September 16, 2014
9/11: A decade later
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FIRST-PERSON: Remembering Sept. 12, the day after
Thom Rainer says he will always remember Sept. 12 -- the day after 9/11 -- because it was a day to ponder how he would do a better job of giving his life to things that really mattered, like sharing the Gospel.
WORLDVIEW: 9/11 changed hearts, minds & missions
EDITOR'S NOTE: For videos, stories and other resources exploring the legacy of 9/11 and how to reach Muslims, visit RICHMOND, Va. (BP)--When the jets slammed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field a decade ago, the life of Joseph Rose* began to change. A Christian college student, he knew little about Islam. He didn't know a single Muslim personally. His mother called and warned him to shave off his full beard, fearing "hate attacks" by angry people mistaking him for a Muslim. "I left the beard. No one attacked me," Rose recalled. As the initial shock of 9/11 wore off, something inside him spurred Rose to understand the forces shaking the world. "I began to read about Islam," he said. "I knew not all Muslims were terrorists, but I was casually driven to understand 'my enemy.'" Later, he got a job as a newspaper photographer in Ohio and moved into an apartment there. His next door neighbor was a young Muslim from the Middle East. "He invited me over to his apartment for Arabic coffee and chat. We would talk for hours and watch music videos from his home country. I asked him questions about his country and his religion. He smoked. He bowled. He worked at a hospital and helped his brother open a coffee shop. He was not a terrorist. He didn't even seem religious. Just an average guy." Over the next few years, Rose met more young Muslims who were "just like thousands of other young people in America" -- just as spiritually hungry, just as in need of the love and mercy of Jesus Christ. Today Rose works in communications for the International Mission Board. He covers stories about what God is doing among the nations and continues to nurture friendships with Muslims. "Through these experiences and encounters, God has called me to dedicate my life to working with and around Muslims, sharing life and Truth with them," Rose said. "If it weren't for 9/11, I might not be where I am today. I might not have seven guys named Mohammed listed in my phone. I might not have traveled to nine Muslim countries before the age of 30. God used this tragic event to call me out of the darkness of apathy and ignorance toward Muslims into the light of service and presence among this vast people." 9/11 STORIES That's one "9/11 story." There are countless others. Every person responded differently to the bloodiest attack on American ground since Pearl Harbor. The historical forces that led to the Sept. 11 attacks are fairly clear: longstanding hatred of America and the West among radicalized Muslims, the rise of terrorism as a political weapon, the spread of al-Qaida and other jihadist groups, ongoing fallout from the 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, reaction to U.S. involvement in the first Gulf War, American support for Israel. The list goes on. The long-term spiritual impact of the event on international missions, however, is more difficult to discern. Christian workers have faced hostility since the beginning of the evangelical missions movement. They've often found themselves caught in the crossfire of wars and violent change. But 9/11 added a new layer of challenge.
9/11 turned him toward ministry
NEW YORK (BP)--Ten years after 9/11, Freeman Field and his father Taylor agree that what terrorists intended for evil produced a life-changing harvest of good for the younger Field.       "For Freeman, the experience itself was spiritually a turning point," Taylor Field, a North American Mission Board missionary in New York, told Baptist Press....
9/11 sparked ministry for NYC church
NEW YORK (BP)--In the days following Sept. 11, 2001, many Americans flocked to churches only to drop out within months.
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9/11: Remember, pray & trust
Pastor Trey Graham notes, "The faith that brought us through 9/11 can bring us through divorces, bankruptcies and illnesses today."
Terrorist trainee finds Christ
SOUTHEAST ASIA (BP)--As a teenager, Budi Mulyadi* trained to kill Christians with a 9 mm pistol. For months, he aimed it at a target while an instructor shouted slurs against Christianity. Mulyadi didn't know anything about the religion, just that it threatened Islam. Not once did someone explain Christ's sacrifice to him. Yet, almost 20 years later, he serves as a Christian worker. Today Mulyadi works with American Christian workers to manage worship sessions for youth in Southeast Asia. He helps local farmers learn better ways to raise healthy fish and grow their crops. He gives food to poverty-stricken families. As Mulyadi works, the jobs and the people he works with bring him joy and he smiles, but his smiles fade when he talks about his adolescence. At the age of 14, he lived in an Islamic terrorist camp that imbued him with wrath and hate. Hate "was something that was implanted in my mind," he said. "I could just think about Christians and the hate would pop up." An obstinate child, Mulyadi ran away from an Islamic boarding school in his early teenage years. The school merely taught him Muslim scripture but had too many rules for his taste. He had already run away from home after a violent disagreement with his father, so the 13-year-old had nowhere to turn. Then he met an Islamic extremist who promised him a new education. The man took the young Mulyadi to a large compound of tents that was surrounded by trees. Twenty other boys slept in the tents at night and trained with knives and guns during the day. They only stopped for sleep, food and prayer. When their instructors talked to them, they touted the supremacy of Muslims and the wretchedness of Christians. The Christians, they said, deserved to die. "We were told that the Christians were infidels," Mulyadi said. "If we would kill Christians, then that would be a free ticket into heaven for us." At the camp, Mulyadi felt anger and self-righteousness boiling inside. As he practiced with a gun supplied by the camp, hate filled him. At times, though, he also felt doubt and confusion. The instructors told him that Christians should burn in hell, but did he want to send them there? The boy continued to mull over these questions as his marksmanship improved and as the gun felt more and more familiar in his hand. Eventually, the leaders believed, Mulyadi and four other boys were ready to prove their worth. Without a clear strategy, they sent their students out to kill anyone they could.
FIRST PERSON: Opening my heart to 'enemies'
RICHMOND, Va. (BP)--When I first heard about the death of Osama bin Laden from people at the mosque in my neighborhood, I was in shock. Little did I know we were both living in the same country -- Pakistan.
Church develops bond with Muslim community
ARLINGTON, Texas (BP)--Jason Thibeaux said he wasn't really afraid of Muslims. But he definitely didn't love them, either.
IMB resources point to 'Loving Muslims'
RICHMOND, Va. (BP)--Cade Rutledge* used to wave his American flags and get really fired up about "getting those terrorists."
9/11 fueled New York's rise in church planting movement
NEW YORK (BP)--At 8:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, Tom Fortner sat down for a quick breakfast. Only five miles from where Fortner blessed his meal, a Boeing 767 commercial airliner navigated by terrorists slammed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center.
Too far from the twin towers to hear the crash, a co-worker told Fortner and others about the mysterious crash. They then looked out the windows and turned their eyes to the largest building in the skyline to watch as the tragic events of the next few minutes unfolded. In those minutes Fortner got his first opportunity to tell a New Yorker about Jesus. Though she had no interest in making a decision at that moment, Fortner was undeterred. "I plant the seeds and it's God's job to make them grow," said the bivocational pastor and computer network engineer. That day -- and in the days following -- a variety of New Yorkers listened as Fortner told them about Jesus. Still no Gospel seeds germinated that day. As Fortner walked back that night from a sparsely attended prayer meeting, he prayed as he walked. New Yorkers showed unprecedented openness as they began to recognize their vulnerability. Yet Fortner, who would soon be returning to his home in Dallas, felt small and helpless to meet the city's staggering spiritual needs. "Send someone else to pick up where I left off," Fortner prayed.
9/11 took disaster relief to new level
ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- Imagine India's Yamuna River without the Taj Mahal. Paris without the Eiffel Tower. The loss of the World Trade Center's twin towers left a similarly unimaginable hole in the American landscape and psyche.

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