There are over 3,000 churches in Houston, Texas alone, and an estimated 80,000 Muslims reside in that city. God has answered the prayers of the Church for Muslim people groups to gain access to the gospel. Muslims from around the world now live down the street from many American Christians!
A few Christians in Houston understand this incredible opportunity and are befriending Muslims in their communities. A piano teacher welcomes Muslims into his class with the hope of sharing his faith with his students and their parents. Young adults move into apartment buildings that are predominantly Muslim occupied to have more opportunities to get to know their Muslim neighbors. Two Christian women involved in their church’s English language program made themselves available for Muslim English students to study the Bible outside of class. One organisation has arranged for six Christians and six Muslims to study parallel stories from the Bible and the Qur’an together for six weeks.
The church in Houston is being creative and determined about reaching local Muslims. One mission group delivered 2,671 contextualized Gospels of Luke to Pakistani Muslims. This led to 14 Muslims choosing to follow Jesus. A distinguished Muslim scholar walked into a Houston church to learn English. A church member befriended him, and they began to meet weekly. Today, that Muslim scholar is a seminary student. A young Pakistani man encountered Jesus in his dreams. Then hee walked into a Houston church requesting baptism. As Jesus said, “The harvest is plentiful…!” (Matthew 9:37) and in Houston, it is indeed ripe.
How to Pray
- Pray for Muslims in Houston, to be blessed and encouraged in friendship with Christians. (Luke 10:25-37)
- Pray for Christian groups living and working in Houston to pursue authentic relationships with their Muslim neighbours and find ways to bless them. (Proverbs 11:11)
- Pray for many Muslims in Houston to experience the love of Christ through His followers and come to faith in Him. (1 Timothy 2:1-6)
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