by H.M., FM Pastor in Amman, Jordan
August 1, 2015
Prior to the Islamic holy month, our church planned for the best way to reach out to Muslims in our city who fast more than 15 hours a day during Ramadan. Our task was complicated because of the extreme heat, which made fasting even more difficult.
We decided to greet every car waiting at a red light. Our plan involved offering every car a package of dates and a bottle of water. We asked other churches in various locations to help us and were able to cover Amman from north to south.
The response was quite positive. Many said our timing was perfect, coming just prior to the announcement from the mosque permitting them to break their fast. Some remarked that they knew our job was not easy and they were thankful for the Christians in Jordan taking the initiative. Others even asked to take photos with us.
The two verses of Scripture included with the package of dates proved very effective:
“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God.” 1 John 4:7 (KJV)
“Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the sons of God.” Matthew 5:9 (KJV)