Testimonies
Abram's Story: Hope for the Infidel
May 12, 2016

Abram was born and raised in a conservative Muslim family in Syria. At just 13, his curiosity about the Christian faith led him to a local Catholic church, where he began talking to a priest. But his search for Truth came at a price.

When Abram's family found out, they beat him, locked him in the house, and began forcing him to go to the mosque and pray the Islamic prayers.

Yet Abram's hunger to know more about Christ only increased.

At great risk to his life, he insisted on going to church and learning more about Christianity. Once family and friends filed charges of apostasy against him, the arrests began. Considered an infidel, he was detained by the secret police for days at a time and beaten with iron bars and canes. Al-Qaeda kidnapped him and tortured him. ISIS issued death threats.

Fearing for his life, Abram fled to Turkey, where his arduous search for Truth would finally come to an end -- and his new life in Christ would begin.

"When Abram's family found out, they beat him, locked him in the house, and began forcing him to go to the mosque and pray the Islamic prayers. Yet Abram's hunger to know more about Christ only increased."

While in Turkey, Abram found a church planted by a young convert who came to Christ through Leading The Way's broadcasts and personal follow-up. Believers welcomed Abram in, providing him with food and a place to live, sharing the Gospel with him, and introducing him to Leading The Way's teachings.

There, after years of searching, Abram made the decision to follow Christ. He knew the cost; he had already endured it. But now, for the first time, he knew the hope of Jesus. He found the true purpose of his life.

As Abram begins this new life as a Christian, he is not alone. Believers from the local church are meeting with him for discipleship, and Leading The Way's on-the-ground teams are in contact with him, providing spiritual support and helping him with housing and living expenses.

Through your partnership with Leading The Way, together we are:

  • Airing Biblical teaching programs like the ones Abram watched before he came to Christ.
  • Following up with new converts like Abram, engaging in discipleship with those who need it.
  • Providing practical support for the persecuted, meeting the urgent physical, financial, and spiritual needs of our brothers and sisters in Christ.

New converts like Abram need our support. Some live in fear of what could happen to them as a result of their conversion. Others live as refugees, unable to work without visas. They need personal discipleship and practical help. With your help, we are standing with them, assuring them they do not stand alone in these trying times.