Muslims in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and other countries in Central Asia must be secretive when inquiring to learn about Jesus. They may hear the Gospel on a Christian radio program months before they build up the courage to call in to speak with a representative about Christianity. Those who answer the calls know that God has been working in the Muslim’s heart for a while. In places like Afghanistan, even a simple inquiry about Christianity, if caught, may put a Muslim in danger. Yet, despite the dangers, Muslims are receiving Christ as Lord in the most conservative Islamic countries of Central Asia.
In one country in particular, an ICC partnered organization reported that nearly 800 Muslims have called in to learn about Jesus since January. Although the situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan seems hopeless at times, we must remember that God is continuing to build His church there. Below, an ICC partner writes about the challenges and blessings of talking to Muslim callers from Afghanistan about Christ:
“The first time we hear from a listener, the conversations sometimes feel shallow, with a few probing questions and then a quick good bye. However, after a few calls we often see the conversations go deeper. And, after three years of consistent follow up with some of our listeners, we are finally able to become more involved in their lives and offer advice as they face life decisions.
For example, we have talked many times with Aziz (not real name) over the past 3 years. He was a regular listener to our radio programs and he was searching for direction in life. Aziz called us to say he had finished high school and asked what he should do to grow in his faith. When we introduced him to a local church leader, Aziz gladly went and received discipleship. After, he returned home to share his faith with his family and to live out his testimony. This began years of family struggles. He was kicked out of his home by his father and cut off from finances that enabled him to go to school. After two years, the family finally allowed him to come home.
Today, Aziz is reading the Bible and we are seeing the difference it has made in his life. He is now requesting to be baptized. Please remember Aziz in prayer.”