Habib’s Story

Habib, a 40-year-old teacher (name changed to protect his identity), heard about Jesus Christ for the first time on Back to God Ministries International’s Arabic radio program. He lives in a Middle Eastern country that is closed to evangelism and often hostile to the gospel.

 When Habib became a Christian, his wife threatened him, demanding he throw away his Bible and quit listening to Christian broadcasts. “Week after week she threatened to expose my faith to our family and friends,” says Habib. “The community would have forced me to recant my faith in Christ or face death.”

But Habib kept lovingly explaining to his wife why he could not renounce his faith. He continued listening to the program and reading the Bible and other Christian literature.

Then one evening Habib’s wife surprised him, asking if she could listen with him, admitting she had been listening in secret for several weeks. She told him she had been reading his Bible. Habib’s prayers were answered when his wife testified, “I am ready to follow Christ and if necessary die with you.”

“Jesus has conquered her heart,” Habib told BTGMI Arabic staff.

BTGMI, the Christian Reformed Church’s electronic media ministry, asks people to “continue to pray for Habib and his wife as they seek to grow in Christ and live their faith.”

If you would like to read more about ministry to Muslims and how you can support this outreach, visit www.BackToGod.net.

About the Author

Nancy Vander Meer is a staff writer with Back to God Ministries International in Grand Rapids, Mich.