By Peter Wooding, European Bureau Chief for the ASSIST News Service
HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, UK (ANS — December 3, 2015) — After coming to Christ through Leading The Way’s television broadcasts and on-the-ground follow-up, Muslim convert Shahid has started a significant church planting network across North Africa and Europe.
Shahid has even baptized several new believers on the same shores where the Islamic State (ISIS) terror group, beheaded 21 Coptic Christians—and his story has now gone viral with over 2 million views on social media. Watch the inspiring video here: http://buff.ly/1PzJQcH
After becoming disillusioned with Islam, Shahid came across THE KINGDOM SAT, Leading The Way’s 24/7 satellite TV channel in the Muslim world, while flipping through the channels.
Shahid explains: “After watching the channel day after day, I wrote to Leading The Way, and a man corresponded with me for over two years, answering my questions about Jesus the Messiah.”
Shahid later travelled to Jordan, where he connected with a member of Leading The Way’s follow-up team.
“Through his teaching,” Shahid said, “I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. For three months I stayed in Jordan, where I studied the Bible and was baptized. Then I left to serve the Lord back in Libya.”
Soon after Shahid left Jordan, Leading The Way lost contact with him. After two months of silence, they learned that Shahid’s own father, angered over his son’s conversion, had reported him to the government, and then the Libyan border guards had intercepted him.
When Leading The Way located Shahid, the young man was in a refugee camp in Turkey, where two Muslims had tried to murder him. They asked him, “Why did they want to kill you?” Shahid replied, “I couldn’t keep my mouth shut. I had to share Jesus with others!”
Today Shahid continues to share about Jesus through planting churches and discipling Muslim converts. He is even using the funds from his own business to support other persecuted believers and pay the rent for the churches he has planted.
There are many testimonies like Shahid’s coming out of the Muslim world as Leading The Way’s broadcasts, follow-up teams and Help The Persecuted ministry continue to impact hundreds of thousands of lives for Christ.
Leading The Way broadcasts the Gospel into the region 24/7 and has on the ground teams working to build the local church.
To find out more go to: www.ltw.org
To watch Shahid’s inspiring testimony, please go to: http://buff.ly/1PzJQcH
To watch Hope in the Midst of Chaos, a behind-the-scenes report on the plight of Christian refugees fleeing ISIS and testimonies coming out of the Muslim world, go to: http://buff.ly/1TzP2fd
Photo captions: Shahid baptizing a new believer on the same shores where 21 Coptic Christians were killed by Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists. 2) Clip from Shahid’s testimony. 3) Michael Youssef, Ph.D., the Founder and President of Leading The Way with Dr Michael Youssef, preaching on his television program. 3) Peter Wooding filming in London, England.
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 under the name of Peter Wooding Productions (www.peterwoodingproductions.com). 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, Ukraine, South Sudan, the Philippines, Uganda, South Korea, Zambia, Gambia, Mozambique, Croatia, Israel and India. He now reports regularly for ASSIST News Service, Samaritan’s Purse, Leading The Way, Christian Concern and Transform Europe Now! Peter and wife Sharon live in North Wales, UK with their three daughters, Sarah, Anna and Abigail. To contact Peter for consultation at: firstname.lastname@example.org at or tel. +44 7500 903067.
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