Arab outreach is the United States is being encouraged.

By October 7, 2003

USA (MNN) — While many missionaries are in the Middle East sharing Christ, Christians in the United States are being encouraged to make Arab outreach a top priority at home. “Kate”, a missionary working in the Middle East with Operation Mobilization , says hospitality can be a great tool to share the Gospel.

Kate says, “Hospitality is part of their culture. And, what my hope would be is that when there are people in colleges or universities around the country that American Christians would take that opportunity to welcome people into their homes and share their family life with them and just get to know one another and build up a friendship.”

She says by doing this you get to know the culture. Kate says, “fear has to do with lack of knowledge. Once we get to know each other we realize that we’re actually very similar.”

This type of outreach, says Kate, prepares the hearts of these students for hear the Gospel when they return home. She says, “In my daily contact with people, the people I’ve had the most amazing conversations about Jesus are often people who lived in the west.” She says, “they realize that Christianity is not the thing that they expected.” Western television has given them a false impression of the ‘Christian West’ and the Christian faith isn’t what’s shown in the media.

She says as Christians in the United States reach out, it actually makes her job easier. “Because you’re not digging the soil, taking away the stones, and then attempting to plant something. You know the stones have already been removed. You can start from a very different standpoint in your conversations about the Lord.”

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