"I Felt Sad and Wanted to do Something to Help"

from Shane's Muslim Connect

Please see the special note at the bottom of this week’s email.

“I felt sad when I saw increased tension with Muslims in my town.” This is my friend Joy, commenting on her city in Ohio. “I thought, ‘I need to do something good. Some little act to make things better.’” 

Can you relate? Our hearts break, but we can’t fix Sri Lanka. There’s no perfect candidate to elect who will make everything cheery and bright. What can a normal person do?

Joy decided to design a simple, lovely card and hand them out to Muslim women. Just like that. No fanfare. No big production or class or organized group (all of which are ok!). Just one woman telling another woman, “I’m glad you’re here. If you ever want to talk, I’m here, too.” 

Joy again: “I recently gave one to the Egyptian pharmacy tech where we get medicine. When we went back for a refill a month later, she saw me. She said, ‘Wait!’ and ran to the back. Returning, she opened her wallet and showed me the card I’d given her tucked in behind the driver’s license window. She said, ‘I look at it every day and I feel loved.’” 

Two days ago, Joy gave one to a Muslim woman in a parking lot. The woman took her hands, looked into her eyes, and said, “I love you. No one looks at us the way you do.” 

Simple. Good. Doable. 

You can see the cards along with a picture of Joy and the first woman to receive one here. How cool would it be to see this idea multiplied ten thousand times over? 

Joy says, “It was awkward at first, but now even my kids will say, ‘Mom, there’s a Muslim!’”
 

Ramadan, the month of fasting, begins May 6th. You still have time to join believers all over the world in praying for Muslims as they diligently seek God. Please go here and grab a copy (or twenty) of this amazing prayer guide. I’m getting them for whoever wants them in my church.