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10.22.21Four Members Celebrate ApX Anniversaries
10.22.21Buy Our Next CD, Get 1 of 34 Free
10.22.21Sad Prayer Request Update: Angela Walker
10.22.21Influential Albums: 526-532
10.22.21How to Donate & How to Get Multiple MP3s
10.22.21Bible-Reading Update: Proverbs 16-Isaiah 6
10.21.21New USBs Include Next CD and Latest Single
10.21.21Get Multiple Downloads for One Donation
10.16.21Prayer Request Updates: Angela Walker & Bill Turner
10.15.21Another Rieger Daughter Becomes a Bride
10.15.21Influential Albums: 519-525
10.14.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 17th Single
10.13.21New Single: '85 & '86
10.09.21Updated on Three Prayer Requests from Last Week
10.08.21How to Donate Online or by Mail
10.08.21Influential Albums: 512-518
10.08.21What's on the Never, but Then Again Before CD?
10.04.21This Week's News Bulletin
10.03.21Important Prayer Requests from Three Fans
10.03.21Influential Albums: 505-511
10.02.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 16th Single
10.02.21Get Over 1400 Tracks for $100 This Week
09.30.21More Info on the Upcoming ApologetiX CD
09.28.21New Single: 80's Solo Superstars
09.25.21Next CD Coming Next Month
09.25.21Influential Albums: 498-504
09.25.21New USB Flash Drives Include New CD & Single
09.20.21Couple Will Match All Donations Thru Thursday
09.17.21Urgent Prayer Request for Bill Turner
09.17.21From a Native American ApX Fan in Montana
09.17.21Influential Albums: 491-497
09.17.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 15th Single
09.15.21New Single: 80's One-Hit Wonders (Almost)
09.12.21How to Get the New ApX Digital Interactive Songbook
09.12.21Clues for 2021 Single #15
09.12.21Influential Albums: 484-490
09.07.21This Week's News Bulletin
09.04.21Super Sentiments from 16 States & Saskatchewan
09.04.21Another Praise Report from Darnell Cline
09.04.21No Single This Wkd: Here's Why & What's in the Works
09.04.21Influential Albums: 477-483
08.27.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 14th Single
08.27.21Influential Albums: 470-476
08.24.21New Single: 2 from 1986
08.22.21New CD BOGO Ends Wednesday
08.22.21Big Bunch o' Books: What J.'s Been Reading Lately
08.20.21Influential Albums: 463-469
08.16.21This Week's News Bulletin
08.14.21Influential Albums: 456-462
08.14.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 13th Single
08.10.21New Single: 2 Top 10 Hits from 1985
08.07.21Rich Gets Quick: Fastest ApX Member to 100 Songs
08.07.21Influential Albums: 449-455
08.07.21New CD in Stock: Buy 1, Get 1 of 33 CDs Free
08.02.21This Week's News Bulletin
07.30.21More Prayer Needed for Darnell Cline
07.30.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 12th Single
07.30.21Influential Albums: 442-448
07.27.21New Single: More Mid-80's Music
07.25.21Influential Albums: 435-441
07.25.21What's on the Get Rich Quick CD?
07.22.21This Week's News Bulletin
07.17.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 11th Single
07.16.21Father of the Bride (and Father of the Bride 2)
07.16.21More Info on the Upcoming ApologetiX CD
07.16.21Influential Albums: 428-434
07.12.21New 80's Single: #1 Hit and a One-Hit Wonder
07.10.21Darnell Cline: Encouragement from Other ApX Fans
07.10.21Update on Last Week's Appeal Letter
07.10.21Get Ready for Our 62nd CD
07.10.21Remembering ApX Fan Steve Fagan
07.10.21Influential Albums: 421-427
07.08.21Clues for 2021 Single #11
07.05.21This Week's News Bulletin
07.02.21Darnell Cline: Continued Improvement, Long Way to Go
07.02.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 10th Single
07.01.21Influential Albums: 414-420
06.28.21New Single ('84 & '86)
06.27.21Buy Any CD, Get One Free (CD Downloads, Too)
06.26.21Darnell Cline Transferred to Long-Term Rehab
06.26.21Clues for 2021 Single #10
06.25.21Influential Albums: 407-413
06.18.21New Prayer Update on Darnell Cline
06.18.21Influential Albums: 400-406
06.18.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our Ninth Single
06.14.21New Single: '83 & '86
06.11.21Fan Will Match Donations Through Monday
06.11.21Influential Albums: 393-399
06.04.21Prayer Update on Darnell & Sonja Cline
06.04.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our Eighth Single
06.04.21Influential Albums: 386-392
06.04.21New Single: '83 & '85
05.29.21Influential Albums: 379-385
05.24.21This Week's News Bulletin
05.21.21Influential Albums: 365-378
05.20.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our Seventh Single
05.18.21New Single: More from '84
05.07.21This Week's ApX Radio Show: Mother's Day
05.07.21New Single: '85 & '86
05.07.21Influential Albums: 351-364

