Those are the words that came to a Turkish Christian evangelist who has been proclaiming Christ to the 77 million people of Turkey on her television show. She was an infidel, an apostate from Islam, and horror of horrors – a woman! He posted a picture of himself in an email to her in full battle gear with a machine gun in each arm. He was serious. He finished his harrowing email with the words, “If it takes me to my last breath, I will find you and kill you.”
The woman was filled with fear but she took it to the Lord in prayer and finding his peace wrote back to him! She shared her testimony, spoke of the love of God and finished with these words, “If it takes me to my last breath, I will find you and share the unconditional love of God with you.”
Two weeks later he wrote her again, “You don’t understand. I am a dangerous man. But you speak of a God of love. I do not believe he could love me. I am a murderer. I am a rapist. I have committed many crimes. God could not love me.”
She wrote him back, “God’s unconditional love is matched by his unconditional forgiveness. No matter what you have done, he will forgive you if you turn to Jesus Christ.”
Again, silence for two weeks. Then he wrote back, “I want you to call me and tell me more about this God of love.”
She arranged a secure place and a secure line to contact him. When she reached him he said, “I am ready. I want to have Jesus Christ in my life and he went down on his knees and became a new follower of Jesus ready to spread love instead of hate.”
Story #2 – What limits do we place on the power of the Gospel and the reach of God’s grace?
A 16-year Muslim girl was kidnapped, taken to a forest, stripped, tied to a tree and raped. But the father found out about it, got his gun and went to the forest. He found the man and his daughter, put the gun to the man’s head and said, “Either you agree to marry my daughter or I will kill you both.” It would be death for the rapist and a Muslim honor killing for a woman who had been defiled. The man agreed to the marriage to save their lives, but it was horrific for the girl – she had to be married to the man who had molested her. For 25 years they stayed married and even had two children but life was a nightmare for her to be married to this man and she was contemplating suicide.
One night she was watching TV and came across the Turkish evangelist who was speaking that night on suicide. The evangelist closed with these words, “Tonight someone is watching who is contemplating suicide. I urge you, do not do this but give your life to Christ and find his healing in your life” and that night the troubled Muslim woman found peace in Jesus. Her life was changed and two years later she led her rapist/husband to Christ. He is now a new man and together they have a Bible study in their home and share God’s amazing healing power to bring people out of unimaginable darkness into the light of his grace and love.
What limits do we place on the power of the Gospel and the reach of God’s grace?
These are two of the mighty stories we have heard this week at the National Religious Broadcasters Convention. We are networking with people to share with them about our video, Gospel presentation “The Renewal of All Things” and our book The Women Jesus Loved. Pray that we could help spread this joyful message to the world. Join us in prayer and in giving for this great effort to get out this great news! Donate here.
One year ago I revealed to friends something God put on my heart. I had kept it secret for months. I had not told a soul for fear that people might laugh at me or think I was arrogant. I believed God wanted to turn our radio program, Stories of the Master, into a dramatic television series.
When I finally shared this – no one laughed. And no one thought I was arrogant. Instead, they joined me in prayer for the impossible. It was impossible because I had no resources or contacts in the television industry.Yet, a few days later my wife and I connected with secular television executives who are believers and who became very interested in exactly what I was praying – turning Stories of the Master into a television show! They actually walked up to us and started talking to us! God brought them to us!
Now, one year later, my son Nate and I will meet again in Nashville, TN on February 23 with Peter Lamberti and Myron Nash of the award winning Lion Mountain Media to shape plans for a 2-season, 26-episode television series where we will tell the story of Jesus to the world. Our prayer is to present the biblical, kingdom-of-God, Jesus in four ways:
Dramatically – Accurately – Thoroughly – Excellently
God has powerfully answered these prayers for his glory to bring us to this point. Now, please join us in prayer February 23 and beyond as we shape Stories of the Master into a television show that will reach the world with the Gospel.
One or One Million – Both are a Privilege!