Global Impact

April Notes from Our Inbox

At Leading The Way, we receive many testimonies from viewers, listeners, and readers across the world who have been transformed by the Truth of Christ. As we celebrate Christ’s victory during Easter, join us in thanking God for the many lives He has changed through this ministry. Only Christ can raise the dead to life!

Albania:

“I often listen to your programs, and I understand every day more and more that they are changing me and transforming my walk with Christ. I have given my life to Jesus and this program is helping me to trust God more for my future. Thank you for your teaching!”

United Kingdom:

“Before I became a Christian, I was always searching for something and did not know what. Upon receiving Christ as my salvation, I felt cleansed. But still, although fulfilled in the revelation of Jesus, I still felt as if I was not getting the full truth. . . . In January 2013 I found Leading The Way and as I started to listen to it, it was as if at last I was hearing God’s word, but very much uncompromised. . . . I am once again filled with boldness, courage, and a massive burn in my gut to share the Gospel. I have a long way to go in this life as I serve God, but as I feed on the teachings from Leading The Way I know in my heart what I repeat is bold uncompromising Truth.”

Albania:

“I discovered Radio 7 just by accident. The first program I heard on the Internet was The Way from Dr. Michael Youssef. This program made me listen to your station day after day, because my life was changing by what I was hearing. I always thought I was a believer, but Dr. Youssef made me understand what a real personal relationship with Christ is and that God wants to be part of everything in my life.”

Pakistan:

“Dr. Michael’s message on satellite… made me realize that the Lord is my shepherd. I am thankful to God that I am saved and came to know about salvation. I am grateful to God and JCTV, which gave me a chance to hear the Word of God.”

Saudi Arabia:

“I used to live and work in Saudi Arabia for 10 years, and through those years your radio broadcast was the message of joy for me daily! My soul was nourished through your programs. I want to tell you that I have met many Saudi men who listen regularly to your broadcast through their car radios away from their houses so they won’t be seen. Leading The Way radio programs are the reason for my life in Jesus and for many other people too. You are the messenger through the air to many in the lost world!”

India:

“For the past eight months I have been listening to your program. Although I was born in a traditional Indian family, from my childhood I have been hearing about Jesus Christ. But my faith was not in Him. When I grew up, I picked up quite a lot of bad habits: smoking, taking drugs, drinking, worshiping many gods and goddesses and following local spiritual guides. But from this hopeless situation, God resurrected me into a new man. Now all my bad habits are changed. Thank you for your program.”

Shahid's Story: God's Love Overcomes Evil

From the desk of Dr. Michael Youssef

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.”

The Search Begins

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!”

A Free Man

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!

In Christ,

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Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

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Overcoming Evil with the Good of the Gospel

Through radio, television, and the internet, God is truly making a way where there is no way. While the enemy conspires against the plans of the Lord, our God remains in control. He knows that the schemes of evil are no match for Him. When we see governments work against the Church, believers experience persecution, and doors close to God's Word, it is certainly discouraging. But God always finds a way in. The light of Christ is inextinguishable, shining in the darkest of places.

When Leading The Way was first founded, Dr. Michael Youssef knew the power radio had in the Middle East. Growing up in Egypt, he knew how many would gather around the radio for a simple Christian message. Twenty-six years later, THE KINGDOM SAT is broadcasting Biblical teaching to hundreds of millions of homes in the Arabic-speaking world. For some, radio continues to be the only means of exposure to the Good News of Christ, and our dual-language radio programs are able to reach areas where common Christian media is not accessible. Phone applications are also enabling listeners and viewers to tune in at any time, increasing the accessibility of Dr. Michael Youssef's messages.

While instability and conflict continue in the Muslim world, the power of Christ is reigning even where there is upheaval. Through the ministry of follow-up teams and Help The Persecuted outreach, God is equipping and encouraging new and persecuted Christians. A listener in Yemen reached out to us with this message:

“I need your continuous support through what my friends and I are going through in Yemen because of our faith in Jesus Christ. The spiritual change we have experienced via your programs and now with the support we receive through your follow-up team and prayers, we can only stand strong and keep looking up to God, who is more than able to sustain our faith and help us.”

The need for Christ is universal. We proclaim the transforming Truth of Christ to 190 countries in 21 languages because “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). Many are coming to the Lord through these simple Christ-focused messages. For one listener in India, the Biblical teachings of Leading The Way freed her from the grips of false religion, impacting her eternally:

“I am from a family that believes in the traditional gods of India. For the first time, I heard the Gospel while tuning the radio one Sunday night through a Leading The Way program. … By listening to Leading The Way programming I came to know that Jesus is the only God and all the other gods that we worship are just lifeless. I noted down the phone number given at the end of the program and called up. I am glad that I was able to communicate through phone and my questions and doubts were answered. I also thank you for sending me the New Testament. I have shared my faith with my parents and told them that Jesus is our Lord and Savior. So please pray for their salvation.”

It is easy to focus on spiritual obstacles in the world and in our own lives, but we can choose to set our hearts on the triumphant Christ. The Gospel is moving throughout the world. God is opening eyes with His light and strengthening His children. Please join with us as we continue to thank God for what He is doing. Pray for the Gospel to continue flooding into unreached places, for eyes to be opened to the Truth, and for the protection of God’s ministry to hostile areas.

