Friday, October 14, 2005


KENNER, La. (BP)--Charmaine Fenstermacher had just three Gospel tracts left to share with families lined up to receive food from Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers in Kenner, La."As a car pulled up, we'd say, 'Hi, how are you? Do you want some lunch?'" Fenstermacher, of Southlake, Texas, recounted. When asked, "How are you doing?" some of the displaced Louisianans told how Hurricane Katrina had left them destitute and hungry."I had three tracts left and I was using them sparingly," Fenstermacher said, as many of the evacuees had already heard the Gospel at some point in the post-Katrina disaster relief efforts. "Some of them wanted to talk and it was so nice to hear what they had to say," though many of their stories began running together as they told of coping with the disaster.

When a black sedan rolled to the front of the line, Fenstermacher recognized the family to be of Middle Eastern descent. "The mother was wearing a beautiful, silk gown with gold threads. It was covering her arms as she reached out for food. She told me they had lost everything in the hurricane."Fenstermacher, a 53-year-old homemaker, is still amazed at the encounter God gave to her."I reached in and handed them lunch and we talked a little since there was a long line ahead of me. It surprised me the things I asked because I'm not normally so bold. 'Do you know Jesus?'" she asked the man, his wife and their teenage son, uncertain of the response she would get. (MORE)


At 10:50 PM, Blogger Umm Zaid said...

Salaam 'Alaikum

Welp, I just think that this whole story is a big ol' lie. What Muslim doesn't know who Jesus (aleyhi salatu wa salaam) is? That's *their* perception of us and this diyn -- they don't know we have Jesus and Maryam and the rest of the Prophets as well (peace be upon them). The whole story reads like some fundagelical fantasy of who Muslims are. Plus look at the source -- the SBC? My *** personal experiences *** with SBC missionaries is that they will lie, lie, lie to get you into their millah. It's all good if it's done in the name of Jesus (peace be upon him) and it's called contextualized evangelism, and it's taught in Bible colleges and training seminars (anyone who doesn't believe me can take a trip into the wild and whacky world of missionary literature).

At 2:07 PM, Blogger izzymo said...

Walaikum salaam,

I thought the story sounded off, and then they depict the Muslim family as not being able to make a coherent English sentence.

“The husband spoke for the family and said, ‘We have been Muslim.’

"We have been Muslim?". That makes no sense. I have been Catholic but does that make me a Catholic now or am I something else. Subhan'Allah, reason #538 why I am glad I am a Muslim. You NEVER hear about Islamic daiees doing such things.

And yes, there is the "well Muslims don't know how Christ is" idea going on here, peace and blessings upon him. Funny how I think about him and all the other prophets more than I did before I converted. May God bless them all.

At 8:39 PM, Blogger Ann said...

Assalaamu alaikum,

Someone sent me this today from the same "Baptist Press":

Southern Baptists intercede for Muslims during Ramadan

Aside from everything else, there are a lot of inaccuracies in it...

At 6:20 PM, Blogger izzymo said...

Subhan'Allah and Walaikum salaam,

That article had so many mistakes. But in a way, I am glad they have it wrong because no Muslim, practicing or not, would fall for this. I remember the Bible speaking of Isa (alayhi wa salaam) fasting for weeks at a time and he did pass out from exhaustion. If they would *actually* be Christ-like, if they would only follow the sunnah of Isa' (alayhi wa salaam) then they would see why we follow the Sunnah of Muhammad (sallalahu alayhi wa salaam).

At 6:15 AM, Blogger alienbea said...


Stories like this set my teeth on edge (admittedly I got no further than "we have been Muslim" before I clicked away in utter disgust) and remind me exactly why, among the many other reasons, I left the SBC long, long before I ever became Muslim.

At 6:53 AM, Blogger TheDevilIsInTheDetails said...

For the next hurricane image katrina ; the easy way to keep going.


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