As Massiah (her new name after accepting Jesus) was passing in front of a church in a Middle Eastern country something prompted her to go in, which is quite unusual for an Iranian Muslim woman.
Her heart was heavy because her adult son was very sick. He suffers from kidney failure and goes for dialysis three times a week. He was all the family she had. On that day, her son was very sick and had a high fever. As she walked heavy-heartedly, something prompted her to go into the church building she saw. She had passed by several times but never noticed until that day the door was open and she could get in.
"Does any of you have any prayer requests?" She heard pastor Sameh asking the congregation. She looked around and found many people sharing their financial, travel, physical, and health needs. With her heart burning for her only son, she blurted out her prayer need for her son, feeling quite silly doing it, but feeling she had nothing to lose anyway. She told the church that her son was sick and had a very high fever, not responding to any treatment. Pastor Sameh prayed for her son.
When she returned home, she found that her son's fever was gone, and he felt better. The next day she returned to the church to ask who healed her son. The pastor introduced her to Jesus Christ. She and her son accepted Christ as Savior that day!
Although it has only been six months since she accepted Jesus, she is a warrior in faith. She changed her name to Massiah, meaning "Belonging to the Messiah." She is participating in the 4G3 Discipleship Institute. She only understands high-level Arabic, however, she could read PowerPoint slides of The Invisible War by Chip Ingram, one of the ten core courses we offer that she is participating in during her time of being disciples.
Massiah participating at 4G3 Discipleship Institute
Her son wants to take the Spiritual Warfare course at the Iranian Church in Turkey. He is married, but his wife is in the USA. He is in need of a kidney transplant. Strangely, or should I say miraculously, his wife is a perfect match for him and can give him her kidney. Now they are praying that he can get the visa to the USA to join his wife and have the kidney transplant. Please join us in praying for them.
Help us make disciples for Christ in the Middle East and beyond.
Thanks to friends like you, we are currently disciplining over 3,000 men and women in Jordan, Syria, North Sudan, South Sudan, Iraq, Turkey, Lebanon, and Egypt through our 15-month Discipleship Institute!
This spring we are asking for support to train 15 pastors from Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Ivory Coast, Tanzania, Pakistan, and Ukraine. The pastors will in turn start Discipleship Institutes in their own countries, impacting thousands!
If you have any questions about this project, we’d love to connect with you personally. Reach out anytime! It’s a joy to partner with you to make disciples, who make disciples.
Grateful for you,
Dr. Wahid and Laila Wahba