Muslim women often face severe oppression, especially in highly-patriarchal cultures. Not Forgotten, an outreach of Uncharted Ministries, is building relationships with Muslim women around the world and sharing the hope of Christ.
Uncharted’s JoAnn Doyle tells a story of one visit to a Muslim Bedouin tribe. She says the tribe welcomed the Uncharted team with a lavishly decorated tent, a feast, and music.
“It was beautiful! They had fruit and dates and…Arabian coffee and they were singing for us and dancing. It was just absolutely incredible. They had all their handmade art for us on display and they were just entertaining us with such beautiful Arab hospitality. It was a truly joyous celebration.”
However, Doyle noticed it was only men and young boys who greeted them. They learned the Muslim women were hidden away in a black tent far off from the festivities. So Doyle and a few other ladies from the team went towards the tent.
“As we get close to this tent, my heart just shattered in 100 pieces. That black tent was surrounded by a chain-link fence. They were locked behind a chain-link fence. They could hear all the music and the celebration going on, but they weren’t even a part of that.”
Some of the women came out from the tent and invited the female team members behind the fence.
“All of them were shrouded in those black niqabs, head-to-toe covered in black. The only thing peeking out was their pretty brown eyes.”
Doyle says, “We had no one to translate, but we communicated with that language of love and pretty soon that shyness fled and they were flipping up their niqabs so that we could see their faces. They wanted to be seen.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Lyndsey Koh
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray for Muslim women to find joy in Jesus Christ.
- Ask God to open doors in your own community and circles to build relationships with Muslim women.
- Ask your Muslim friends and acquaintances how you can pray for them!