering persecution themselves. We can’t ever be diverted from the reason—because lost souls trump everything else.
In your own life, do you regularly cross paths with Muslims, whether in the work place, college setting, the grocery store, or your children’s school? Seize the opportunity to share Christ through example. For any unbeliever to thirst for the living water that only comes through salvation in Christ, they first have to see it in believers. You will not convert, nor will you replace despair with hope, by preaching. It starts with simple compassion and grows through relationship. I challenge you to ask God to use your own testimony, love, and compassion for your Muslim neighbors to bring them eternal salvation.
Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26
If you have a prayer need, please leave a comment or e-mail me confidential requests. Would you take a moment to pray for those who leave comments and those on the prayer list at the top of the blog? Emily, a teenager with osteosarcoma, is going for her quarterly scans tomorrow. Her family asks for prayer as these follow-up visits are stressful. Please pray for her to continue to be cancer free and side effect free from her treatment, as well. Thanks! J
©Laura Hodges Poole
“Finding True Freedom: From the White House to the World” book written by Ginny Dent Brant which details her mission work into Yemen.