Mostafa’s* experience is typical of many listeners who respond to Feba’s Arabic evening broadcast to Yemen.
Mostafa was listening to an Arabic song before going to bed. It was 10:15 pm. The song finished and he decided to switch to another station. While searching, he heard two people talking: “We are Arab Christians of several nationalities… Lebanese, Jordanian, Yemeni, Iraqi….”
Is it true?
“Are there really Christians in Yemen?” Mostafa wondered. “Aren’t all Yemenis Muslims?” He listened as broadcasters Noor and Souheil explained what was meant when they spoke about the Son of God. To Mostafa this was blasphemy, as God doesn’t have sons! “I wish I could write to them or talk to them and tell them the truth about Isa (Jesus),” he thought.
When the phone number was announced during the program, Mostafa grabbed his cell phone and texted, “My name is Mostafa. I heard you saying that Jesus is the Son of God. We (Muslims) say that Jesus is the word of God. Please explain the difference.” He hesitated then clicked “Send.”
The next morning Noor and Souheil printed Mostafa’s message and discussed how to explain what they meant by “Son of God.” They shared Mostafa’s message with the rest of the team during prayer time and everybody prayed that Mostafa and thousands like him would be touched by their answer on the broadcast.
Noor and Souheil went into the studio and spoke about Jesus. A few hours later, Mostafa was lying on his bed, his cell phone in hand, waiting eagerly for the answer to his question.
Questions and answers came and went before Mostafa finally decided it was time to get a Bible. Some weeks later, he started reading the Bible and asking more questions, and one day told a close friend about the Christian station. They listen regularly now, reading the Bible and sending text messages to the broadcasters. They haven’t decided to follow Jesus yet, but Noor and Souheil believe that God will use their programs to help Mostafa and others eventually take this step of faith.
Used by permission of Feba, FEBC’s European affiliate
*All names have been changed for security purposes.
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