Praise Report (Egypt and Iran, April 2014)
A ministry partner of WIN visited Egypt for the Cairo Book Fair in January/February 2014 and gave the following report: "I also got to spend time at the fair, and witnessed the incredible hunger the Holy Spirit is placing in the hearts of Muslim people, especially in Egypt, following three years of political, economic and social turmoil."
"I had never before seen so many people in one single place so hungry for a copy of the Bible. Praise God for the country that is keeping the door open for us to participate in one of the largest book fairs in the world in an open manner, making the Word of God available to those who would like to have a copy."
Pray for all the Christian material distributed during the book fair to be read. Pray God grants the readers understanding and revelation knowledge (The Bible, Colossians 1:6). Pray for courage for Christians to stand firm in their faith as persecution by radical Islamists has dramatically increased (The Bible, 1 Peter 5:10).
The founder of Hezbollah in Iran and Lebanon, Daniel Shayesteh, gave up his hatred and turned to Christ after meeting Christians, he told Good News newspaper, a UK Christian publication.
As well as co-founding Hezbollah, Dr. Shayestah helped overthrow the Shah of Iran in 1979 and was a leader in Ayatollah Khomeini's regime. But despite being committed to the destruction of Israel and America, he lost his hatred when he found the same love as the Christians he considered his enemies, Dr. Shayesteh told the newspaper.
After things went wrong with Khomeini, Dr. Shayesteh fled to Turkey where he found Christians whose generosity and warmth overwhelmed him. He visited a Christian church in Istanbul while looking for his former business partner. The warmth and helpfulness of the Christians amazed Dr. Shayestah. He then had a dream in which a light appeared saying He was Jesus. Dr. Shayesteh began to read the New Testament and shortly afterwards gave his life to Christ.
Two and a half months later, his wife, seeing the change in Dr. Shayesteh's treatment of her, gave her life to after a dream.
Dr. Shayesteh, who now lives in Australia, says, "If you do not know about the values of Jesus Christ, please, as soon as possible, start to read the gospels in the New Testament. He is so good. He is so beautiful."
Praise God for Dr. Shayesteh turning to Christ. Pray that his testimony will have an impact on many Iranians and other Muslims (The Bible, 1 Corinthians 1:6).
Pray that many more Iranian Muslims around the world will find Jesus Christ through dreams and visions (The Bible, Acts 2:17).
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