Bible Storying for Muslim audiences
This story, I would probably use among believers. However, it might be good to show to Muslims to express to them the difference between Christianity and Islam namely that we are commanded to love our enemies, or that God is stronger than our two hands. Prayer is a foreign thought to many Muslims, this story also illustrates that quite clearly. This story is taken from 2 Kings 6
|An Enemy nation came and set siege around the city to kill Elisha.
When the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, a host with horses and chariots was round about the city. His servant said to him, Alas, my master! how shall we do? 16 He answered, Don’t be afraid; for those who are with us are more than those who are with them. 17 Elisha prayed, and said, Yahweh, Please open his eyes, that he may see.
|Yahweh opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha. 18 When they came down to him, Elisha prayed to Yahweh, and said, Please smite this people with blindness|
|He struck them with blindness according to the word of Elisha.|
|19 Elisha said to them, This is not the way, neither is this the city: follow me, and I will bring you to the man whom you seek. He led them to Samaria.|
|Yahweh opened their eyes, and they saw; and, behold, they were in the midst of Samaria. 21 The king of Israel said to Elisha, when he saw them, My father, shall I strike them? shall I strike them? 22 He answered, You shall not strike them: would you strike those whom you have taken captive with your sword and with your bow? set bread and water before them, that they may eat and drink, and go to their master.|
|23 He prepared great provision for them; and when they had eaten and drunk, he sent them away, and they went to their master. The bands of Syria came no more into the land of Israel|
I have just completed work on this book that details how I began to work among the Turkmen.
The Turkmen are a minority group that are found throughout the Middle East. This book combines both instruction and also personal stories of my time with them.
Although, you might not be dealing with the Turkmen, the lessons in this book can help you wherever you find yourself serving.
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