Have you ever moved to a new city where everything is different?
You don't understand the people, and the culture seems very foreign to you?
You feel lonely and out of place?
This is the case for thousands of Muslim immigrants who move to European countries every year.
Often it is very difficult for these immigrants to adjust to their new home.
Believing Christians in Europe, have a wonderful opportunity to “be the hands and feet of Christ” to these new arrivals.
You can show love to your new Muslim neighbors in practical ways.
Get to know them. I'm sure that you'll be blessed through your new friendship.
About nine years ago I had the privilege of going to a Muslim nation for the first time. Before I went, I didn't know what to expect. I remember being very fearful because of my lack of knowledge and experience with Muslims and their culture. I grew up in a town that didn’t have any Muslims and the only exposure that I had received was from television.
In my mind, Muslims were people who hated Americans and wanted to kill us because we weren’t Muslim. Looking back on it I laugh because of my naivety, but at that time these thoughts really scared me.
I’m so glad that I was able to overcome my fears because once I was there my thinking drastically changed. I found that the Muslim people that I got to know were some of the most hospitable and kind people that I had ever met. I have been to many Muslims countries now and have developed friendships with many there. They have opened my eyes to the stereotypes that I had once bought into.
This video is my effort to try and help people think about this issue. I think we as Americans can get worked up about a group of people that often we know little about.
Here are some questions for you:
How many of you are afraid of Muslims?
How many of you have ever met a Muslim?
How many of you have had a Muslim friend?
I think we fear because we're scared of the unknown. Have we made an effort to understand?
I would love to see Americans start dialoging with Muslims both here and abroad.
My Muslim friends in the Middle East and North Africa made me promise that I would tell my American friends that they aren't terrorists. I hope you enjoy this video that I made.
Please leave comments if you like. You could even use this comment section below to start talking to each other.
(Please be nice and respectful)
This video was shot using a Canon 5d Mark II. I used all L series glass. We used a glide-cam 4000 pro for the moving shots. A zoom H4n hand recorder was used for audio and Plural Eyes was used in Final Cut Pro to sync the audio.
In the high mountains of Central Asia are Muslim shepherds who live a simple but rugged life. The village where they live is extremely remote and isolated from the outside world. Going there feels like you're stepping back into time. This is the first time a film has been done with this people group. All of the “actors” are from the local village.
Sometimes we are broken by circumstances entirely beyond our control and other times we are our own worst enemy. When I first heard Sabrina's story, I thought it was too fantastic to be believed. How could anyone survive what she experienced? Then, I met her, and that opportunity has changed me. I'd like to introduce you. I hope you enjoy her story.
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canon 5d Mark III (Magic Lantern Raw)
canon 24-70mm f/2.8
canon 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II
canon 85mm 1.2mm