Abdul wipes the cold sweat from his brow. He’d already come this far, but the darkness feels ominous, and looking around him he wonders…
- Have I been followed?
- Are the authorities watching me now?
- Will I live to see tomorrow?
Abdul had taken all the precautions–waiting until the dead of night, hiding the Bibles in secret compartments in his vehicle, driving a circular route to confuse any followers and praying fervently.
“It’s up to God,” Abdul whispers with resolve. “My life is in His hands.” Abdul knows the risk of sharing the gospel in his area of the Arabian Peninsula. But the words of God in Scripture are too important. He says, “I’ve seen the power of God’s Word. The Bible gives life…I have to share it, no matter what it takes!”
He moves quickly in silence. Placing Bibles on the doorstep of every home in a small Arabian village where there’s no Christian witness…yet.
And with every Bible placed, Abdul whispers the words of Isaiah 55:11, “My word…will not return to Me empty; but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”
As Abdul drives home, grateful for another successful mission, he begins praying for God to prepare the hearts of these Muslim families, because tonight is just the beginning…
For four months, Abdul prays every day for God to be faithful to His promise in Isaiah 55:11, that His Word would accomplish His purpose in the lives of these Muslim families.
Abdul is one of the Open Doors partners on the ground in the Arabian Peninsula. He understands the importance of a fertile heart to receive Scripture, so it can deeply take root. It’s not just about conversions. When new believers in this area of the world begin to follow Jesus, they face the burning fires of persecution. Many wonder if the cost is too great. That is why Abdul not only delivers Bibles, but he also walks with Muslims on their journey towards faith…
Returning to the same village after four months of prayer, Abdul enters a cafe where many locals gather. Because he’s a stranger, some Muslim men ask where he’s from and why he’s in the area. Soon he’s asked if he’s a Muslim. Stepping out in faith, Abdul responds, “No, I’m a Christian.”
With great excitement, the men share they’d found Bibles on their doorsteps a few months prior, and they’d been reading them ever since. “But many parts are difficult. Will you help us understand?”
“Of course! If you get your Bibles, we can study them together!” For the next hour, Abdul and the Muslim men pore over the Scriptures together, studying the gospel of John.
Abdul shares about the death and resurrection of Jesus. Abdul will continue visiting the village, sharing insights into God’s Word and building relationships–knowing God is using him to lay a firm foundation for God to open doors to share the gospel.
This story is just one example of why our support for OpenDoorsUSA.org is important–not only to provide copies of God’s Word, but also to support their partners on the ground as they build relationships while walking Muslims towards faith.
- So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty,
Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:11
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