Recently at the Flushing Prayer Station we met a woman who once was a devout Muslim. Fifteen years ago she began to seek God, wanting to know who he really is. After looking into other religions, she decided to read the Bible. “I’m going to read the red words because those words are the words of Christ!” is what she thought to herself. His Words came alive to her. At one point, she felt something like liquid flowing over her as she was reading and praying. Eventually she gave her life to Jesus after a journey that took over a year.
She has experienced many difficulties for converting from Islam to Christianity. Although these trials were difficult to face, she would do it all over again because Jesus is worth any pain and persecution! There was such a light and joy in her eyes as she recounted all that Jesus had done and continues to do in her and other people’s lives. Sadly her husband, also a Muslim, chose to leave her and her two children. Her kids are being raised in the ways of the Lord.
In fact, she felt the Lord leading her to go to Philadelphia to minister to people. She brought both of her kids. There were a number of people she had a chance to encourage and tell about Jesus. She encouraged us in our outreach and recounted how the Lord had placed it on her heart to go and witness in downtown Flushing.
Meeting her was a testimony of the many prayers going up for Muslims around the world that they would have an encounter with the Living Christ. Many Muslims are closed off to hearing the Gospel or are in closed nations where preaching the Gospel is not allowed. Our prayers make a difference in seeing them come to the Lord. For this woman, a formerly devoted Muslim, if someone had tried to talk about Jesus with her, she most likely would not have listened. But the Lord met her anyways. Therefore we can be encouraged to share the Gospel with Muslims and if they don’t receive it, prayer has a powerful impact.