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iHOPE Empowers

Renod and Karen Bejjani

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Let us help you share your faith across cultures without apprehension. Join host Renod Bejjani, co-founder of iHOPE Ministries, as he emboldens you to live as an authentic Christian witness through powerful real-life story-telling and road-tested principles. Get more resources at www.iHOPEministries.org.
 
A catalyst for everyday Christian women who know they “should be” sharing their faith across cultures. Host Karen Bejjani, co-founder of IHOPE Ministries dishes up a fresh dose of inspiration and moral courage through conversations with faith-filled women who’re sharing Jesus across religious boundaries right in their own backyards. For more inspiration visit TheBlueCord.org.
 
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Here's a secret about sharing your faith – it doesn’t happen through the sheer force of your own ability – at least not well. Ruth Ripken and her husband Nik learned this first-hand while sharing Jesus all over the globe – in areas of famine, and war – places where it’s illegal to share your faith. She’s walked alongside Believers who’ve suffered i…
 
Could you confidently share the Bible with a non-believer? Cathy couldn’t. That’s because she’d never read the Bible. She wasn’t a Believer, so she was the least likely person to share the Bible with anyone. Then, an acquaintance invited her to a Bible study. It changed everything. Find out how she’s learned to naturally invite women from other fai…
 
Initiating prayer with a non-Believer, especially one from another faith or culture, seems risky. Betsy wondered, “What if they think I’m a crazy religious fanatic or just plain weird?” Then one day she realized people all around her as far as she could see had no one praying for them in Jesus’ name. It burdened her to step outside of her comfort z…
 
Are you comfortable steering conversation into spiritual things with non-Believers? Andrea was not. She believed doing that would be intrusive and offensive. So, she didn’t discuss spiritual things. Then God intervened. Now introverted Andrea is boldly striking up wholehearted, natural conversations that lead to Jesus around her everyday life - eve…
 
Courage grows a more resilient Christian faith. So how can you grow more courage – especially when it comes to sharing your faith? One way is to hear inspiring stories from Believers of other-faith backgrounds who’ve had to overcome great odds to follow Jesus. Today’s guest, Ataya is one of those people. Her coming-to-Jesus story will remind you th…
 
Ever felt unqualified to share your faith? You're not alone. Our human inclination is to hold ourselves to impossible standards and plan for every "what if" scenario before we open our mouths for Jesus. Lucy felt overwhelmed too - until she learned a new way to think. It changed how she acted about sharing her faith, especially with other-faith fri…
 
Courage grows a more resilient Christian faith. So how can you grow more courage – especially when it comes to sharing your faith? One way is to hear inspiring stories from Believers of other-faith backgrounds who’ve had to overcome great odds to follow Jesus. Today’s guest, Ataya is one of those people. Her coming-to-Jesus story will remind you th…
 
Courage is contagious. So, how can you “catch” more courage to share your faith – even in the face of resistance? In this episode, Karen, an entrepreneur, and retired teacher will coach you to leverage the power of social influence so that you can more boldly live as an authentic Christian witness around your daily life. Find out how growing your m…
 
When it comes to sharing Jesus across cultures, everyone wrestles with two questions: Can I do it, and is it worth it? The first question is about ability, and the second is motivation. This episode answers both. Through inspiring, real-life stories, Renod shares 5 things you can do now around your daily life that will give you the courage, confide…
 
When it comes to sharing Jesus across cultures, everyone wrestles with two questions: Can I do it, and is it worth it? The first question is about ability, and the second is motivation. This episode answers both. Through inspiring, real-life stories, you’ll learn 5 things you can do now around your daily life that will give you the courage, confide…
 
What does it look like practically to love your neighbors when you’re stretched thin between work, school, and taking care of our family? In this episode, Vela, a busy pastor’s wife, shares how to make time for loving others when calendars are already full to overflowing. Wherever you are in your faith journey today, the stories Vela shares will in…
 
Hope is not a strategy. If you’re a Believer who has been building relationships on everything but Jesus because you didn’t want to offend, it’s time for a new strategy. In this episode, Kayla – a busy mom of two - unpacks 3 faith-sharing ground rules she’s learned that will free you up to be a natural, authentic Christian witness in your everyday …
 
We like the idea of sharing Jesus across cultures, yet without compassion, it can be terrifying. Lily knew this first-hand. She grew up Muslim in Iran. When she became a Christian, she knew fellow Iranians needed Jesus too. Yet she trembled at the thought of sharing the gospel. Today, she finds joy in sharing Jesus in Iran. What made Lily bold? Cou…
 
It’s not a matter of if you will face doubt or worldviews that are the opposite of yours, but when. Are you ready? If you’re a Christian, hinting at or hiding your faith is not an option. So, what can you do? Today’s guest, Leatrice, arms you with a mindset and habits to put on now that will prepare you for the inevitable. Find out how to trade any…
 
Rampant skepticism toward Christianity causes doubt. How can you share your faith when pop culture attacks what you believe? It can be discouraging, yet there is hope. Today’s guest comes from Saudi Arabia where it’s illegal to share the gospel or become a Jesus follower. She’s grown a resilient faith that has made her a bold and mighty witness und…
 
