*Janet decided to follow Jesus at age eight and from then on, she had two passions in life: to know Jesus more and to make Him known.
An encounter with a group of servicemen from the Arabian Peninsula (AP) opened up a new world for her. At that time, she’d never heard the words ‘Islam’ or ‘Muslim’. Those encounters were a turning point in her life. “The Lord gave me a real love for and interest in the Muslim world,” she said.
A couple of ladies from her church happened to watch a programme featuring OM founder George Verwer on television. They found out he would be visiting their area a couple weeks later. The women arranged for Janet to meet with him. She hang onto every word he said.
Janet’s first visit to the AP on a short-term missions trip was a challenging experience for her. The team visited a local neighbour with nine friends. “When they found out I was a hairdresser, they weren’t letting me leave until I was going to cut their hair,” Janet said. As she engaged with the ladies, she remembered the leader’s words. “God showed me that it doesn’t matter who we are; as long as we’re open and available, He can use it.”
After a few more short-term trips, Janet learnt about an opportunity to serve long-term in the AP by working part-time in a bookshop. As Janet interacted with people—women, students, migrant workers, professionals, retirees—through the bookshop, she realised that God was bringing her those He was already drawing to Himself.
In the first six months, three migrant workers who spent time talking to her at the bookshop came to faith and were baptised. The one-on-one interactions at the bookshop suited Janet, who described herself as an introvert. “I was never brave; I was never adventurous, in fact, quite the opposite. I would say I was very fearful, I felt very inadequate and very weak,” she shared. “I’m amazed that God can even use someone like me.”
- Pray for more opportunities to reach out to the people of the Muslim world.
- Pray for open hearts and minds in these Muslim countries towards the gospel and Jesus Christ.
- Pray that every new believer will be followed up and discipled in the Word by dedicated Christians.