April 13, 2021
After years of hearing rumors of thousands of Muslims coming to faith in Christ, David Garrison began a global survey of this phenomenon in 2011.
His investigation focused on “movements” of at least 1,000 believers from Muslim backgrounds who followed Jesus Christ in baptism.
The research lasted for three years and took Garrison a quarter of a million miles through 44 Islamic countries. More than 1,000 interviews later, he came to this conclusion:
We are witnessing the greatest turning of Muslims to Christ in history.
“Though the Muslim world is quite diverse and can be clustered into nine-distinctive cultural regions, or ‘rooms in the House of Islam,’ I was intrigued to find movements of Muslims to Christ in every room in the House of Islam.
“It was as if an invisible mind and hand were orchestrating these unprecedented movements. I immediately recalled John 3:8.”
“The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”
Garrison then expanded his research further.
“I later did a historical review of nearly 14 centuries of Muslim-Christian interaction so I could see if there had been other movements of at least 1,000 Muslims who had come to faith and baptism. To my surprise, I discovered that more than 85 percent of all Muslim movements to Christ in history began just 30 years ago.
“I don’t think it’s coincidental that thirty years ago is when the 30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World prayer movement began.”
Prayer is powerful. Here are three ways you can participate in history’s greatest movement of Muslims to Christ:
- Pray for the new Muslim-background believers who face persecution and even death for their faith in Christ.
- Pray for the unengaged Muslim people groups who have yet to hear the good news (John 3:16).
- Pray for the emergence of “persons of peace,” i.e. Muslims whose restless hearts prompt them to follow the Holy Spirit’s conviction of their need for salvation (John 16:8).
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