Gallaudet University Chaplaincy



This is an introductory letter presented in ASL to all Christian churches, ministries, and parachurch organizations involved in Deaf Ministry regarding Bruce’s new position as Gallaudet University’s Christian & Missionary Alliance (C&MA) Chaplain.

No voice interpretation for this video. Subtitles are provided for hearing viewers. Please click on the CC button in the video player to activate the subtitles.

For more information about C&MA denomination, please visit www.cmalliance.org.

E-mail Bruce Persons if you want to reach him for more details.

3 Practical Steps Christians Can Love Muslims

Title: 3 Practical Steps Christians Can Love Muslims
Signer: Bruce L. Persons, M.Div.
Video Link: http://vimeo.com/173107980

Written Transcript:

Christians often ask, “How can I participate in the unprecedented movements of God among Muslims today?” The answer is simple: “Love Muslims.”

This is simple yet difficult to achieve because Islam has made itself among the most feared religions on earth. This stems from Islam’s long history of conquests, forced conversions, discrimination, and terrorist atrocities that stream across our news media every day. This view is not just held among Christians but also by Hindus, Chinese, Socialists, and Buddhists. Islam separates itself from every non-Muslim people on earth.

Remember: Muslims are not Islam. Muslims are people – men and women, boys and girls. Muslims in many parts of the world have isolated themselves in communities that reinforce the stereotypes that Christians are ignorant, worldly and slaves to hedonism, the love of pleasure. Christians must stop reinforcing and upholding these stereotypes.

It might be tempting for us to fear, flee, and even fight Muslims. But when we do so, we follow a script that Islam has used for centuries to depict Christians as “others” who must be contested or avoided.

What are three practical ways Christians can love Muslims?

1) Pray

When we commit ourselves to praying for Muslims, we take on the very heart of God. God loves Muslims so much that He sent His only Son into the world to love them, forgive them, and save them (John 3:16). God desires to draw them to Himself.

2) Show hospitality

When we intentionally invite Muslims into our houses and churches, we have an opportunity to be the aroma of Christ in their lives. When Muslims notice how Christians are a community of faithful God-lovers and those who love Muslims in Jesus’ name, they will be attracted to God and will desire to know more about Jesus Christ.

3) Allow God to transform your heart

While we pray for and show hospitality to our Muslim neighbors, we find that our hearts begins to change. We begin to see them as God sees them. They are not people of a dangerous and threatening ideology. Rather, they are men and women, boys and girls, who are lost – as we once were – and in need of a Savior and Lord.

Source: www.30daysprayer.org 

Day 30: Christian Institutions & Virus

Day 30: Christian Institution & Virus
Series: 30 Days of Prayer for Muslims and Christians – 2016 Ramadan
Presented in American Sign Language, no voice interpretation.
Link: http://vimeo.com/173106240

Nota Bene: This post marks the final daily entry for the 30 Days of Prayer for 2016 Ramadan! Thank you for watching the videos and participating in this event through your daily prayers. Please contact Bruce Persons if you have any comments or questions!

Written Transcript:

In 1884, France constructed the magnificent St Louis Cathedral in Carthage, Tunisia. The Bey (monarch) of Tunis ceded the cathedral property to the French crown in perpetuity to serve as the leading cathedral for all Africa. The Byzantine-Moorish edifice with its soaring cupolas, stained-glass windows and six-ton great bell was expected to anchor Christianity in North Africa for a thousand years. Within a century, the worship in the cathedral had ceased, and the building was regulated to concerts and social events under its new name, the Acorpolium.

Throughout Europe and Northern Africa, England, France, and other superpowers have constructed cathedrals, hospitals, universities, and buildings dedicated to Christianity, but they do not constitute a movement of faith. Through the lenses of the world, we view “Christian” buildings and institutions as trophies of conquest and evidence of advance, while viewing the absence of these buildings as the absence of movements. But this is not the case.

There are many people in a neighboring North African country who has more than two dozen church elders – all converts from a Muslim background. They testify to the spread of the gospel across their North African homeland. The loss of the cathedral has not prevented a movement to Christ from happening.

Many Christian organizations and enterprise has been seduced by the hope that by establishing church buildings, hospitals, and schools, they are somehow establishing outposts of the Kingdom of God. In reality, the Kingdom of God is established through born-again men and women who submit their lives to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Movements take place when they hear the gospel and respond. The evidence of this Kingdom advance is found, not in buildings and institutions, but in the viral spread of the gospel, as demonstrated through transformed lives, sharing the message of Christ with others and gathering together for fellowship and the study of God’s Word. Buildings follow.

