SALEM VOICE MINISTRIES News Service (SVM News),
Persecution harder; but saved souls bring great joy
Malabar (India), SVM News, 12 January, 2007: The persecuted christians forget hardships and forgive torturings when they see the unlimited number of lost souls are coming towards Christ and experiencing the Salvation. It is a marvellous experience like a woman forgetting the harder pain and rejoice when she see the baby of which she gave birth with an unspeakable pain. Pastor Paul Ciniraj Mohamed, the Director of the Salem Voice Ministries said.
He was inagurating the one day fasting prayer for the persecuted christians as well as the annual conference of the SVM which was held in Malabar in India on Friday, the 12th of January.
Those who attended the conference
Christian missionaries to the Muslim world and the converted Christians from Islam facing severe persecution around the globe. Many are murdered, shot dead, burnt dead, beaten, kidnapped, lost houses, lost children and families. But their blood becoming the seed of the church and millions of million muslims are converting to christianity day by day. The Salem Voice Ministries involving in this great task to evangelise and establish the underground house churches in different nations. Paul Ciniraj continued.
There are about one billion and six hundred million Muslims all over the world. You may think is it possible to evangelise them. Yes! It is possible and within few years all of the muslim nations will accept Jesus as Lord. Because our Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to usward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9).
So each and every believer must be having the missionary spirit to convey the Gospel of the sacrificial death and resurrection of Jesus Christ to the Muslims without pride, prejuidice and fear. Paul Ciniraj quoted from the Bible Eze 3:18-21.
He described how the Salem Voice Ministries approach the Muslims with the Gospel.
Allah and Yahweh are not the same God. He said. If one did not believe in Jesus as the living God then it is impossible to say they are the same God. We, the Christians must be clear that Muslims believe in Jesus, although not the same exact Jesus of the Bible, and be direct and unabashed about our faith when we witness to Muslims.
Jihad is prescribed in the Koran and Hadith. But there are some specific protocols in Islam like women do not go for Jihad. And also Islam has a lower view of woman than Christianity.
Though Jesus is acknowledged in the Koran, but it has a low views of Jesus. He is portrayed as only human, not as the saviour. According to Islam Jesus never died on the cross but was replaced by someone before he was crucified. And Islam has a low view of the Bible too.
Islam does not believe in religious freedom. But it is the most work-based religion in the world. A Muslim works hard to do good deeds and hope that Allah will like him and allow him to go to heaven when he dies - but there are no guarantees. And Islam is divided among denominations.
Millions are coming to faith in Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit. It is mainly because of eternal security. And also they are attracted by the unconditional love and intimacy with God offered in Christianity. Paul Ciniraj added.
Pastor Shaji Ipe, the General Secretary of the SVM submitted the report.
About 500 missionaries of Salem Voice Ministries labouring Muslim populated countries. They approach Muslims with prayers and the devine love of Jesus Christ. Firstly they find out and visit the depressed families of which any of its members held in prison or having long term sick. Usually they won't get enough care and love from the neighbours or relatives, but were criticising and abusing unnecessarily.
Missionaries show them real love with counseling, nurturing, clothing, medicating and healing. They assist those families by cleaning the house, cooking the food, bathing the sick etc. Such a concrete relationship they make with each of the families. At the same time they keep good relationship with neghbouring families too. And they gather children to share them stories and funs in which adults also enjoying the programmes. By this way they start Bible classes and worshipping services. Report continued.
Another dramatic development is that many Muslims -- including Shiites in Iran and Iraq -- are seeing dreams and visions of Jesus and thus coming into churches explaining that they have already converted and now need a Bible and guidance on how to follow Jesus. This is the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy of Joel, "in the last days, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days....And everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved." (Joel 2:28-32).
According to the research of Prof. Ilyas Ba Yunus, Al Jazeera.net, a leading Islamic TV channel reported that six million Muslims converting into Christianity in Africa every year. Thousands of Bangladeshi, Pakistani, North African, Kashmiri, Indian, Central and Sout Asian Muslims turn to Christ. Around 50,000 youngsters ex-communicated from Islam in Malaysia because of their Christian faith. Some 35, 000 Turks converted to Christianity last year. A vast number of Mullahs and Imams accepted Christ. 2 million ethnic Muslims converted to Christianity in Russia. 200,000 UK Muslims and 10,000 French Muslims also converted to Christianity.
Report concluded with the quoting of Joel C. Rosenberg, the author of the New York Times best selling political thriller. 'More Muslims converted to faith in Jesus Christ over the past decade than at any other time in human history. A spiritual revolution is underway throughout North Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia. As a result, a record number of ex-Muslims are celebrating Christmas this year, despite intense persecution, assassinations, and widespread church bombings'.
A huge crowed was attended the conference in which the majority was the believers of Jesus Christ from the Muslim community. Rev. P.U. Abraham, Pastor Abdul Naseer, Pastor K.I. Kurian, Evg. Manzoor Ahmad Chat, Sister Rukhia Masih, Benny John shared their experiences in the conference.
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