Yesterday I walked right up to this place and started asking questions.
I felt a bit like a conservative Michael Moore, but I had some real issues I wanted to get answered….
Oh yea, I must give a little background information.
Yesterday I flew from Manila, Philippines to Bahrain on Gulf Air. I arrived in the kingdom around 7:30 in the morning, and jumped off the plane to a totally different world.
The people dress differently.
The prayer calls happen 5 times a day.
The food is different.
The international flare is incredibly obvious.
And my new friend Chaplain Apu, came to whisk me off to the American Mission Hospital in Bahrain.
I spent the day talking to the heads of the hospital, visiting patients, and having a wonderful time soaking in all the sights and sounds.
At the end of the day, I had a desire to walk up to this biggest Mosque in the country, and just see what I could find.
We pulled in the parking lot, met by an Islamic guard. He was pretty sure the mosque was closed, but kindly allowed us to pull up to the front lot to check it out.
As we walked up the stairs, we met a short woman dressed in the traditional Islamic covering, and asked, "Is there a way I can tour the mosque?"
"Sorry sir, the mosque is closed to all visitors right now. You'll have to come back tomorrow."
"But, this is the only time I have free before I go back to America." I pleaded.
"Oh, alright. I'm not going to give you a tour, but I'll let you peek in and see" She conceded with a thick Arabic accent.
For the next hour and half, this sweet lady showed us every nook and cranny in the house. She was so thankful for our interest, and continued her kind words of appreciation for the rest of the afternoon.
It was AMAZING.
I learned so much more about why muslims do what they do.
From a real partitioner, I heard the conflicts in the faith, as well as the worldview that will help tell the story to teenagers this summer.
She left me with a lot of new resources, and at the end I was so thankful the Lord brought her out the building when He did.
More to come, from my time in the Middle East. There are good things happening here.