Girls´ Dormitory Opens Hearts in an Arab Country

Some indigenous ministries have found an effective way to reach Muslims for Christ within Islamic countries. They provide safe, affordable housing for young women who are attending state universities.

When these highly intelligent girls leave their small home towns for study in a big city, finding a suitable place to stay can be their number one problem. And it affects tens of thousands of them. In some Islamic countries, the number of women students enrolled in the universities is equal to, or even exceeds, the number of men.

One ministry based in an Arab country has seen this need as an opportunity to open the hearts of young Muslim women toward the gospel of Christ. With financial help from Christian Aid they constructed a two-story dormitory with four bedrooms plus bathrooms on each floor. Three girls stay in each room, so the total in residence is 24. The students feel safe in the facility, especially since they are living under the protection and oversight of caring Christian women. And, needless to say, family members back home are thrilled to know that their daughters have such an ideal place to live while away in the big city.

In the universities, students are taught to be open to new ideas as part of their liberal education, so the girls readily receive Bibles offered to them by their hosts. And some are very open to discuss the similarities between the Christian faith and Islam, as well as differences such as the deity of Christ, His substitutionary death for our sins, and salvation by grace through faith, not by works.

When the girls go home during holidays, some of them share with their families how these Christians are really wonderful people, and not at all like some Islamic extremists have portrayed them. So the long term witness of the dormitory ministry can be far-reaching to many smaller cities and towns.