Conservative Islam is rife across Flowertown, here in the heart of the Middle East. Our city is often described as the intellectual heart of Islam, and most residents of the Flowertown neighborhood cling tightly to this false gospel of works salvation.
Everyday across our city, millions of Muslims are bowing their faces five times a day toward Mecca, clutching to the empty hope that their good works will be enough. The tragic reality is that most of these people have never clearly heard the gospel message, nor do they know where to find it if they tried. The light of the gospel is dim in this dark urban center.
GOD AT WORK IN THE MIDDLE EAST
Generation LINK in the Middle East partners with a long-term church planting team targeting a least-reached urban neighborhood. As just one sector of this huge city, the dense Flowertown “neighborhood” has a population between 3.5 and 4 million residents. To our knowledge, this current initiative is the first time it has been engaged with any sustained church planting initiative.
Our vision is to see a gospel awakening in Flowertown as countless Muslims come to faith in Christ and begin a network of healthy, reproducing house churches which spreads across the city. Despite the hardness of the soil and the difficulties of this rough area, the Flowertown team is convinced that Christ’s words are no exaggeration when he declared that “the fields are white for harvest.”
Despite the hardness of the soil and the difficulties of this rough area, the Flowertown team is convinced that Christ’s words are no exaggeration when he declared that “the fields are white for harvest.”
THE FLOWERTOWN RESIDENCY
It’s an exciting season in GLINK Middle East as ground is being broken in this frontier urban district. Our team has put extensive work into getting into this area, especially through the access created by our Flowertown Community Center. This center serves as a hub where we can tangibly show love to the people of our city through meeting physical needs, while forging relationships in the community that will lead to crucial gospel conversations.
Generation LINK Residents will work on staff as ESL interns at the Community Center for their “day-job,” while using their evenings and days off to develop relationships for gospel proclamation. Our team’s ethos of community driven mission means that interns will come away from their time here not only with a vision for the lost of the Muslim world, but also having been invested in by a community of likeminded laborers. Interns will have an opportunity to begin learning spoken Arabic, as well as options for earning seminary credit.
Due to the nature of the Generation LINK Middle East, we currently only offer Residency opportunities and not Summer LINK opportunities.