"I took EWI because I didn't like Muslims. By the end of the class, God had given me such a huge love for them, that I can't imagine doing anything other than working with Muslims." -Spring 2016 Student
Islam is considered by some to be the greatest challenge for Christians today. Sadly, Christians rarely reach out to Muslims. Some feel Muslims are difficult to reach with the gospel. Others simply don't know how to share with their Muslim neighbors. Encountering the World of Islam can help break down these barriers.
Friendships with Muslims are key to Muslims' understanding of the gospel and to our understanding of the world today. Muslims are hospitable and have a rich, diverse culture and history. In addition, Muslims have many needs which should compel us as Christians to respond with compassion. Respectfully expressing our faith in Jesus Christ can be a natural part of our friendships with Muslims. Muslims revere Jesus, and more Muslims have become his followers in the last 30 years than in the previous 1250 years.
But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give a reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect. (1 Peter 3:15)
The message of this course is hopeful and gentle because of our belief in Jesus Christ and his model of ministry toward others.