Ruth Ripken shares insights from over 35 years in missions, 4 ways for Christians to overcome fear, why Christian women must be the ones to reach out to Muslim women with hospitality and what it means to love our neighbor well.
She is a veteran missionary who has lived in several countries in Africa, learned about different cultures, ministered to believers in persecution and participated in relief efforts with her husband Nik Ripen.
What You’ll Learn:
- About the importance of hospitality in relationships with Muslim women
- Four ways to get over the ‘fear factor’ and not be afraid to say or do the wrong thing
- About surfing the ‘international food aisle’
About the Guest:
Ruth Ripken and her husband, Nik are mission veterans of 35 years. Along with her husband, they have done extensive research among believers living in the midst of persecution in over 70 countries. This research has been shared in numerous articles and three books. Nowadays, they spend their time sharing the truths they have learned from these believers in persecution with churches, schools, and mission organizations.
One of Ruth’s greatest joys is spending time with Muslim women, listening to their stories and seeing how God can break into their lives. Another blessing is helping Christian women in America to connect and fall in love with the nations in their midst.
Nik and Ruth are the parents of three sons, two wonderful daughter-in-loves and an amazing grandson.
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Timestamped Show Notes:
03:07 - The Importance of Family
04:40 - A Vision for Missions Started in Childhood
06:11 - From Home to Malawi
06:53 - Relief Work in Kenya
07:42 - Ministering to Believers in Persecution
07:55 - Why a Special Focus on Muslim Women
10:43 - What Does this Outreach Look Like?
12:10 - Making Yourself Available
13:23 - Why Do We Love?
14:15 - Getting over the Fear Factor
14:45 - Fear: What if I Say the Wrong Thing?
15:43 - Breaking Bread and Hospitality
16:25 - Fear: What if I Cook the Wrong Thing?
17:08 - Making Friends in the International Food Aisle
19:12 - Women in Leadership in the Iranian Church
20:38 - Muslim Background Believers Persecuted in the USA
21:30 - Christian Response to Hijabs and Niqabs
22:00 - Fear: Where is It?
24:11 - Persecuted Christians Loving their Persecutors
24:33 - Being Welcomed in Muslim-Majority Countries
25:30 - Fear: Persecution and Honor Killings
27:13 - Honor Killings in the West
28:14 - Yes, Muslims Can Become Christian
29:10 - Developing Deep Friendship
29:57 - Being Welcoming and Practicalities of Hospitality
31:51 - When Language Seems Like a Barrier
32:38 - Sharing Stories
34:47 - Contact Info
35:58 - Joke: What about Dinosaurs?
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