This won’t be too profound because my brain keeps trying to shut down out of physical exhaustion. Today we had a layover in Cairo. Oh my gosh! Such beauty mixed with lots and lots of sunshine and history and people!!! I’m beginning to collect some thoughts but it’ll take a while to curate what I’m seeing and learning. Praying in the Al-Ashar mosque today and having a short discussion with the Grand mufti was deeply meaningful. I received a special warm greeting from the mufti when I told him I was a Christian brother. He seemed to have a soft spot for my spiritual tribe. .
The group I’m traveling with knows I’m a Christian minister which has invited plenty of questions already. Have you ever thought of trying to explain the difference between Catholics, Orthodox, and Protestants? Briefly? Then add on evangelicals! Tonight we fly to Baghdad where we will add another 20 degrees to our temperature and some intensity over the next few days. Prayers for health, safety and meaningful connections and conversations are welcome. Thanks for following along.
A Local Church Pastor
“Through personal storytelling, biblical preaching, and literally getting us out of the church and into a mosque, Andy walked alongside our church with the question, “Compelled by God’s love, what does it mean to love our Muslim neighbor?” Wise, gentle, and prophetic, Andy doesn’t just talk about peacemaking–he lives it.”Website
Lay Church Leader
“Andy spent a weekend at our church recently speaking about his bridge building relationships with Muslims. This approach resonates in contrast with so much media attention to extremists. It was a new message for a lot of our members, but they seemed willing to listen and be open because of Andy’s gentle and non-threatening presence. Now we can discuss this topic more freely and see our Muslim neighbors in a new light, building friendships as God leads.”
Professor of Reconciliation Studies
“We recognize you as an agent of change for reconciliation and an influential community leader. We’d like to invite you to influence the next generation of community leaders here at Seattle Pacific University.”
“Andy Larsen recently gave a presentation and engaged our congregation around the question, “Who is our neighbor?” His knowledge and experience as a bridge-builder and peacemaker was evident as he encouraged us to look outside our normal circles of friendships. Andy is well-suited for this ministry as he travels effortlessly between Muslim and Christian communities and invites us to do the same.” Website