In northern Nigeria, a true follower of Jesus must be prepared to carry the cross, or else he falls away.
For 25-year-old Akin, his cross came quickly. His father and uncle took him from the home of one Islamic scholar to another, trying to convince him to compromise his faith in Christ. But all their efforts proved fruitless. Finally, as a last resort, Akin’s family took him to an Islamic reformatory where he must either accept Islam or die.
“There, I lived with thieves, murderers, alcoholics and drug addicts whose parents or relatives had brought them there to be rehabilitated. Immediately, they had my hands and feet chained. They also beat me consistently. The experience was agonising, but I had to endure, because I had seen the light in Christ and accepted it,” said Akin.
“They maltreated us, but mine was more severe because the Islamic teacher told them I had blasphemed against the prophet of Islam,” said Akin.
After nine months in chains and under the cruel treatment of outcasts and the Islamic teacher, the Islamic teacher took Akin back to his father’s house in the village. Because staying with his parents would mean his death, he immediately fled to a pastor’s house for refuge. Akin was discipled over the next two years, and then called into ministry.
Now in a Bible school, Akin still cannot go back home.
“For me the battle continues, although I know it is Christ who rescued me,” says Akin. “This is a constant reminder that Christ actually gave up his life for me. So my experience in that [Islamic reformatory] was just a part of the road that leads to eternity with Christ. He has told us the journey will not be easy, but we must press on, no turning back.”
(The original article was shortened.)
Source: Open Doors