“That’s why I work and struggle so hard, depending on Christ’s mighty power that works within me” NKJV
Wasim’ s struggle continues:
I decided to talk with him. I said, ‘Hi! My name is Wasim and I am from Asia.’
Allen answered, ‘I am Allen from the UK.’
I asked, ‘What is the charge against you?’
I could see the tears in his eyes as he said, ‘I was in a hotel. Someone stole my passport. The Police brought me here because I don’t have proof of my citizenship. I am very much worried because the UK embassy is not in this country. I don’t know what I should do?’
His story saddened me. I asked, ‘What is your religion?’
Allen answered, ‘I am Muslim.’
‘For how long have you been a Muslim?’ I asked.
‘I accepted Islam in this country.’ He answered.
‘Did you study Islam?’ I asked, ‘No.’
‘Are you a Muslim?’ He asked me.
I said, ‘No, I am an Asian Christian.’
He was shocked when I told him that I converted from Islam to Christianity. He told me, ‘I changed my religion because I feared what might happen to me if I was a Christian.’ One Muslim advised me, ‘If you will change your religion the police will treat you as a good person. Otherwise, they will torture you.’
I promised Allen that I would pray for him and I will talk to an Australian friend to see if he can help. That night we prayed together to Jesus.
The next day I saw David in the adjoining prison hallway. I had not seen him for many days but the Lord knew. I spoke to him about Allen and his situation. David told me the Syrians are very much against British people since they asked the British Embassy to leave. Then he said, ‘But God is greater than any government and He will help us’. David promised me that he would talk to the Australian embassy for Allen.
David wrote a letter to the Australian embassy and after a few days three people came to visit Allen. They brought some fruit, clothes, and a pocket size copy of the New Testament. They promised to help.
Two days later a man came from the Australian Embassy with a plane ticket and an emergency passport for Allen.
Allen gave me a huge hug and prayed, ‘Oh, Jesus, forgive me. You are so good to me.’ His last words to me, ‘My friend, I am thankful to God that I am a Christian. I am thankful to you for all your kind help and that you proved that our God is stronger and HE is alive.’
I gave thanks to God knowing now why I had been sent here. I gave the Lord thanks that He could use even me — anywhere, even in a Syrian dungeon.
Two days later a police man called for me and said, “You are released.” And as I left he said, ‘I was enjoying when you were singing your songs.’ The Police bus released me at the Turkish border. Part 6 tomorrow.
Prayer: Father thank you for acquaintances who challenge us to stand up for Jesus. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen!