While many Christians were forced to flee their homes in Iraq and Syria in the face of the ISIS onslaught, some pastors stayed, not wanting to see Christianity eliminated from the region. For many pastors who stayed behind they have been able to experience the fruit of their sacrifice. Stories continue to arise of Islamic extremists coming to Christ after coming in contact with Christians in the region. One Muslim extremist in Syria gave his life to Christ after a pastor welcomed him into his church to be fed and hear a sermon. Christianity in the Middle East continues to endure despite the persecution, war and famine that Christians face.
07/25/2017 Syria (Christian Post) – A persecution watchdog group has shared the story of a Muslim extremist who upon witnessing a church service led by Christians in war-torn Syria decided to abandon his radical lifestyle and turn to Jesus Christ.
Open Doors USA’s Emily Fuentes shared in an article for Mission Network News on Monday the story of a pastor in Syria who witnessed the conversion.
“One of the pastors who chose to stay there talked about how he was hosting a church event, feeding the community who was remaining in this city, and they would feed the community and have a sermon where they shared the Gospel message,” Fuentes said.
“And as he’s preparing to do it, he and the other pastor saw a Muslim extremist man with a beard without a mustache, which is an indication of a more fundamental, extremist Muslim, so they were concerned,” she added.
“They prayed about it, but invited the man in and just kept an eye on him, fed him, and he heard the sermon and he gave his life to Christ.”