The Sound of Hope

From the desk of Dr. Michael Youssef

In 2013, Gene* was sentenced to 165 years in prison—nearly two lifetimes. He had already given his life to Christ, but he felt utterly hopeless. In a recent letter to us, he writes, “I just wanted to give up and just kill myself. I had no desire to stay in this place and die an old man.”

Gene befriended a fellow brother in Christ while in prison, and together they made a significant discovery. Bored and lonely, they looked to the radio for some sense of comfort or entertainment. In the small-town North Carolina jail, most radio stations they tried did not come through.

But one did, loud and clear.

To Gene, it was the sound of hope. It was Leading The Way programming, broadcasting clear as day over the airwaves of American Family Radio.

Now, every weeknight at 9pm, he tunes in to Leading The Way radio for encouragement. When he wakes up, it is the sole thing he looks forward to everyday. He and his friend often spend hours talking about the messages. He even tells the correctional officers and every Christian he knows to listen in.

Gene faces a dismal life sentence that he will not live to complete, but God is restoring him and strengthening his heart as he hears the Word of God preached. He now understands that God will never leave him nor forsake him. Although in prison, Gene is a free man.

“I firmly believe the Lord Jesus directed me to this ministry to give me hope,” he says. “It literally saved my life.”

Our work is simply this: through satellite broadcasting, radio and TV programming, follow-up teams, Biblical resources—through whatever outlet we can find—we preach Christ. We are determined to be God’s instruments to reach the unreached and the already-reached—those who have never heard and those who have heard the Gospel hundreds of times, but who still need the power of God in their lives.

As you prayerfully consider giving a gift this month, I want you to know that your partnership with me is not in vain, to those who are in desperate need of hope. Thank you for the prayers and support you have given me in this ministry—they are truly a blessing in this Kingdom work.

In Christ,

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Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

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*To respect his privacy, this man's name has been changed.

Kaleb's Story: 'Jesus Is Enough'

Since the founding of Help the Persecuted in 2011, Leading The Way has been able to provide practical help to Christians who have been cast out of their families, jobs, and homes—including care to countless Christians in Middle Eastern refugee camps. We have also been able to provide medical care to those who have been physically abused and financial assistance to churches destroyed by arson and vandalism.

The cause of the persecuted can seem distant to those of us who have never experienced it firsthand. So this month, we want to share with you a personal story of someone who, despite persecution, is standing strong for the name of Jesus.

Kaleb, whose name has been changed to protect his identity, is one such Christian.

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Kaleb’s journey to Christianity began when he witnessed strife within his own religion. Having been taught his faith was in a unified religion, this division troubled Kaleb, and he began to pray that God would give him direction.

Guidance came unexpectedly in the form of a dream. Kaleb recounts how he dreamt of a publicly known Muslim convert to Christianity. Startled, Kaleb sought out this man. Eventually, he found the convert, who led him to Christ. That was over 30 years ago.

Since then, Kaleb has suffered continual persecution. When his community learned of his conversion, they confiscated all of his possessions, including the land he used to grow crops. Speaking through a translator, he recalls, “They took everything I had. I did not even have enough to eat.” How did he cope? “ I cried,” he says, “but I said, ‘Jesus is enough for me.’”

The suffering did not end there. In 2001, a group angry that Kaleb refused to renounce Christianity and return to Islam, decided to accuse him of being a member of Al Qaeda. The government put Kaleb in prison. In a familiar turn of events, the police came to his home and took all his possessions. It was almost a year before officials were convinced Kaleb was a Christian and not a member of an Islamic terror group. Kaleb was freed.

Although he is no longer behind bars, Kaleb now suffers a different kind of imprisonment. Having failed to physically isolate him, opponents of his Christian faith sought to socially isolate him by tarnishing his reputation with local leaders. The scheme worked; Kaleb’s community now treats him as a pariah. “They do not associate with me. They do not sit with me. They do not visit my home. They do not even eat with me,” he sighs.

Despite the suffering, Kaleb is resolute. “Nothing will separate me from the love of Christ,” he declares.

For Kaleb, persecution has more than just physical and emotional consequences. Asked about the importance of a ministry like Help The Persecuted, Kaleb recalls how intense persecution without support “has forced some [Christians] to revert to Islam.” God is using Help The Persecuted to help believers stand strong—knowing they are loved and supported by a global community of believers.  With prayer and support from Help The Persecuted, Kaleb has resisted this temptation and encourages us in our outreach, “Thank you. Your support and help strengthen us in following Jesus. His provision comes in many ways—and I thank Him for providing you for us.”

For those of us who have never experienced the pain of persecution, Kaleb’s story gives a name and a face to the struggle.

It is hard to stand alone. Leading The Way receives letters, emails, and phone calls for help from many who are afraid to accept Jesus for fear of being cast out of their families; some who listen to or watch Leading The Way’s broadcasts in secret; and some who have been beaten for their faith.

Some of us may never have to go through what Kaleb and others have gone through, but we do have a responsibility to help them stand strong in the faith in the face of opposition. Leading The Way is committed to responding through Help The Persecuted with support, comfort, and protection.

Thank you for your prayers for and support of Leading The Way that make this work possible. Would you please pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters throughout the world?

 

To learn more about how you can Help The Persecuted, visit our Help The Persecuted page.

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