News Release from Leading The Way with Dr. Michael Youssef – For Immediate Release
LONDON, UK (ANS – August 17, 2015) — With Christians facing increasing persecution around the world, Dr. Michael Youssef is encouraging Christians to “look up to God” and trust Him in prayer more than ever before.
Speaking to the congregation at Kensington Temple in London, England, Leading The Way’s Founder and President shared about how the 21 Coptic Christians beheaded in February trusted God even to the point of death and were expectant as they were about to meet Jesus.
“I heard so many amazing stories that they were singing and reciting the Lord’s prayer and they received death with joy,” he said.
During his message Dr. Youssef urged believers to persevere in the faith: “Terrorism is rocking our world and discrimination against Christians has become rampant. Daily we hear of bloodshed and mayhem. But Psalm 121 teaches us how to cry out to God in trusting terms. We must come back to God, trusting that He will do the impossible.”
In a recent interview on London’s Premier Christian Radio, Dr. Youssef urged listeners to dedicate consistent prayer and practical support to the persecuted church as the signs of the end times foretold by Christ in Matthew 25 become increasingly prevalent.
“When tackling radical Islam and ISIS [also known as Islamic State] how many seconds each Sunday do churches dedicate to praying for the persecuted, those who are being beheaded, parents watching their children being crucified?” Dr. Youssef said. “We need to help the persecuted.
“Leading The Way has a ministry called Help The Persecuted, providing help to many Iraqi and Syrian refugees who are fleeing persecution.
There are many ministries helping the persecuted church who need our support and prayers.”
Dr. Youssef also told Premier Christian Radio listeners about the tremendous opportunity to reach Muslims in the Arab world through Leading The Way’s broadcasts.
“We are finding that the most effective way to reach Muslims in the Arab world is to communicate the love of Christ with them through our strategic satellite and Internet platforms. It is a revelation when they hear through our broadcasts that they can have a personal relationship with God and that He knows them by name,” he added.
Leading The Way regularly hears from people like Mohammad, who came to Christ through their Arabic broadcasts and personal discipleship:
One wrote: “I’m a 64-year-old Muslim and this is the first time I heard about Jesus Christ through your channel. Would you please send me a Bible?”
Also, a 23-year-old female listener of Leading The Way’s dual-language radio programme in Turkey said: “I’m so glad that I found you on the radio. I did not know anything about Christianity. When I asked my family, they would not allow me to do any research. I got a Bible in secret…. I’m a child of the God of love now. I pray and believe that He will help me. Please pray with me.”
Dr. Youssef concluded: “While there are several million Muslims who have become Christians, there are also many millions who are becoming atheists in the Middle East. A lot of young people are saying that if this is religion, forget about it – which I see as an opportunity for us to share Christ with them.”
Read more about Islam and Biblical insights on today’s world events in Dr. Youssef’s recent book Jesus, Jihad and Peace at www.JesusJihadPeace.com.
You can learn more about how you can support Leading The Way’s Gospel outreach in the UK and also in the Muslim world at www.LTW.org or call +44 (0) 800 432 0419.
You can also follow Dr Michael Youssef on Twitter at: @MichaelAYoussef
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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. He and his wife reside in Atlanta and have four grown children and seven grandchildren.
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Photo captions: 1) Egyptian-born Dr. Michael Youssef. 2) The 21 Coptic Christians about to be executed. 3) Dr. Youssef speaking to a large crowd at Kensington Temple in London, England. 4) ANS founder, Dan Wooding, interviewing Dr. Youssef at the NRB 2015 convention in Nashville, Tennessee, as his younger son, Peter, films it.
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