iHOPE Blogs

FINDING GOOD SOIL

By Renod Bejjani One of the “5 Essentials” we teach in iHOPE workshops is knowing “good soil” when you see it. No, I’m not talking about gardening. I am talking about looking for clues that you might have met a “person of peace,” someone whose heart God has been preparing to hear the Gospel. Let…

HOW TO SHARE THE GOSPEL WITH MUSLIMS

By Renod Bejjani Decades ago, I set out to get “skilled-up” to share the Gospel with Muslims—I wanted to know the most effective way to engage them. I didn’t think it’d be too hard because I’d grown up in the Middle East. I began to study the Quran and all the various “methods” for reaching…
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THREE WAYS TO LOVE MUSLIMS

By Renod Bejjani Let’s talk about love, one of five interlocking essentials every Christian should know and do: love Muslims as God loves them in thoughts, words, and actions. Love is the most powerful ingredient that makes the other four essentials effective and lasting. The Impact of Love We first met Jacob* when he attended…

AVOID THIS COMMON MISTAKE WHEN SHARING YOUR FAITH

By Renod Bejjani, Founder of iHOPE Ministries About two years ago, I met three fellow believers at an iHOPE workshop—their names were Alexa, Taylor, and John. The three of them felt God’s call to share their faith with their Muslim neighbors and took a courageous step to begin gospel-centered relationships with Muslims in their area.…

WHAT LIVING FEELS LIKE

By Karen Bejjani I recently wrote about how my apathy and fear prevented me from helping Muslims find and follow Jesus.  When I learned that sharing the Gospel with Muslims wasn’t as scary or as hard as I’d imagined, everything changed. I found that planting Gospel seeds was actually deeply fulfilling and glorifying to God.…

SMALL GESTURES, CHANGED LIVES

By Karen Bejjani Have you ever avoided a Muslim because you assumed they wouldn’t want to talk with you, or that you might say something that’s offensive? Has it ever felt like you needed a PhD in Islam before you reached out? The answer was yes for me and many Christians I knew. Then I realized…
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3 IMPORTANT STEPS THIS NEW YEAR

By Karen Bejjani I love this time of year, right after Christmas and not too far into the new year, when Renod and I do a “strategic withdrawal,” a time when we purposefully step away from daily distractions and into the practice of spiritual retreat.  Over a weekend, we’ll unplug from the world to deepen…
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YOU, CHRISTMAS AND MUSLIMS

By Karen Bejjani Several years ago, I was working in a corporate office in Dallas, Texas. One of my co-workers, a woman in her early twenties, had attended an iHOPE Ministries workshop and became inspired and empowered to intentionally share Jesus with Muslims. Christmas was approaching, and she wondered how she might share her joy…
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PRAYING WITH A MUSLIM IN THE NAME OF JESUS

By Renod Bejjani In December 2002 I was having lunch alone in a Mediterranean food restaurant in California while reading my Bible. A man approached me and politely said: “Hi. My name is Ali. I’m a Muslim from Syria. It appears that you’re reading a Bible, which leads me to think you’re a Christian. I…
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5 ESSENTIALS EVERY CHRISTIAN MUST KNOW AND DO WITH MUSLIMS

By Renod Bejjani My story begins in a unique place at a unique time in history—I was born in Baghdad, Iraq in 1963. My parents were Lebanese and Christian, and throughout my childhood, we lived in several Middle Eastern and North Africa nations (like Libya) where 99% of the population was Muslim. I was horribly persecuted…
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WHERE DO YOU FIT IN? YOUR ROLE IN A GLOBAL PROBLEM

By Renod Bejjani Think about your own story Imagine for a moment you’d never heard about Jesus or the story of God’s redemptive love for humanity. Imagine no one shared their Christian faith with you—how would your life look different? Although I was raised as a Christian, when I was eighteen, I was angry, and…

THE ONE-SENTENCE GOSPEL PRESENTATION

By Renod Bejjani Have you ever thought about what it would be like to be a Christian during the lifetime of Jesus or shortly after he died? We know two things about what it was like to be a Christian during the first 600 years after Jesus was resurrected: Christians were living out God’s command…
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AVOID THIS COMMON MISTAKE WITH MUSLIMS

By Renod Bejjani About two years ago, I met three fellow believers at an iHOPE workshop—their names were Alexa, Taylor, and John. The three of them felt God’s call to share their faith with their Muslim neighbors and took a courageous step to begin gospel-centered relationships with Muslims in their area. They shared this story…

WHEN AND HOW TO SHARE THE BIBLE WITH A MUSLIM

By Renod Bejjani We’ve reached the third essential in our 5-part formula for effectively sharing your faith with a Muslim neighbor: offering a bible. This is one of the simplest ways to engage a Muslim that every Christian can do, but it can be hard to know when and where to start. My years of…