Muslims Come to Christ
The following article was written by Katheryn Haddad who has taught nearly 5,000 Muslim students.
Rachael (a Christian name her teacher gave her for safety) was in the Middle East when she enrolled in WEI. She was so thrilled with the lessons. She wrote, “The Bible course is very convincing, but I am afraid of reactions because the Middle East people don’t accept any different ideas. Unfortunately, some, especially in Islam, don’t accept any opposite idea. If you don’t believe them, they kill you.
Later, when she learned about the miraculous birth of Jesus, she mentioned to one of her friends that the baby was God’s Son. Her friend became very angry, and their friendship ended. Her teacher encouraged her to pray to the God of the Bible. She replied, “I felt my soul fly to heaven!” Then she added, “Now when I know you and more about Christians, I love them more.”
Her teacher explained baptism to her. She replied, “I am afraid too much, but I have a plan to do it one day.” Several times she mentioned her brother who she believes to be an extremist. “I want to be baptized, but it’s not easy. I need more thinking.”
Time passed. She continued doing her lessons, and her teacher kept explaining the importance of baptism. In August of last year, she wrote, “Mum, I am afraid.” The next day she wrote, “Mum, I am baptized! I have done it! Yes! My soul is free! But, please never leave me alone.”
For the next seven months, the teacher did not hear from her. She did not know if she was dead or alive. Finally, Rachael wrote that family members and friends had threatened her and told her not to study anymore. “Mum, I swore to them that I am still Muslim. I am afraid. Am I guilty because I lied? Can God forgive me?” Her teacher asked if she could move to another city. After that, she did not hear from Rachael for six months.
A year after her baptism, Rachael converted her Muslim husband to Christianity. Somehow, they learned that her husband’s brother was a secret Christian, so the brother baptized her husband. The brother was attending a secret house church with about 20 people. They only had the book of Luke, but they met every Sunday to study the gospel of Luke, pray, and have the Lord’s Supper. They believe in baptism by immersion for the forgiveness of sins. This is an indigenous church of Christ that rose up out of nothing with only part of the New Testament as its guide!
Rachael converted her father last year. She is working on other family members. It is not easy. She stayed with her mother-in-law recently while her husband traveled. The Muslim mother-in-law locked her in a bedroom the whole time and beat her declaring she had to return to Islam.
Recently, their indigenous congregation was forced by enemies of Christ to stop meeting. When it was discovered that her husband had left Islam to become a Christian, he lost his job. Though fearful of what additional persecution the future may hold, Rachael and her husband are determined to maintain their belief that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and to bear his name!
Please pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters.
Did you know that approximately one-third of our WEI Internet students are Muslims and that many of them live in countries where it is a capital offense to convert from Islam to Christianity?
Even so, a million Muslims a year are converting to Christianity in North Africa alone. Many Muslims are disenchanted with radical Islam and are fed up with violence. The time is right for us to introduce them to the Prince of PEACE.
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