Muslim Neighbors

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BNM) - A May 2 conference hosted by the North American Mission Board hopes to encourage and equip Christians to love their Muslim neighbors.

The one day conference, “Islam and North America: Loving Your Muslim Neighbor,” will take place at NAMB’s offices in Alpharetta, Ga. A simulcast of the event will be available online at www.namb.net. Registration for both the conference and simulcast is free.

During the event, speakers Bob Roberts, Ed Stetzer, Andy DeFelice, Micah Fries, Keith Whitfield and Kambiz Saghaey will teach attendees “how to share the Gospel with Muslims while being sensitive to the fact they may have encountered negative reactions from others in [their] community,” according to a NAMB promotional email.

“Muslim populations in the U.S. are often fearful due to both real and imagined prejudices. This makes it all the more important to begin a relationship with a Muslim or a Muslim family from a posture of genuine neighborly love. We want to share with and show those in your church how to love your neighbors in ways that open doors for Gospel conversations,” NAMB added.

According to Pew Research Center, as of 2017, there were 3.45 million Muslims living in the United States. According to the Albuquerque Journal and 2010 U.S. Census data, approximately 4,000 Muslims were living in New Mexico in 2010, the most recent census data available.

The conference will begin at 9:00 a.m. and conclude at 5:00 p.m. The North American Mission Board is located at 4200 North Park Parkway, Alpharetta, Ga.

Daniel Porter is a staff writer with the Baptist New Mexican news journal and GoBNM.com, news and information outlets for the Baptist Convention of New Mexico.

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