NEIGHBOURS RESEARCH PROJECT
This proposal outlines a project aimed at helping the Church in South Africa to be aware of the Islamic agenda of Islamising South Africa and mobilizing the church in South Africa to evangelize Muslims. The scope of this project is community based research regarding the state of Islam in South Africa and what the church is doing to reach Muslims for Christ.
Concerning the state of Islam in South Africa the research endeavours to identify the spread and establishment of Islam throughout the country. Concerning the Christian witness to the Muslim communities the research plans to identify Muslim communities with and without an active Christian witness to them.
Based on the seriousness of the topic, research will be conducted at national and local levels. Questionnaires, GPS, literature study and observation methods will be some of the methods used to gather information.
This project aims to build the capacity of the church in South Africa to strategically and effectively reach Muslims with the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the country. This information will be made available to the church, mission organisation, associations, etc. for capacity building and awareness seminars and workshops.
Research shows that today, about 900 million Muslims live in 90 countries of the world. Half of them are not even 20 years old. The Islamic peoples are young and aspiring - a challenge for satiated and pessimistic Europeans and Americans. Every sixth inhabitant of the earth is a Muslim. Twenty-five million Muslims are born each year. Biologically, Islam is advancing while the Christian population in some countries is decreasing.
Islam is building a power potential on all five continents with its oil and financial weapons. This world religion is closing in on Europe and the USA, and looking hungrily at the masses in Asia and Africa.
From a Christian perspective this means a double challenge for all followers of Christ. First, the "mission field" has entered our home countries. Secondly, we must recognise that Islam has a set goal to make the whole world Muslim.
Concerning the Muslims as a “Mission Field” we need to understand that the “Great Commission” as stated in Matthew 28: 18 – 20 includes Muslims in the “all nations”. It is the Christians’ duty, therefore, to be proactive in reaching Muslims with the Gospel of Jesus Christ based on the fact that we are commanded to do so.
We believe that Muslims are people created in the image and likeness of God but, like everyone else, are sinful. Being sinful they too are destined for an eternity in hell unless they believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour leading them to repent and be saved. We believe that there is no other way of salvation other than through Jesus Christ:
- John 14: 6 Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me
- Acts 4: 12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved
Christians therefore are not only commanded to reach Muslims with the Gospel but also have a moral obligation to do so that Muslims may believe and be saved from an eternity of damnation.
Jesus, in Luke 19: 10 tells us that “the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.”If we are to follow in Jesus’ footsteps we too ought to be seeking and saving the lost. One way we can do this is to research the location of the Muslims in South Africa in order to mobilize the mission force to take the Gospel to them. Romans 10: 14 says, “How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in Him of whom they have never heard?”
Concerning the second Christian perspective mentioned above of “the recognition that Islam has a set goal to make the whole world Muslim” we need to take the following facts into account.
The 1989 Abuja (Nigeria) Islamic Conference had the following objectives:
- To ensure the appointment of only Muslims into strategic national and international posts of member nations.
- To eradicate in all its forms and ramifications all non-Muslim religions in member nations (such religions shall include Christianity, Ahmadiyya and other tribal modes of worship unacceptable to Muslims).
- To ensure that only Muslims are elected to all political posts of member nations.
- To ensure the ultimate replacement of all Western forms of legal and judicial systems with the Shariah in all member nations before the next Islam in Africa Conference.
- Middle-East money in exchange for political favours has happened in a number of African states. Secular politicians would not see a problem!
In South Africa (SA) Muslims have already made great advancements at every level of government. They are less than 2% of the population but have far greater influence in the Country. Some say that they have more influence than Christians. Education in SA has been a strategic area of expansion for Muslims. Buying off of Christian property is another strategic move Muslims are making in Gauteng region (see appendix A).
According to TheReligionofPeace.com, since the 9/11 terror attack on America, Islamic terror attacks on Christians has increased. These attacks have nothing to do with war, combat or insurgency. The victims are innocent Christians who were specifically targeted and abused solely on account of their faith by those who claim their own religion as a motive. Those attacked (injured or killed) majority are in Africa and more specifically in Nigeria.
For these reasons, it is essential for every Christian and every church in South Africa to consider seriously the following questions:
- What are the aims of Islam?
- Who is Allah?
- What relationship does Allah have to Jesus Christ and his Church?
- What would happen if the church does not respond to the Islamic agenda?
- What is Shariah Law and the implications thereof for South Africa?
The church and other concerned members of the community should seriously consider giving a serious response to this challenge.
This project has a twofold aim:
- This project aims to improve the ability of churches to deal with the challenges arising from the spread and growth of Islam in South Africa. To do so the following information is needed:
- Demographics and location of established and emerging Muslim communities.
- Location of Mosques and Muslims prayer halls, other Muslim institutions and enterprises.
- The presence of Churches and Christian organisations in and around each established and emerging Muslim communities.
- Muslim communities with active Christian witness and those without any Christian witness to them.
- To educate the Church on Islam in South Africa for the purposes of reaching the Muslims with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
- Consultation meetings to share research info with churches, mission organisations, individuals, on the extent of the challenge and the need to give a response.
- To remind the Church of its obligation to the Great Commission of our Lord Jesus Christ.
- Gathering of information on the challenge of Islam and dissemination of the same for the sake of mobilising the church to evangelise Muslims;
- Making the church aware of the Islamic agenda to Islamise South Africa and Africa as a whole;
- Increased capacity of local churches/mission organisations to deal with the prevention, preparedness and response to the Islamic agenda to take over Africa.
- To identify Christian resources that pertains to awareness of Islam and empowerment of Churches sharing the gospel with the Muslims.
- Increased efforts among Christians to reach out to the Muslim neighbours for Christ,
- Increased awareness among churches of overall risks of Islamisation of South Africa and other countries in the sub-region,
- Enhanced church readiness to reduce overall Islamic threat to take over the government and the country
- Presentations (papers/articles/power-point
- Catalogue of resources
- Case studies
- Initial phase-
- Set up a steering committee for the project;
- Develop a detailed project plan of action with specific activities, specific budget, timeline and responsibilities;
- Develop, together with the steering committee, project performance criteria and indicators to evaluate whether the actions proposed are leading to improvements in promoting awareness to the churches about Islamic agenda, in improving preparedness;
- Identify and recruit stakeholders to participate in the project,
- Implementation phase-
- Identify all existing and emerging Muslim communities, with and without an active Christian witness, in each province of South Africa.
- List all Christian witnesses in and to each Muslim community.
- Hold annual, or as needed, project progress review meetings together with project stakeholders.
- Document all findings and methodologies and prepare reports so that after completion of the research the outcomes of the project can be realised.
- Promote public awareness campaigns to communicate with a larger Christian community the findings of the research.
- Prepare a national meeting with relevant Christian networks and associations etc, to present project results and recommendations on how to address the challenges in the country.