Newsdesk this month is devoted to the five-year retrospectives from the specialized ministries through which Adventist members in the Pacific Union are nurturing discipleship and spiritual growth and reaching out to the communities of the Pacific Southwest.
Muslim Ministry in the Pacific Union Conference is building bridges and sharing Jesus with the Muslim community in positive ways.
Leading Muslim Ministry is Gerald Babanezhad, who is the director and speaker of A Sure Harvest Ministries. He also serves on the board of advisors to NAD-AMR (Adventist-Muslim Relations). As coordinator for Muslim Ministries, Babanezhad’s primary focus is to share Jesus with the Muslim community in contextually and culturally relevant ways.
Since 2008, A Sure Harvest Ministries has been producing and broadcasting the “A Better Tomorrow” telecast for Farsi-speaking Muslim viewers in the U.S. and in the 10/40 Window. The 10/40 Window refers to regions of the world located between 10 and 40 degrees north of the equator, a region generally known to have the highest levels of socioeconomic challenges and the least access to sharing the gospel. Through the broadcast, many Muslims have accepted Jesus as their personal Savior.
The Pacific Union Conference Muslim Ministry itself was founded in 2015, when union officials reached out to Babanezhad specifically for this purpose.
The following are some of the ways the PUC Muslim Ministry conducts outreach through A Sure Harvest Ministry:
• Providing Adventist Christian study resources at the asureharvest.com website, including a study on “The People of the Book,” which is mentioned in the Qur’an, referring to Christians (people) and the Bible (the book).
• As an avid believer in digital and social media, Babanezhad conducts a weekly virtual Sabbath service with Muslims—studying the Bible and the Qur’an and seeking mutual respect and understanding.
• Conducting Islamic outreach seminars in many Adventist churches, which aim to build meaningful and sustainable relations with the Muslim community. At these events, organizers seek to provide a welcoming and comfortable environment for attendees, including ample accommodations for Muslim prayer times throughout the day.
Events such as these often include prayers from both Adventist and Muslim leaders, question-and-answer sessions, and panel discussions about shared Muslim and Adventist history, values, and goals.
Future plans include organizing sports activities for Adventist and Muslim schoolchildren, starting a home fellowship where Muslims and Adventists can learn from each other by sharing stories from the Bible and Qur’an, and planning future panel discussion events.