In 1 Kings 18 and 19, Elijah, not once but twice, learns that God was doing something powerful that Elijah could not see. First Obadiah had protected 100 prophets from the king and queen’s executioners. Second, when Elijah protested he was the only one remaining faithful to the Lord (even after learning of the 100), God revealed that there were 1000 who had not bent the knee to the idol Baal.
David Garrison has researched and reported that God is still in the business of doing mighty things when we least expect them and when we at first do not see anything happening.
For the full story, you will need to read Garrison’s book, A Wind in the House of Islam: How God is Drawing Muslims Around the World to Faith in Jesus Christ, but this interview in Christianity Today will give you an encouraging look at the bottom line. The Lord is revealing himself in movements across the Muslim world. Let me emphasize the word “movements”. Many of us in ministry consider growing one church to be effective ministry. Church Planting Movements (CPM) are those in which churches plant churches that plant churches. Garrison defines CPMs in such a way that the movement is not controlled by any human leadership, but that the movement outpaces that leadership.
The harder piece to hear is that there is no such movement, in spite of all the others, happening (yet) here in the United States. Muslims are come to faith in the US, perhaps more so than at any other time in history. We need to look for models of ministry that work here in the States and to be open to a movement that might sweep through Muslim populations across the country.