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Monday, April 02, 2007

[ShBride 14] The Rescue

Shiite Muslims – a people God is pursuing to be Jesus’ Bride


"He reached down from heaven and rescued me; He drew me out of deep waters...He led me to a place of safety; He rescued me because He delights in me." Psalm 18:16, 19, NLT

Recently, several of us visited two Shiite families who follow Jesus. We women cried, talked, and prayed with the two wives and some of their children.

They were in a panic because one of their friends, a follower of Jesus whom I will call Ahmad, had been arrested and put in jail. Fear marked by deep apprehension was seared on their faces, radiating out of their eyes, permeating their every word.

"Where are you, God?" we were all thinking. "What word of comfort and assurance do You have for us tonight?" we softly prayed. Then came His response: "Have FAITH! I am God. I am the Lord. There is no other. I excel in doing exceedingly above and beyond all that you can ever ask or think."

Our visit with the hurting Shiite families continued. We talked about the goodness of God, His faithfulness, and His mighty power to rescue and save. In utter hopelessness, we clung to Jesus, the Rock of our salvation.

Then the news came. "Ahmad has just been released from prison!" one of the men told us. "But the authorities are taking him to the border, and we fear they will take his life."

"Yes, that may happen," I responded. "But let's remember, God can shut the eyes of authorities at the border so they don't even see Ahmad, if He wants to. He can carry our brother safely through."

Later that evening, several of us were filled with hope that God, in His sovereign way, was taking Ahmad, a new follower of Jesus, to another land so more Shiites will hear the Good News.

God did just that! Ahmad is now in Syria where many Shiites travel for pilgrimages to key shrines...a land where there are over a million Iraqi refugees now, many of them Shiite. Syria is a land where, among over 20 million people, our Shiites are a minority, and few of them know and follow Jesus.

Join us in prayer that Ahmad will find other Shiite followers of Jesus in Syria who will be his family. Pray that Ahmad will be God's ambassador, speaking boldly for God no matter what the cost, so many people in Syria, Shiites and others, will hear the Good News and follow Jesus.


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