Day Fourteen: Selima’s Story

Day Fourteen: Selima’s Story

My Muslim friend Selima had suffered for a long time with a disease that’s difficult to control even under the best circumstances. When faced with a callous health care system in which the patient must often fight for their own care, however, the challenges are multiplied. So when one of Selima’s friends heard that foreign doctors were coming to a nearby town, she went off to see what could be done. Selima was not well enough to travel, so her believing friend asked the foreign doctors to make a house call. After clinic one day, two doctors set off up the mountain on the trip to Selima’s home. After her checkup, they looked over her records, consulted with specialists, and developed a treatment plan. During this and every visit following, Selima and her husband heard the Gospel of Christ. They heard about how Jesus loves them and wants a relationship with them. They heard and saw how these Christian doctors were motivated by love for and from Christ, by love that spurred them to help those who need help. Because of these visits, Selima’s husband became convicted of the truth of the Gospel. As 1 John 4:19 says, “We love because He first loved us,” and it was seeing that love in action, seeing these local and foreign workers displaying Christ’s love through their care for Selima, that left an impression on him. He gave his heart to Christ, and later, so did Selima! The witness of truth paired with action is compelling to Muslims wherever we find them. If only the story ended here, with this young couple growing in their faith and sharing the Truth with...
Day Seven: A Hui Brother

Day Seven: A Hui Brother

One day, I found myself eating breakfast at a local Muslim restaurant, and I prayed before my meal. Noticing this, the restaurant owner came to me and asked if I was a believer. I told him that I was and then asked him about his family, a natural conversation topic in most any culture. As we talked, we began discussing the fact that our two faiths share many of the same prophets, and we enjoyed discussing many of the Old Testament stories.

Hope has a Name

Hope has a Name

Alicia and I have grown quite close over the past few months. I go and hang out in her family’s noodle shop with her in the mornings and we have time to chat, study some English phrases that will help her as she serves the large international student population that likes to frequent the restaurant, eat delicious noodles and develop a friendship.

Li Hua – Following Her Father’s Religion

Li Hua – Following Her Father’s Religion

Down a small dirt alley hidden in the middle of the city are old broken down apartment buildings with no running water, no toilets and no central heating or air. My friend, Li Hua, lives in one of these small studio apartments. Half of the apartment is taken up by a kang, a wooden box that is used as a bed as well as place to eat and sit. A small wood stove sits in the middle of the room surrounded by a few stools.