The old adage, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again” applies to Global Gates missionaries as well.
Our Global Gates team in Houston is adopting apartment complexes filled with South Asian Muslims. In one apartment complex, a Global Gates missionary attempted to share the gospel, hoping to start seeker Bible studies. Over a period of five months, he shared the Gospel with 90 percent of the Muslim residents with very little positive results. An often-heard complaint from the Muslims was, “We know that the New Testament has been corrupted!”
Depressing, yes, but not the end of the story. Rather than shaking the dust from his feet, this Global Gates missionary prayed for new insights and set out again.
With fellow team members, they returned to the same apartment complex and knocked on 60 doors in one evening, but this time with a different appeal. Rather than dispute or argue the Muslims’ perception of the New Testament, the missionaries said, “We want all Muslims to know an uncorrupted New Testament is available.”
The results were amazing. Four Muslim families agreed to host a weekly Bible study in their homes. Adjusting the appeal yet again, “How can we pray for you and your family?” The apartment complex now has 15 Muslims professing Jesus as Lord and Savior!
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again!
Dr. David Garrison
Director, Global Gates