Published on October 12th, 2017
Aaron is an American Christian worker who talks about the love of Jesus with Muslims in North Africa. Recently he told VOM workers about giving his life to Christ as a child, and about living among Muslims. Read what he said below.
It started when I was a little kid, and my brother was being disciplined by our parents. They were in his room for a long time. I wondered, “What’s going on in there?” My parents were sharing the gospel with him, and I peeked through the door. They said, “Come on in.”
I didn’t understand much at that time, but I understood that God gave His life for me. That impacted me profoundly. I thought, “If God loves me that much, then I want to give all my life for Him.”
From a very young age, I made it a habit in my life whenever God invited me into something to just open the doors of my heart and say, “God, You have all of me, no matter what, and I trust You.” I am super-grateful for The Voice of the Martyrs and the church I grew up in. It was a very persecution-aware church, demonstrating that there is nothing in this life more important than walking with and agreeing with Jesus.
North Africa and Muslims
I would say that probably the majority of Muslims have never had a real friendship with a genuine Christian. The wonderful thing about my friends in North Africa is that they like to talk about spiritual things. You can get in a taxi and very easily have spiritual conversations with them, for example.
But I have definitely been in situations where [Muslims] are trying to make me change my mind [about being a Christian]. Often people will pull out a cigarette lighter and say, “Stick your finger in the fire. The fires of hell are bitter; they are not where you want to go.” I try to communicate with them that I am so grateful that [as a Christian] I don’t have to operate from fear, but from great joy that God has made a way for me to bring joy to His heart and to agree with His dreams for the world.
If I am connected to the vine [see John 15:5], then the life of God can flow through me even if I am with people who are very aggressive and in my face.
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To Talk About
*Why did Aaron want to give his life to God?
*What did Aaron mean when he said, “I don’t have to operate from fear”?
*Read John 15:5. Can you explain in your own words what the verse means?