By Corey Bailey
Hope in the darkness
Masud grew up in a strict Muslim home in a remote part of Bangladesh. Not only was his family strict, but his father was also an Imam.
Masud grew up with full knowledge of the Quran and considered himself to be a radical Muslim. As he grew, however, he began to wonder about the Jesus he read about in the Quran and asked his father many questions: “Who is Jesus? Is the Quran true? Is the Bible true? The Quran says we must study all the books that came before the Torah. Why don’t we study these?
By Nabeel Qureshi
Born as a U.S. Citizen in California, I was raised by devout Muslim parents. My mother and father are immigrants from Pakistan and among the most dedicated Muslims I have ever known. My father was an officer in the U.S. Navy, and because of his career I have lived up and down the Atlantic Coast in the United States, as well as in the U.K.
My mother taught me Urdu and Arabic before I learned English at the age of four. By age five I had read the entire Qur’an in Arabic and had already memorized many chapters. From that time on, my life as a Muslim was used as a model for all the children in the local Islamic communities.
By Bill Giarratana
SD chip with teaching materials
Nestled in the beautiful countryside of Spain is an Arab training camp. Not the kind of camp you have recently heard of coming out of the Arab world, but a training camp that empowers Arab Christian nationals, equipping them with the mighty Word of God.
“It is more like a school than a camp,” explained ‘Stephen,’ the Director of Training. “Over 100 students come here annually from all over the Arab world for intensive training in Church planting and evangelism.”
For the past two years, the Digital Bible Society has been providing this facility with audio Bibles, as well as hundreds of hours of gospel films and videos — all in the Arabic language of the students and loaded as data files onto an SD Microchip. This SD Microchip, which is about the size of your thumb nail, is the ideal ministry tool for these students to bring God’s Word back to their respected countries where the Bible is often outlawed and church planting and evangelism are forbidden.
By Mark Ellis
She hungered for a personal relationship with God, but her attempts to follow all the rituals and practices of Islam left her empty. During college studying in France, she found a loving God who satisfied her deepest yearnings.
“As a child and as a teenager I truly believed Islam was from God,” says Wafa, who grew up in a secular Muslim family in Morocco. “I truly believed Muhammad was a prophet from God and that he was the best prophet,” she notes. “I had high esteem for Islam and for Muslims.”
Fourteen Iranians converted to Christianity on August 5 in the same church in Berlin. Fifty Iranian Christian converts attended the
Baptism in Germany
ceremony, in addition to fifty other German attendees.
One of the Iranian attendees, Farid Shad, told a reporter of Spiegel Online that although he had become a Christian in Iran, he had never attended a church there because of fear of the security authorities. He said, “We used to gather secretly in private homes to read the Bible or practice our faith. We were gathering there and worshiping.”
By Mark Ellis
Image from civil war in Beirut, Lebanon
As a Christian growing up in war-torn Beirut, Lebanon, she hated Muslims with a passion. But the power of God’s Word broke through her bitterness and she discovered a love she never knew.
“I came to know the Lord when I was five-years-old in Sunday School,” recalls Samya Johnson, cofounder of Call of Love Ministries. Her parents were first-generation born-again Christians. At a summer Bible camp program, she learned the crucifixion story.
By Dr. Howard Foltz
Dr. Howard Foltz (left)
AIMS has done a total of 30 trainings in Ethiopia (10 of these trainings were without my presence). We keep going back because it is so fruitful. This trip introduced me to a new group, The 10/40 Ministries. I was networked with them by my friend Adar Amin*, a former PLO Political Operative who is now leading a tremendous ministry to hard to reach peoples throughout the Middle East and the Horn of Africa. He told me that The 10/40 Ministries is exactly the kind of group to partner with.
By Mark Ellis
Reza Khalili in disguise
As a member of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard he witnessed horrific acts that caused him to question his faith in Islam and the regime he served. After he became a CIA spy and later escaped to the West, he found a new revolutionary to follow who offered a love that overwhelmed his soul.
‘Who killed my daughter?’
By Michael Ireland
Gelareh Bagherzadeh was an Iranian-born woman, newly converted to Christianity. She volunteered as a Persian-language translator at church and was about to graduate from university and had already found a job.
For five months, ever since Bagherzadeh, 30, was found in mid-January slumped over the steering wheel of her Nissan Altima steps from her home with a single gunshot wound to the head, family, friends and police have been asking why someone would want to kill her, according to www.mohabatnews.com .
By Mark Ellis
His desperate need to find God – any god – landed him in a local mosque. Even some vivid dreams from Jesus failed to stop his surrender to Islam, but the power of God’s Word finally won his heart.
“I was the product of a one-night stand,” says Antonio Santana, who never knew his biological father. He and his brother and sisters grew up with minimal family structure and he always felt disconnected from his stepfather. “Both my parents always worked, and I could do whatever I wanted to do.”