From North America to North Africa, Leading The Way employs on-the-ground teams to follow-up with our listeners and viewers. Our new MY Journal column, From the Frontlines, shares a behind-the-scenes look at what these teams are doing every day.
MEET ASH, Leading The Way’s North American Follow-up Coordinator. As a former Muslim from the Middle East, Ash knows how to minister to Muslims who contact us to learn more about the Gospel.
How did God lead you to this role at Leading The Way?
My connection with Leading The Way started even before I came to Christ. Around 1997, I listened to Dr. Youssef’s dual-language radio programs to learn English. As a Muslim and somebody who never read the Bible, Dr. Youssef’s teaching was very practical. After more than a year of listening to Christian programs and debating with God, I came to Christ.
I never thought I would be part of Leading The Way, but in 2010, I began helping my mentor, George, answer the emails, Facebook messages, and phone calls coming in from Leading The Way’s satellite channel -- following up with viewers who either want to learn more about Christ or attack Christianity. I also maintain relationships with our Arabic broadcast partners within North America.
What is one of your most memorable follow-up experiences?
There is a guy from Libya who followed up with us for about eight months. After experiencing intense persecution, he fled the country and started a church in Turkey. He did not just accept Christ for himself, but is spreading the Good News and leading other believers from a Muslim background. I think for those of us who come from a Muslim background, the grace and mercy of Christ becomes the motivation to share the hope and Good News of Jesus’ salvation with our own nation.
How can our partners be praying for Leading The Way follow-up teams?
Our follow-up team is spread throughout the Middle East, North Africa, and North America. For some, there is freedom to do follow-up work. For others, it’s really tough. Security and safety for our teams and their families is number one. For our audience, there is also fear of what their families or communities will do if they come to Christ. Pray for the Holy Spirit to open their minds and give them the courage to contact our team.
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