Over the next few weeks roughly 1.6 billion Muslims around the world will participate in Ramadan - an annual season of prayer and fasting designed to draw followers closer to Allah. Engaging in Ramadan activities is one of the five pillars of Islam (along with the Testimony of Faith, Prayer, Charitable Giving and the Pilgrimage to Mecca).
Over 50% of our Uttermost partners operate in predominately Muslim contexts - so this yearly ritual not only has a far-reaching cultural impact (that our sports programming must take into consideration) but also a huge spiritual impact on the people our representatives and affiliates are called to serve.
Despite the lack of teachers, access to the Bible and fierce government persecution, thousands of Muslims experience Isa (Arabic for Jesus) in dreams and visions every year. Quantifiable data in this area is difficult to calculate but there are estimates that suggest as many as 5% of Muslims experience dreams or visions of Jesus - if that number is accurate that means 80 million Muslims have had a supernatural encounter with the risen Jesus and are in need of teaching, clarification and pastoral care.
So for the remainder of Ramadan, across our various Uttermost social media outlets and web platforms we will be posting reminders, prayer suggestions and even sports mission opportunities for you to consider. Join us in praying that Jesus - the premier and original missionary would reveal himself to the Muslim world.
"And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, your sons and daughters shall prophesy, your old me shall dream dreams and your young men shall see visions..." Joel 2:28
Bubby Bryan, DOC