Sorting Through Resources
on Muslim Outreach
Recommended Canadian-made materials include
the DVD Truth Unlocked. By Robert White
As many as 50 per cent of the immigrants and refugees who came to Canada last year were adherents of Islam, says Randy Hoffman, chair of the Canadian Network
of Ministries to Muslims (CNMM). Thankfully, Christians who
want help relating to new Muslim friends and neighbours have
a variety of resources to choose from.
Linda Raymond of Alberta first came in contact with Muslims
a number of years ago when she, her husband and their church
helped an immigrant couple get settled.
“We had a conversation with them in their home that was a
little disturbing,” recalls Raymond. After being asked to share
their beliefs, Raymond asked how Christians would be welcomed
in their new neighbour’s home country. “They said they’d be-
friend us, try to convert us, and if we didn’t convert to Islam,
they’d be able to kill us.”
When the conversation ended, Raymond wondered how she
could continue to share their faith with Muslims in light of the
apparent dangers of Islam and its teachings – especially with her
husband’s continual contact with Muslim colleagues.
“It was a wall we couldn’t get past. We didn’t know how to
speak into their lives,” she says.
But a number of resources are now available to help people
like Raymond. None are perfect, says Hoffman from his office in
British Columbia, but he and his network of ministry experts have
found some they recommend for individual and small-group use.
The CNMM, a group originally incubated on The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada’s ministry partnerships platform and
now affiliated as an independent ministry organization, looked
especially for non-inflammatory materials that provide a basic
introduction to Islam and consideration on how best to share the
gospel with Muslims.
So far they recommend three resources on DVD in particular
for use in Canada: The Five Principles: A Practical Guide to Sharing
Your Faith, Battle for the Heart and Truth Unlocked: Keys to Reaching Your Muslim Neighbour (see sidebar for ordering details).
Raymond recommends Truth Unlocked in particular. Recently,
she saw three new Muslim families move into her neighbour-
hood. But she was conflicted about reaching out because of that
troubling experience 10 years earlier. Then a friend pointed her
to Truth Unlocked, a six-session Canadian video series created
to help a skeptical audience – who knows a bit about Muslims
from the era of the 9/11 terrorist attacks – learn enough to engage
constructively with neighbours who are Muslims.
• Truth Unlocked: Keys to Reaching Your Muslim Neighbour DVDs
are available at truthunlocked.org. Prices range
from $29.95 for the DVDs alone (six sessions
on two DVDs) and higher if you also want workbooks or other materials.
•;The;Five;Principles:;A;Practical;Guide;to;Shar-ing Your Faith is a DVD and booklet. The DVD
contains “Five Areas to Explain to a Muslim” as
separate teaching sections on the DVD, each
about 18 minutes long (total length: 90 min.). It’s
available for $2.99 plus shipping at (800) 667-
0558 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
•;Battle;for;the;Heart;is a DVD series produced by
Trans World Radio, Operation Mobilisation, Life
Challenge Africa, Power to Change and others. It
has 20 teaching sessions, each 45 minutes, with
experts discussing the basics of Islam, how to
reach Muslim friends and neighbours, apologetics, answering Muslim objections to Christian
doctrines and more. Good for an adult Bible
class or mature Christians. Inquire at info@
•;Your;Muslim;Guest is a free brochure from the
Toronto Fellowship for Faith for Muslims at ffm.
Friend by Joy Loewen (Chosen/Baker 2010).
Visit joyloewen.blogspot.ca to choose from
various languages and formats. Original printed
book (208 pages) is $11.99.
Source: Recommendations by Randy Hoffman,
chair of the Canadian Network of Ministries to