Parodies Minister to Muslims in Australia
Thu., Jul. 31. 2014 9:43pm EDT

Last week, we wrote about a fan in Australia who uses ApologetiX and Christian parody music to minister to the mentally ill. You can read that story at http://apologetix.com/news/news-details.php?news_id=2727. This week, he sent us some testimonies about how the parodies are ministering to Muslims:

It was a wonderful mustard seed you planted when was you first started writing parody songs to make Bible studies you were part of come alive. What a huge, wonderful tree of blessing this has grown into, touching and providing shelter for many lives. But that's the nature of the kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ, the fruit of His Spirit working.

Not long after Alex started to busk, it was getting closer to Christmas, and his busking customers started asking for Christmas carols/songs. This part of his repertoire was a bit limited. He rang me for help. I just happened to be driving through the suburb he was busking in. It was the first weekend I was allowed to drive again after a hip replacement (two days earlier and I wouldn't have been there and couldn't have got there).

I knew I would be singing/playing on my feet for at least an hour if I said yes. Was the new hip ready for it? After a few Christmas songs, a man came up and a bit sarcastically said that he bet we couldn't do an Elvis song. Because we had been singing/playing "Don't Be Fooled" regularly we immediately launched into "Don't Be Cruel." His mouth hung open for half a minute because he didn't expect the Christian, Christmas buskers to suddenly do Elvis. Then he sang with us. I then challenged him to sing a few Christmas songs with us, as we had done his Elvis, so he did.

It was only after that I learned that he was the Muslim, Halal butcher from the neighbouring suburb. Muslims singing Christmas songs because we also sang their request. Sang spontaneously only because we had been singing an ApologetiX song. Only Jesus can cause that sort of thing to happen.

In that same area the Salvos operated a café. While busking, Alex went there one day for their free community lunch. The leader, Graham, saw his guitar and invited him to play. He was happy for him to play popular songs as well as Gospel, thought it created atmosphere in the café. Alex told me about this, so one day I went there for lunch as well, curious how it all worked. Alex sang one song, then thrust his guitar into my hands. So I did a bracket, including a number of ApologetiX.

The songs certainly caught people's attention, Graham was fascinated, and I began to share my story with him. He told us we were always welcome to sing/play, so we have tried to make it a regular thing. Sometimes the whole café sings along with us. I have a lot of the lyrics on a flash drive and Graham puts them up on the big TV screen. I love it when the kids are on holidays and come with their parents, they dance, really get the joint jumping. They love "Dancing with the Ark." Other times it's more like us playing background music, but the lyrics can provoke lots of interesting conversations.

The second time I met Graham, he shared with me that the Sunday church that operated out of café had no musicians (used Internet through PA and screen). His immediate problem though was that an Iranian, Muslim couple had come to faith in Jesus and wanted to be baptised. This was going to happen at a nearby beach, but they would have no music.

Alex and I felt honoured to be asked to help, of course we would sing/play down at the beach. They also had a breakfast barbeque (we Aussies love our barbys) so we sang during breakfast and after ceremony as well. Although Mohammed was renowned for not liking music, Iranian Muslims are of a different persuasion. They love their music, know a surprising amount of Western music.

Quite a number of family, friends from local Iranian community came along. Most were not Christians but really connected when we sang. They, too, were fascinated that we were singing songs about Jesus, Bible stories to music, some of which they recognised. Lots of questions. Praise God a number of these have since become Christians.

Gary Cuthell
Parkdale, Victoria
Australia