When Nada* was first introduced to the Gospel, she didn’t want to hear it. Her family was Muslim. She had been born a Muslim. She would always be a Muslim - or so she thought.
However, for the past year, Nada’s husband Khalid* had been in contact with Ash - one of more than a dozen dedicated follow-up coordinators around the world who respond to viewers of Leading The Way’s satellite television channel, THE KINGDOM SAT. After watching the channel, Khalid reached out to us and was connected to Ash.
The more Khalid spoke with Ash, the more God softened his heart to the Gospel. Over time, he began to see the holes in Islam and longed for a relationship with Christ. He also longed for his wife to know Jesus.
Once Khalid accepted Jesus as his Savior, Nada refused to discuss it with him - so he encouraged her to speak with Ash. Seeking answers for herself, she called - and as Ash answered her questions and prayed with her, her heart began to change.
Today, both Nada and Khalid are believers. But it’s not easy taking these steps of faith. After learning of their conversion, Nada’s father took their young daughter and forced them away from the family’s home.
Like most members of our follow-up teams, Ash knows these dangers all too well. Growing up in the Middle East, he spent countless hours studying the Qur’an in preparation to become a leader in the mosque. In his teenage years, Ash came to Christ after hearing the Gospel on the radio. When his family found out, he was beaten and had to flee his home.
The Holy Spirit is on the move in the Muslim world, drawing people to Christ - but the process of coming to Christ takes time, and the transition from Islam can be incredibly difficult. In places where Muslims or new converts cannot simply walk into a church, find a Bible study, or talk freely about the Gospel, Leading The Way is their only lifeline to discipleship.
That’s why these teams are so important, and why I want to ask you to partner with us today. On-the-ground follow-up is a crucial part of stewarding the Gospel message Leading The Way proclaims every day over the airwaves. Your gifts help us to not only cast the seed of God’s Truth through our broadcasts - they also allow our follow-up teams to come in and do the sowing.
As we walk alongside of new believers like Nada and Khalid through conversion, discipleship, and persecution - will you join us?
Michael Youssef, Ph.D.
*Names have been changed for their protection.