Jasmin and Nazif have both been imprisoned for evangelising and, at one time, Jasmin was interrogated in prison for 19 days.
“Each time, after I’ve been arrested, people offer me places to live in Indonesia or Malaysia to minister there and I just say no, I will not go. I am believing for revival in Brunei,” says Jasmin.
Conversions to Christianity in Brunei are on the rise and, despite what their government may report, they far outweigh conversions to Islam. Due to these numbers increasing, the government is becoming stringent and evangelising outside of homes is increasingly difficult.
“Anything relating to the gifts of the Spirit, ministering to people, praying for healing, crusades are all forbidden here,” says Nazif.
Recently, they had the opportunity to pray for a Muslim man who discovered he had a brain tumour. The entire church fasted and prayed for three days and the man said he saw a bright light and felt the tumour go. When he returned to the doctor, the X-ray showed no sign of a tumour. When questioned by the hospital staff about how this happened, he told them that a Christian man had prayed for him.
This incident sent the entire hospital into uproar and government officials questioned the man and convinced him to return to Islam. They have not seen or heard from the man since.
Muslims in Brunei are not able to join in Christmas or Easter celebrations, even in their Christian friends’ homes. New Christian converts are even paid by the government to convert back to Islam.
“It’s getting more complicated,” says Nazif.
“The most effective way for Christians to reach unbelievers is through their testimony and the fruit of their life – they need to see the difference.”
“There are CCTV cameras everywhere,” he says, “they record and watch your conversations and the only place you can speak freely and relax is at home.”
Pastors and Christians alike, long for the day they can register their churches, as they are still seen as ‘underground’. They often meet late in the evening – sometimes at midnight – to come together for fellowship as a church, in remote areas, unseen by prying eyes.
“I’ve heard various testimonies from Malaysia and Indonesia where the Lord intervenes and prayers are answered,” says Jasmin.
“I strongly believe, one day with these prayers we’re praying, God will open doors and we will have our own church and be registered. Even if it doesn’t happen soon, we are trusting the Lord it will happen for the generations to follow.”
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