Adversity | Evangelism | Faithfulness | Missions | Persecution

‘ve recently enjoyed reading Ruth Tucker’s book, From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya: A Biographical History of Christian Missions. It is a fascinating survey of Christian missions as told in individual biographical summaries. In the story about Samuel Zwemer, pioneer missionary to the Muslim world, Tucker includes this incident: In Cairo, Zwemer found a far more open society [than that in Bahrein, ed.], where educated young adults were eager to listen to the impressive missionary intellectual from the West. He spent hours each week on university campuses and, according to Sherwood Eddy, even “gained access to the leaders of the proud and influential Muslem University El Azhar.” Sometimes he conducted meetings with as many as two thousand Muslims present but actual conversions were rare, and opposition remained intense. On one occasion he was forced to leave Cairo on the grounds that he had illegally distributed tracts among university students, but the incident contributed to the conversion…

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