Published on April 9th, 2015
The following story is adapted from an article in the April 2015 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter, which features stories of God changing people through Bibles sponsored by VOM donors.
Ehsan did not want to be a Christian. As a Muslim in Iraq, he had been taught that Christianity was wrong. Also, he knew some Christians who were sinful.
Ehsan had a friend, Azhar, who tried to help him understand Jesus and His love for everyone. Azhar explained that the Bible teaches that sin in wrong, and that some people who call themselves Christians may not be true believers.
But Ehsan wasn’t ready to listen.
Then radical Muslims from the Islamic State (IS) attacked Mosul, Iraq. Thousands of Christians and Muslims fled from the fighting in fear. They found safety in an area where VOM distributes Action Packs and Bibles to refugees.
Ehsan watched Azhar and a VOM team serve the refugees for two months. Then he asked Azhar to tell him the reason why Christians would help strangers in trouble. “How can you love people you don’t even know?” he asked. “What is the reason for this love? Why do you include Bibles in these packs?”
Ehsan was ready to listen.
“God is the one who gives us this love,” Azhar told Ehsan. And he gave Ehsan a Bible.
After reading the Bible, Ehsan said to Azhar, “Now I am more thirsty and hungry to know about Jesus.”
Ehsan gave his life to Jesus, began attending a house church, and was baptized. But now he faces a big obstacle. He plans to tell his Muslim family that he is a Christian.
“Pray that he will be protected,” Azhar said. “Pray that he will grow spiritually and that he won’t have fear.”
To Think About
- Ehsan did not want to listen to Azhar talk about Jesus partly because he knew some sinful Christians. What did Azhar tell him about sin and about some Christians?
- Ehsan learned more about Christians from watching Azhar and other Christians serve others. If a non-Christian watched your family or class for a day, what would they learn about Christians?