Published on January 26th, 2015
1 Kings 19 tells us that Elijah felt all alone. It seemed to him that few people were devoted to God. But God told Elijah that he was mistaken. Thousands of others were refusing to bow to false gods. (See 1 Kings 19:18.)
In Central Asia today, many people are Muslims. Maybe some Christians there feel alone like Elijah.
VOM recently received the following report from a Christian in a Central Asian country who was encouraged to find out about more Christians in his country.
“I was working out at a fitness center. Two young men next to me were talking to each other. They didn’t know I am a Christian.
“One young man said that he, his family, his girlfriend, and her family went to the mosque to prepare for his marriage to his girlfriend. [A mosque is a building where Muslims worship.]
“The young man told his friend that the leader of the mosque asked him and his family, ‘Are you Muslim or Christian?’ The young man was very insulted!
“‘How can you ask us that?’ he asked the mosque leader. ‘We are good Muslims!’
“‘I’m sorry,’ the mosque leader had replied. ‘But I have to ask because so many people are becoming Christians these days!’”
(Source: VOM contacts. Edited from the original for clarity. Photo source: Health Gauge / Flickr
- How did the Christian find out that others are coming to Christ?
- Note: The Christian is still not really sure if many people are coming to Christ in his country. The mosque leader could have heard a rumor from Muslims who want to stir up other Muslims by scaring them about Christians. A Christian worker said, “If it’s true, praise God! If it’s not yet true, please pray that God will use the false reports to show Central Asians that it is possible to be both a citizen of their country and a follower of Christ!”