An Afghan tale
Yusuf was a young man in Afghanistan struggling
with a hard home life. Eventually, he made his
way to Pakistan, where he met some Christians.
They loved him, cared for him, and he began to
As the stories of their lives were shared with
each other, truths about Jesus were explained to
him. Yusuf had many questions, which were patiently answered by the Christians. After some
time he came to faith in Jesus, and then began to
mature in his walk with the Lord.
A couple of years later Yusuf was able to come
to Canada. He went to Bible college and was there
during the events of 9/11. Unbelievably, he was
personally blamed by angry people as though he
were responsible for all that was happening in
the world. Yusuf became discouraged, left Bible
college and almost lost his faith.
Years later Yusuf met John. John became his
good friend. They talked and shared about their
lives. John invited Yusuf into his home and treated him as part of his family. As their friendship
grew, and Yusuf saw John was committed to him,
his trust deepened. One day he said, “It has taken
me almost a year to really trust you, John.”
PHOTO: Sue CaReLeSS
They have begun to do serious Bible studies
and pray together about his life and his past problems and hurts. Yusuf is responding to the loving
relational discipleship. He watches and participates in John’s home life, coming over every week.
Although John and his family are not perfect, he
does apologize when something is done that bothers Yusuf. Yusuf
sees the honesty and openness. He is growing in his faith and is
again following Jesus.
Muslim refugees from Zanzibar enjoy a Matthew house (a small shelter
network in toronto) Christmas party at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church.
what About Us?
We too can be like Catharine or John. There are more than 1
million Muslims in Canada. Many of them come with their stories of hurt, pain or desperation. Others come with sadness and
discouragement over what is happening in their home countries.
Most are lonely and struggle to understand how things work
in the West. They want to get settled and start their lives over
again. They want their children to have a future. Almost all of
them would love to have a Canadian friend. We can be that friend.
Jesus has with His blood “purchased for God persons from
every tribe and language and people and nation” (Revelation 5: 9).
As Canadians we have not only a responsibility to shoulder our
part of this task, but also to take advantage of the opportunity
the Lord has given us, right on our doorstep.
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