For years God has been working in many hearts within the Apostolic Christian Church. Brothers and sisters have prayed that God would challenge us as a church body to sacrifice for his glory and the gospel. God has honored those prayers in various ways, and we’re now realizing the opportunities to live more globally minded right at home. Though few of us will share the gospel overseas, there is great opportunity for cross-cultural evangelism here in the US.
Our leadership team have all experienced God speaking into our lives and asking us to choose to love and serve our international neighbors. Early on, God spoke specifically into the life of one of the team members with direction to pursue development of a Muslim ministry within the AC Church. Initially the mountain looked big. One day when faith was weak the Holy Spirit spoke, “I believe in your church. Don’t you?” From that moment the climb began. God worked miracles: forming an experienced leadership team, bringing the ministry to the Mission Committee (prior to HarvestCall), and giving us opportunities to spread the word about the ministry. We are grateful and blessed!
The Greek language has two words referring to time: chronos and kairos. Chronos refers to the passing of time as it relates to years, months, days, and hours. Kairos refers to fixed time as it relates to moments, seasons, or an appointed time. Many usages of kairos in Scripture refer to an opportune or decisive moment. Kairos is Strong’s Concordance G2540 and appears 86 times in original Greek scripture. You can download them all easily at BlueLetterBible.org. Kairos is pronounced ‘Kie-ross’ (rhymes with ‘tie’ & ‘floss’). Our prayer is that we each choose to live intentionally by opening our hearts and minds to the many kairos (opportune or decisive moments) God gives us each day to glorify Him.
It’s not by accident that we are who we are. We as an Apostolic Christian Church body are uniquely prepared to minister to Muslims. Our Apostolic lifestyle and traditions often create natural bridges to building relationships with Muslims. Our shared values of family, modesty, and desire to live a holy life provide unique opportunities for relating to Muslims and fostering discussions on how true holiness is achieved through Jesus Christ's sacrifice and grace. Our worship traditions (such as separate seating, kneeling to pray, and women covering their heads to pray) are more familiar to Muslims than the worship of most contemporary American churches. For this kairos we have been prepared.