Here is a recent encounter by one of our U.S. workers:
Last Wednesday, I just happened to meet Aisha*, my Muslim friend, in the parking lot of the apartments when I was out walking with our grandson. I invited her to join me on my walk, but she responded that she was very hungry and needed to eat something. I said, “You could come over and eat at our house. I have some chicken macaroni soup that I could warm up for you.” She immediately said yes that she would like that and we walked together to our apartment. Over the soup, we discussed her feelings of depression because someone had argued his atheistic views with her and shaken her already feeble faith. She has been a Muslim all her life, but is now against all religions. She does, however still believe in God.
After eating she asked me if we could take our walk. During our walk she turned to me and said, “I remember one time seven or eight years ago, I was walking and looking down when a woman approached me. She said, “If you want your prayers answered ask Jesus and He will answer your prayers.” Aisha responded to her, “Why should I pray to Jesus when I can pray to Muhammad?” She responded with a smile, “All the prophets are good, but if you want your prayers answered ask Jesus.”’ Aisha looked at me and said, “I still remember her face. She wasn’t like a normal human. No matter what I said she smiled and spoke gently to me. I think she might not have been human.” I told Aisha, “God does send His angels and she could have been an angel, but remember this. God was reaching out to you even eight years ago and there are probably other times He has tried.” (She had told me that God had never reached out to her in her fifteen years of searching for Him).
Later she said, “Can you see how sad I am? I need hope.” I shared how Jesus wants to fill her with His hope, joy and peace and that all she needs to do is to call out to Him. She said, “Yes, I think I need to do that.” We had a good talk and she told me she wanted to join me at church on Sunday.
Aisha came to the church service. She had me promise to secrecy. As Aisha and I walked into the church, she said, “I tried to go to church in my country, but I could not.” “Was that because you were a Muslim?” I asked. She said that it was. Since her home country is an Islamic State everyone that is born there is automatically a Muslim. Of course, that does not include those born to Christians. However, if you are born into a Muslim family, you have no choice. You are Muslim. Aisha is on a journey and longs for a relationship with God.
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*name has been changed
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