What do you think of when you hear Dearborn, Michigan? You may think of Henry Ford’s hometown and the location of the famous Henry Ford Museum. Most people don’t realize, however, that Dearborn is also home to approximately 40,000 Iraqis, Yemenis and Lebanese, making it the largest concentration of Arab Muslims in the United States. For the Church in America, this is a God-sized opportunity to bring them the light of the Gospel. (Read more about “Impacting the Middle East in the Middle of the United States.”)
The Dearborn Assemblies of God planted a church in the heart of Dearborn, allowing Muslims to hear about God’s love. Timberline Church partnered with the team in Dearborn and worked with Pastor Trey Hancock and Missionary John Koski to help the new church finish construction projects.
As a team returns to Dearborn, May 17-24, their goal is to first help the Dearborn Assemblies of God re-purpose a greenhouse into a community internet cafe. Team members will also have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the culture of Dearborn and experience the unique sights, smells and tastes of the Middle East and most importantly, they will have opportunities to share about Jesus. The team will also have fun visiting the beautiful museum, sponsored by the Ford Foundation, Greenfield Village, and of course, indulge in rich Middle Eastern cuisine. (To read more about last year’s trip to Dearborn, see “Five Guys Without Burgers and Fries.”)
At the upcoming Missions Celebration interactive experience on March 12th, prepare for tasty smells, foods, sights, and sounds, true to the Middle East. The streets of Dearborn, Michigan will be re-created to show what a Muslim city feels like, complete with a representation of a mosque. Prepare to listen to the call to prayer and learn about the Muslim faith.
(Courtesy of Storyteller Nicole Sutton)