In Touch May 28, 2010
Posted on May 28, 2010 by under Touché,

 The Gospel in the Gulf (of Oman)

 This Sunday we will have a guest preacher.  He is Doug Leonard.  Doug is a pastor friend of mine whom I worked with as a coach for a couple of years.  He is taking a new position with the Reformed Church in America as a missionary in Oman.  He will be working in the area of Christian-Muslim relationships at the Al Amana Centre in Muscat Oman.  God has already provided him with some amazing stories in his work.  The RCA has had a presence in the Gulf of Oman well before 9/11.  In fact, that presence goes back to 1893 when the RCA established Oman’s first hospital. 

 Doug will continue with a century old partnership that is now more timely than ever.  As relationships between Christians and Muslims are strained and blowing up voices of coexistence and understanding are needed.  One of the unique things about missionaries in the RCA is that we have track records around the world that allow us to enter where others have doors blocked.

 I hope you will be present on this Memorial Day Sunday when, as a country, we remember the cost in lives of service of those who died serving our country.  It is a great Sunday to pray for peace and the healing of the nations.  Doug will do a great job of giving us a vision for how we can understand Muslim culture and share the hope of the gospel in the Gulf.

 He will stay after the second service for questions and answers.  It will be a day of education, inspiration and hope as we remember those who have died and commit ourselves to living together closer to the vision that God has for all of us.

 Yours in Shalom,