Students need good friends…
Every year hundreds of Muslim students travel from all over the world to study in the West. Most are keen to experience local western culture and to make real friends and to hear the message of God’s love for them. You will meet them on campus.
How to share your faith on Campus – Pray Down Strongholds
Find others who have a burden to reach out to Muslim students and pray together regularly. Prayer is the most important aspect of reaching out to Muslims and there is power, wisdom and encouragement in a group that prays together and supports each other. Through intercession, strongholds holding Muslims in spiritual blindness can be torn down. You can pray for opportunities and ways to befriend Muslim students, to meet their felt needs and to share about Jesus with them.
- Sharing your Christian life and faith
Always treat your Muslim friend with deep respect and find out what their views are on issues. Rather than looking for opportunities to ‘share the truth’, be natural and open about sharing your life: the blessings, difficulties, challenges, and where appropriate, how God has helped and guided you through these in answer to prayer. Muslims are also trying to find a faith that is real. Never ridicule Islam or Mohammed the Prophet, but show them who Jesus is and what He has done.
- Share God’s Word on Campus
This can be as simple as sharing how God is speaking to you through the scriptures, to doing Bible studies with them. Muslims accept the Bible as having come from God, but have been told that it has been altered. Some students would prefer to do this individually while others may want to join a Bible study group with other international students. It is helpful for them to read testimonies about others who have come to Christ. Reading good books on Christian apologetics is also useful to help answer their genuine questions. Seek wisdom from those who have experience in leading Muslims to Christ and in discipling them.
- Protect their growth on Campus
For some students taking the step of becoming a follower of Jesus could mean being sent home, persecution or even death. Do not pressure them to be baptised or to make a public declaration of their faith. Continue exploring the Bible together and allow the Holy Spirit to show the new believer what steps of obedience they are to take. It is essential to have a long term commitment to pray with them and for them, and to link them in with Christian friends.