What is a "Blessing Kit"?
Especially for Afghan refugees, and for all Muslims, this year’s month of Ramadan (April 2 - May 1) comes as an oasis in the desert—something so familiar and deeply rooted in family tradition. There is an openness many Muslims have at this moment in time, but the window will not stay open.
The teachings and life of Jesus are a hope not known among Muslims. Reaching out during a Muslim holiday is a great time for Christ followers to make connection, engage in conversation and even build a friendship with Muslims around us.
The “Blessing Kit” is a simple way individuals can initiate conversations in a way that has meaning for Muslims during Ramadan. Each blessing kit contains items of significance, placed personally in the hands of Muslims, dispelling fears and distance through a simple gesture of friendship. Your church can have a great impact on refugees this Ramadan. Jesus never fails (Acts 17:26-27)!
Significance of Gift-Giving to Break the Daily Fast (Iftar)
When Muslims give Iftar (food to break the daily fast) they do this as a good deed, which they believe will be rewarded on Judgment Day.
It was narrated that Zayd ibn Khaalid al-Juhani said: “The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Whoever gives Iftar to one who is fasting will have a reward like his, without that detracting from the reward of the fasting person in the slightest.”
Many refugees are lonely and consumed by the traumatic feelings of loss. They seek hope but many have never found it. Jesus’ life and teachings are a hope for all nations. Reaching out during this Muslim holiday meets each Muslim where they are.
The “Blessing Kit” will open doors for conversations, place a valuable gift in their hands and dispel barriers through a gesture of friendship.