No street performances, public announcements, or gathering crowds here. Instead you’ll break up into small groups and travel on foot, meeting people throughout the city, making friends and striking up conversations. These conversations will take place with shop owners, locals, travelers, and the list goes on. You’ll use these opportunities to turn the conversation into something more meaningful, discussing life, customs, and faith. Get an in-depth and firsthand understanding of Islamic tradition, and engage meaningfully with individuals who hold those traditions close to their hearts.
You’ll have the opportunity to break down cultural barriers, overcome derogatory stereotypes on both sides, and find ways to connect personally with others whose lives are very different from your own. These conversations won’t always be easy, and will require practice, but you can expect to get plenty of that.
Another crucial element of ministry on this trip is going to be bringing serious worship and prayer to this part of the world. You’ll be engaging daily in extended times of prayer on matters both specific and broad. You’ll also engage in daily worship next to long-term missionaries who are calling on God to move in big ways in this country. The purpose of these times will be to seek sustenance from God in a challenging environment, and to exalt His name in a place where so few ever do.