Redeeming a culture

(From The Ismailis are a sect within Shia Islam who follow a living imam (spiritual leader) who is descended from Ali, the cousin and son-in-law of the Prophet Muhammad. They believe these hereditary imams offer moral and spiritual guidance. There are 15 million Ismailis Muslims, mainly living in Central and South Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, North America, and Australia. They highly value education, believing that the search for knowledge benefits self and society. Ismailis also aim to live peaceably alongside others, and work to build a better life for the communities they live in as a whole.

They are often visibly engaged in efforts to help others with others, For example, last year the Ismaili community in Edmonton hosted a pancake breakfast and Covid-19 vaccination clinic on Canada Day, where they partnered with the city, local indigenous leaders, and a Christian shelter for the homeless. Very few Christian workers focus on Ismailis. It is easy to talk about faith with them, as they are interested in learning and may readily engage with Scripture, agreeing with another perspective, but not accepting it for themselves. Ismailis honor Jesus and share many Christian beliefs about Him. What if Christian workers could go and serve among them and teach them about the Ultimate Servant, the Son of God? Pray for Ismailis to come to Jesus Christ!