When viral movements take place, buildings, cathedrals, hospitals and universities will follow. They never precede viral movements of the gospel.

– Pray that Christians will see the Kingdom of God as communities of born-again believers, not as buildings.

– Pray that Christians will invest resources in demonstrating and sharing the gospel and in discipleship rather than in the construction of buildings and institutions.

– Pray for emerging movements in North Africa and across the Muslim world that are spreading from person to person by the thousands.

Source: www.30daysprayer.org 

Day 29: Muslim Idiom Translations

Day 29: Muslim Idiom Translations
Series: 30 Days of Prayer for Muslims and Christians – 2016 Ramadan
Presented in American Sign Language, no voice interpretation.
Link: http://vimeo.com/173106159

Written Transcript:

Though Islam, like Christianity, is a global religion that seeks the conversion of all people, Islam is challenged by a particular approach unavoidably tied to seventh-century Arab culture. Muslims around the world struggle to pray in the Arabic language, memorizing a holy book only available in Arabic.

Christianity, in contrast, translates into local human cultures and languages. In the Christian faith, the eternal God of all creation translated Himself into a local human form and adopted the language and culture of the Jewish people. Over the ages, Christianity has advanced throughout the world by translating that eternal gospel into local cultures and languages.

Christians also worship God in their own language all over the world. They call God by a thousand different names, and although different, they corporately worship “one Lord, one faith, one baptism” (Ephesians 4:5). Although the gospel is translated into every language on earth, the core essence of the message remains the same passed down from the antiquity (Jude 3).

There are some discussions about how Christians should translate “Allah.” Apologists argue that Allah is, in fact, a different God – often pointing to its roots as an ancient Babylonian moon goddess. Other people contend that the name “Allah” is related to the ancient Semitic word for God (Elohim) that appears in our Hebrew Bibles. It is important to note that Muslims do not worship a moon goddess or even admit the existence of a moon goddess; Christians must certainly agree with this.

Perhaps more important is that Arab Christians worshiped God as “Allah” long before the birth of Muhammad. Arab Christians and other major language communities continue to use the name “Allah” exclusively to refer to the God of the Bible. They recognize, as all believers should, that the importance of a name lies in the sacred revelation – in our case, the Bible – that gives it its meaning.

Every movement of Muslims to faith in Christ today has coincided with a local language translation of the Bible. Translators call these local translations in Muslim communities, “Muslim idiom translations.”

The beauty of the Christian faith is that it translates into local cultures and languages. God has chosen to reveal Himself to each people group in their own language and culture, and we should rejoice for this reason.

– Pray for the continued translation of the Bible into local Muslim languages and dialects so that all Muslims will understand the gospel message.

– Pray for unity among Christians who make efforts to convey the truth of the gospel to the Muslim world.

– Pray that non-Arab Muslims will recognize that they don’t have to abandon their own language and culture to approach and worship the God of all creation.

Source: www.30daysprayer.org 

Day 28: Night of Power

Day 28: Night of Power
Series: 30 Days of Prayer for Muslims and Christians – 2016 Ramadan
Presented in American Sign Language, no voice interpretation.
Link: http://vimeo.com/173106161

Written Transcript:

The 27th night of Ramadan is called Laylat al-Qadr, which translates as “Great or Valuable Night.” It is also known as the “Night of Power,” the “Valuable Night” and the “Night of the Divine Order.”

Laylat al-Qadr was the first night of the revelation of the Holy Qur’an to the Prophet Muhammad by the Archangel Jibrail (Gabriel). Muslims regard this as the most important event in history. They spend much of this night in prayer and worship as prayers offered on this night are thought to be worth all the prayers of one thousand months; many expect on this night they will hear from God in dreams.

Muslims often attest to the role of dreams in their life. Many of Muslim-background believers have reported of a “being of light” who haunts their slumber and left them seeking a higher truth. Many believers have learned how to be a dream catcher for Jesus. They recognize that the Holy Spirit can use extraordinary means to reach Muslims. God through the Holy Spirit seems to be using dreams to convict Muslims of sin, judgment, and righteousness – of their need for Jesus.

– Pray for Muslims on this Night of Power, that God will reveal Himself to them in many ways.

– Pray for dreams of Jesus to encourage Muslims all over the world to find out more about Him.

– Pray for dream catchers – believers who can help Muslims understand who the “being of light” in their dreams is and how He wants them to follow Him.

Source: www.30daysprayer.org