In the past year, ISIS has become a household name. Every week we are hearing about bombings, kidnappings, and public Christian executions. But as we hear the name ISIS over and over again, there is something the media is not telling us -- something incredible: in these dangerous times, God is opening doors and softening hearts to the Gospel.
Samar* is an 18-year-old young woman from Saudi Arabia. Throughout her childhood, her life was steeped in Islamic tradition. But in her teens, she began to question the teachings of Islam. The horrifying violence of ISIS only reaffirmed her doubts.
Seeking the Truth, Samar decided to learn more about Christianity through our 24/7 satellite television channel. Her parents suspected she was watching Christian television, so they blocked our channel from their satellite receiver.
But by this time, Samar had already contacted our follow-up team. She said that she could be killed if her family discovered what she was doing, and she wanted to know for sure that Jesus was the Truth. “I’m not ready to die for something that might be a lie,” she said.
After eight months corresponding our follow-up team, Samar became convinced that Jesus was not merely a prophet, as the Qur’an claimed, but the living Son of God -- and she prayed to receive Jesus as her Lord and Savior.
“Now I am ready to die,” she said, “because it’s easy to die for the Truth.” Our follow-up coordinator later told us her courageous words moved him to tears.
She then shared this shocking statement: “I thank God for ISIS, because they opened my eyes.” Can you imagine being thankful for ISIS? Yet the atrocities of ISIS truly made Samar see the emptiness of Islam and look to Christian television for answers.
You won’t see these stories on the evening news, but God is at work. Yet, there is still so much more to do.
Right now, you can help us continue our work over the airwaves and on the ground. Generous donors have committed $500,000 to the outreach of Leading The Way and are challenging you to match their gifts this June.
Together, we can turn $500,000 into $1 million that can help not just share the Gospel, but also allow us to evangelize Muslims, disciple new believers on the ground, and provide practical support to Christians facing dangerous situations.
Will you prayerfully consider giving a gift today? While the secular media broadcasts only bad news from the Muslim world, with your support we will continue proclaiming the Good News.
Gratefully in Christ,
Michael Youssef, Ph.D.
P.S. Be sure to watch this month’s television special, Testimonies of a Timely Mission, airing from June 21 to 27. In this special broadcast, my son Joshua and I will share more of Samar’s inspiring story and talk about all that your partnership is accomplishing in the region through Leading The Way. You won’t want to miss it.
*Name has been changed for her protection.