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#27. So You Want to Start a Ministry to Muslims?
Episode 2717th May 2022 • Our Urban Voices • Dr. Alfonse Javed
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Dr. Fadia Farag unearths some of the reasons Christians are hesitant to reach out to Muslims and Muslims are hesitant to follow Christ.

Reflecting on more than ten years of experience with the Brooklyn Arab-American Friendship Center in NYC, she considers why it’s important for the church not to ignore Muslims in our communities or to be fearful of ministering to them.

Dr. Fadia looks at some of the practicalities of ministry and provides tips on how to start an outreach where you are.

What You’ll Learn :

  • About overcoming obstacles that Christians have to engage Muslims
  • Some of the obstacles for Muslims to follow Christ
  • 7 Tips on how to start a teaching ministry to Muslims

About the Guest: 

Dr. Fadia Farag presently serves as the Chairman of the Board of the Brooklyn Arab-American Friendship Center (BAAFC), an outreach ministry to Muslims in New York City. She is also a co-founder of the ministry. Prior to this role, she served as the organization’s executive director for more than a decade.

Raised in a Coptic family in Egypt, she became a medical doctor before migrating to the United States. She worked successfully as a pediatrician, got married and had two children. In 1990, she moved to the United States.

In 2003, Dr. Fadia was led to co-found a teaching center for Muslim immigrants. The BAAFC opened a year later in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. Free ESL, citizenship and computer classes are offered at the center. It is also a source of physical, emotional and spiritual support for the Muslim community--especially Muslim women.

During her tenure as executive director at BAAFC, Dr. Fadia has witnessed the power of prayer, healings, revelations and lives redeemed. Her theme is “love never fails” (1 Cor. 13:8).

Dr. Fadia is a sought after speaker. She primarily focuses on teaching Christians how to reach out to Muslims. Dr. Fadia has spoken at area churches and many times at the annual Heart for Muslims Conference.

Scripture Related to Episode:

1 Corinthians 13: 8; Love Never Fails

John 3: 16; Christ’s Love for the World

1 Corinthians 3: 5-7; Only God Converts People

The Book of Jonah; Not to Be Like Jonah

1 John 4: 15-19; Perfect Love Casts Out Fear

John 15: 12-17; Jesus Chooses

Jeremiah 1: 17; Faithfulness Despite Fear

Exodus 17: 11-13; Aaron and Hur Hold up Moses’ Arms

Links Related to Episode:

Brooklyn Arab-American Friendship Center

Send a Message to Dr. Fadia

Show Notes:

01:03 - The Importance of Friendship in Sharing Christ with Muslims

02:04 - Welcoming Muslim Immigrants after September 11, 2001

02:40 - What about Street Evangelism?

04:06 - Where Is the Need?

06:29 - Why Should Christians Care?

07:53 - Community Impact after September 11, 2001 in NYC

08:34 - The Importance of Patience in Witnessing to Muslims

10:44 - 4 Major Obstacles for Muslims as they Learn about Jesus

13:14 - Combating a Worldview about Conversions

14:18 - Common Fears of American Christians

15:56 - Fear and Absence of Love

18:00 - 7 Keys to Consider When You Start a Teaching Center in Your Area

20:25 - Pray, Pray, Pray!

21:40 - Loving Jesus through the Generations

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