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Oover the past half century, many Hindus, Muslims, and other peoples of the major religions have put their faith in Jesus, often as a result of miraculous encounters with God through dreams, healings, or the reading of Scripture.
These new Jesus followers, coming from different countries and ethnicities, express their faith in a variety of ways. One such way is called a "Jesus movement" or "insider movement," where families and groups follow Jesus as Savior and Lord while remaining within the socioreligious community of their birth.
What we are now seeing was predicted years ago by evangelical leaders such as Henry Riggs and Virginia Cobb. How should evangelical leaders today view such movements?
My family and I lived for more than 20 years in a Muslim-majority country. Most of those years were in a close-knit neighborhood where our children's "aunties" and "uncles" were our Muslim neighbors and friends. We were privileged to see a Jesus movement firsthand in that society, which actually began while we were out of the country. Through this movement, several of our long-time Muslim friends came to faith in Jesus. In recent years, we have had the chance to provide training in prayer for healing in a variety of Muslim settings, sometimes at the invitation of groups of Muslims who follow Jesus. In this way, we have heard many of their testimonies of love and devotion for Jesus.
The particular movement that we witnessed began when God touched a woman called "Fatimah." Before we met her, she had been reading a copy of the New Testament, given by trusted friends, for nearly 10 years. During that time, her son was miraculously healed when he was prayed for in the name of Isa al Masih (Jesus the Messiah). Fatimah was drawn to the Jesus revealed in the New Testament.
She assumed that because she was a Muslim, she could not become his follower. Then one day, she spoke with a wise Asian pastor who understood her ...