What happens when Muslims believe in Christ? Secret Believers, those that have converted from Islam to Christianity, face serious and life-threatening persecution every day.
As a Secret Believer, you might endure:
- isolation, disowned by your family and community
- arrest and torture
- constant surveillance and threats
In Saudi Arabia, where strict Shari'a law rules, Muslims who convert to Christianity can be sentenced to death. Bibles are banned. Christians cannot meet together under any circumstance.
In June 2009, an Egyptian convert was driven into hiding after his attempt to change his official religious identity from Muslim to Christian was rejected.
In Somalia at least 11 Christians were killed by Islamist groups in 2009 and several others were kidnapped, arrested or physically harmed. Some have been forced to flee and become refugees in neighboring countries.
In Indonesia, Islamists continue to incite violence against Christians and use legal means to oppress the Church. This resulted in the closure of
several churches in 2009.
Converts Keep Coming, Despite Radical Islam
Fundamental, radical Islam is on the rise, making headlines in Sudan, Afghanistan, Iran, Egypt, and all over the world. And yet, we see more converts from Islam than ever before!
"One night Christ appeared to me in a dream and said with a tender sweet voice, 'I love you!'," offered Ibrahim, a Muslim convert from Egypt.
"Alone in my room, I decided to pray to Jesus for the very first time. I awkwardly said: 'Jesus, I don't know who you are. I don't know if you're a prophet; I don't know if you are the Lord. I don't know if you're dead, or if you're alive. But if you are alive, and if you are Lord, then please show me,'" shared Esther from Pakistan.
"After I became Christian I had no more hatred for all the Infidels. I started to love humanity above everything else," said a new convert.
Lives are being changed, despite terrorist attacks and fierce opposition. "The gospel of Jesus changes wicked, hateful, sinful, lying murderous people into saints who demonstrate love, joy, peace, patience-all the fruits of the Holy Spirit," says Brother Andrew.
At times Secret Believers face incomprehensible suffering. And yet, the power of Jesus, living in the hearts of Secret Believers, is greater than Islam. It transforms lives.