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Ibrahim, the actor, hungers for righteousness

In Nepal, too, there has been a hard lockdown in recent months due to the Corona pandemic – a lockdown with dire consequences, especially for the country’s poor population. However, in spite of the lockdown, mission work among Muslims did not stop.

Our co-worker in charge in Nepal, Bro. Amrish*, reports: “Even in the midst of the pandemic, our heavenly Father is blessing our ministry. Our God is all-powerful and nothing can stop what He is doing. He gives Muslims the opportunity to seek Him even in these circumstances and also helps them to find Him.”

Our co-worker Bro. Devdas* (he is also working as Call of Hope’s radio evangelist in Nepal) used to take part in village drama plays when he was young. At that time, he met a man called Ibrahim*, who works as a full-time actor and who is therefore very well-known. In the remote villages and rural regions of Nepal, where there are no cinemas, small drama plays are the only way for the villagers to enjoy some entertainment.

Bro. Devdas had been acting together with Ibrahim in several plays. Yet when Bro. Devdas became a professing Christian and left the theatre, he started to focus more on the ministry, and the contact between him and Ibrahim broke off for a period of time. During the lockdown, the government banned public meetings and entertainment events such as village theatre performances. During this time, Ibrahim listened to our evangelistic radio programme, which is also broadcasted in the district where he lives. He liked the radio sermon about the life and teachings of Jesus so much that he insisted on meeting the host of the radio programme. Ibrahim was astonished to find out that this host was Bro. Devdas, whom he remembered from their shared past.

Ibrahim contacted Bro. Devdas, who immediately set off to go to Ibrahim’s village on his motorbike. They were very happy to see each other again after more than 15 years without any contact. They talked about this and that and finally also about Ibrahim’s real concern.

Ibrahim told Bro. Devdas that he was very dissatisfied with Islam and that he felt absolutely empty inside. When he started listening to the radio programme, he was very much moved by the sermons. In one of the programmes, Bro. Devdas spoke about the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5. Ibrahim was deeply impressed by what Jesus says in verse 6: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” Ibrahim had felt exactly this hunger in his life, which had just been empty so far.

At the end of the conversation, Ibrahim said, ‘I have now understood that Jesus Christ wants to be my true Lord and that I can only receive salvation through Him. What do I have to do to become a Christian?’

Bro. Devdas replied, ‘Let’s pray together and ask Jesus to come into your heart. If you accept Jesus in faith, then you will be a child of God.’ Ibrahim then accepted Jesus into his heart and confessed Him as his Lord and Saviour, who died for his sins on the cross and rose again.

Ibrahim has now gathered 25 interested Muslims in his village in order for them to listen to the radio programmes in the future. It is a great concern to him that many more Muslims in his village may find Jesus Christ.”

*Name has been changed

Please Pray for our Frontline Workers:

  • Praise: The Lord for those who came to saving faith in Jesus Christ.
  • Pray: That God will continue to open Muslim hearts to receive Jesus as their Lord and Saviour.

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