God is doing some amazing things in the world today! The body of Christ outside the West has grown far faster than in the West in the last century, to the point that two thirds of all followers of Jesus in the world today are in Asia, Africa and Latin America! Presbyterians here in the US have been part of what God has been doing as we have sent messengers with good news into the world over the last 150-200 years.
One example of growth is the Muslim world. David Garrison, in his recent book A Wind in the House of Islam, traces the history of voluntary movements to Jesus among Muslims since the beginning of Islam 1400 years ago. Garrison defines a movement as either 1000 baptisms or the planting of at least 100 new churches over a 20 year period. He found that the first 2 such movements didn’t come until late in the 19th century. Then 11 occurred in the 20th century, and 69 in the first 12 years of this century! He estimates that the total number of people in the 82 movements is somewhere between 2 and 7 million.
At the same time Garrison points out that this is less than ½ of 1% of the world’s Muslim population! Many Muslims have yet to hear the good news of Jesus! PFF is helping Presbyterians take the good news to Muslims and other people groups. Thanks for your role in that!
Bill YoungFormer Executive Director