By Mark Ellis, Senior Correspondent for ASSIST News Service
HAMBURG, GERMANY (ANS — June 3, 2016) — A church in Hamburg, Germany recently conducted a mass baptism filled with Muslim converts who had become disillusioned with Islam and were looking for truth.
“The motive for the change of faith is the same for many: they are disappointed with Islam,” Pastor Albert Babajan, of the Alpha Omega Church in Hamburg told Mohabat News.
Shima, one Christian convert who was baptized, said: “I’ve been looking all my life for peace and happiness, but in Islam, I have not found it,” she said. “To be a Christian means happiness to me.”
Another convert, Somaz, said: “In Islam, we always lived in fear. Fear God, fear of sin, fear of punishment. However, Christ is a God of love.”
Pastor Babajan led the baptism ceremony in a city park.
There has been a remarkable move of God among refugees from the Middle East and many have converted to Christianity since their arrival in Germany.
Some critics have charged that refugees have converted with insincere motives, since Christian converts are given protected status by immigration authorities in Germany because Christian converts would face persecution if they return to their home countries.
But Pastor Babajan carefully interviews each new believer before baptism, asking how Christ has changed their lives.
Photo captions: 1) Joyful baptism in Hamburg, Germany. 2) Pastor Babajan. 3) Dan Wooding welcomes Mark Ellis onto the “Windows on the World” TV show.
About the writer: Mark Ellis is Senior Correspondent for the ASSIST News Service (www.assistnews.net), and also founder of www.GodReports.com, a website that shares stories, testimonies and videos from the church around the world. He is also co-host for “Widows on the World” with ANS Founder, Dan Wooding, which is airred on the Holy Spirit Broadcasting Network (http://hsbn.tv).
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