Now is the Time for Muslims to Find Faith in Jesus

Evangelist Yusef visited a family the night before. The son (in center back row) whose name is Foramen - meaning "Decision" - after hearing the Gospel, immediately made a decision to accept Jesus as his Savior, as did his twin brother and his father.

The movement to leave Islam and follow Jesus is accelerating to a degree not seen since Islam was birthed in the 7th century. The turning point came as the refugees and migrants from many different Arabic-speaking countries who, in the last three years, have fled to Turkey and Europe.

It is well known that among these recent four million displaced persons, there are many terrorists moving into place across Europe. But there is a parallel counter-movement. Arabs and Muslims who having lost everything, are breaking away from their Islamic religious chains which have bound their hearts and minds. In their distress, many are now becoming free to seek Truth.

In this generation we have already seen massive conversions to Christianity in Muslim countries such as Indonesia. Egypt, too, is seeing great numbers turning to the God of the Bible. But only since this movement of fleeing asylum seekers took off after the “Arab Spring,” have we seen the numbers turning to Jesus really explode.

Now, tens of thousands, says evangelist Yusef, are being saved—especially among the Kurdish people, whose hearts seem particularly open. Dreams and visions are chronicled regularly among their community.

In fact, numerous MBB (Muslim Background Believer) churches are growing in Turkey and Europe. The emerging church is growing faster than the indigenous churches in the Middle East. More converts are joining the MBB churches in Turkey and Europe than those converts in the Middle East churches which evangelize among the traditional nominal Christians.

For 25 years, Yusef has evangelized in Jordan, Yemen, Iraq and across North Africa, and has seen many Muslims come to faith. But the upheaval taking place now throughout the Middle East has caused a new and intense skepticism of Islam, leaving a huge hole in the lives of many Muslims. Therefore, they search for the true God.

When a Muslim from the Middle East receives Jesus, wherever he is—among Palestinians or in Europe—he is consumed with his new faith. Everything is new—religion, culture, friends, purpose in life and relating to his or her relatives.

Often when these MBBs make the leap, sometimes even before baptism, they read the Bible as if it is their only lifeline and they find themselves deeply in love with their new loving God. They are also studying His Word to keep from drowning in the sea of opposition they face.

And to these MBBs, water baptism means literally risking your life, if you are living in the Middle East. But as God would have it, these poor refugees in Turkey and Europe are so completely over-whelming their host nations, that even the Turkish government doesn’t occupy itself with what refugees believe or don’t believe. And so they have been “freed” to seek the true God.

Interestingly, these new MBBs really have no problem with Israel or Jews. They have never been taught Christian Replacement Theology. And when they leave Islam, they leave it all behind. As these new Christians begin to mature and continue studying the Bible—New and Old Testaments—they naturally empathize with the Israeli nation.

Moreover, Yusef, an Arab from Israel who brings teams of Israeli Christian Arabs and sometimes Israeli Messianic Jews with him—along with team members from the U.S. and other countries is a great testimony to the plan of God to use Israel to be a light to the nations.

Of course, who can be better evangelists and servants to these refugees than Arab-speaking Christians—from Israel! Again, little Israel is beginning to be a bright light to the nations.

Records show that less than one percent of world missions are focused on the Muslim World. But right now, the Arab people in the Middle East are suffering their worst time in all its history.

And right now, God has provided a tremendous window of opportunity to reach Muslims, especially Kurds who have fled their homes.

Even though their poverty is beyond imagination, yet, amazingly, most refugees have managed to obtain a smart phone! They are listening to the Gospel in Arabic on their smart phones!

Yusef believes that soon there will be more former-Muslim Christians in the Western World and the Middle East than there are Christians who were never Muslims.

Islam, says Yusef, is the last frontier for the Christian church. This is a chance of a lifetime—to help bring Eternal Life to Muslims who are intensely looking for truth.

How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed?

And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard?

And how shall they hear without a preacher?

And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written:

“How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!” Romans 10:14-15

All new believers! The man on the left was once the chef for a Syrian government minister. When his extended family members joined the opposition against the Syrian President Bashar Assad, he had to flee. He then became the chef for the former president of Iraq, Galal Talabani, also a Kurd. But as ISIS closed in, he and his wife fled to Greece. The Moroccan woman in the middle had a fanatical husband who beat her mercilessly as his right under Sharia law. She also fled to Greece, even though pregnant, and found her Savior. They wanted to dress in white for their baptism.
All new believers! The man on the left was once the chef for a Syrian government minister. When his extended family members joined the opposition against the Syrian President Bashar Assad, he had to flee. He then became the chef for the former president of Iraq, Galal Talabani, also a Kurd.
But as ISIS closed in, he and his wife fled to Greece. The Moroccan woman in the middle had a fanatical husband who beat her mercilessly as his right under Sharia law. She also fled to Greece, even though pregnant, and found her Savior. They wanted to dress in white for their baptism.

This article originally appeared in Maoz Israel Report, August 2016, and reposted with permission.