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A Muslim’s Journey to Jesus

A Muslim’s Journey to Jesus How Christians Can Share the Gospel of Jesus with Muslims by Karen Bejjani When Talie, a devout former Iranian Muslim, shared her powerful coming-to-Jesus story with me, it strengthened my own faith. So I knew I had to share it with you. As you read her story, take note of…

Sermon series: How God Can Transform You

Special Sermon Series: A message of hope and healing.  In this podcast, iHOPE’s Founder, Renod Bejjani, shares how he came to love the very people he once hated, while serving the God he once denied. He shares the 2-step process God used to transform his life – a process that can transform your life too!  

Should you share the Bible with Muslims?

Should you share the Bible with Muslims? “One thing you should never do is give Muslims a Bible.” I was stunned as I overheard this hallway conversation at a conference.  The well-meaning Christian leader continued. “Can you believe that a Christian actually gave a Chinese Muslim International Student a Bible? How could she ever understand…

Share Jesus with Muslims at Christmastime

Share Jesus with Muslims at Christmastime by Renod Bejjani Maryam and Mohammad arrived here as International Students from Saudi Arabia in September. By Christmastime, they’d concluded that Christians around them believed in an omnipresent idol named Santa Claus, a being with endless resources to provide presents to all on Christmas Eve. They sincerely believed that…

Share Jesus with Muslims at Thanksgiving

Share Jesus with Muslims at Thanksgiving by Renod Bejjani It started out like any other Thanksgiving among family and friends – turkey, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie.  No one expected it would be any different – until our guests Saeed and Sheva excitedly started taking “selfies” with the turkey. Never before have we seen two people…

Come and See

Can anything good come from Muslims? by Karen Bejjani “Nathanael said to him, ‘Can anything good come out of Nazareth?’ Phillip said to him, ‘Come and see’.” John [1:46]   After two seconds scrolling through social media, I encounter Christians who are apathetic or fearful toward Muslims. “Can anything good come from Muslims,” they seem to say.…

Share your faith with Muslims

Are you confident? Are you as comfortable and confident at sharing your faith with unbelievers as you’d like to be? How about sharing your faith with Muslims?    If you say “Yes,” that’s wonderful!   Yet most Christians are not so confident. Very few share their faith with Muslims. And even fewer former Muslims share their newfound Christian…

How to share the gospel with Muslims

by Renod Bejjani It’s a privilege to share the gospel with Muslims. And while it can be one of the most loving, joyful things you’ll ever do, it can seem hard getting started. So let me point you in the right direction. For years, I invested time and effort to build relationships and lead Muslims…

Share Jesus with Muslims around Eid

“This Sunday my whole family is celebrating the big feast, Eid Al-Adha. Will you pray that the Lord would open their eyes to the only sacrificial Lamb who can take away their sins,” asks Nina, a former Muslim.  Muslims mark Eid and the final days of Hajj Like Nina, how can you look for opportunities to…

Islam and Christianity: What’s Different?

“I don’t understand Muslims. And since I don’t understand Muslims well, I am afraid I’ll offend them with what I say or do.” Thousands of Christians have approached me with comments just like these. Often, thoughts like these can become insurmountable obstacles to Christians, demotivating them from even approaching Muslims. Maybe you can relate. If so,…

Study the Bible with your Muslim friend

We are unlikely Bible-study partners.  Murah’s* a devout Muslim who moved to California from Sudan decades ago. And I’m a sold-out follower of Jesus, from Texas, which seems like another country when compared to California. A friend introduced us after Murah expressed interested in studying what the Bible has to say about leadership, a favorite…

Muslim international student finds Jesus

This episode features a former Muslim International student from a closed country in North Africa. While working hard to convert her Christian friends to Islam, she discovered the truth about Jesus. You’re sure to be inspired by her powerful testimony. If you’re encouraged by her story, please share with a friend. For more resources like…

A MUSLIM WHO CONVERTED TO CHRISTIANITY: MAHMOUD’S STORY

Mahmoud’s* first Ramadan in the United States was tough. While a teenager in Saudi Arabia, he had suffered from chronic, severe depression. Some said he was possessed by evil spirits.  The situation worsened when he came to the US as an international student. Lacking the support of family and friends, Mahmoud spent much time in…

ISLAM AND CHRISTIANITY: HOW PRAYER IS DIFFERENT

The first time I entered a local mosque to observe my Muslim neighbor’s prayers, I was nervous and curious. I shed my shoes, put on a headscarf and slipped into the women-only section. Several mothers greeted me warmly, while small children ran between my feet.  When the call to prayer came, the women gathered quickly,…

RAMADAN BEGINS SOON

Are you intrigued by different cultures, especially the food? Then you’ll love initiating a Gospel-centered conversation with a Muslim during the month of Ramadan. Ramadan is a time when Muslims fast during daylight hours to celebrate the month when the Quran (the Islamic holy book) was revealed to Muhammad. This year, Ramadan kicks off the…

SHARING THE BIBLE IN YOUR DAILY LIFE

By Karen Bejjani One of the myths about Muslim outreach is that it’s too complicated for the average Christian. It might sound like a big undertaking, something that requires extensive knowledge and significant time and energy. I once thought the same thing about approaching Muslims…I felt unequipped and fearful. I’d love to share the story…
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RANI NEVER HEARD THE GOOD NEWS

Rani,* a Muslim from the Sudan, immigrated here 20 years ago. Despite living in a large, metropolitan city in the US, no Christian ever befriended her or shared the Good News of Jesus Christ. Sadly, Rani’s story is common. Less than 2% of all Christians are sharing the Gospel with Muslims, while 1.43 billion Muslims…

COMMON MISPERCEPTIONS CHRISTIANS HAVE ABOUT MUSLIMS

By Karen Bejjani Recently, I grabbed a cup of coffee with a dear friend I hadn’t see in a while. As we caught up on each other’s lives, I shared more about iHOPE Ministries, the mission and this community. She was stunned to learn Islam is growing here while Christianity is declining, and that in…

5 Essentials to Know and Do

Learn "5 Biblical Essentials" every Christian should know and do with Muslims. These interlocking essentials are SIMPLE to remember, making it easier for Christians everywhere to actually DO them so that we can all AMPLIFY the Good News to Muslims all over the world.

HOW SHE SHARED THE GOOD NEWS WITH MUSLIMS

By Karen Bejjani If you had told me fifteen years ago that I would be passionately inspiring and empowering Christians to help Muslims find and follow Jesus, I would have laughed out loud!  Back then, I didn’t even knowany Muslims. Recently, through the iHOPE Community, I learned that Stephanie* had a similar experience. About six…