SALUNGA, Pa. — Eastern Mennonite Missions’ new Christian/Muslim Relations Team wants to equip Christians around the world for life-giving interaction with Muslims.
The team’s tagline is “Peacemakers Confessing Christ.”
“Globalization and immigration have resulted in the 2.4 billion Christians and the 1.6 billion Muslims of the world interacting and relating to one another in new settings,” said team member Jonathan Bornman, who served among the Muslim people of Senegal in West Africa for 10 years. “We want to equip Christians to open doors of friendship and good relations with their Muslim neighbors.”
Other team members are David W. Shenk, EMM global consultant known worldwide for encouraging Muslim-Christian dialogue; and Andres Prins, who has 30 years of experience in North Africa and the Middle East.
Shenk notes that many Christians in North America worry about having Muslim neighbors. Recently he discovered similar concerns in Neuwied, Germany, where he led a seminar on being good neighbors to Muslims and sharing the good news of Jesus with them.
The Christian sponsors of the seminar went to every mosque in the community with an invitation to the final evening session on the peace of Christ. A number of Muslims came and then lingered after the session for conversation.