Boldness in Baptism
Samuel says the lads took the chance to share their testimonies and their tales, and people current took the time to hope with them. Following the baptism, the group of mates shared within the Lord’s Supper and likewise in a time of neighborhood round a meal.
“It was just so joyful to see their joy in their following in obedience in baptism, to tell their stories. One had lost his wife, because of his faith, his wife had divorced him. The other one, his wife had accepted him and his faith, but still, there were still struggles in that relationship with her. He just confessed that he just is begging for prayer for that,” Samuel says.
“It was just a beautiful story of them counting the cost for Christ, knowing that it was going to be difficult knowing that it was going to be hard, but yet, knowing that Christ Himself is worth it.”
One in every of these males even took the danger to share about Christ along with his prolonged household. Because of this, two of his brothers have additionally come to religion in Jesus.
Trials in Religion
Nonetheless, there may be nonetheless hazard looming over these males’s lives for his or her choice to comply with Christ. For these males, selecting baptism is just like publicly marking themselves for his or her religion. The boys reside in a elementary Islamic neighborhood. Whereas their neighborhood is usually Shiite and customarily extra accepting in comparison with different dogmatic branches of Islam, there nonetheless isn’t a number of room to go away Islam for a unique perception and nonetheless be accepted. In counting the price, these males discovered the enjoyment of Christ to be definitely worth the potential challenges to comply with.
“There is openness…I think that after what happened with ISIS, in their country, and in countries around it, what has happened is they’ve seen the failures of Islam, they’ve seen the systemic brokenness of Islam. And so, they’re asking questions, they’re asking deep theological questions which have created opportunities for the gospel to go forth,” Samuel says.
Will You Pray?
At present, Redemptive Tales is encouraging and supporting these males who’re faithfully serving Christ. Samuel says because the group walks alongside these males encouraging them. In addition they provide coaching, management steering, concepts for alternatives to share Christ, and prayer and monetary assist.
Will you take part prayer? Pray for these males who’ve boldly declared their religion in Christ. Pray the encouragement of Christians within the Center East and North Africa, particularly those that have “Christian” stamped on their passport and have grown out of a heritage of Christianity.
“These are believing Christians who are faithfully working in these communities to share their faith with their Muslim neighbor. And so, pray for them. Pray that they would be faithful and fruitful,” Samuel says.
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