On The Run

January 13, 2016 by Brett Tarbell in Africa

Benjamin* was on the run from his family after converting to Christianity from Islam, and needed a place to stay. He temporarily stayed with a hospitable Christian brother before hearing of Brother Delly*, who ministers to Muslim Background Believers (MBBs). Initially, Delly was unsure whether Benjamin’s faith was genuine. Some so-called MBBs he had supported turned against him and caused him a lot of trouble. But Delly took Benjamin in despite his doubts, and as time passed he became convinced that Benjamin was a true believer.

Benjamin continues to live with Delly, all the time growing in his knowledge of Christ. He earns a small income through janitorial work, but continues to face danger and uncertainty. He heard that a Muslim uncle living in the area has heard about his conversion and may be looking for him. Every time he goes out, he wears clothing that hides his identity. The situation puts Delly at risk as well.

It is not clear what the future holds for Benjamin, but one thing is for sure – he wants to continue growing in Christ. “I want to be a witness to others but I don’t always know how to share my faith with them”, he says. “I read the Bible often. Psalms 23:6 is my favorite verse – ‘Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever’.”

He knows that if he wants to become a useful tool in the hand of the Redeemer, he needs to systematically study the Bible. Amid the trials he and other MBBs experience in his country, Benjamin’s comfort and strength is found in Christ alone, and the Word of God by which He shepherds His own.

*representative story and photo used for security reasons

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