A Brief History of Crescent Project

Crescent Project, originally known as Arab International Ministry, was founded in 1993 by Fouad Masri to enable Christians to reach out to the Muslim community. Because of his experience as a Lebanese student living in the U.S., he realized that internationals in America often have many unmet needs. Crescent Project was founded to prepare American Christians to reach out to the growing Muslim community in North America.

Most Muslim ministries have focused on sending full-time missionaries overseas to Muslim countries. Crescent Project has used an entirely different approach: train the local church to reach out to the Muslims in the community. Since 1993, Crescent Project instructors have trained over 15,000 Christians around the world.

Our vision is that we see a day when fear is replaced with love, and millions of Christians are actively sharing the truth of Christ with millions of Muslims for the glory of God. Our approach to witnessing is to serve as ambassadors for Jesus to our Muslim friends (2 Cor. 5:20), trusting in the sovereignty of God and the Holy Spirit’s power to draw and awaken them to the truth of Christ. We believe in taking the initiative, sharing the love of Christ, and proclaiming the Gospel truth in thought, word and deed.

About Fouad Masri

Author and lecturer Fouad Masri was born and raised in the war zone of Beirut, Lebanon. As a third generation ordained pastor, he has a passion for sharing the love of Christ with Muslims and has been reaching out to Muslims and inspiring others to follow his example since 1979.

After coming to the United States to attend seminary, Fouad realized the urgency for teaching American Christians to reach out to the growing population of internationals, particularly Muslims.

In 1993, he founded Crescent Project to nurture transformational relationships between Christians and Muslims and to rally the Church to reach out to Muslims to share the Good News of Christ.

Since then, he has trained more than 21,000 Christians to sensitively and purposefully share their faith with Muslims through both the Bridges One-Day and Sahara Challenge training experiences. He has served as a guest instructor at several universities and Christian ministries and has been featured in several media publications including Christianity Today, Newsweek, and Mission Network News. He has appeared on CBN, TBN, the Janet Parshall Show, and Prime Time America.

He is the producer and teacher in the DVD study, Bridges: Christians Connecting with Muslims. In Bridges, he further exposes Christians to the urgent need for a deeper understanding about Islam and Muslims.

Fouad has authored 14 books including Outreach Magazine’s 2015 Cross Cultural Resource of the Year Connecting with Muslims: A Guide to Communicating Effectively. He holds a bachelor's degree in Mass Communication and an M.A. from Fuller Theological Seminary in Islamic Studies. Fouad lives in Indianapolis, Indiana, with his wife Lisa and their two children.

Our Beliefs
Statement of Faith

We believe in one God, Creator and Lord of the universe, eternally existent as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We believe in Jesus Christ of Nazareth, the incarnate word of God, the promised Messiah, Son of God; born of the Virgin Mary, lived a sinless life, died on the cross for atonement of sin and rose from the dead for our justification. He ascended to heaven and intercedes for us. He is the only mediator between God and Man.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of God, promised by the Father. He has come to glorify Jesus Christ, sanctify the believer and equip the Church.

We believe that the Bible is God’s inspired word. It is our complete Statement of Faith, in matters of faith and conduct. It is without error in all its teachings, given to the Christian for guidance and edification.

We believe in the Great Commission of Jesus Christ, given to His disciples to reach all nations. It is Christ who leads us as we reach Muslims around the world.

We believe that all humans have sinned and fallen short of the Kingdom of God. Only through faith in Christ can they experience salvation and see the Kingdom of God.

We believe in one universal Church that is formed from every person washed by the Blood of the Lamb, regardless of their race, culture, religious background, and age.

We believe that Jesus Christ will personally and visibly return in glory to raise the dead and bring salvation and judgment to completion. God will fully manifest His Kingdom when He establishes a new heaven and a new earth, in which He will be glorified forever.

 

FAQs

Who is Crescent Project? Crescent Project is a Christian non-profit which enables Christians to share the hope of Jesus with Muslims.

Where is Crescent Project located? Crescent Project is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, with numerous field staff locations across North America.

Are you trying to convert Muslims? Crescent Project is focused on loving Muslims and sharing the hope of Jesus Christ. Our approach to witnessing is to serve as ambassadors for Jesus to our Muslim friends (2 Cor. 5:20), trusting in the sovereignty of God and the Holy Spirit’s power to draw and awaken them to the truth of Christ. We believe in taking the initiative, sharing the love of Christ, and proclaiming the Gospel truth in thought, word and deed.

Are Allah and God the same? Christian Arabs have used “Allah” as the Arabic word for God for centuries – even before Islam came into being. Therefore, it’s a legitimate use of the word in Arabic. However, we teach that the character and personality of the god of Islam is not the same character and personality as the God who authored the Bible and revealed Himself to us through Jesus.

If I want to read the Qur’an in English, what version should I get? We suggest either Yusuf Ali’s translation or the Penguin Classics version (by Dawood).

How can I prove to a Muslim that the Qur’an is false? We encourage you to focus instead on showing your Muslim friend that the Bible is true and trustworthy. Our Bridges training, as well as Fouad Masri’s book Is the Injeel Corrupted?, can help you to answer the common Muslim objection that the Bible has been changed.

Why should I support Crescent Project financially?  Seven million Muslims call North America home, but very few have received an authentic Christian witness. Crescent Project is helping to fill the gap by raising up thousands of Christians equipped to love and reach out to their Muslim neighbors. Your financial partnership with Crescent Project enables more Christians to be trained and more materials to be produced, so that more Muslims are reached for the glory of God.

Crescent Project is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) and is audited annually by a certified public accounting firm.