A Man’s Faith Brings His Cousin to Christ

November 23, 2016 by Janelle P in Africa

Elias* and Adam* are two cousins living in a remote, Muslim-dominated community in East Africa. Read as the two share their story to salvation with Christ.

Elias was the first to come to Christ. After reading the Bible, he was sure that Christ was the Truth. His faith came with much backlash. His entire family, including Adam, shunned and rejected him.

Adam explains, “For me, Islam was the right way to follow. I was committed to it completely. I was very angry at Elias for becoming a Christian. One day, when I saw him in town carrying his Bible, I confronted him. He showed me the verse, John 14:6, where Jesus says, ‘I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father but by me.’ I was so insulted. I threw the Bible on the ground and stomped on it. I even tried to attack Elias. I later met up with a friend who happened to be a devout Muslim. He reprimanded me saying. ‘This book you are jumping on is actually the Truth’.”

Adam chewed on the words his friend gave him that day, “I couldn’t stop thinking about those words. I had to ask an evangelist to explain it to me. He taught me about Jesus from the Bible and from the Quran, and I decided to follow Christ. Afterwards, I went to Elias and apologized for what I did. Thankfully he forgave me. Today, we are worshipping Christ together and love each other more than we ever did.”

The cousin’s family threw them out of the house. They knew the boys would be killed if they stayed in their community. Thankfully, Elias and Adam have found a safe community of believers who have similar experiences as they did. They also received training with Open Doors, which helps new coverts survive social pressures by finding ways for them to earn money.

Thank the Lord for the work he is doing in Elias and Adam’s lives. Pray they stand strong in their faith. Pray for the Lord’s blessing upon their business ventures and that it will enable them to survive financially. Pray that they learn to serve Christ in all aspects of life.