There are nearly two billion Muslims in the world (close to 25% of the world’s population) and over 25 countries would consider Islam their primary religion. Christians living in Muslim-majority countries, like Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Egypt, Niger, Pakistan and many others are often vulnerable and experience discrimination, attacks or unjust imprisonment because of their faith in Christ.
Arif*, an MBB from East Africa, explained being a Christian this way: “When a person leaves Islam and accepts Jesus Christ as their personal savior, there are many pressures. His/her partner could be taken away, they could lose their property, they will be isolated from the community and their children will not have the same rights as others.” Becoming a believer comes with a cost for all, but what a real, tangible ache for many who used to be Muslim.
Islam is a religion with deep roots and committed followers. So how does a Muslim find Jesus, especially when Christianity is buried and seen as a Western religion that needs to be silenced? For Negash*, he experienced Jesus through divine intervention.