Children Of Abraham
“ I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them
also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one
shepherd … Oh, that Ishmael might live before you ”
( John 10:16 ; Genesis 17:18)
History and Purpose
The Children Of Abraham (COA) ministry was founded in 1977 to communicate
the saving message of Christ to a largely un-evangelized Arabic
community in and beyond North America. Children Of Abraham’s purpose
is stated in the charter as, “to glorify God and advance His kingdom
through the communication of the Gospel of Jesus Christ both nationally
and internationally, to engage in and carry on, missionary work, to publish
Christian literature, to produce Christian programs in order to spread the
saving message of the Gospel.”
The COA ministry focuses on two major groups:
1. Arabs from a Christian background. The earliest Arab Diaspora
included Christians who spread to North America from the Middle East as
a result of political conflict, religious repression, and stagnant economies.
Today their number may exceed one million.
2. Arabs from an Islamic background. These include Muslims from
the Middle East and North Africa. According to the USA Census Bureau,
about 3.5 million Arabs make North America their home.
Why is God internationalizing the U.S.?
The population of North America is more diversified than ever before.
Over 1.1 million new immigrants arrive yearly, making the United
States the fourth largest mission field in the World. The future of the
Church in North America will be determined by our response to the
challenge of this growing and diverse mission field. Insurmountable
problems have kept traditional missions away from most of the people
in the Muslim world. No wonder, then, that in God’s providence millions
are moving to the United States where they can freely hear the
saving message of Jesus Christ.