From the Middle East: Ripples of Salvation
“Now what can I do to become a follower of Christ?” Nazan gave his life to Christ and asked Solomon if he could get baptized.
By Hannah W.
Nazan first got in touch with Pioneers through our Arabic media ministry. After spending some time talking to media responders online, he asked to meet someone in his country in the Middle East face to face. The media team put him in touch with Solomon.
As Solomon answered Nazan’s questions about Christianity and studied the Bible with him, Nazan’s eyes were opened to the truth of the gospel. It appeared that he was prepared to abandon his Islamic faith. “I don’t believe in it anymore. Now what can I do to become a follower of Christ?” He gave his life to Christ and asked Solomon if he could get baptized.
Solomon was delighted, but he was intrigued as Nazan had one condition for his baptism. “I want to be baptized in the presence of my Muslim friend, Hamd.” If Nazan was comfortable with having Hamd present at his baptism, Solomon said he didn’t mind at all. He asked, “Do you trust him?” Nazan responded, “I don’t really know, but I felt the urgency to be baptized in his presence.”
The Gospel Spreads
So, Solomon baptized Nazan and afterward handed some Christian books to Hamd. He encouraged Hamd to read them despite his desire to remain a Muslim, saying to him, “It might be beneficial for you to read them, and it might open your eyes to something you’re not aware of.”
A week later, Hamd called Solomon. He had been reading the books and he had some questions. He asked Solomon, “Would I be able to meet with you face to face and discuss these questions?” Solomon and Hamd began meeting together. Bit by bit, week by week, Hamd began to understand the Christian faith. Once again Solomon was asked the question, “What can I do to become a follower of Christ?”
Hamd prayed and gave his life to the Lord. He asked to be baptized, and once again Solomon faced an intriguing request, “Can I be baptized in the presence of my Muslim friend, Bilal?”
“You’ve changed my mind, changed my heart with the books you gave me. I want to meet with you.”
The Church Is Growing
Hamd was baptized by Solomon who then gave the same books he had given to Hamd to his friend Bilal. Bilal was happy as a Muslim and had no desire to convert to Christianity. But Solomon’s gentle encouragement led Bilal to read the books just as Hamd had. What happened to Nazan, and then Hamd, also happened with Bilal.
He called Solomon a couple of weeks later and said, “You’ve changed my mind, changed my heart with the books you gave me. I want to meet with you.” They met and once again Solomon saw Scripture changing hearts. Bilal asked Solomon what he should do to become a follower of Christ. He prayed on the spot and gave his life to the Lord.
In this small group of believers in the Middle East, we can see how the local church is growing, as believers make disciples who make disciples. Praise God for the way He worked in Nazan, Hamd and Bilal’s lives and for the boldness of Solomon, also a local Christian, to share his faith with those from the majority Muslim faith.
This article was originally published in the August 2023 edition of Link Digital, a publication of AWM Pioneers in the UK; slightly adapted. You can subscribe to it here.
All names in this article are pseudonyms.
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