By Peter Wooding
Europe Bureau Chief for ASSIST News Service
HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, UK (ANS) -- Ever since Leading The Way began broadcasting Christian programming to the Arab world through its 24/7 satellite TV channel THE KINGDOM SAT, something miraculous has been happening.
Rahim, a Leading The Way Follow-up Coordinator, engages in
discipleship training with a Syrian convert
Some are Muslims who want to know more about the Christian faith, while others have made the dangerous decision to accept Jesus as their Saviour and are in need of spiritual support as they face extreme persecution.
Rahim has faced violent persecution himself and can identify with those who turn to him for help. He was a devoted Muslim until the power of Christian radio helped him find new hope in Christ.
"I was raised in a Muslim family and I was very dedicated to Islamic practices. My father was happy at this time, but I was empty inside," said Rahim.
He added: "One time when I was searching by radio, I listened to something that was talking about God, and afterwards I see this is Christian radio. This brought problems to me. For the first time I wanted more knowledge about Christianity.
"My father asked me, 'You are becoming Christian?' I said, 'Yes.' It was very terrible, like someone injured his heart. My family didn't accept this word 'Jesus is my Saviour', because they are in darkness. My father and my brother beat me."
But as these attacks began, Rahim said that something miraculous took place: "As they were hitting me as hard as they could, I prayed for them, and at this time I didn't feel anything because Jesus was with me.
"I forgive all of this persecution. If you are in the umbrella of God, the refuge of God, He will protect you. Now we have a peaceful relationship. They say they are seeing the word of God on my life. At this time I began to read the Bible more and more and I requested to study theology. Now I'm doing my Masters on Bible counselling and I serve the Lord in full-time ministry.
"I work for Leading The Way's follow up team and a lot of Arabic people contact me about faith. There are a lot of amazing stories from Saudi Arabia, from Mecca. I receive calls from Chad, New Zealand, Iraq, Jordan, Yemen, even from Romania."
As part of this follow-up ministry, Rahim seeks to connect these new converts to local churches, and through Leading The Way's Help The Persecuted ministry, many are given practical help from bedding and food supplies to vital grants for urgent medical or travel needs to be reunited with family members.
*Name has been changed for his protection.
About Leading The Way:
Now celebrating over 25 years of ministry, Leadin g The Way's television and radio programs are broadcast to more than 190 countries in over 24 languages. Leading The Way also produces DVDs, CDs, books, a monthly devotional magazine, and daily e-devotionals to spread the light of Christ. This Atlanta-based organization partners internationally with in-country follow-up teams to encourage new believers in their faith, helping God's Kingdom to grow around the world.
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To find out how you can support this ministry, go to their UK site at: www.leadingtheway.org.uk. Their address is: Leading The Way, PO Box 1066, Hemel Hempstead, HP2 7GQ, UK, and their phone number is: +44 (0) 800 432 0419.
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