Abdullah Lajak (assumed name) is currently educating Christian leaders in A-Land, East Africa. However, he has not always followed Jesus. Rather, he did not accept Jesus easily. He used to be a very stoutly religious leader of Islam.
His experiences which made it difficult for him to follow Jesus are now being used to teach faith to Christians, and to turn Muslims who seek for the truth and the light to Jesus.
His story from the missions organization ‘Open Doors’ is below:
I was born into a Muslim family. Even from when I was young, I was trained to become an imam [an Islamic religious teacher and leader]. I began to attend “madrasa” to study the Qur’an and all the Islamic canon doctrines when I was still in elementary school. When I was about to graduate elementary school, I was already teaching other kids about Islam.
After high school, I was unanimously appointed as a successor to my teacher. However, I wanted to finish Islamic education.
It was around that time that I accidentally participated in a public Evangelical Christian event outside. I used to abhor Christians and looked at them as evil pagans, so I didn’t have any reason to participate, but for an unknown reason, I found myself sitting down there.
However, that day, I heard the Bible verse that would change my life forever. It was John 3:5, and it said, “Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.”
After the event, I tried to stop thinking of that verse, but it was hard. It pierced through my heart and made me wander, seeking the truth. I sought the answer from both Muslims and Christians, but for a long time I could never come upon an answer.
When I went to see Christians with a confused heart, they could not give me a satisfactory answer. But one pastor challenged me about Islam and Prophet Muhammad. It made me very upset, but his words triggered even more questions from me.
In the meantime, however, I experienced one big difference between Islam and Christianity. It happened when a Christian prayed for me.
Even from my childhood, I had been suffering from repeated nightmares and visions about a scary snake. Sometimes, I could even physically feel the existence of the snake. However, after a Christian prayed for me, the snake left me, and I had total peace. I wanted to have that peace continuously.
And so I accepted Jesus and was baptized.
For my safety, I didn’t go back to my family but stayed at the church.
The pastor gave me a Bible. I took Bible classes for 2 years. It was the most precious time of my life. The snake that tortured me my whole life was gone. My desire to enter the kingdom of God had been fulfilled, and I could truly see what Islam is.
Whenever I had a chance, I shared about Christian faith to my family. Slowly, one by one, they started to turn to Christ too. My father, who used to be an imam as well, also met Christ when he was in treatment for a severe illness. Now all of my family has become Christian.
Our prayer request is that those who still don’t know Jesus may meet him, and their hearts will open and accept the light. Those from this society who convert to Christianity through intense persecution, such as being expelled, abandoned, threatened, and even attacked. Their property gets confiscated from them and they are deprived of custody over their own children. However, I pray that Jesus would wipe away their tears and give them the assurance of salvation over themselves and their family members as well.
I also pray that those Christians who preach the gospel in Islamic regions would be strengthened and empowered to preach the gospel boldly, and that Islamic strategy, which deceives people with bribery, would fail.
And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.
Hallelujah! We praise you God who are fulfilling this great redemptive history even now!
Our King Jesus Christ is the one who gives love and mercy to everyone on the earth. We believe that you will meet all those who seek you desperately and set them free from the lies of Islam, the chains of sin, and the power of death!
We believe that you will receive all of the prayer requests of Brother Abdullah Lajak joyfully and will fulfill them with the work of your Holy Spirit!
The day of the Lord’s return is hastening through those who preach the gospel in Islamic regions. Would you fill these people with your Holy Spirit and strengthen them every day as they offer their lives to serve you, our God!
Jesus Christ, the living God, come quickly! Maranatha! Amen!