1Oxford Centre for Mission Studies 2Oxford Centre for Mission Studies
Mission is shaped by the life and experience of the church, both past and present, and this in turn is the function of both the work of the Spirit of God and the interaction of the people of God with their contexts. In line with this position, we highlight some elements of the global context of mission, trends in world Christianity and mission and, then, examine, as a historical case, the reported evidence of the work of the Spirit of God among Muslims. In exploring the evidence of the Spirit’s operation among Muslims, the paper reviews a selection of missionary sources, an autobiography of an illustrious Muslim convert and a selection of relatively recent secondary works. The underlying argument is that crises often lead to a search for new meaning and purpose; though not all of these may necessarily lead to outward conversion and belonging. This should not discourage us but rather be a source of rejoicing and a step towards partnership with God in his mission and ministry.