I have good news for you today: God's love overcomes evil!
Let me tell you a story about this good news. It’s about a young Libyan man—for the sake of his security, let's call him Shahid.
For 15 years, Shahid attended a Qur’anic school, where he memorized the Islamic laws and traditions. But the more he delved into his studies, the more troubled he became.
“I went through a great mental struggle,” Shahid said. “At the end of that struggle, the Islamic religion was no longer part of my life.”
Soon after, Shahid was flipping through the TV channels when he stumbled across THE KINGDOM SAT, the 24/7 satellite channel launched by Leading The Way to broadcast the Gospel to the Muslim world.
“At first,” Shahid said, “I thought the program was about Islam—then I realized that the songs were about Jesus. I watched the channel day after day. I wrote to the channel, and a man from Lebanon corresponded with me for over two years, answering my questions about Jesus the Messiah.”
Shahid later traveled to Jordan, where he connected with George, the coordinator of our follow-up teams. “Through George's teaching,” Shahid said, “I accepted Jesus the Messiah as my Lord and Savior. For three months I stayed in Jordan, where I studied the Bible and was baptized. Then I left to serve the Lord back in Libya.”
Soon after Shahid left Jordan, George lost contact with him. After two months of anxious silence, George learned that Shahid's own father, angered over his son's Christian conversion, had reported him to the government. The Libyan border guards had intercepted him.
When George located Shahid, the young man was in a refugee camp in Turkey, where two Muslims had tried to murder him. George asked Shahid, “Why did they want to kill you?” Shahid replied, “I couldn't keep my mouth shut. I had to share Jesus with others!”
Just as God used THE KINGDOM SAT to reach Shahid with the Gospel, God used another Leading The Way ministry, Help The Persecuted, to help Shahid navigate the legal complexities of the refugee system in Turkey. Shahid was released from the camp, and although it may take up to four years for the government to grant him asylum, he is a free man. Most importantly, he is free in Christ.
As Shahid boarded the bus to his freedom, he called George with tears in his eyes, saying, “Thank you for all that you did. Thank you for caring.”
You see? I told you I had good news! God's love overcomes evil. In the life of young Shahid, God overcame the deceptions of false religion by giving Shahid questions that led him to faith in Christ. God used the rejection Shahid faced from his own family as an opportunity for witness in a refugee camp—and God protected Shahid from the would-be assassins who sought his life. Through ministries like Help The Persecuted and THE KINGDOM SAT, Leading The Way was able to help.
This month, would you consider making a donation to Leading The Way? Your participation in this ministry will enable us to continue reaching out to many others like Shahid across the Muslim world. I know you will be blessed to see God using your gifts to touch hearts around the world!
Michael Youssef, Ph.D.