OM worker, Sharon, has worked full time in London for over two years. Below she shares three main ways so far in which she and her husband have sought to be faithful where God has placed them, in sharing God's love with Sunni Arab (and sometimes Shia) Muslims. 

Sharing the gospel on the streets

As part of a team from our church, my husband and I travel to tube stations once a week, following a rail line at a time, seeking opportunities to share the gospel. One of us shares the message, while the rest of us distribute gospel booklets and engage in conversations with passers-by.

Similarly, I go out during the week, partnering with a friend, who also happens to be a believer from a Muslim background. We distribute booklets and chat with the many Muslims who are willing to engage in gospel conversations. Occasionally (and surprisingly) this has led to friendships being formed and invitations into Muslim homes. From here, there are often opportunities to meet the family circle, as well as their friends and neighbours and to share more about what we believe. 

Meeting our Neighbours 

God graciously opened the doors near our home, in order for us to get to know our Muslim neighbours. This has enabled us to share the gospel, as well as bringing opportunities to give of our time on a regular basis. In this way we are often introduced to new families. We join them regularly for meals and reciprocate that by having them over to our home to gather around the kitchen table for food and conversation.  

Teaching Englishusing mainly the Bible 

Weekly lessons began during my first year serving with OM, following a visit to a local Islamic, ‘ladies only’ high street business. A staff member and two of the clients accepted the offer of English classes. With the exception of a few months during the first lockdown of 2020, the classes have continued. Sometimes a lady will come, but leave quickly when she hears the gospel. Many others keep coming back each week. Often they bring their children. As well as first and foremost sharing the gospel, the classes have enabled me to engage regularly in hospitality with the women, meet entire families, and provide biblical counselling.

As I reflect on my experience so far, here are six ideas I’d love to share with you, as you too consider how to reach out to your Muslim neighbours.

1. Share the Gospel at the first opportunity

There is no guarantee of second chances! “I tell you, now is the time for God’s favour, now is the day of salvation.” 2 Corinthians 6:2b.  Share with gentleness, yet urgency. This could be your one opportunity to share the wonderful news of Jesus with this individual!  

2. Be vulnerable

Share personal struggles and open up about the problem of sin and suffering in the life of the believer. 

3. Bring the Bible to bear on every situation

God’s Word is sufficient!  Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.” (Romans 10:17). 

4. Excel in hospitality

Hospitality works both ways; open up your home and give of your time to the women and their families. Always provide far more food than needed! The British way is to take a head count and provide just enough. The Middle Eastern way is to supply an excess of food, with the attitude that leftovers keep (Bake delicious bread and perfect your coffee and chai-making skills!). 

5. Have courage in sharing your faith

Your Muslim friend may not agree with you, but they will respect your enthusiasm and confident faith (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). 

6. Pray often

Pray for yourself - for boldness and faithfulness to the gospel of our Lord and Saviour (2 Timothy 4:2-5).  Pray continually for your Muslim friends and acquaintances, that they would come to know Jesus as their Saviour.

Be courageous and remain faithful in sharing, knowing that some will mock, others will hear more (through hospitality and friendship), while others will believe!

“Now when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked.  But others said, "We will hear you again about this."  So, Paul went out from their midst.  But some men joined him and believed... ” (Acts 17:32-34)

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