From a worker in Africa
A tailor in our town is a deep thinker. He has studied the Arabic language extensively—not usual in our small community. When the he heard about Jesus and saw the words about this powerful Messiah in his Qur’an, the tailor started studying the Bible. At first local religious leaders ignored his new-found interest. But, once the man visited a very small Christian worship group, the leaders warned the tailor’s apprentices they were forbidden to work for him any longer. Then the leaders threw the tailor into prison for six months on a trumped-up charge
While in prison he had a dream that made him firmer than ever for Jesus. The tailor speaks up strongly in the community for what is right. My friend, who disciples the tailor continually, shared that this man loves Jesus with all his heart. There’s no one else for him but Jesus and is fully willing to suffer anything God allows.
Recently the religious leaders brought a man from a more fanatical region to talk and argue long hours with the tailor. He was strong in his rebuttals, not intimidated at all. The religious leader wanted the tailor to return with him, but the he refused.
“I’m not coming with you. I’m following Jesus. All of you have challenged me for following Jesus, yet not ONE of you has asked me why.”