Thank you Voice of the Martyrs Australia for recently committing to help the work of Passion with a financial gift for a twelve month period.
Some recent seminar participants were grateful to be able to buy copies of an instructional book at a subsided price because of this support.
This is the book mentioned in the above article and in the report on the Seminar held on the 26th Nov.
Samy Tanagho, an Egyptian attorney, now living in the United States, has written this scholarly book, ‘Glad News! God loves you my Muslim friend,’ to appeal to Muslims who know their Koran. He says, “Muslims are one of the least evangelized people groups in the world and yet it is estimated that only 4% of the Western missionary force is endeavoring to reach Muslims, who comprise at least 37% of all the evangelized peoples of the world.”
Chuck Smith, Pastor of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, reports that Muslims have put their faith in Christ as their Lord and Saviour after reading this book.
The recent massacre of 141 people, mostly school children, in the Pakistani city of Pashawar has been described as a watershed moment in Pakistan’s battle against the Taliban.
Nigeria’s watershed moment happened eight months ago when armed Boko Haram terrorists kidnapped 276 girls from their school. Since then, the march of Boko Haram into northern Nigeria continues unabated, in no way slowed by an ineffective military. One of the reasons for the weak response to Boko Haram’s attacks was unearthed a few months ago by an Australian, Stephen Davis, who was involved in the negotiations to free the Chibok girls. He named several government officials who he said provided money and supplies to the militants, among them, the former Governor of Borno State, Modu Sherriff and a former Chief of Armtaff, retired Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika.
Boko Haram’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, has stated that the insurgency’s war between Muslims and unbelievers will end when Islamic law rules Nigeria..
Josh McDowell, listed in the top 100 christian apologists, has authored or co-authored more than 50 books, the most notable being ‘Evidence that Demands a Verdict’.
With Islam expert Jim Walker, Josh McDowell has provided both christians and seekers alike with this practical resource, focusing on Jesus and the gospel.
Some of the crucial issues discussed include:
What kind of prophet was Jesus? Was he the Messiah?
How are God and Jesus related? Can they both be God?
The gospel – how could God dishonor his Son by letting him die horribly?
Aren’t the Bible’s accounts of Jesus corrupt?
The AGM was held on 15th November in the new converts rescue home in Kaduna.
This meeting was attended by the Board Members, patrons and members. Ruth Veltkamp, a retired missionary to Nigeria from the United States of America attended the meeting and joyfully accepted becoming a Matron of Passion, willing to continue building the support network for Passion.
Thanks again to our generous donors who made the house project a reality. We still solicit further support to complete the landscaping and a few other things in the house..
A conference of 18 Districts of Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) was held in Faden Kagoma (S.E. of Kaduna) from 10-13th November, 2014.
Ruth Veltkamp, who was invited to attend Passion’s AGM, spoke to over two thousand Pastors who attended the conference..
More ‘Thank you Rev Ibrahim’ comments from some recent converts:
(A former prominent Islamic preacher. See conversion story in Issue 3.)
The most convincing verse in my life is John 16: 2 -3. “They will put you out of the synagogue; in fact, a time is coming when anyone who kills you will think he is offering a service to God. They will do such things because they have not known the father or me”.
Uztaz said, “When I understood this text and applied it to what I am facing for accepting Christ, I am no longer surprised. I hold on to the new faith and hope in Christ and will keep this because it is a fulfilment.”
Idris is a convert who received Christ in one of our missions in April 2011 and after receiving some holistic discipleship from Passion relocated to Jos for safety. He appreciates Romans 8:28. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (NIV)
Shuaibu (James) is a convert who has been with Passion since February, 2014. He is now in a Christian High School in the southern part of Kaduna state. He has this to say about what he has learnt from the bible: John 3:16 is a confirmed measure of love displayed wholly on the cross by Jesus.
He says, “Na ba da gaskiya Yesu ya mutum domin Mutane su sami ceto. (Yahaya 3:16) Kuma duk wanda bai bad a gaskiya ba zai halaka (Yahaya 3:36)”
“I believe Jesus died for all people to be saved.” (John 3:16). “Whoever do not believe are condemned already.” (John 3:36) (translated)
Another convert, Arma’ Yau, was convicted by Mark 8:36, “What good is it for a man to gain the whole world yet forfeit his soul?” He says in the light of this verse he no longer worries about losing his job with the Nigerian police force, his car and house. According to him, they cannot be compared with the salvation he has found in Christ.
Yahaya Mohammed believes that he never regrets knowing and believing Jesus. “My mother and siblings are alive and have not got what I have in Christ. This is my passion. I pray that they will meet salvation.”
PRAY that all of these new converts will be blessed as they celebrate Christmas, joyful in the knowledge that they are now part of His ‘forever family’..
Passion has a new friend – an open and liberal Muslim who condemns the current Islamic radicalism in the world. He is willing to speak objectively about the challenges of Islam.
A radio program, titled ‘Know Your Neighbour Movement’, to educate Muslims on what they have learned wrongly about Christianity, is planned. Sponsorship to pay for the airtime for this initiative is needed..