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I am Hassim. I am an Arab and my family lived in this country since my grandfather’s generation.
I am not a Saudi. Because my grandfather immigrated to this country and was able to receive the Saudi citizenship but decided not to, my family live here like refugees for three generations.
Because of my refugee status, my heart was poor, and I had no dream. One day, as I was sitting on a bench in a park, the person sitting next to me drinking tea shared the gospel with me.
I disputed him with my limited Biblical knowledge and continued to argue with Islamic knowledge and logic.
When I reached my limit, I started reading the Bible to argue against the gospel, and accepted Christ as I was reading the Word and started attending church. Later, I also received mission training.
With the joy also came a difficulty. Not long ago, someone pickpocketed my bag that had my Resident ID Card.
To live in Saudi, one must have a valid Resident ID. Because I lost it, I became an illegal immigrant overnight.
While I was on my way to the mission training by bus, police entered my bus for random check for the Resident ID Cards of all foreigners.
Without the ID card, I was inevitably detained in an illegal resident detention center.
I thought I would be released very soon but I have been in the detention center for months.
It was hard at first, but now in the detention center, I sing worship songs in my heart, depending on the Lord, and I also share the gospel.
Please pray for me that I trust that only the Lord knows my future and that I experience heaven anywhere by walking with the Lord.
A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out, till he has brought justice through to victory. In his name the nations will put their hope. (Matt. 12:20-21)
Dear Lord, you do not break a bruised reed and do not snuff out a smoldering wick. Thank you for knowing all of brother Hassim’s situation. We claim by faith that you have prepared a way to lead him to victory.
Brother Hassim is not in despair in the detention center. He is sharing the gospel to the detained souls who are like the bruised reeds, with illegal resident status. May they accept Jesus and become out posts of gospel after they are released back to their own country.
Please strengthen the faith of the Saudi church praying for brother Hassim’s quick release. We seek that gospel will be spread even more rapidly to refugees like Hassim and illegal residents.
May more churches be planted in Saudi with your gospel. May Saudi make history as the sovereign state of the gospel, not as the sovereign state of Islam!