Sheikh Ashim Hussein, 41 and father to nine children, grew up as a devout Muslim. Zealous for Islamic teachings, he sought to destroy Christianity and once mobilised his students to set fire to a church.
However, when the church members gathered at the sight of their burned church and prayed aloud for the forgiveness of those responsible, their witness bewildered Sheikh Ashim and shook his spiritual foundations.
Source: The Voice of the Martyrs USA
“These people are not healthy people,” he thought. “How can they pray that God forgives someone who burned their church? In my religion, we curse people who do evil things.”
Eventually, Sheikh Ashim trusted Christ for salvation and left Islam. But when Sheikh Ashim’s Muslim community learned of his newfound faith, they rejected him, driving him from his home and threatening to kill him.
Over the past decade, he has had to relocate multiple times due to ongoing harassment and threats. In spite of this, Sheikh Ashim boldly witnesses for Christ, and he has led 29 other sheikhs to salvation in Him. “I don’t get peace if I do not witness for Jesus,” he said.
Let us pray.
- Praise God for the remarkable testimony of Ashim and thank the Lord for the way He is using Ashim’s witness for the spiritual benefit of others.
- Pray Ashim may have the blessing of seeing many members of his community come to Christ.
- Pray for this new church; may they grow in knowledge and understating of the Gospel. Pray for their protection and that they will stand firm when facing opposition.