Chevan was born in Nineveh, the city where Jonah preached. His father was a sheikh and preached at the mosque. As a young man, he was drawn to journalism and became a reporter of television and movies. As a result of his popular culture coverage, Islamic extremists targeted him. He knew not to stick around and travelled to Lebanon. One day while walking down a busy street near downtown Beirut he ran into a pastor handing out Bibles. The pastor reached out his hand and offered a Bible. “No, I don’t take it, I am Muslim” Chevan said. “You don’t have to be a Christian to read the Bible,” pastor Gergis responded. “It’s happy news.”
Two days later, the same pastor approached Chevan on another street, without recognising him. “I told you I don’t want it,” he responded gruffly. Improbably, the pastor ran into Chevan on the beach a few days later, and offered him a Bible again. “You know this is the third time you’ve offered me this Bible. This time I will take it, just because I want you to stop.” Chevan took the Bible home and started reading. Suddenly he was seized with curiosity to discover ‘happy news’. “I wanted to know what the secret was in this book,” he said. “It was magnetic to me. The next day I went to the Bible, I don’t even know why. I just wanted to open it again. I felt like something amazing was in this book, but I didn’t know what it was.”
The Sunday after, he found an ad in the newspaper about a church and decided to attend. Originally, his plan was to expose the Christians’ false worship. By ‘coincidence’ it was Pastor Gergis’ church. Two months later Chevan discovered the secret behind the Bible’s magnetism: it’s a living Word. Unlike other books, the words in the Bible are alive and they offer new life to all who believe. In response, at the age of 29 Chevan surrendered his life to Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord, and was born again. Now, as a refugee in the USA, he dreams about becoming a pastor in his home town of Nineveh.
Source: Esteban Orozco, Joel News International
Bible Study: 1 Thessalonians 2:13
JANUARY PRAISE God for Chevan’s curiosity leading to him immediately being struck by the Bible’s magnetism and finding it to be God’s living Word.
PRAY for many in the Middle East to have similar experiences.