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 Mark Ellis
In an unnamed Middle East country, Sue has been studying Arabic four days a week with one of her husband’s friends. A silly misspelling during one of her sessions launched a thought-provoking spiritual conversation.
As Sue practiced writing her name under her instructor’s watchful eye, she stopped when it became clear she made a mistake.
By Wendell Evans
Kabyle Berber village
Edited by Mark Ellis
Mohand grew up in an Algerian mountain village among the Kabyle Berber tribe. His family were devout Muslims. After his father passed away when Mohand was young, his mother responded with a dose of Muslim fatalism, saying, “It is the will of Allah; He has done it. We can only accept it.”
In Mohand’s preadolescent mind, this meant Allah killed his father, so he grew up hating God. Whenever the name of Allah was mentioned, it evoked the death of his father. Like so many others of the Berber tribes, he also grew up hating Arabs, because they conquered his country and imposed their rule many centuries earlier.
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.
Reza Safa was born into a Shi’ite Muslim family in the Middle East. The son of an Islamic poet, he was raised a devout and practicing Shi’ite
observing the laws and regulations of Islam. He fasted during the month of Ramadan and prayed five times a day.
After his graduation from high school, Safa moved to the United States to attend college in New Orleans. While there, however, the revolution of the Ayatollah Khomeini took place in Iran. As a devout Muslim, Safa decided to return to Iran to support the revolution. But what he found was not the change he had expected. Politics had become the issue of daily life and everyone seemed disgusted with everyone else. Hatred and bloodshed were the norm. His hopes of a dreamland had turned into a nightmare.
By Mark Ellis
A sophisticated media campaign was launched last summer to reverse the trend of Muslim conversions to Christianity in Indonesia.
Mercy Mission, a charity registered in London, launched their fundraising and social media campaign called “Save Maryam” in July with Arabic and English videos posted on YouTube and Facebook. They reported the video helped them raise $ 2.0 million in the first 48 hours and within a week they had over a million hits on their campaign website.
by Erich Bridges
The Christian relief team heard about the needy Syrian widow living outside a Lebanese Muslim village near the Syrian border. So they took food to her.
Apparently, Jesus had been there first.
A refugee from the civil war in Syria, the Muslim widow, along with her three children, had sought shelter in Lebanon — like more than 100,000 other Syrians. She was observing a traditional 40-day period of solitude to mourn her dead husband, so she had received nothing from the local Islamic aid society.
BY AMBER HOLLOWAY, Partners International
Syrian Christian women holding Bible, praying together
Because of the influence of Muslim culture, Middle Eastern women sometimes become Christians only to follow their husbands. For women who are mature believers, they often fall prey to a belief that they have no role to play in the Church. However, Arab women have a tremendous opportunity and responsibility to reach unreached women for Christ. Our hope, through a variety of ministries including PARTNERS INTERNATIONAL WOMEN, is to encourage and equip women to step out and serve with confidence.
By Mark Ellis
Karen Dunham with Muslim convert
Karen Dunham came to Christ after she barely escaped a brush with organized crime figures determined to kill her. But God used that fiery ordeal to prepare her for another – ministry to Muslims in the Palestinian refugee camps of Jericho and Gaza.
After her dramatic conversion chronicled in a previous story, family members thought she lost her marbles. “My parents wanted to put me in a mental institution because they thought I went crazy,” she recalls. “They didn’t flip out when I worked for the devil — they never said a word.”
By Mark Ellis
Dr. Saddiki in hospital
He had the worst case of shingles in the history of Toronto General Hospital and doctors prepared him for the worst. Raised a devout Muslim, he was stunned when Jesus appeared in his hospital room and brought the kind of healing only Jesus can bring.
“My skin was burning as if someone had doused it with gasoline and then threw a match on it,” says Dr. Nasir Saddiki, the founder of Wisdom Ministries. “I felt like I was on fire from my inside.”