WOW - Women of the Way Lutheran Outreach in Texas
Disciples of the Way Ministries has brought in three women representing 3 different ethnic groups ( Iraq, Eritrea, and Nepal) to reach out to the 10,000 refugees who live a couple of miles across from Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Dallas Texas. The role of these three women is to continue to reach, Teach, and live among these helpless Muslim women and their children in order to bring them eternal hope in Christ Jesus the friend of all sinners. Nita from Nepal with her master degree in ESL (English as Second Language), Our Mission program has been attracting women from All Nations mostly from Muslim and Hindu backgrounds. This is just a foretaste of our vision statement from Rev 7:9-11.
Having lived completely immersed in the Islamic culture, and speaking Arabic as their mother Language, God has prepared and equipped both Yirglam ( from Eritrea) and her partner in the mission field Suzan ( from Iraq) to relate to these lost Muslim women in order to reach out to them with the love of Jesus. With the help and food donations from many generous local congregations, our Emergency Food Pantry Program has fed many hungry family and gave Women of the Book excess to enter many homes and build Christ centered relationship. Jesus is the bread of life and the real manna from heaven that these hungry women need to eat to save their souls. Jesus who went to meet the Samaritan woman at the well yesterday is now calling the Women of the Book today to carry on the same task of bringing the Living water to our Thirsty neighbors from All Nations John 4:10. They are Christ in the flesh to these desperately lost women. Their heart is deeply burdened to show these women how they, too, can experience the true unconditional love they have never known as slaves of Allah, how they can live a life of joy and freedom, redeemed by the Blood of the Lamb. Women of the book longs for these Muslim women and children to know that their salvation is not something dependent upon their endless works of slavery trying to earn favor and approval in the eyes of their husband and mercy from a distant, unknowable god.
Nita, Suzan and Yirglam
Deliriously Joyful and Blessed are the available mothers of Faith.
“From one man he (God) made every nation of men that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live.” Acts 17:26.
Being a Muslim convert myself, outreach to Muslim women isn’t something DOW missionary men can do effectively. Through our Deaconess program, Women of the Way ministry serves these overlooked women through building relationships in order to earn the right to be heard thru the message of the Word of God.
Meeting these mothers and wives needs, such as: driving lessons, computer lessons, job training, and childcare, shelter and provisions for the home, ESL lessons, Women of the Way can reach out to their children and open their eyes for the Gospel. All these opportunities work together to help these families grow in the Grace and the Knowledge of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Women of the Way exists to reach, teach and live among Muslim women and their families and others, to bring Jesus Christ into these homes, to share God’s plan of salvation to Muslim women who are locked in a world of privacy and exclusion in their own communities, hidden behind closed doors and social barriers. But how will they hear if we don’t go to them, just as Christ came to us?
"Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!" Rom 10:13-15
There are presently 1.6 Billion Muslims in the world, roughly equating every 1 in 5 people in the world is a Muslim. If Islam continues to spread and grow unchallenged, every 1 in 3 people will be a Muslim by the year 2025! Never before has the Great Commission been more urgent.
Some of these former Muslim mothers and wives, who broke loose from the bondage of Sharia law are now urgently Reaching out to their own because they too realized that Islam as a religion has failed them personally, economically, socially and spiritually. This task is so enormous, and the pressure is so fierce which demands vigilant prayer and support. The dedication of these new converts is impressive when considering the common threat of ostracism from family members and community. " It is so difficult to watch these Muslim mothers suffer the sense of guilt and shame some of their relatives and friends try to place on them" says a former Muslim mother "... so they go back because there is no one out there to reach out and help them.
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." Matt 28:19-20