When Idris Miah became a Christian, he was fired from his job, and his children were forced to drop out of school. But he still had joy, because he knew that Jesus was with him and his family.
Like most people in Bangladesh, Idris and his family used to be Muslims. Idris even persecuted Christians because he thought they were wrong to follow Jesus. He was so radical in his ways that he joined a mob that planned to burn down the house of a Christian neighbor named Abu.
Read below Idris’s story of what happened.
“If Abu wanted to be a Christian, he’d have to do it somewhere else. We surrounded his house, ready to force him out and burn it.
“As we got closer, we could hear him talking. ‘Had he gathered others to help him?’ we wondered. Then we could hear that he was praying for the entire village and asking Jesus to forgive us for what we were about to do! This made us even angrier, so 25 of us rushed toward his house to apprehend him. But there was an invisible force that would not let any of us to enter his house, and we were frightened away.
“When I got home, I could not sleep. I kept thinking about Abu’s prayer. Finally at 3 a.m., I went back to Abu’s house. I asked him to tell me about Jesus. After three hours of talking with Abu, I asked Jesus to forgive me, and I surrendered my life to him. I rushed to my house and shared what happened to me with my wife, and she also became a Christian, along with my children.”
(Source: Extreme Devotion, available at www.vombooks.com. Please preview the book before sharing the stories with children.)
To Talk About
If you were Abu, would you have let Idris in your house when he came to visit at 3 a.m. after trying to burn down your house?
Read about an invisible army protecting God’s people in 2 Kings 6:15–17.