Audrey Frank is a missionary and an author. Her recent book, Covered Glory (affiliate link) shares how deepening our understanding of honor and shame can not only deepen our relationships with God, but also help us to reach our Muslim neighbors.
- Audrey's Website: http://audreyfrank.com
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- Covered Glory on Amazon
Where and what people do you primarily serve?
In the United States and Internationally
How do you serve those people?
I train Christians how to reach Muslims with the Gospel, particularly how to understand the Islamic worldview of honor and shame and its impact on the Muslim woman's journey to Christ.
When did you begin to realize that you had a heart for missions or ministry?
When I was nine years old.
How and when did God lead you to this? How did you recognize His call?
I was nine years old when a doctor who worked in Nigeria came to my church and showed slides of the children he served. I knew deep in my heart I wanted to do the same. I asked him afterwards if I could go back with him and help. He said, “Start praying now, and one day God will take you there.” I did.
After university, I left for Africa with my husband to work first among an Islamic tribe in the east, then after that to the closed Muslim north.
Did you have a clear and measurable goal for ministry?
Rather than counting conversions, I measured my success by whether or not Muslims in my life were moving toward the Messiah or away from Him. If because of my Gospel witness they were moving toward him, I was successful.
The power to redeem another is Christ's alone. My clear and measurable goal was and still is to bring others into contact with the truths of the Bible within my first few interactions with them. Former Muslims consistently report that it was when they read the Bible that they were transformed and convinced they must follow the Messiah Jesus.
I make it my goal to expose them to the Bible as soon as possible in whatever way the Holy Spirit leads, and I have had so many immeasurably valuable encounters with Muslim friends as they have discovered Biblical truth for the first time.
What would you do differently if you were starting today?
I would arm myself with an understanding of the honor-shame worldview and how it impacts my presentation of the Gospel to Muslims. I did not know what I know now when I started out, and I wish I had. Also, I would depend more on God to do the work of redemption, not myself.
I thought so much depended on me in the early days. Now, over twenty years later, I see that the power of salvation and the work of grace in human hearts is God's. He invites me to work with Him, but the power to save anyone is His because He alone knows their souls' great worth, not me.
Now that I understand this better, I enjoy my relationships with Muslim friends so much more. They are people, not projects. As they learn about the Messiah, I do too.
Henri Nouwen called this “reverse mission”, when those we minister to are used of the Lord to minister to us and grow us in discipleship.
How do you connect with new partners or supporters and stay connected with your existing partners?
What books, tools, or resources that are important to doing what you do?
I was mentored by Roland Muller, the author of the foundational world view book titled “Honor and Shame: Unlocking the Door“. His book was for a long time the only tool my husband and I had to understand the Islamic world view of honor and shame.
Then others added to the knowledge base: Jayson Georges, “The 3-D Gospel,” “Ministering in Honor-Shame Cultures”. My own book, “Covered Glory: The Face of Honor and Shame in the Muslim World” is a unique look at the Muslim woman's journey from shame to honor as she encounters the Messiah.
How do you get ongoing training and coaching?
I attend annual training conferences as well as the Honor-Shame Conference (honorshame.com) as a learner and a presenter. I also attend webinars pertinent to my subject.
Through a vast network of practitioners like myself in the Muslim world, I receive ongoing training at events like the Abide Congress through Vision 5:9 as well as reading voraciously anything that has to do with honor and shame. I am fortunate to be coached and mentored by Roland Muller, Jayson Georges, Dr. Jackson Wu, and Werner Mischke, all of whom have contributed significantly to our current understanding of the honor-shame world view and its impact on Gospel witness.
I am also a fellow with The Truth Collective (TheTruthCollective.org), where I receive regular training as well as accountability with the other fellows.
What first steps or training would you recommend that others just starting out?
I highly recommend praying for Muslims in your community first of all. Pray that God would bring a Muslim into your life if you do not have a relationship with one.
To gain a solid understanding of Islam and how to build relationships with Muslims, I highly recommend the Bridges Study with Crescent Project (www.crescentproject.org). Their training conferences are also very helpful to people on all levels of experience.
The Truth Collective (TheTruthCollective.org) is another excellent resource where Christian women can learn how to engage in truth with Muslim women. And, read my book:)
What is a critical mindset or perspective regarding listening, teachability, flexibility, grace, etc?
Remember that the Gospel encompasses all world views. Our way is not the only way to communicate it or understand it. We miss so much because of our different world views when doing ministry cross-culturally, especially with Muslims.
Arming ourselves with just a small amount of understanding of world view will help us stop and listen before reacting and drawing conclusions, slow down and see the deeper meaning behind confusing behavior, and most importantly, help us start the Gospel conversation from a place that might be better understood by our listener.
Knowing what you know now, would you do it all again?
Absolutely, a million times over. Well, maybe not a million… I don't want to delay the day I get to see Jesus face to face:)Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”