Praying with someone - in Jesus’ name - is one of the simplest, most effective things you can do, especially with other-faith friends. In this episode, you’ll learn how to 1) optimize the differences between Christian and Muslim prayers; 2) initiate prayer, and quickly identify “persons of peace;”and 3) pray fruitful gospel-centered prayers. Full o…
 
Life is messy, and it’s easy to forget that God can take your simple words, small actions, and faithful conversations about Jesus to change someone’s life for eternity. Today’s guest, an Aussie Bible teacher from a Muslim background, will remind you that it’s worth it to press through the discomfort because you never know what’s on the other side o…
 
Mahreen will never forget the moment she felt the powerful presence of the living God. In the twinkle of an eye, her life was completely transformed. As a former Muslim, she had suffered years of abuse and neglect. Her fervent prayers to Allah, the god of Islam, were never answered. It left her feeling broken and alone. Yet God saw her. And He was …
 
If your friends aren’t talking about sharing their faith across cultures, and you never saw anyone do it, how would you know what to do? On the surface, it sounds daunting. Yet it doesn’t need to be that way. Today’s guest, a pastor and church planter among Afghan refugees, shares how a good mentor modeled God’s heart for the nations, and that chan…
 
The first time I heard someone share the gospel outside of church was in a taxi in Beirut. I was in the backseat and my friend Caroline, a Syrian refugee, asked our Muslim male taxi driver if he knew Jesus. I sat in that backseat and listened as Caroline told him the Good News. This week, Caroline is our guest speaker. She was a catalyst who change…
 
We’ve been unpacking 5 Bible Essentials every Christian should know and do with Muslims. On this episode, we’re diving into Essential #2: How to look for a Person of Peace. Learn what this Essential means and how to apply it practically, in your everyday life. For more resources like this, visit us at www.iHOPEministries.org.…
 
Connie was suspicious of Muslims and never considered engaging with them. Then she met a Muslim who deeply desired to go to heaven. The woman’s desperate prayers for Salvation broke Connie’s heart. It was a moment that forever changed her thoughts and actions. Find out how she pushed through fear and apathy to share the hope of Jesus with an Imam’s…
 
Christiana grew up in the Middle East thinking that Christianity was expired and that Islamic Law would solve the world’s problems. Then a near-death experience left her searching for truth and questioning God’s existence. One day, while scrolling through atheist videos that mocked God, she stumbled across a video of a man giving his life to Christ…
 
You probably don't have to worry about your family killing you tonight for being a Christian, yet today's guests did. Once she accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior, she faced immediate life-threatening danger. A “Yes” to Jesus in her home country is different than a “Yes” here. Today she's living in America's heartland as a passionate ambassador f…
 
Amie will never forget the moment she realized Jesus loves her. As a former Muslim in an Islamic nation, Amie grew up abused and unloved. She walked in bitterness, anger, and unforgiveness. When a friend told her Jesus loves her, it blew her mind. On the spot, she believed and accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior. Then God did incredible things. …
 
Can you imagine growing up persecuted for your biblical faith while living in Islamic-ruled nations? Host Renod Bejjani doesn't have to imagine. He grew up in once-Christian nations that shifted to 99% Muslim. Similar patterns are happening now in Western nations. Yet you can help change the outcome. Here's a fresh dose of inspiration and road-test…
 
Busy? It's one of the biggest roadblocks to sharing our faith. While Jesus told us to go be His witnesses, how do you do that practically when you're juggling work, family and more? This podcast will arm you with small things to do to live as a more intentional Christian witness with people of other faiths and cultures. For more resources like this…
 
How confident are you at starting a conversation and steering it toward Jesus? Would you say you’re 70-80% confident? Even if you're 90% confident, that means you’re 10% doubtful. Even a little doubt can undermine your confidence. Don't let doubt count you out It’s impossible to be 100% confident about leading someone to Christ because only God the…
 
How confident are you at starting a conversation and steering it toward Jesus? Would you say you’re 70-80% confident? Even if you're 90% confident, that means you’re 10% doubtful. Even a little doubt can undermine your confidence. Don't let doubt count you out It’s impossible to be 100% confident about leading someone to Christ because only God the…
 
When Jen moved, she rushed out to meet her new neighbors. Then she discovered they were not like her. Surrounded by people from many faiths and cultures, Jen had no idea how to engage. Then a neighborhood App opened the door for her to be an authentic Christian witness and share the gospel with many. This episode will embolden you to love your neig…
 
Nadalla grew up in a large devout Muslim family in Syria. His father was an influential Islamic leader with multiple wives and children. As the eldest son, Nadalla would receive a great inheritance. But God had other plans. Through a series of stunning events, Nadalla overheard two people discussing Jesus. It left him seeking the Truth, then runnin…
 
This episode features a former Muslim International student from a closed country in North Africa. While working hard to convert her Christian friends to Islam, she discovered the truth about Jesus. You're sure to be inspired by her powerful testimony. If you're encouraged by her story, please share with a friend. For more resources like this, visi…
 
