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The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) is known as the most ethnolinguistically diverse metro area in North America and possibly the world. It is a present-day example of what Paul said in Acts 17:26-27: “[God] made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth…”
At least 500,000 Muslim individuals live in the Greater Toronto Area, which makes them a significant minority in a city that is a global hub. There are around 220 mosque communities in GTA. Many Muslims immigrated to Toronto due to wars, privation, poverty, disappointment with Islam, better educational opportunities, and persecution. The majority of Canadian Muslims have come from countries where they have had no opportunity to discover Jesus Christ.
Mohamed, a Muslim from Syria, is pursuing his college degree in Canada. He said, “Generally speaking, Muslims would love to hear you mention them in your prayers.”
Muslims desire to be in paradise with God. But they must see that eternity with Him only comes through knowing Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Mohamed added he is thankful for Christians who ask how they can pray for their Muslim friends. Such a simple act can be a profound demonstration of Christ’s love.
How to Pray
- Pray for immigrants, adapting to the climate, culture, and changes of life in Toronto. (Deuteronomy 10:18-19)
- Pray for the Holy Spirit to draw Mohamed and others like him to faith in Christ, so that they can show other Muslims the beauty of the gospel. (Matthew 25:35-40)
- Pray that Toronto’s Muslims become friends with Christians and have positive experiences with the Canadian church. (Acts 17:26-28)
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