Bangladesh: A Bully Comes to Jesus
Edward hated Christians. He and his family were Muslims, and they believed that anyone who became a Christian was a betrayer of Islam. (Islam is the religion of Muslims.)
Serious Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset throughout the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. (Learn more about Ramadan here.) Edward, who was a student at a college in Bangladesh, wanted to be a good Muslim. So he fasted all day during the month. One day, he had an unexpected visitor.
Edward told a VOM worker what happened next. Read his story below.
I wanted to be one of the best Muslims, so I was fasting. One day, a Christian young man came to share the gospel with me. I was in a religious mood, and I was greatly offended. I was surprised to see his boldness to share the gospel with a Muslim during Ramadan.
I told him, “Why don’t you come back in the evening after the end of the fast?” I got some friends together, and when he came back, they beat him up. He was seriously injured. We put him on a rickshaw and sent him back to his mission.
After that, I was in some fear because I was thinking he would go to the police since he was seriously wounded. A few days later, he came again. I was 100 percent sure he came to get revenge. But he was smiling and said he wanted to be a friend of mine.
That was the first time I started thinking about Christianity in a positive way. He had a forgiving heart and a big smile, and that changed me. I started going to church and learned more about Jesus Christ. After two years, I surrendered my life to Jesus and accepted Him as my Savior and Lord.
In the beginning, it was not the gospel [that made me want to be a Christian], but it was the young man’s living gospel — his love and forgiveness.
To Talk About
Edward thought the Christian would bring his friends and beat Edward up to get revenge. How do you think the story would have ended if the Christians and the Muslims kept taking turns beating each other up?
What changed Edward from being a Christian-hater to a follower of Christ?