ALL NATIONS LUTHERAN STUDENT CENTER
AT UTA - ARLINGTON, TX
Our vision is to see that the Nations worship the One and only true God by comprehending the price of salvation through the blood of Jesus Christ.
To empower fellow believers in the Word.
To encourage non-believers to explore the Word.To engage in multiplication of the Bible Study groups.
To establish a church for people of All Nations.
We are Christ-centered, mission driven and discipleship oriented.
Eternity matters the most.
Continuance from the August 2012 DOW eLetter below:
When it comes to sharing the Gospel with the Muslims, the biggest hindrance is their belief in the authenticity of the Bible. Quranic confirmation of the integrity of the Bible is a stepping stone in providing them the opportunity to hear and read the scriptures. Almost every Muslim claims that the Bible has been changed and thus corrupted. This is due to their ignorance because that is how they have been taught and raised up. However, in actuality the Quran claims that it came to confirm the previous scriptures. Following are the reference pertaining to it from the Quran: 2:89; 2:97; 2:101; 2:136; 3:3; 3:81; 3:93; 4:47; 5:47; 5:48; 5:66; 5:68; 10:37; 10:64; 10:94; 46:12 and 57:27. All these references are awesome affirmation of the scriptures authenticity names as the Torah and the Gospel which is the Word of God whom no one can change. But still our Muslim friends would say that the Bible has changed. Even though there are about 4000 documents pre-dated to Muhammad that confirms the Biblical text. No evidence is yet to be found from any historical period that can establish the Bible today any different to the one 100 years before Muhammad (570 to 632 AD). The Quran is now available in 81 different English versions and in Pakistan alone the Quran is found in more than 300 different Urdu versions. Does this mean that the original is corrupted? I guess then based on the same principle the Holy Bible with all its different translations and version is not corrupted. II Timothy 3;16, 17 says: All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. The Holy Bible is God's Word cover to cover.
Over a year ago a Pakistani Muslim man approached me and said that he wanted to become a Christian. I asked how come? He said that he read the whole Bible in one week and was convinced that Christianity is the true religion. No one spoke or mentored this person. When he read the Scriptures the Holy Spirit touched and convicted his heart of sin and the need for salvation which only is possible through Jesus Christ.
In our Mission Field as I meet and build relationships with Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs, pray that they would see and experience the genuine love of Jesus from our lives and that they would attend our home Bible Study cell groups so that when they hear and read the scriptures, the Holy Spirit, will touch their heart, mind and soul to see and seek the truth so that they may be free indeed.
(Note: Source of Quranic references and information - "Stepping Stones to Eternity - Jesus from Quran to the Bible" by Don McCurry.)
Food, Friends, Fellowship, and FAITH
for All Nations
And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers” (Acts 2:42). This description of the early Christian church as a fellowship of believers is the idea behind the weekly gatherings at the Lutheran Student Center at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) under the leadership of Sabir Bashir of DOW. These gatherings include Bible study and the “Biryani Night.”
Pakistani. Bangladeshi. Indian. American. Nigerian. Vietnamese. Mexican. Christian. Muslim. Male. Female. One place you can meet people from all these descriptions in the same place is during a Bible study of the International Community Fellowship (ICF).
Following a time of singing contemporary worship songs, the ICF group is currently studying Biblical worship, especially focusing on history of worship in Leviticus and relating it to worship today. In addition to reading Scripture, lively discussion time gives the participants opportunities to share what they know and to ask questions about other issues. The study also includes video teaching and prayer time as well.
After the study time ends, many of the group remains to fix the meal served as a gift to whoever wants to attend “Biryani Night.” Picture at least half a dozen folks from all nations crowded into a kitchen cutting chicken, browning sliced onions, chopping cilantro, laughing, instructing, and sharing stories. The tangible result of all this is a feast for as many as fifty guests from the UTA community who come to eat, play games such as pool, air hockey, and fellowship in a Christian environment that includes praying together before the meal and having Christian music playing throughout the evening.
The name “Biryani Night” comes from the main dish served. Chicken biryani and vegetable biryani consist of a richly flavored sauce cooked over a layer of “spiced basmati rice”. Sabir said that his wife Patsy taught him to cook Biryani for large group of people. Sabir is now training his volunteers to learn how to cook the dish. The meal is rounded out with a green salad and Raita, a yogurt sauce tasting of mint an d cilantro.
In addition to the Biryani Nights, Sabir also is encouraging students to take ownership of the program, developing leadership among the students, and sharing the love of Jesus Christ by letting students know that the Lutheran Student Center is their place of comfort and a second home where they receive hope, feel love, and pray together in the name of Jesus.
Acts 2 continues that the believers were “praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved” (Acts 2:47). May God continue to add to the number of the international family of faith in Arlington!