The Power of God’s Word and Your Partnership

August 12, 2016 by Open Doors in

Bibles that YOU help provide are reaching into some of the hardest hearts!

Pastor Murat lives in a Muslim-dominated area in one of the most dangerous parts of Central Asia. Many of Pastor Murat’s neighbors aren’t merely Muslims, they’re extremists.

“An unofficial report states that more than 400 people from my area have joined the Islamic State,” he said. “But many other extremists who aren’t part of the Islamic State also live in my area.”

Pastor Murat must be very careful to conceal his faith. “If my faith is discovered, I will be killed,” he shared. “So I take precautions. I pray five times a day like Muslims do. I know a lot about the Muslim faith so I don’t stand out.”

But even with all his precautions, there have been times when Pastor Murat’s faith was discovered.

“An angry man came to my door and told me he was going to behead me,” he shared. “I was so worried. I didn’t know what to do.”

Pastor Murat was reminded of God’s promise from Luke 21:18, “In that moment, God gave me just the words to say,” he said. “I told the man, ‘Only if God wills it shall you kill me. Not a hair on my head shall be touched unless it is His will.’ The man was in shock because God’s will is important to Muslims. God used a verse in the Bible to reach him. So I asked if I could pray with him and he said yes.”

And now this man is a fellow believer! Your gift of Bibles helped make this possible!

God to using you to reach persecuted believers, who in turn are reaching out to extremists… and they are coming to Christ! Many of these new believers are in need of Bibles to grow. Your gift of Bibles is an answer to prayer!

“The Saul to Paul conversion is an amazing example of what we see today,” says Pastor Murat. “Often the people who were the most dedicated extremists are now the most dedicated evangelists!”

Your gifts of Bibles and other resources are equipping Christians with the training they need share the gospel in the darkest places and to the hardest hearts! Thank you for being used by God in this way!

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