USA (MNN) — The annual Sahara Challenge with Crescent Project is underway.
“The Sahara Challenge is a one-week
intensive training experience focused on bridging the Gospel to the
Muslim heart and mind," according to Crescent Project. "Ideal for missionaries, pastors, lay workers and
college students, the Sahara Challenge will give you the tools
and knowledge to share the Hope with Muslims.”
Sahara Challenge 2009 started on June 6 and continues until June 13. The conference attendees then have the option to go on an ENCOUNTER short-term mission trip for one week in the U.S. or two weeks in England, Africa, or the Middle East.
The speakers are Fouad Masri, the founder and president of Crescent Project; Shafi and Adria Motiwalla, directors of Friends Among the Nations (FAN); along with various Crescent Project staff and Muslim background believers. The conference has both classroom instruction and practical application on the following topics: Islam, ministry skills, spiritual formation, leadership and teamwork.
The conference is being held in Atlanta, Georgia at the Simpsonwood Conference and Retreat Center. After it concludes, those in attendance have the opportunity to immediately use their training in one of several short-term mission trips.
There are seven trips total: three in the U.S. and four in various other countries. For the first trip, the participants will remain in Atlanta and help with Refugee Outreach. The second U.S. trip is to Detroit, Michigan and Arab Outreach. The final U.S. trip is to Minneapolis, Minnesota, where the team will be involved in Somali Outreach. The other four trips are to Lebanon, London, North Africa or Turkey.
Please pray for everyone attending Sahara Challenge and for their hearts to be open to what God wants them to learn. Also, pray for the attendees who will be going on the ENCOUNTER short-term mission trips, as they build relationships with Muslims and show them the hope of Christ. For obtain more information on the trip or find out how to attend next year, go to Crescent Project’s Web site.