Shakir was shocked when his Muslim friend told him he had become a Christian, and he was inspired to consider the truth of Jesus himself. After comparing the principles of Islam to the Bible, Shakir was convinced of the truth of God's Word and chose to follow Christ. Despite pressure from family and friends, Shakir did not deny Jesus and now encourages new believers to stand up under persecution. Through donations to VOM, people can receive a free prayer calendar and get daily reminders to pray for persecuted Christians.
Pastor Raymond Koh was abducted in a military-style operation in 2017 and has been missing ever since. His wife, Susanna, has filed a lawsuit against the Malaysian government and police to force them to release information about what happened. In an interview two years after the abduction, Susanna shares her experience of finding out her husband was missing and how the police interrogated her about their Christian work. Despite being threatened for his faith, Raymond had a deepening spiritual walk before his abduction. Susanna and her family have been able to forgive the kidnappers and she has found comfort in God's promises and Christian songs. Pray for Susanna and the Koh family as they await the next hearing date in her lawsuit and that the truth of who was behind Raymond’s abduction is revealed.
For more than two decades, Susi Childers has used her photography skills to communicate the love of Christ to people all over the world through her work with Youth With A Mission (YWAM). This week, she will share stories of YWAM's founder, Loren Cunningham, and her recent trip to Nigeria. In Nigeria, Susi ministered to widows of Christians killed by Boko Haram or Islamist militants from within the Fulani tribe. She found the widows gathering to read the Bible and pray for their persecutors in the wee hours of the morning. Susi will also share how God used donated jewelry to remind these widows of His abiding love for them.
Pastor Joe shares the struggles many new Christians in North Africa face when they come to Christ, including being rejected by family, losing jobs, and facing persecution. He shares stories of believers who have remained faithful despite the danger, and encourages listeners to not flee from danger and potentially miss blessings and service that God has planned for them. He reminds us that Jesus came to earth knowing He would suffer and that, as a Christian, we should also know that persecution will come. He encourages listeners to pray for believers in North Africa to stay in their communities and serve, and for his family to remain faithful to the Lord and His calling on their lives.
Jane's story is a powerful reminder of how God can use our obedience and sacrifice to advance His kingdom. Jane and her husband had a heart for Muslims and a mission mindset, and although her husband was killed, God used their sacrifice to bring about fruit in the Middle East. Jane encourages us to focus on what we can be thankful for and to pray for our persecuted family around the world.
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