Ten-year-old Nadia wasn’t surprised when her father signed her marriage contract nor when, two years later, she had to move in with her 20-year-old husband. Nadia’s experience was not unusual
in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Nor was it unusual for her husband to become an opium addict – Iran has the highest rate of drug addiction in the world. Two of Nadia’s brothers had succumbed to drugs.
It was around this time that Nadia’s cousin who had recently become a Christian quietly gave her a New Testament in Farsi, the Persian language. Nadia prayed, “Allah, show me your truth.” As she read it, Nadia said, “I felt my heart open like an old door. Inside I felt very warm and thirsty. It was like drinking cool water, and I wanted to drink it all. From that time on,” Nadia recalled, “Jesus’ work started in me. It was a strange happiness like nothing I had ever known.” Soon afterwards Nadia led her husband and three children to faith in Jesus Christ.
Since the birth of Islam in AD 622, Christians have attempted to halt the Islamic advance with military might, apologetics, and an array of missionary efforts. They have had little discernible
effect. Searching the pages of history during the first seven centuries of Muslim-Christian interchange reveals only three movements of Muslims to Christ. During the next five centuries
Christianity around the world failed to register a single Muslim movement to Christ while Islam continued to grow, largely at the expense of traditionally Christian populations.
The tide began to turn in the late 19th century. In Indonesia 10-20,000 Muslims left their religion and were baptised into the Christian faith through the ministry of Sadrach Surapranata.
Soon after, an Ethiopian Islamic sheikh named Zakarias converted to Jesus and led 7,000 co-religionists to faith and baptism. Then, in the latter decades of the 20th century, between
1967 and the year 2000, hundreds of thousands of Muslims converted to Christianity in Indonesia, Bangladesh, Iran, Algeria, and Central Asia.
Source: Dr David Garrison – A Wind in the House of Islam
Bible Study: Matthew 28:18-20
APRIL: As we watch the violence unfolding at the hands of Islamic extremists through Boko Haram, al-Qaeda, and ISIS, pray WIDER and more earnestly that this internal evil will awaken Muslims to a love for the Prince of Peace.