Hanli* helped her husband track data describing their region’s largest family of church planting movements. After reading all the descriptions of transformed lives, and the stories of Muslims coming to faith along with their families or groups of friends (not as individuals), she asked the Lord to use her in the same way. Hanli trusted God to retrain her: to leave behind unfruitful traditional evangelistic approaches, and try the new approach she had read about for reaching Muslims.
God delights to use those who know the voice of Jesus and obey His beckoning, who step outside their comfort zones and say “Yes, Jesus,” no matter the cost. They trust God to make disciples who make disciples, regardless of their own weaknesses or strengths.
Some might think Hanli had three hindrances to effectively multiplying disciples among Muslims:
- She is Chinese-Indo (an ethnic people typically hated by indigenous unreached people in her country)
- She is a theological professor (having much theological knowledge, most of which is offensive to Muslims rather than helpful in reaching them)
- She is from a very traditional church (lacking contextual understanding of effective ways to reach Muslims).
However, in the past two years, Hanli has seen roughly 4,000 Muslims come to follow Isa al Masih (Jesus the Messiah), in multiple generations of families and friends. These new disciples meet in house fellowships and are reproducing disciples who make disciples.