9/11 changed hearts, minds & missions

September 11, 2013

A decade after the attacks of 9-11-01, International Mission Board writer Erich Bridges wrote an informative article for Baptist Press about the effect the terrorists’ attack had on ministry, missions and missionaries. SBCToday strongly recommends a careful reading of the story.


9/11 changed hearts, minds & missions
by Erich Bridges

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RICHMOND, Va. (BP)–When the jets slammed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field a decade ago, the life of Joseph Rose* began to change.

A Christian college student, he knew little about Islam. He didn’t know a single Muslim personally. His mother called and warned him to shave off his full beard, fearing “hate attacks” by angry people mistaking him for a Muslim.

“I left the beard. No one attacked me,” Rose recalled.

As the initial shock of 9/11 wore off, something inside him spurred Rose to understand the forces shaking the world. “I began to read about Islam,” he said. “I knew not all Muslims were terrorists, but I was casually driven to understand ‘my enemy.'”