Thursday, March 8, 2012

The Heart of a Missionary

My husband and I sat tonight as a dear man and brother in Christ shared his heart and the vision God has given him.  His name is Fikri Youssef.  We have been blessed to partner with him for the past 6 months.  He is an Egyptian born Christian, married to a Bolivian woman, who is a missionary to America.

A missionary to America?

That may seem odd to you.  It was to me, at first.  But did you know that the United States of America is the world's third largest mission field?  There are over 195 MILLION unchurched people in the US.  These statistics blew me away.  I live in the Bible Belt, for crying out loud.  Almost everyone I know is a Christian...
or are they?

Fikri and his beautiful wife recently followed God's call to move to Miami, Fl.  They have settled into a tiny apartment in the midst of the student community in order to reach the nations for Jesus Christ.  
Why Miami?  
According to the ministry website,, Miami is one of the most unchurched cities in America. Over 300,000 college students pursue their education in this multicultural port city.  These students come from all over the world.  In fact, many of them come from nations in which it is illegal...under penalty of share the gospel.  But these kids arrive in America from various Middle Eastern countries and Fikri is able to sit down with them at Starbucks and share boldly the gospel of Jesus Christ in complete freedom!  Not to mention the HUGE Latin American community that dominates the city of Miami...the fields are definitely ripe for harvest.  (John 4:35)
In less than six months, 23 students have responded and are meeting weekly for discipleship training.  The harvest is painfully slow but steady because the battle is fierce for their souls.  Faithfully plodding forward despite the warfare is exhausting for Fikri and all of those given the task of fighting for the eternities of these students.  The students are there to live the college life...partying hard and hitting the beaches of Miami.  But God has placed this seed, this obedient man and woman of God, to cut through the thick weeds of immorality, godlessness, and deception that thrive in Miami and plant a church that proclaims the Truth of Jesus.

Plant Miami  is the real thing.  It is a movement of God.  We can impact the nations by reaching their youth right here in the US!  Please consider joining in this work.  Give generously to Fikri and this ministry.  Pray for them as they have faced serious hardship from many directions since their arrival in Florida.  Share this with everyone you know!  May the Church join hands in support of God's work and see a revival sparked and the good news of Jesus spread like wildfire! 

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