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September 1, 2016

Faith and friendships

Written by  Alan Wert
City center, Cardiff, Wales. City center, Cardiff, Wales. Photo provided by author.

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Last month, the first three refugee families were given homes in the Pontypridd area of Wales. I’m learning how Muslims are as varied as Christians.

I’ve been attending a Friendship First course, sponsored by Glenwood Church. In one video an imam describes the U.K. as not being a Christian country, but he wishes it was. He is saddened by how "lost" British people are, how disconnected from faith. Carol has observed one of her Muslim students trying to persuade a fellow student that he must believe either Islam or Christianity, and that “anything else is not good.”

During the course we have been blessed by meeting Muslim followers of Jesus. They have amazing stories to share how God’s Spirit revealed Himself to each of them. Friendships play a role in each of their stories.

The Bible and the Qur’an both helped to reveal the truth about Jesus. Ali was a teacher of the Qur’an and had set out to disprove the Bible, but God’s Spirit had other plans. Pleading in prayer for the truth from God, Ali had his eyes, heart, and mind opened to the revelation that Jesus is his Savior and Lord.

We are living in a time that is difficult globally. I feel confused by world events, and surprised at the same time. But God is still God. No matter where the Church may be in the world, I believe God is bringing the hurting, broken, and lost to us to help bring healing.

Alan and his wife Carol and family have served in Wales since 1999. To support the Werts, contact Barry Freed at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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