Stories

A Special Kind of ‘Coffee Shop’

March 12, 2014 by Open Doors in ,
While Islam has much cultural prominence, and terrorist groups, such as al-Qaeda, seem to be thriving in the Arabian Peninsula, there are countless stories of how receptive Muslims are to the gospel. You can find great examples of this in Which None Can Shut, which highlights remarkable true stories of how God is opening doors in the Islamic world.

“Muslim hearts are open to the gospel, if only we would share.” Arabian Peninsula John* is a believer who has stepped out in faith for Jesus. He has been working in a country in the Arabian Peninsula for about five years now. In this part of the world, there are not many Christians, but missionaries use all kinds of methods to spread the gospel to the Muslim population. One of the methods that John and his fellow workers use is to plant Bibles, and parts of Bibles, at strategic places, praying that the right people will pick them up, read God’s word and have a real encounter with God. One day, John decided to go on a mission to an area where no missionaries were active. The road was long and tiresome. On his way there, he asked God to be with him and to help him as he did not know the area or people, and did not know how they would react. He was also excited to be the first person (or so he thought) to take the gospel into the area. As he rode into the village, he saw an open area where people were sitting, chatting and drinking coffee a habit for many men in this region. He decided that it would be a good place to check things out, so he parked, and got out. He greeted a few men, and before he could even take a seat, an elderly man came and invited him for a cup of coffee. John accepted the offer, and silently thanked God for the opportunity and that things were moving along so swiftly. The man introduced himself as Ali, and asked John to follow him. They walked at a quick pace through the village. John became a bit nervous when he saw they were leaving the village behind. He prayed for protection as he followed Ali up a narrow little road leading into a valley. After a walk that felt like hours, Ali came to a stop beneath a tree, and told John that this was his spot. He took out a small pot, filled it with water, and then buried it in the warm sand saying that it would take just a few minutes for the water to boil. John wondered how long the process would actually take boiling water in the sand seemed quite foreign to him. While he and Ali were chatting and getting to know each other, John spotted something in the center of a tree- It looked like a segment of a book. When he questioned Ali about it, Ali told him that it was a book with stories he picked up one day. He loved the stories in it, and regularly told these stories to visitors. He said that many of them regularly came back to him asking him to tell more of the stories. John was astonished when he took the book and saw that it was a Gospel! However, it had many pages missing. He explained to Ali that it was only a part of the Book, and asked Ali if he wanted the whole Book. Ali eagerly smiled, and said that he would definitely like to have the whole Book. John jumped up, and began the long walk back to his car. He then returned with the Bible clenched under his arm… As John was riding back, he thanked God and asked forgiveness for thinking that he was going to do something big and remarkable that day, unaware that he would experience something that God had already done. When asked if he drank Ali’s coffee, he answered that there were many places in the country with better coffee, but not better stories. Let us pray with John that the stories would come to life in Ali and everyone who hears them, and that it would spread all over the Middle East. The Arabian Peninsula includes countries like Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Yemen and Bahrain. To learn how to pray most effectively for these countries, visit our World Watch List, which ranks countries throughout the world that persecute Christians the most. *Names have been changed and some details withheld for security reasons

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