Much of what I write could mistakenly be seen as tragedy and heartbreaking. Yes my people come from countries that ran them out and took everything they owned. For their faith, many of my brothers and sister have lost friends and family as well as property and standing. But if that is all you read about then you are missing a story of victory. Our story is about victory in the midst of suffering. But victory still.
My brothers and sisters are alive and telling others of Jesus. We lead people to Christ here every month. We have wonderful testimonies of God’s provision and bringing souls to Christ. People of Islam are having dreams of Jesus and come to us with questions. God is revealing Himself. Others hear of the Good News of the Kingdom and want so much to join into the Kingdom of God. The assurance of salvation, so vacant from Islam is a strong drawing point in the Gospel message. His message of Love is compelling. There is no greater story in the entire world than the story of God sending His own Son to die and live for us to live for His Glory. It is the greatest story ever told.
The people that come to Jesus come with a clear understanding of the cost of discipleship. I seldom have to talk to them about making a deeper commitment to Jesus. They are fully aware of the struggles, persecutions, and fears that they will have to face. We admire their courage, but we must remember they are still babies in the Lord and need discipleship and teaching. They need fellowship and encouragement as much, or even more so, than you and I.
We have victories amid the hard times. We are joyful and confident. There is a joy in leaving the oppression of Islam and joining the King of Kings in repentance, baptize and salvation. God has made a way for us with a safe house with the commitment of a brother in America. We are confident that God will provide bedding and food. God is good to us. We do not need pity. Our source is our Lord. We are so privileged to lead others from Islam to Christ. We are so honored to suffer persecution for Him. We are learning to rejoice, like Peter did after being beaten by the religious leaders of his day. It is a privileged to suffer for Christ. What an honor.
We see God’s hand in His provision and comfort. His Holy Spirit is real and ever present. We get discouraged and then we get comforted. We are just like you. We pray and cry out to God and He is faithful to answer. So rejoice with us. We are not victims. We are victorious. We are the Body of Christ. We are you. Join us. Stand with us and be counted. We are joyous! Because of Him, we are victorious.