Mobilising, training and equipping Christians for prayer

In Islam there is not a way that anybody can be sure that God will forgive his sins and that he will receive eternal life. Islam is a religion where you must be saved by your good works. It is only by gaining enough works that we can to a place where there is a greater possibility that we can be sure we will go to heaven. Even then it is still Allah’s choice if he would let you go to heaven.

John 1:12-13 – “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.”

1 John 5:13 – “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life.”

?Pray:

  • Pray that Muslims will cry out to God for salvation from their sins.
  • Pray that God our Father will reveal to them that through Jesus they can be absolutely sure they are children of God and can have eternal life.?

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Testimony from West Africa: The church that was suddenly there

A Muslim community in West Africa discovered that four people among them were sharing stories of the Bible and speaking of Jesus.

A leader of the community had become a Christ follower, along with his family, and he had shared the gospel with another man, who in turn took the gospel to his sons, who then went to another family, and soon there were many people sharing the faith in this town.

That’s when the local officials decided to stop this movement. The four men were arrested and forced to stand in the town center for ten days awaiting their public punishment for abandoning Islam. The homes of these men were damaged and some were burnt. The men were forced to stand in the sun all day for many days.

‘Today these men will be punished for leaving Islam.’

When the day of punishment came, the whole town assembled. Some people had urged the local officials to have mercy on the accused. As the leaders feared that there might be more people in the community who were secret Christ followers, they said: “Today these men will receive their judgment for leaving Islam. But if there are any of you who are also following Isa al Masih, then you should let that be known and join their punishment. We will discover who you are, either way.”

No one moved. A hush had fallen over the crowd, as people shifted uneasily on their feet, some impatient to get on with the spectacle, others fearful and undecided. The seconds ticked away…
Then a hand was raised in the middle of the crowd. A collective gasp was heard as an elderly man pushed his way to the front. “I also am a follower of Isa al Masih!” he declared boldly. The officials gnashed their teeth in fury, but before they could speak, a young man on the other side of the crowd raised his hand. Then two women raised their hands, then a young married couple. And almost instantly, hand shot up throughout the crowd. The leaders stood aghast: half the community were secret believers in Jesus Christ!

‘I’m a follower of Isa al Masih! he declared boldly.’

The officials stared at one another, not knowing what to do or say. One of the bolder officials finally put on a stern expression and challenged the crowd: “Are all of you with these four?” He pointed to the doomed men. “Yes!” was the unanimous chorus. The leader looked around in consternation as half of the village stepped forward, their hands still raised. “How is this possible?” he cried. He turned to his fellow leaders, hoping for guidance on what to do. “There have been no outsiders there to bring this about,” he said. “Well,” answered one of his fellow leaders, “we cannot do anything now… can we?”

The perplexed officials separated the people and said to the Christians: “Since you have made your choice, you can no longer attend the mosque. But no one will harm you. You can have your own mosque, and you are now free to practice your religion in a mosque of Isa al Masih.” And that is what the Christ followers call the place where they now openly worship God.

Source: Withheld for security reasons, interviewed by Jerry Trousdale

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