Hello! This is Kirstin Herbruck posting from Grenoble, France.
In John 14 Jesus says, “I am the way, the truth and the life”. Many of us have heard this verse before with varying degrees of impact. Today we met someone who made this verse take on a different meaning. We met a Muslim background believer and had a picnic with him and his family in the park today. He shared a little of his story and spoke to us about Ramadan (which beings tomorrow). He explained that many during this time are searching to draw near to God through fasting and prayer. The month of Ramadan is the month when Mohammed was believed to have received the Quran. He commented that while Mohammed is believed to have spoke truth, Jesus was and is truth. This is a huge distinction between Christians and Muslims and made the verse about Jesus’ claim as truth takes on a new meaning.
While our friend was speaking, I noticed a Muslim family playing in the park we were at. The woman had on a burka and the man was wearing a prayer shawl. As I watched them I thought that we often see people like them and think about what we see on the news, rather than seeing them for who they are, families who are just like us. They were regular, ordinary people who need truth. Not spoken truth from a prophet, but living truth in Jesus. We are free, but they are trapped. Will we be the ones to share the truth in Jesus with them?
As we enter this time of Ramadan, please pray for Muslims to have an encounter with truth. Pray for our team as we fast tomorrow. And please continue to pray that our time here is uplifting to our brothers and sisters in Christ we are serving alongside.
Thank you for your prayers.