Entire Mosques Coming to Christ
in Sub-Saharan Africa
By Michelle A. Vu , Christian Post Reporter
March 26, 2012|4:19 pm – Found on http://www.christianpost.com

The idea of more than 200,000 former Muslims coming to faith in Sub-Saharan Africa
within a few short years is mind-boggling. But entire mosques in Sub-Saharan Africa
coming to faith? That news is even harder to wrap one’s mind around, but it is in fact
what is happening.

In the new book Miraculous Movements, Jerry Trousdale opens up a new world to
Western readers, taking them into the heart of the miraculous movement of God in Africa
that is transforming the hearts of Muslims.

Trousdale writes that “unprecedented” events are happening including:

• Multiple cases of entire mosques coming to faith
• Thousands of ordinary men and women being used by God to achieve seemingly
impossible outcomes
• Tens of thousands of Muslim background Christians becoming dedicated
intercessors who fast and pray for the gospel to penetrate the next community
• Muslim people groups that never had even one church among them now have more
than fifty church planted, and in some cases more than one hundred churches –
within two years of engagement
• Former sheikhs, imams and militant Islamists making up 20 percent or more of the
new Christian leaders in Muslim regions

“We had seven years now in Africa. And of the people in Africa, 81 different people
groups that have at least 50 percent Muslim have now significant movements among
them. We are talking about fairly extreme areas of Islamic influence. These are people
who have been Islamic for well over a hundred years, some hundreds of years.”

“This is just good news that God is in the same business as He was in the book of Acts,”
said the missions leader. “Disciples are multiplying greatly and even priests, imams and
sheikhs are becoming obedience to the faith. So I no longer doubt that we can finish the
task in this generation.”

Although there are many poignant stories in this book, one narrative about a blind former
businessman is particularly hard to forget. Zamil (names are changed for security reason) was a successful businessman and a respected leader at his mosque. One night he
dreamed that Jesus the Messiah appeared to him and said that Jesus was the light of the
world. After that dream, Zamil could no longer see.

Zamil’s family, including his wife, abandoned him as soon as they found out he had
become a Christian. He was blind, homeless and lost all his possessions after he became a

Under Mama Nadirah’s care, Zamil attended Discovery Bible Studies and learned to be
an obedient disciple of Jesus and that Jesus commanded his follower to go out and lead
others to him. Despite being blind, Zamil told Mama Nadirah he intended to go to
another village and become a disciple-maker for Jesus. Everyone told him that he
couldn’t go because he was blind.
But Zamil got into a taxi and went to a Muslim community nearby. A few days later, he
called Mama Nadirah and told her where he was, and within a month he called to
announce that a church had now been planted in the community and he was coming home
before setting off for his next community.

While Trousdale first and foremost credits God for the unexplainable phenomenon
occurring among Muslims in Africa, he also points to a new disciple making program.

The Disciple Making Movement approach consists of the following strategies:

• Go slow at first in order to go fast later – Jesus chose disciple making as his
strategy to prepare people to launch a global movement

• Focus on a few to win many – Jesus spent almost all his attention on intentionally
discipling just 12 men, focusing especially on four of them

• Engage an entire family or group, not just the individual – the New Testament
records whole families coming to faith

• Share only when and where people are ready to hear – only invest time in
people God has already prepared to bridge the gospel into their oikos, or family or

• Start with creation, not with Christ – Muslims need to start in Genesis to see
similarities and differences how the Quran and Bible describe God

• It’s about discovering and obeying, not teaching and knowledge

• Disciple people to conversion, not vice versa – Jesus chose ordinary men and
allowed them to walk with him as he revealed truths of God, then they came to a
point where they decided to become a follower of Jesus. This discipleship model
begins with discipleship and moves toward conversion. For Eve, it was knowledge
instead of obedience that led to her fall into sin

• Coach lost people from the beginning to discover and obey biblical truth

• Prepare to spend a long time making strong disciples, but anticipate
miraculous accelerations

• Expect the hardest places to yield the greatest results

He continues, ” Muslims in scores of different people groups are submitting their lives to
Jesus at rates that are much faster than most church growth in North America. And it is
happening, not by making the gospel journey somehow easier to traverse, but by focusing
from the first day on making obedient disciples who are daily seeking to follow Jesus and
obey his will. That is the pathway over which hundreds of thousands of Muslims have
come to Jesus.”