Abraham’s Story – Part 5 – Sharing the Gospel

This is day 27 of 32. Throughout April, we will be posting daily. We invite you to learn about Chinese Muslims and pray with us for God’s glory to be made known among them. If you would like to read other posts in this series, you can find them here or download the prayer guide here. Abraham is a Muslim-background believer (MBB) from an average Muslim family in China. He allowed us to interview him recently and share his story. He desires for people to understand more about Chinese Muslims and to pray intentionally and passionately for them. His real name and location are removed to protect his identity. This is part 5 of 7. Share how you learned the Gospel needed to be shared differently with Muslims than others. Now when I share with my friends, I really don’t confront them with the Gospel. We spend time together as friends and I try to find out what he really needs. If he has a problem, I try to help him understand it. I ask if I can pray for him. I pray, and he does not stop me. I still pray as a Muslim in the same position. If I had a similar experience as this guy in the past, I would share with him how God had helped me or provided for me. One of my friends had really difficult family relationships. His family treated him horribly. His father or grandfather had a really big transgression in their history and it was on his head. He thought God was punishing him. I told him I understood what...

Abraham’s Story – Part 4 – Persecution and Calling

This is day 26 of 32. Throughout April, we will be posting daily. We invite you to learn about Chinese Muslims and pray with us for God’s glory to be made known among them. If you would like to read other posts in this series, you can find them here or download the prayer guide here. Abraham is a Muslim-background believer (MBB) from an average Muslim family in China. He allowed us to interview him recently and share his story. He desires for people to understand more about Chinese Muslims and to pray intentionally and passionately for them. His real name and location are removed to protect his identity. This is part 4 of 7. What persecution did you face after you began to follow Jesus? Later on other friends came to find me and ask me to come to their Bible study and study with them. Before that I read by myself. After seven days of training, they told me I could join the group to study with others. I spent two years in that group. At the beginning the group itself didn’t impress me too much. Most were new believers. There were a few who were teaching. I think I liked the feeling of worshiping together and reading the Bible together. Every time I went there I had new knowledge gained through the Bible study. After two years I became a leader of the group. We learned how to share the Gospel with others, and I began to share as we were taught. They really challenged me to share with my friends. I was afraid, but I...

Abraham’s Story – Part 3 – Journey to Christ

This is day 25 of 32. Throughout April, we will be posting daily. We invite you to learn about Chinese Muslims and pray with us for God’s glory to be made known among them. If you would like to read other posts in this series, you can find them here or download the prayer guide here. Abraham is a Muslim-background believer (MBB) from an average Muslim family in China. He allowed us to interview him recently and share his story. He desires for people to understand more about Chinese Muslims and to pray intentionally and passionately for them. His real name and location are removed to protect his identity. This is part 3 of 7. Share with us your journey of coming to know Jesus. Several friends came to talk to me about Jesus several times during my first semester in college, but I didn’t understand what they were talking about. Later, I had some other friends and they taught me little by little, but I rejected so much. I still believed there was no relationship between Jesus and Isa, but to show respect I had to listen to them. I did what they told me. I studied with them for the sake of friends but I had no desire to believe in Jesus. But through two years, their lives and their attitudes and the love that came out of their hearts told me much more strongly what they believed than what they said verbally. I wanted to learn what was going on in their hearts. I wanted to know what made them different. Everything was really totally different....

Abraham’s Story – Part 2 – Understanding Islam’s view of repentance

This is day 24 of 32. Throughout April, we will be posting daily. We invite you to learn about Chinese Muslims and pray with us for God’s glory to be made known among them. If you would like to read other posts in this series, you can find them here or download the prayer guide here. Abraham is a Muslim-background believer (MBB) from an average Muslim family in China. He allowed us to interview him recently and share his story. He desires for people to understand more about Chinese Muslims and to pray intentionally and passionately for them. His real name and location are removed to protect his identity. This is part 2 of 7. Share with us how Chinese Muslims view repentance and punishment. Most people know that they are not perfect and that they will face bad consequences and punishment. One day one of my friends who is Muslim told me, “We are not going to heaven.” I asked, “Why?” He said, “Because I have done so many bad things.” So I asked, “What is your hope. Why do you still believe?” He said, “We will go to hell, but after a certain period of suffering God will release us. Everyone who is Muslim in the final days will come out of the punishment and will be with God.” That is another hope for Muslims. Many people say, “I am not going to heaven because I did not do this or that.” They do not say I did not know God or love God very much. Their desire to go to heaven and meet God is based...

Abraham’s Story – Part 1 – Life Before Christ

This is day 23 of 32. Throughout April, we will be posting daily. We invite you to learn about Chinese Muslims and pray with us for God’s glory to be made known among them. If you would like to read other posts in this series, you can find them here or download the prayer guide here. Abraham is a Muslim-background believer (MBB) from an average Muslim family in China. He allowed us to interview him recently and share his story. He desires for people to understand more about Chinese Muslims and to pray intentionally and passionately for them. His real name and location are removed to protect his identity. This is part 1 of 7. Share with us about your life before hearing of and following Jesus. I was in second grade when I began to fast during Ramadan. My father used to take my brother and me to the mosque to worship. In the beginning, we did not know what to say, read or recite – we would just copy everyone else. My whole village would go to the mosque together and worship. If you did not do as everyone else, people noticed and it was a problem. In third grade, we learned to recite “the belief ” (Iman). “I believe in God … I believe devils exist … In the doomsday which questions will be asked …” It was very long. This was mixed between our local language and Arabic. In this area (memorizing and learning the rituals), people teach their kids that if they don’t do this good thing, they will go to hell. If they...

What am I really afraid of?

This is day 22 of 32. Throughout April, we will be posting daily. We invite you to learn about Chinese Muslims and pray with us for God’s glory to be made known among them. If you would like to read other posts in this series, you can find them here or download the prayer guide here. When I was in college, I heard about a girl who had decided to follow the Way. I knew that her family was Hui, and it must have been hard for them to accept her choice. I couldn’t help but wonder, What must her family have thought when they heard? Were the consequences as serious as other people said? But I was so excited for her! She was so brave! To follow what she believed to be true no matter what the consequences — that was truly courageous! Wait … she hasn’t told them? How could that be? I thought she was so confident. How, after all this time, has she never told her family? Before you begin to judge, let me confess that I’m the girl. I am so ashamed to admit that after being a follower of Jesus for almost three years, I still have never told my family. Despite my faith in Christ, the fear of what could happen paralyzes me. If they don’t accept it, they might disown me forever! And yet … if they do understand, might they believe as well? Could it be that we might all follow Him together? I know what I need to do. Now that I know the Truth, it’s my responsibility to...