July 1 – 6
Engaging Islam: An Introduction MCC 545
8:00 a.m. – Noon
Instructor: Michael Langford
This course provides an overview of Islam, including its narrative of beginnings, rise and fall and current resurgence, the beliefs and practices of orthodox and folk Islam, global diversity, and approaches to incarnational ministry.
Christian-Muslim Theological Issues MHT 649
1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Instructor: Steve Krstulovich
This course will examine the theological challenges of Islam and various Christian responses. Critical theological differences will be examined with special emphasis on biblical and historical answers. The focus will be on understanding the similarities and rejections between Christianity and Islam to help in sharing the Gospel with Muslims.
Women in Islam MCC 552
8:00 a.m. – Noon
Instructor: Donna Krstulovich
Women comprise one-half of the 1.9 billion Muslims in the world today. Although they live in different countries, speak different languages, and live under different forms of government, Muslim women hold in common the religion of Islam. This course examines their identity and role in historic and contemporary Islam as practiced throughout the world today. Key issues that affect today’s Muslim women globally in their families, community, and religious lives will be examined. This course seeks to equip cross-cultural workers to establish a Christian witness and reach out to Muslim women and their families. The importance of dependence on the Holy Spirit in ministering to Muslim women will be emphasized.
Sp. Stu.: Mystical Islam MCC 639
1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Instructor: Gatut Budiyono
This course is a study to see the place of Mystical Islam in the whole panorama of Islamic groups in the world. We will study the beliefs and practices of Mystical Muslims today in general, including those in Indonesia. The class will also discuss how to lead the Mystical Muslims to believe in and be faithful followers of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Michael and Sharyl Langford pastored for 6-years in Washington and Montana prior to entering AG World Missions in 1987. For 30-years, they served in the Philippine Islands in behalf of Filipino Muslim peoples. Beginning in 1987, they served the flagship Institute of Islamic Studies at Asia Pacific Theological Seminary in Baguio City, Philippines, with over 1,100 total participants representing 62 nations. In 2019, they joined the team of Global Initiative – Reaching Muslim Peoples.
Michael and Sharyl have two daughters and five grandchildren. May 7th will be our 47th wedding anniversary. God is answering prayer for Sharyl as she lives with stage 4 glioblastoma brain cancer. Her oncologist said, “Nothing short of a miracle (that she is doing so well after over 3-years).”
Steve Krstulovich is the Director of Research at the Assemblies of God World Mission (AGWM) Global Initiative: Reaching Muslim Peoples. Prior to this Steve and his wife Donna served together for three years in Central Asia. He completed a PhD. in Intercultural Studies and master’s courses on Islam at universities in the US and Australia to assist him in his role as a writer and International Trainer to equip a new generation of leaders to share the good news of Jesus Christ with Muslims.
Donna Krstulovich was born in Iran to expatriate parents and raised in the diverse cultures of the Philippines, Nepal, Pakistan, and Malaysia. After committing her life to follow Christ she prepared academically for ministry by receiving her BA in Missions and MA in Intercultural Communication and served in a church on a pastoral staff as a Minister to Internationals before leaving the United States to serve in South and Central Eurasia for sixteen years. She and her husband Steve served in Central Eurasia for three years before joining Global Initiative as International Trainers. She holds a PhD in Intercultural Studies. Donna’s passion is to extend Christ’s welcome to Muslim women.
Gatut was born into a Muslim family in Blitar, Indonesia, as the 8th child of 9 brothers and sisters. By the grace of God, in a span of 37 years, each and everyone of his family finally found their faith in Jesus, including Gatut when he was a teenager.
He finished his B.Th. in Satyabhakti Bible College, Malang, Indonesia, and his M.Div. as well as D.Min. in Asia Pacific Theological Seminary (APTS), Baguio, Philippines.
He is very much involved in teaching ministries and church leadership. He was serving as the president of Satyabhakti Bible College for 17 years up to 2021. He is now still actively serving as the Executive Committee member and the Home Mission Director of the General Council of AoG in Indonesia, a member of Missions Commission of WAGF, while also leading Institute of Islamic Studies throughout Indonesia, directing OneHope ministries to reach out millions of Indonesian children and youth, and ministering to the outcasts and needy people through Bethesda Ministry of Love Foundation.