iHOPE Blogs

When Sharing Your Faith is Outside Your Comfort Zone

by Karen Bejjani Is sharing your faith outside your comfort zone? It was for me too. I didn’t think I could ever do it. Yet science tells us that purposefully putting ourselves in slightly uncomfortable new situations helps us grow. So, when you intentionally stretch ...

4 Ways to Share Jesus Across Cultures at Christmas

by Karen Bejjani Can you imagine yourself sharing Jesus across cultures during Christmas? It’s easier than most people imagine, plus it’s a lot of fun. And most importantly, your intentional, humble witness can have eternal significance. Here are four ways you can share Jesus across ...

What does it mean to declare God’s glory?

by Karen Bejjani In the Church, we often throw around the word “glory” as if everyone already knows what we’re talking about. We read Bible verses and sing all kinds of songs about glorifying God. We even say, “all glory to God” when something good ...

What is The Great Commission?

by Karen Bejjani Have you heard the term, The Great Commission? It’s a term that has been used fairly recently in Church history, and it’s often equated to missions. If you are like most U.S. churchgoers, you may not know the term or be able ...

One Reason Why I Did Not Share the Gospel

by Karen Bejjani How old were you the first time you heard someone share the gospel outside of church? I was in my 40s. It happened when I was in the backseat of a taxi in Beirut. My friend Caroline, a Syrian refugee, asked our ...

3 Things Persecuted Christians Can Teach Us

by Renod Bejjani What can persecuted Christians teach us? If you’re like most Christians I know, you’ve not had to deeply weigh a decision for Christ knowing that you might face communal pressure, shame, or death. It’s hard for us Westernized Christians to imagine what ...

How to Share the Gospel Across Cultures

Jen is an everyday Christian who used a neighborhood social media app to meet women of other faiths and share the Gospel across cultures in her neighborhood.  I pray her remarkable story will inspire and embolden you to share the gospel across cultures where you ...

4 Ways to Start Spiritual Conversations Today

If you’re a Christian, you know you should be sharing your biblical faith with people of other faiths and cultures. And yet, if you’re like most Christians you lack the courage, confidence, and know-how to start a spiritual conversation with someone of another faith. That’s ...

What a Muslim Can Teach You About God’s Love

Amie* will never forget the moment she first realized God loves her. As a young Muslim girl living in an Islamic-ruled nation, Amie grew up abused and unloved. This was normal in her country’s culture. “No one I knew expressed love or affirmation – not my parents, ...

What NOT to do as Christ’s Ambassador

Once we took our son to see the Rose Bowl Parade. Shortly before start time, an unofficial parade-before-the-parade began. A group of “Repent or go to hell” sign carriers walked the route, shouting through bullhorns...  “Confess your sins or go to hell.” A man sitting close to ...

How to Be an Authentic Christian Witness During Ramadan

Here’s one important thing to be talking about with your faith-filled friends this month: How to be an authentic Christian witness during Ramadan. Muslims all around you will be celebrating Ramadan from April 13th through May 12th.  Sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with ...

Muslims Reject Crucifixion: 3 Ways to Respond

What do you imagine Muslims believe about Easter or the Crucifixion? Years ago, I never gave this question much thought. Then I met Iman and Nader, two Muslim international students who grew up in an Islamic nation. The first Spring living in America’s heartland, they noticed ...

What is the Great Commission?

by Karen Bejjani Do you remember the very first time you learned about Jesus’ great commission to “go make disciples of all nations?” (Matthew [28:19]-20.) What were your earliest impressions about what Jesus meant? Several Believers discussed their earliest recollections about the Great Commission during ...

Why Make Disciples of all Nations

by Karen Bejjani On my first trip to the Middle East, I met a single Christian woman - we’ll call her Miriam -  who, in order to make disciples of all nations, willingly lived in a city known as a breeding ground for radical Islamic extremists ...

Beirut Explosion – God at Work

by Renod Bejjani Last week, we watched in horror, helpless as the world’s third largest explosion erupted in Lebanon. Since then, Karen and I have spoken with many friends and relatives who live in and around the area. While the Beirut explosion was evil, God ...

Jesus Brings Hope

by Renod Bejjani Isolation, fear, financial hardships, grief - any these things by themselves can radically alter the course of your life. Imagine all of them happening at once. Now imagine that happening to you without faith and trust in Jesus Christ. That’s what happened ...

Muslim Worldview 101

Have you ever thought you didn’t know enough about Islam to engage with Muslims? If so, you’re not alone. Despite being the second-largest religious group in the world, with a growing presence in the West, relatively few people in the US or Europe say they ...

Jesus is Worth it All

by Karen Bejjani I love a good story, don’t you? A few months ago, we shared Part One of Talie’s story. (Talie is a former devout Muslim from Iran.) Here’s part two of her abbreviated story: “I can still hear my cousin’s confident voice in ...

Share Hope

We've been talking about things every Christian should know and do with Muslims and other non-Believers.  In this episode, you'll learn one simple thing to do to soften your Muslim friend's heart to Jesus. Short & sweet! 

Share Hope During Covid

by Karen Bejjani Coronavirus may have locked people inside their homes, yet it’s opening Muslim hearts to God all over the world. Is God calling you to share hope during Covid? You can’t anticipate when you'll have an opportunity to be an authentic Christian witness ...