A 20-year-old Muslim in North Africa felt he stood at a crossroads – unsure of what place religion would have in his life and confused about his eternal destiny.
Just asking questions led Kariem Khalid* into constant conflict with family members, so he stopped doing that and tried to quash his internal struggles by simply giving up any belief in Allah. He didn’t tell his family.
After a few years he realized he was still confused about how to live his life, and that the problem would never go away until he decided how he felt about Allah. Khalid began comparing the Koran and the Bible, though he could only access the Bible on the internet.
Amazed to find the Koran urged Muslims to kill, shed blood and hate others while Christ encouraged followers to love enemies and forgive, he began investigating Christianity, studying the Bible online and attempting to visit with Christians, the leader of a ministry based in his country said.
In various denominations, Khalid found church-goers wary of someone from a Muslim family; experiencing decades of antagonism from Muslims under the increasingly hard-line Islam of the previous government, the Christians he tried to approach regarded him with skepticism at best and, at worst, cold caution.
Persisting, he found a church youth group more open to explaining biblical concepts to him, the ministry leader said. Someone from the group connected him with the native ministry leader.
“I met him, and he attended a service at our church,” the leader said. “I explained how important it was for him to give his life to Jesus, and he shared about his life, how he felt hopeless, and how he came to know that Jesus was God and the only begotten Son.”
The leader asked if they could pray together; Khalid agreed and put his faith in Christ as Lord and Savior, the director said. Khalid was later baptized.
“Kariem enjoys his new life,” the leader said. “Although he didn’t completely admit to his family that he is a follower of Jesus, he shows them through his attitude and behaviors that he is a new creation. Personally, I maintain a constant fellowship with him, as there isn’t a church where he lives. Please lift him in prayers, for he is in need of a job and a place near a church to live, to continue growing spiritually and to fellowship with other believers.”
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SOURCE: Christian Aid Mission