Why are there more converts from Islam to Christianity than at any time in history?

Last March, deep in the bush of northern Chad, a team of Chadian students and missionary Larry Gray explained salvation through faith in Christ to the people of a mostly Muslim village. As the students sang the words of invitation, “Today is the day of grace,” a villager shouted to his compatriots, “Today is the day! We have prayed that this message would come to us. God has heard us. Now is the time for our decision!”

“Without hesitation,” reports Gray, a missionary with the Evangelical Alliance Mission and the Evangelical Church in Chad, 56 Muslims stood and came forward to commit themselves to Christ. Included were the chief of the village and his three wives.

It is a response being repeated in many parts of the world. Christians working among Muslims in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia report unprecedented openness, overturning conventional wisdom that Muslims are impenetrably resistant to the gospel. This religion of one billion adherents is like the crescent moon that symbolizes Islam in many parts of the world: As the moon never remains long in the crescent phase, so the Islamic world is changing. That change is explained not only by Islam’s interaction with modern cultural forces, but by the work of Christian missions.

“There are probably more people engaged in Muslim outreach in the world today than at any time in history,” says Howard Brant, international coordinator for evangelism and church growth for SIM International, Charlotte, North Carolina. “And there are more converts from Islam to Christianity than at any time in history.”

Dudley Woodberry, dean of the School of World Mission at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California, ...

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