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New Staff Introductions: Meet Hannah Umhau

“Hi! As the newest addition to the New Wineskins team, I’m excited to be joining a staff that serves wholeheartedly the mission of the global church. I am joining the staff following participation in the Greensboro Fellows Program, which is a year-long program for recent college graduates focusing on spiritual and leadership development. The program is hosted by Church of the Redeemer in Greensboro, NC. While in the Fellows Program, I had the opportunity to meet Jenny and the rest of the New Wineskins staff. This even included going on a trip to Rwanda in May, led by Victoria Hassell!…”

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Of Creeds and Christians from a Muslim Background, Part 2 of 2

Continuing from part 1: “What of the Nicene Creed (or the Nicene-Constantinopalitan Creed, for those who wish to be more detailed)? Likewise I recommend its memorization. The genesis of the Apostles’ Creed was related to baptism: what was a biblical summary of the basics of Christianity that everyone could confess, such that someone who moved from Rome to Athens and wanted to take communion could be acknowledged as a Christian? What were the Scriptural basics of “mere Christianity”?…”

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Of Creeds and Christians from a Muslim Background, Part 1 of 2

“What do Muslim believe? That there is no deity but Allah and that Muhammad is his prophet. That is the shahada of Islam. The Arabic root sh-h-d is also found in the word shaahid or witness and shahiid or martyr. Your Christian from a Muslim Background (CMB) knew the shahada and had probably born witness to it thousands of time during her lifetime, and this is likely true even if she was not very devout…”

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Faith Forged in Fire (My Experience in The Agape Year)

“For those of you who don’t know, Agape Year is a new gap year program for recently graduated high schoolers. The program is located in Pittsburgh, and is an Anglican Global Mission Partners’ Initiative. Agape Year’s tagline is “Go deep. Go far. Go tell.” Over the course of eight months, the students (AKA “fellows”) spend four months in Pittsburgh serving at various ministries and studying scripture (going deep), about two months in Thailand (going far), and the last two months sharing testimonies at churches (going to tell). I just finished Agape Year this past May, and I can’t believe how much I’ve changed in just eight months…”

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Coming out as a Christian to your Muslim Family, Part 2 of 2

“I am an Anglican priest in Madrid, Spain. I often observe this practice of letting the practices of our tiny Protestant community be determined to a great extent by not doing what the Roman Catholics do. I understand the historical and contextual reasons for this practice. But in the long run it is not a recipe for fruitfulness. In the same way, the winsomeness of the Christian faith should be allowed to stand on its own…”

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Coming out as a Christian to your Muslim Family, Part 1 of 2

“This is now the fourth installation in my series on pastoral care for Christians who have converted from Islam. We started by addressing the issue of baptism, then the personality of God as portrayed in the Qur’an v. the Bible, and then the role of history in helping to form a firm identity for the convert…”

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The Door is Open, The Time is Now

“Jesus never raised a sword against anyone!” If that statement sounds unremarkable to you, consider how it might strike a Muslim fleeing war in his native land. It’s the message that AFM missionary, The Rev. Dr. Duane Miller, took to Korea to train Koreans to witness to Yemenis…

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You Were Made for More

“You were made for more.” I longed to her those words as a teenager – and in some way, I think we all do, really. Jesus knew that – I mean, it’s so clear really – God knows exactly what we need to hear in each and every moment because He made us + He sustains us. That’s a truth that I have built my life on…”

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Anglicans for Life

“Can you imagine how different our society would be if every church were teaching against abortion? Think about it – just about every community in America has at least one church. If churches taught about the sanctity of life and God as our Creator – couldn’t we begin to influence the culture, instead of the culture influencing the Church?..”

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