ICC has long supported Christian radio and satellite television broadcasts in the Islamic world. Often times, the broadcasts are the only exposure that Muslims have to the Gospel message. Muslims interested in learning more about Christianity can contact the radio or television network and are directed to ICC-supported follow-up teams. These teams develop relationships with Muslims and answer their questions about Jesus and the Bible. However, this ministry is often extremely dangerous in countries where it is illegal to proselytize.
In March, an ICC partner in a North African country went to meet two new believers who had responded to a Christian radio program. During the meeting, an upset Muslim overheard their conversation and reported them to the police, as it is illegal to convert from Islam to Christianity in this country.
All three Christians were arrested. The two new believers were detained and interrogated for several hours before being released. Following the arrest, the Muslim families of these new Christians learned about their conversions. One of the men has since been rejected by his family and thrown out of his house because of his determination to follow Jesus.
The third Christian, who went to meet the new believers, was held behind bars for more than ten days. His punishment was more severe since he was the one telling others about Christ. His wife was also questioned by the police and his home was searched for Christian materials.
Please be in prayer for this dear Christian family and for all believers who are boldly sharing the love of Christ to Muslims throughout the Middle East.