An update from Abu Munahid, pastor of Salam Church in an undisclosed country in the Middle East.
Introducing a New Family to Christ
This month I visited a new family and introduced Jesus’ message to them. The entire family – the father and mother, together with their two adult children and their spouses – also prayed with me. The mother said that she could not believe in the doctrine of the Trinity, and the deity of Jesus did not make sense to her. But the Lord is good; He allowed me to talk to them about these things.
The mother is more open now, but she still has many questions. She comes every Tuesday to the women’s ministry, and she brings her neighbor too. Last Sunday she came to church with her husband, who has not gone to church in forty years. After the meeting, the man said that he had not heard words like this in all his life.
Gospel Instruction to an Algerian Woman
Through one of the brothers in our church, I met a woman visiting from Algeria. The Lord opened a door for me have the following conversation with her when she asked:
“How can Jesus, the son of Mary, be God?”
I replied, “Do you believe the Gospels?”
“Do you want me to answer you from the Gospels or from my mind?”
“From the Gospels.”
“Then my wife and I will both talk to you from the Gospels.”
The Lord allowed us to talk with her for two hours, answering her questions and correcting her wrong concepts. As we were leaving, she said, “I have never heard these things before. All I heard from my family was, ‘Don’t eat or talk with the infidels.’ But during my visit to this country, I have witnessed how the Christian people treat me.” Please join with us in praying for this woman.
A Refugee Named Debo
Iwas informed about a poor refugee named Debo who was interested in Christianity. The Latin Orthodox Church was giving him money to help him with his rent and other expenses. He visited our church in the city, and some brothers followed up with him. He started attending, and later he was baptized in our church.
After he was baptized, the Latin church stopped giving him money and said to him in a mocking tone, “Congratulations.” He replied, “My Lord is great. I will not turn back from my faith. God will take care of me.” Through Debo, I have been encouraged to live in greater faith. I thank God for him. Please pray for him.
Comforting Those Living In Fear
In our country today, Christians [including nominal Orthodox and Roman Catholic Christians] are living in fear of “IS” (the Islamic State). People are preparing their weapons. They are threatened that they must either become a Muslim or else pay “the tribute.”
These fears even grip the members of my own church. Some of them have stopped coming to church, so I have been visiting them to talk with them and comfort them. I have been seeking to give them the words of the Bible for situations like these. Please pray for our country and the difficulties and fears facing the church.
Also pray for the expatriates and refugees who are in our church: Khader, Fadi, and Mahar.