By Peter Wooding, European Bureau Chief for ASSIST News Service
HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, UK (May 8, 2017) — When Muhammad* first met Leading The Way’s follow-up team coordinator Peter*, his plan was to execute him. But thanks to God’s miraculous intervention they have instead become brothers in Christ.
Peter said: “Muhammad heard that I evangelize to Muslims. He got my number and called saying that he wanted to meet and talk. . . . When we met, he told me he wanted to believe in Christ. But I felt that something was wrong. At the prompting of the Holy Spirit, I began to speak to him very directly about the God of the Bible. He began to tremble severely. I put my hand on his shoulder and started to pray. Then we parted ways.”
Soon after, Muhammad had a powerful dream about the blood of Jesus and went to see Peter to understand more about Christ.
“I explained the Gospel to him about the blood Jesus shed on the cross for the atonement of sins. That very day, he told me that he wanted to become a Christian. Since then I have discipled him, and recently he was baptized.”
Shortly after Muhammad became a Christian, he confessed that he had intended to kill Peter.
“He was a Prince of ISIS, someone other ISIS members swear allegiance to and will die for,” Peter said. “He was planning to execute me. . . . Now, this former Prince of ISIS treats me as one of his brothers.”
Leading The Way is a global ministry proclaiming the Gospel over the airwaves and following up with evangelism and discipleship on the ground. Through these broadcasts and on-the-ground follow-up teams, many Muslims are coming to Christ.
Muhammad said of his conversion: “I was urging people toward jihad. But when I interacted with Leading The Way’s follow-up team and heard the Gospel, I experienced a love that doesn’t exist within Islam. This love compelled me to become a Christian and be baptized. . . . Today, I live to be a servant of the Lord Jesus and make Him known to all people.”
Muhammad is now leading a Bible study for three Syrians in his town.
Leading The Way’s Founder and President Dr. Michael Youssef says that this is just one of many stories the ministry has heard from radical Muslims who have come to Christ.
“What we are seeing God do is remarkable,” Dr. Youssef said. “Muslims who claim to have seen a vision or a dream of Jesus tune in to our teaching channel or reach out to our follow-up team. And there they hear about the very one whom they saw in a dream telling them that He loves them and died for Him. . . . We are witnessing a powerful movement of God. The Lord is moving in unprecedented ways, and Muslims are coming to know Jesus in numbers previously considered impossible.”
To learn more about Leading The Way’s work in the Muslim world, visit http://www.ltw.org/
Watch Muhammad’s story here: ISIS Leader Comes To Christ — http://www.ltw.org/watch/testimonies/isis-leader-comes-to-christ
*Names changed for their protection.
About Leading The Way:
Now celebrating over 25 years of ministry, Leading The Way’s television and radio programs are broadcast to more than 190 countries in 24 languages. Leading The Way also produces DVDs, CDs, books, a monthly devotional magazine, and daily e-devotionals to spread the light of Christ. This Atlanta-based organization partners internationally with in-country follow-up teams to encourage new believers in their faith, helping God’s Kingdom to grow around the world.
About Dr. Michael Youssef:
Michael Youssef, Ph.D., is the Founder and President of Leading The Way with Dr. Michael Youssef. Dr. Youssef was born in Egypt and lived in Lebanon and Australia before moving to the United States. In 1984, he fulfilled his childhood dream of becoming an American citizen. He holds degrees from Moore College in Sydney, Australia, and from Fuller Theological Seminary in California. In 1984, he earned a Ph.D. in social anthropology from Emory University.
He has authored more than 30 books, including popular titles like The Leadership Style of Jesus and Jesus, Jihad and Peace: What Bible Prophecy Says About World Events Today. Michael Youssef’s latest book, The Barbarians Are Here, highlights the urgency for Christians to respond to the current crisis of radical Islamic terrorist attacks in the West. He and his wife reside in Atlanta and have four grown children and seven grandchildren.
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Photo captions: 1) Illustration of the former ISIS leader. 2) Another ISIS mass execution. 3) Dr. Michael Youssef. 4) Peter Wooding reporting from Parliament Square about the work of the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team shortly after the terror attack there on March 22, 2017.
About the writer: Peter Wooding, the younger son of Dan and Norma Wooding, is an award-winning radio, TV, and print journalist and media consultant. Having previously spent 10 years as news editor with UCB Radio in the UK, he has travelled extensively reporting from countries including Greece, Russia, Serbia, South Sudan, the Philippines, Uganda, South Korea, Zambia, Gambia, Mozambique, Croatia, Israel and India. Peter, whose most recent trip was to Georgia in the former Soviet Union with Mercy Projects, reports regularly for ASSIST News Service, Mercy Projects, and Leading The Way. Peter, who was recently appointed London Bureau Chief for the Global News Alliance, and his wife Sharon live in North Wales, UK, with their three daughters, Sarah, Anna and Abigail. To contact Peter, please e-mail him at: email@example.com or by telephone at: +44 7500 903067.
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