USA (MNN) — North American Christians often find that they have a difficult time reaching out to Muslims. They may even be looked down upon because of personal associations with the attacks of 9/11 in 2001. The Crescent Project states that there is a growing mission field of seven million Muslims who have not heard about redemption found in Jesus Christ.
Crescent Project, an organization dedicated to reaching Muslims and bringing the news of Christ in a way they will be able to understand, just finished their annual Oasis Conference. It was held on October 21-23 in Nashville, TN.
Much prayer and support went into making sure that hundreds of Christians who attended were impacted by this conference. They joined in morning and evening sessions and were able to attend workshops that helped to apply what they were learning.
President of Crescent Project, Fouad Masri, started off the week by explaining the meaning of the name of Oasis Conference. He said that since Jesus is "the Water of life," He is the only One who can truly quench spiritual thirst. As Christians know the source and must share the "water" with those who are spiritually thirsty. Jesus is the Oasis that leads to life.
The conference featured speakers such as Henry Deneen, president of Greater Europe Mission (GEM), who spoke about how to reach Muslims. Joy Loewen, author of "Woman to Woman," challenged her audience to think about what their true motives are in evangelizing Muslims. Ed Hoskins, author of "A Muslim's Heart," gave information about the Hadith, which is a record of Islamic traditions.
Many lives were impacted. Lauren, who attended the Oasis Conference, said, "We plan on doing the Bridges curriculum that The Crescent Project put together. This should give us a springboard into the lives of Muslims in our community."
The churches involved are able to use the information that they gained from the conference and implement it directly in their ministry to Muslims in the United States and around the world.
The next Oasis Conference will be held November 2011 in Washington D.C. To learn more about the conference, visit www.crescentproject.org.