A former missionary turned award-winning screenwriter gives you an insider’s perspective on how secular media is working to deconstruct your faith. Don't let culture fuel doubt and undermine your Christian witness. Through an Old Testament lesson, Laura emboldens you to be an authentic Christian witness in a hostile culture. Inspiring and uplifting…
 
Norma lived in a city where most Christians fled from radical extremists. Believers who remained were afraid and hunkered down. It was a hostile culture for Jesus-followers. Why did she stay? Find out in this powerful interview with “Norma” from our recent Blue Cord Conference. This episode will challenge you, strengthen your faith, and give you th…
 
Find out the differences between Muslim and Christian prayers. Hear real-life stories that illustrate how simple it can be for you to pray with a Muslim in the name of Jesus. Get practical, next steps that you can apply, including the most fruitful gospel prayer ever. In this information-packed episode (part 2 of 2) you’ll hear again from Safiya, a…
 
Could God use you to impact generations for Christ, even if you don’t feel qualified? Don’t miss this excerpt from our recent Blue Cord Women's Conference. You are central to God’s story right now. If God can use Salma, an uneducated, secular Christian from the Middle East to bring so many to Christ, how might He use you? Listen now and be encourag…
 
Muslims work hard, praying five times a day. What are those prayers? Does God answer them? In this insightful episode, you’ll hear from Safiiya, a former Muslim from an Islamic-ruled nation, who shares an insightful, insider perspective on the differences between Islam and Christian prayers. Find out how these differences can help you point more Mu…
 
This special episode features an incredible interview with Coach Robin Pou from our recent Blue Cord Conference. You have got to hear this. When you step out in faith to share your faith, you will face resistance. Whether you’re hanging out on your sofa or in the harvest field, resistance will always be there. The question is what do you do when it…
 
People all around us have become disillusioned by their Christian walk. So how can you witness to people of other faiths that their lives will be transformed when they follow Jesus? Jenn wrestled with these things. Then she met courageous Believers from hostile nations who caused her to confront her thinking. In the process, she found the boldness …
 
If sharing Jesus doesn’t come naturally, this episode will encourage you. Summer felt uncomfortable talking about her faith too. Then she noticed her Muslim friends naturally discussing with her what they believed. If they could so easily share their faith with her, why couldn’t she do the same? Find out what Summer learned that may help you be mor…
 
As our world grows increasingly hostile to Christians, how do you find the moral courage to share Jesus, even across cultures? Karen wrestled with this question until she met Miriam in the Middle East. You won’t believe what happened there. If you’ve ever wrestled with doubt or unbelief around sharing your faith, this episode will inspire you. List…
 
Many Muslims don’t know what Christians are celebrating during Easter. Asma thought it had something to do with rabbits and chocolate eggs, certainly not the Crucifixion. In this episode, hear Asma unpack what she understood about Easter when she practiced Islam. Enjoy fascinating, real-life stories that illustrate how easy it can be for you to sta…
 
When you share Jesus, you could face rejection. Don’t let that discourage you. Listen as Marayama inspires and emboldens you to press on. She’s well acquainted with rejection. Growing up a young shepherdess in Somalia, she never knew Jesus. When she met the Good Shepherd, He transformed her life. Then rejection came. You’ll be touched by her deep s…
 
Stuck in a spiritual rut? Don’t miss this episode. Keri shares how to step outside of the normal to live a life of meaning and purpose. If the Lord has seemed far away recently, and you’ve not been living up to your spiritual potential, Keri’s fresh voice will invigorate your soul. Find out how to stop conforming to the world and start knowing God …
 
Life without Jesus is hard. It was surely hard for Rashida. She was born into a Muslim family in a gritty small town where drive-by shootings were common and broken families were the norm. Everything was hopeless. Then one courageous woman braved the neighborhood to share Jesus with Rashida’s mother. It changed their lives forever. When you touch s…
 
Part 2: Get the inside scoop about Ramadan from two former Muslims who share insightful, helpful things you should know. This episode (2 of 2) is packed with inspiring, real-life stories and practical applications that will give you courage and confidence to engage as an authentic Christian witness with Muslims during the Ramadan season. ----------…
 
Conforming to the status quo is frustrating when you know God has called you to something greater. How do you grow courage in times like this? Seek out wise, trusted Christian friends who have walked the journey ahead of you. Todays’ guest, Dr. Miriam Adenay, is just that friend. She’s an author of multiple books and lectures around the world about…
 
We can read the Bible or other Christians. One bullet-proofs us against culture, the other leaves us vulnerable to deception. As a young girl growing up in a Muslim-majority nation, Safaya never had an opportunity to read the Bible or Christians. Then she moved to a new country and “read” Christians from afar. She made assumptions about what they b…
 
Get the inside scoop about Ramadan from two former Muslims who share insightful, helpful things you should know. This episode (1 of 2) is packed with inspiring, real-life stories and practical applications that will give you courage and confidence to engage as an authentic Christian witness with Muslims during the Ramadan season. ---------->>>> Hea…
 
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