In Malaysia, both proselytising and apostasy are punishable by law. Yet, despite the risks, evangelists preach the Gospel and Malay Muslims accept Christ.
Proselytising to Muslims, while not illegal under federal law, is outlawed in 10 of the 13 states (excepting Penang, Sabah, Sarawak and the Federal Territories). Punishments for those caught trying to convert them include jail time and whippings.
Additionally, it is illegal for Malays to convert to Christianity. Former Muslim converts may be confined to ‘re-education camps’ that use brainwashing techniques, torture and propaganda to force them to return to Islam.
VOM workers in Malaysia want to see people set free from spiritual bondage and courageously preach the Gospel, undeterred by the threat of punishment.
These frontline workers report that Malay Muslims are very often open to the Gospel and many are coming to Christ in the face of persecution.
Gabrael is just one example.
Gabrael was born into a Muslim family in West Malaysia. He has no relationship with his mother who left while he was just a baby. His father, a devout Muslim, has three wives.
Recently, after hearing the Gospel, Gabrael opened his heart and accepted Jesus as his Lord and Saviour. He then agreed to be baptised.
He phoned his Muslim father and told him he was no longer going to follow Islam. His father became very angry and started yelling over the phone. Gabrael was startled and hurt by his reaction. However, he stood firm and decided to be baptised regardless of the risk.
On the day of the baptism, he was so excited. According to a VOM worker, “There was much joy in his face and his eyes sparkled. He gave the biggest ‘Yes’ when he publicly confirmed he wanted to be baptised.”
Gabrael has decided to attend an intensive two-month Bible study along with seven other Muslim background believers. He hopes to one day become a pastor.
Please pray for Gabrael, who hopes to soon reconnect with his father. Pray for his protection.
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