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Muslim women make up 10 percent of the world’s population — standing should-to-shoulder, they would wrap around the world at least 11 times — and nearly all of them have never heard a clear presentation of the gospel.
Lynda Hausfeld, the founder and director of Say Hello: Serving Muslim Women, says the solution to reaching all these Muslim women with the gospel cannot be relegated to only missionaries and ministries.
Instead, Hausfeld believes that the key to reaching Muslim women worldwide for Christ isn’t just the leaders in the pulpits, but includes the women sitting in the pews. Relationship is what it takes to be able to speak into a Muslim woman’s life and it all starts with a simple “hello.”
The ministry “Say Hello,” which is the women’s component of the Assemblies of God World Missions Global Initiative, Reaching Muslim Peoples, invites Christian women into the joy of Christ-like friendships with Muslim women, who are “more like us than we think.”
“As Christian women, we are citizens of the kingdom of God, and not of any particular country, first and foremost,” Hausfeld states. “As citizens of the kingdom of God, we get to love our neighbors like Jesus loves us. We can be grateful that so many of our new neighbors are Muslim women, no matter where we live!”
Light for the Lost (LFTL) helps women prepare for developing those friendships by printing Say Hello, a booklet created by the Say Hello ministry, that has opened many doors for significant witness among Muslims in many nations where Muslims and Christians are neighbors.
“This is a fantastic booklet that we’re excited to help provide in both English and Spanish,” says Rick Allen, national Light for the Lost director. “Each one of us must come to realize that as Christians, we have been given a gift to share; not to horde. That’s why Light for the Lost is so supportive of Say Hello — it allows women to confidently say ‘hello’ and opens the door to building a relationship and sharing Christ, one small step at a time.”
“The key,” Hausfeld emphasizes, “is to love our Muslim neighbors like Jesus loves us.”