Christians across North America and the globe are invited to learn to love Muslims over the next 30 days as the Islamic world observes the annual Ramadan fast. Every day up until May 12, 30 Days of Prayer will post a daily prayer theme, helping Christians to love Muslims in their community, across the nation and throughout the Islamic World.
The USA alone has some 4.5 million Muslims and Christians are urged to shun “suspicion and fear” of Muslims and learn to love their Muslim neighbors, especially during the current Islamic religious festival.
The prayer initiative has been spearheaded by Paul and Mary Filidis, of WorldChristian.com a ministry founded in Amsterdam, Holland in 1986 by the form long-term missionaries with Youth With A Mission (YWAM). Their primary focus is to “promote understanding of our world, so as to become better at being in the world(without being conformed to it).”
Each year during Ramadan — a time of prayer and fasting for Muslims — hundreds of thousands of Christians in churches around the world join the 30 Days prayer movement, using an illustrated Muslim World Prayer Guide to learn about and pray for specific Muslim populations.
This year’s prayer guide content — provided by pioneer missionaries David Garrison and Don McCurry — focuses on Muslim refugee and immigrant communities in North America. It spotlights a different North American city each day, including:
- Muslim immigrants living in Houston, Texas, who served as translators for the U.S. military in Afghanistan
- Iranian Muslims living in Toronto, Canada, who listen to Christian broadcasts in their native Farsi language
- Job-seeking Muslim families who’ve flocked to North Carolina’s Triangle region, where hundreds of Christians at 45 local churches pray for them
- The fast-growing Bangladeshi Muslim community in New York’s Jackson Heights area — previously a haven for Irish immigrants
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“While some people demonize Muslims in the name of Christ, 30 Days of Prayer is designed to help Christians understand and love Muslims, and dispel suspicion, fear and hatred that’s rife in America today,” said Paul.
“In the USA, many Muslims are as American as apple pie, they serve in the American forces, provide vital services and also pursue the American dream,” he continued.
“The 30 Days event also includes a children’s version of the prayer guide. “Used together, the adult and Just for Kids versions can help make prayer time a family time.
“With such divisiveness in our world right now, Christians have an opportunity to reject hatred, pray with compassion, and show Muslims that Jesus loves them.”
30DaysPrayer.com is an international movement that begun in 1993 that calls followers of Christ to make intentional and respectful efforts to learn about, pray for, and reach out to their Muslim neighbors.