Islam in the Light of Christ Poses Danger
Two years ago a native missionary in West Africa was showing a documentary about Islamic extremist atrocities to villagers at an earthen-walled, thatched-roof home when a neighbor showed up saying the police were on their way.
Islamic extremist groups from the region had appeared in Togo even as Arab governments financed the building of mosques, and radical Islam had taken root. Jihadists were coming out of the woodwork – hunting down apostates, badgering nominal Muslims to take Islamic law seriously and urging police to arrest those who insulted their religion.
The native missionary, Eric*, took his equipment and left, telling the others to disperse as quickly as possible. Muslim Akposso leaders had directed the police to arrest him.
Director of a native ministry doing varied and widespread evangelism, Eric had written books critical of Islam as Muslims grew to an estimated 20 percent of Togo’s population.
“Our nation is saved from the invasion of Islamic jihadists, because their eyes are now opened.”
“We are expecting Islam to decrease although they have poured billions of dollars into our country,” he said.
Through Eric’s books, his documentary and seminars funded by Christian Aid Mission donors, native missionaries have shed light on the harsh realities of Islam and introduced Muslims to Christ.
“Our nation is saved from the invasion of Islamic jihadists, because their eyes are now opened,” Eric said. “We have many Muslims, even imams, worshiping Jesus Christ in secret; many mosques are deserted because nobody visits them.”
He asked for prayer in light of the arrival of Islamic extremist group Boko Haram to Togo in the past two years.
“I feel a fear of the Boko Haram agents in our nation,” he said. “The Muslims can insult Jesus on their radio programs, but when I made mention of the Quran on our Christian radio program, they brought me to the governor asking him to put me in jail. I don’t want to become cool and die spiritually; pray for me, please, I want to remain bold and holy before my Lord.”
Among the fruits of the ministry’s radio programs, movies, documentaries, books, tracts, house visits and evangelistic events, one of the ministry’s workers was able to make contact with an Akposso chief. Last year the worker led the Akposso chief to knowledge of his sin and the grace of Jesus, and he put his faith in Christ.
“Right now, we have an open door among the Akposso,” Eric said. “An important chief of the Akposso tribe was touched and got converted to Christ – remember it was this tribe whose Muslims leaders asked the police to catch me while I was showing the documentary. Through this man, we have a church there since last year, and from there we will reach all the people of the tribe.”
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*Name changed for security reasons