Fund Spotlight: Ministering to the Messengers
06/03/2021 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – In many persecuted nations, pastors and ministry leaders risk their well-being and comfort to bring the Gospel to the unreached. Because they operate in secrecy, often in impoverished communities, it is difficult for many to earn an income through regular church support like a pastor in the West might receive. Therefore, ICC developed the Messengers: Underground Workers fund to support these bold leaders and guide them as they navigate the realities of persecution.
The path of ministry is not always easy. Pastor Moses is an evangelist in Africa who knows that firsthand. He actively reaches out to Muslims and disciples Muslim-background believers (MBBs).
Growing up, his mother was a Christian and his father a Muslim, learning both the Bible and the Quran.
“At the age of 20, I decided to fully convert from Islam [to Christianity],” said Pastor Moses. After converting, then my father sent me away from the family. He had given me land, and he denied me that land, and I went.”
After converting to Christianity, many MBBs face persecution and are ostracized by their families and communities. They live with a target on their backs, risking life and limb to bring the Good News to those still hungry for the truth. Thankfully, many MBBs connect with fellow believers and encourage each other in their newfound faith.
Moses met a pastor who taught him how to evangelize to Muslims. As Moses evangelized, more and more people came to Christ, including his own brother.
ICC has provided Pastor Moses and the MBBs he disciples with livestock so they can continue in ministry without worrying about their next meal. The cows, in addition to providing milk for them, also give them milk to sell in the marketplace to financially support themselves.
Our boots on the ground support and care for these evangelists who are reaching and discipling extremely vulnerable new converts from Islam. If you would like to support underground workers or learn more about ICC’s Messengers Fund, please visit www.persecution.org/give or call us at 1-800-ICC- 5441.
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