Pastor Abraham Ben Moses has been released from prison this month after spending two years behind bars for blasphemy in Indonesia.
Pastor Abraham was first arrested in December 2017 after a YouTube video of him surfaced teaching about the differences between the Bible and the Koran. The video was seen as offensive.
As an ex-professor of Islamic studies, Pastor Abraham knows Islam better than most, but he found hope when he converted to Christianity in 2005 after he read the bible.
Raised a Muslim, he studied religious comparison before teaching Islam at university and raised his family with a devout Muslim faith.
After he received Christ, Pastor Abraham was radically changed and began preaching and evangelising almost immediately.
He went on to write a total of five Christian books, some describing his conversion while others were comparative studies between Christianity and Islam. The books were also seen as ‘condemning’ the Muslim faith and eventually used in court as evidence against him.
Pastor Abraham was kept in a holding cell inside the police station for two months where a General was sent to try and convert him back to Islam but he refused.
During his time in the police station, Pastor Abraham converted 18 Muslims to Christianity and baptised the converts in their prison cells.
After two months, he went on to a prison where he was persecuted by other prisoners as they knew of his ‘blasphemy’ charge, but he eventually moved at a financial cost.
In the new prison, he had an easier time and continued to minister to prisoners. During this time in the prison, he converted around 60 people and trained some to be Christian teachers.
Two of the Christian prisoners have continued the work in prison.
Pastor Abraham was often threatened by some prisoners (three of whom were convicted terrorists) but the guards respected him and he felt safe and protected.
While he was sentenced to four years, his sentence was miraculously shortened, and he was released. Upon his release, the guards questioned whether he would continue his work and he said, ‘yes of course, it is my job.’
Pastor Abraham says he will continue to build his ministry to Muslims and a network for evangelism in Indonesia.
He even has plans to start a school for missions outside Indonesia in Borneo.
We give God praise for Abraham’s release and thank everyone who has been praying for this day which has finally come.
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