There’s a cost to following Christ in Muslim-majority nations. Open Doors cites “Islamic oppression” as the primary driver of persecution in seven of the top ten countries on its World Watch List.
Tom Doyle says Uncharted Ministries helps believers from a Muslim background grow in Jesus and stand firm through persecution. “We have to let people know the reality of the situation they’re entering,” Doyle says.
“This is not just a ‘come to church next week and you get to go to the New Members class [situation]’.”
Learn more about Uncharted Ministries here. In the Middle East and beyond, Uncharted supports and encourages persecuted believers like Hussein.
Prior to meeting Jesus, Hussein was a devout Muslim. He was destined to become the sheikh of a large region in the heart of the Middle East where Hussein’s family is extremely influential. “The problem was this: he had something going on in his head that the doctors could not explain,” Doyle says.
“[Doctors] checked for brain tumors, they checked everything. They couldn’t figure out what was going on.”
One night, Hussein dreamed of a man in white. This man touched Hussein’s face and said, “Hussein, I’m going to heal you.” Upon waking, Hussein “feels something wet. He reaches for his pillow, and there’s blood that’s come out of his ear,” Doyle says.
“He’s been healed completely. There is no pain. For the first time in over a year, he is pain-free.”
Moved by this experience, Hussein sought out believers from a Muslim background who could explain the Christian faith to him. Despite their many warnings of persecution – after all, Hussein’s father would not permit his son to become an “infidel” – Hussein surrendered his life to Jesus.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth