|Rick & Patti Roberts - Intercultural Missionaries
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|Romans 10:1-4 "Brethren, my heart’s desire and my prayer to God for them is for their salvation. For I testify about them
that they have a zeal for God, but not in accordance with knowledge. For not knowing about God’s righteousness and
seeking to establish their own, they did not subject themselves to the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the
law for righteousness to everyone who believes."
This is the scripture passage that God gave me 3 years ago. In my case it applies to Muslims. My heart's desire to rescue
these people from darkness and to introduce them to Jesus, the “Light of the world”.
This is the Muslim condition:
• More than 80% of Muslims have never heard the gospel.
• Only 2 to 4% of all the Christian missionary force is endeavoring to reach Muslims.
• Approximately 30,000 Muslims die each day without knowing Christ.
• The number of Islamic adherents in the western hemisphere has at least doubled in the last 10 years.
Do these facts upset you? They upset us!
| Leading Muslims to Jesus, by Christi Trimbur
" ministering among Muslims is not for the faint of heart. It requires a tenacity to continue going when it seems
all hope is lost. It requires faith beyond human ability. It requires complete death to self in order that Jesus
might be glorified.”
Meeting for Better Understanding
In our last newsletter we told you about our plans to have a meeting at the mosque for Christian and Muslim
dialogue. The meeting went well. It was attended by 12 Christian believers and about 50 Muslims. I had
opportunity to share some of our Christian beliefs and to field some questions. The meeting was appreciated by
both groups and I believe was beneficial in building relationships. As I said, our goal is to build relationships so
that we can share the gospel and we had the opportunity. Thank you for your prayers for this event. We hope
to do it again soon.
On The Home Front
Three weeks ago, Patti had surgery on her sinuses. Her recovery has been painfully slow. Last week I had
surgery on my shoulder. I’m recovering on schedule. This has slowed us down for the time being, and we
attribute these things to the enemy trying to hinder God’s work. We appreciate your faithful prayers and
support through the years. Please pray with us and for us to have renewed strength.
Thank you, and God bless you mightily for your partnership.
From the Battle Front, Rick and Patti
Thanks for allowing us to be your representatives to the International
community of Southern Louisiana. Please continue to pray for us,
especially on Fridays.
|"Reaching the nations within our nation."
|Sharing the Burden
We are preparing to lead a 5 week class on Islam awareness at our church.
We have two other churches lined up for future classes (and are hoping for more).
|At this point the wisest and strongest thing we can do is pray. Working with Muslims requires
much patience, discretion and wisdom. We want to do it right, so we're proceeding cautiously and
prayerfully. God has called us to a time of deep intercession, and so that's where most of our
time and efforts are spent. We are continually seeking out and building relationships with
Muslims. We are “waiting upon God” to move on them and open the doors. It is our goal to, at
some point, have a “former Muslim believers” congregation.
| Back to School
I recently attended four classes on Ministry to Muslims. I
learned a lot of new information and was sufficiently
challenged. I am more passionate than ever for the souls of
these precious people.
The most disturbing thing I learned, and please hear me on this,
is that one of the greatest allies to the growth of Islam is the
Church of Jesus Christ. The reason is twofold: First, we are not
doing a sufficient job with evangelism. Jesus said, “Go into all
the world and preach the Gospel”. We're leaving it up to the
professionals, and that's a mistake. Secondly, there is too much
compromise in our lives and in the church. Muslims look at us
and they don't think we're serious about our faith, because we're
just too worldly.
What Muslims need to see is real Christians living real faith!
|Please join in intercession for the souls of Muslims.
And please, live biblical Christianity and show this
world what we stand for.