Ahmed* was raised in a devout Muslim family in Burkina Faso. He faithfully studied the Quran and prayed at least five times per day. One day, a friend told him about Jesus and pointed him to the Gospel of John. Ahmed vehemently refused to listen. He was not interested in hearing about “false religions from the West.”
That night as Ahmed read aloud from the Quran, he had a vision of Jesus. The Lord stood before Ahmed and spoke, “You are a slave to Islam. The road you are on does not lead to heaven. I am the way, truth, and life. Follow Me.”
Ahmed did not fall to his knees and repent. This man was a devout Muslim in every sense of the word. He ran from the room and tried to forget what he’d seen and heard. Even though he had heard from the Lord Jesus, he still held onto Islam! But the Lord pursued Ahmed vigorously. Christian believers came into Ahmed’s life repeatedly and tried to minister to him. Eventually, he began to study the Bible and went to a Pentecostal church where he surrendered his heart to Jesus. Praise the Lord!
Now a couple of years later, Ahmed is one of our Bible school students in Burkina Faso. The Lord has called him to evangelism and church planting. “Wherever the Lord leads me, I’ll go!” he said.
We are believing that Ahmed will have a powerful witness among Muslims in West Africa. It’s exciting to see what God has done through him and other Muslim-background believers, as they train for ministry and evangelize their nation.
Ahmed has limited finances, however and his family works hard and sacrifices while he is in Bible school. Very often, they don’t know where the funds will come from to pay for the next semester’s expenses. Thankfully, Africa’s Hope has been able to provide scholarship funds to his school over the years. It is an honor to invest in people like him.
Today, Ahmed is standing before Muslims and sharing how he prayed to Allah, read the Quran, and followed the teachings of Muhammad with devout zeal until the Lord Jesus Christ appeared to him and called him to be His follower!
Ahmed and many others in Africa depend upon friends like you to provide scholarship support through Africa’s Hope. Every $50 you give helps provide a one-month scholarship for a student in Bible school. A gift of $100 helps provide a scholarship for two students; $250 helps five students, and so on.
Thousands of men and women are called of God by reach the lost in Africa. But many of them came from a life of poverty, gave up jobs and were cut off from family when they decided to follow Jesus. They need our help to provide their ministry training.
Thank you in advance for what you will do to help them!
*Ahmed is not his real name.
P.S. We will be launching the Mòoré translation project at the Africa’s Hope luncheon on Wednesday, August 9 in the Marriott Marquis (center) room during General Council. If you have not registered for council yet, you can register online at generalcouncil.ag.org and include our lunch. If you have already registered for council, you may call 417-862-2781 x4052 to have our lunch tickets added. Act quickly to get one of the remaining tickets!