A transformed life is all about putting God at the centre. The Christian faith is not just about holding to a set of beliefs, but about being transformed by them. No programme can transform the life of a person or a community the way God can!
We all struggle to live out our faith in daily life. But can you imagine how difficult it is to grasp these kingdom values within a culture that is opposed to Christianity?
Two years ago, the Thomas Reuters Foundation released the results of some research conducted on women’s rights in the Arab world. The report makes for some shock reading: sexual harassment running at rates as high as 99 percent; female genital mutilation as high as 91 percent in Egypt; marital rape not recognised in many of the Gulf countries, as well as Morocco; child marriage and human trafficking endemic in Yemen… Although the report outlines some very positive developments in a number of countries, it clearly shows that humanistic, educational campaigns by the UN and other NGOs have made very little progress in this area.
Across the Arab world, women need to hear the message of God’s love that transforms. Throughout his ministry, Jesus taught that kingdom values should transform what we know and understand. Many times, he said, You have heard it said, but I say…