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...

Li Mei, Facing Persecution for Following Jesus

Brother will deliver brother over to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death, and you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. Matthew 10:21-22 ESV “I will not be able to see you any more. My niece’s business is in need of workers, so I am going to work there full time now.” That is all Li Mei said on the phone. After two years of seeing her almost daily, it seemed she was cutting off the relationship. She is “aunt” to our kids. They ask every morning if she is coming over. She has fulfilled many roles for our family from teacher to babysitter to friend to rent negotiator. More than all of that though, she is our sister in Christ. Several years ago, Li Mei professed faith in Jesus. She was studying the Bible, telling people about Jesus, and went to a local church a few times. However, the persecution quickly came. Li Mei is of Han descent. Her husband threatened to divorce her. Her oldest brother (the patriarch of the family) told her she could not believe in Jesus, but that she must follow Buddhism. When a Buddhist holiday came, she told her family she would not go worship her ancestors, and the threats increased significantly. Her brother threatened to cut her off from the family. Li Mei loves her family. She talks to her sisters almost daily, and they plan their outings days and weeks in advance. Family is important. She...

“I Began to Long for Someone to Love Me”

Situated in Northeast China is a beautiful old city with a population of about 2 million people. Many of the residents are Hui like myself. We live on the outskirts of the city, and our life is very limited compared to the others people in the city. We have intentionally segregated ourselves because of our religion. Our occupations also keep us outside of most Han social circles. The Islamic faith is extremely important to Hui in my city. Most believe it is the one true faith and are not open to even hear about other faiths. Islam is at the center of our identity and a source of pride for many of us. Growing up my father taught me that if I believed in Allah – the one true God – that one day I would go to heaven. Sometimes I would go to the mosque with my father. It was very ritualistic and devoid of life. Not only did Islam seem ritualistic, but also I never experienced love growing up. No one every told me that they loved me. More than eight years ago, my mom died. I did not expect my mom to die, and I was shocked. I learned I could not control death. It helped me realize there are many things I cannot control. During this time I began to long for someone to love me and care for me. My heart was empty. My family could not comfort me. I knew something was missing. In my life, I knew many Han believers. I saw that something was different about them. One day my work...

Finally, brothers and sisters, pray for us…

This is day 32 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. Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored, as happened among you, and that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men. For not all have faith. But the Lord is faithful… (2 Thessalonians 3:1-3a ESV) We are thankful and humbled that you have taken the time during this last month to pray for Chinese Muslims. We believe God is working among Chinese Muslims, and we ask you to continue to believe and pray with us. Due to security concerns, we are not able to share specifically on the website about how God is answering prayers, but we will continue to post stories and people profiles to guide you as you pray for the Hui, Salar and Dongxiang. If you desire for someone to share with your church more specifically about how God is working among Chinese Muslims please click here. Today, please pray that the Gospel will speed ahead among Chinese Muslims and be honored, as it was when you heard the Gospel and believed. May thousands of Chinese Muslims hear the Gospel clearly proclaimed this year, and may thousands believe! When Chinese Muslims turn to follow Jesus, Satan rises to attack as they rejoice! They encounter wicked and evil men and...

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...

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...

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