The disruption of Easter festivities, liturgies, and church gatherings due to COVID-19 this year left many Christians disappointed with their inability to properly celebrate the resurrection of Christ. Now, during the Islamic month of Ramadan (April 23–May 23, 2020), many Muslims are experiencing a similar disruption of their annual religious holiday.
Fouad Masri, the founder of Crescent Project and author of Connecting with Muslims: A Guide to Communicating Effectively, believes the pandemic is a unique opportunity for Christians to find common ground with their Muslim friends and neighbors. Originally from Beirut, Masri founded Crescent Project in 1993 with a desire to “nurture transformational relationships” between Christians and Muslims.
Throughout the past decade, the organization estimates that more than 321,000 people have been involved through their ministry experiences and have held 1.5 million conversations about Jesus. CT asked Masri to share how he believes this is a unique opportunity for Muslims and Christians to build relationships.
Can you tell me a little bit about Crescent Project?
Today there are more than 1.6 billion Muslims. Roughly one out of five people is a Muslim. Many Muslims today are seeking—they’re hungry, they’re curious to know about God, eternity, Jesus. Yet many of them live in countries where the gospel is not accessible. Their governments forbid accessibility to the Bible. So in the last 15 years, there has been a huge increase of curiosity for Muslims to know [about Jesus], but there’s no accessibility, or if there is, it’s usually minimal.
On the flip side, most Christians today don’t know how to communicate in an effective way, in a respectful ...1
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