Escape from Pakistan

by Mike Bond on July 6, 2018
Escape from Pakistan
This is an amazing story of how God was able to use our ministry and prayer team to rescue a persecuted Christian brother and sister from Pakistan. We are so thankful to have been a part of this story. Celebrate with this wonderful couple and with us as we get to see God working on behalf of his people. Several years ago, in the course of...
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Honor and Shame

Honor and Shame

by Timothy Abraham on December 12, 2017
Dear Friends,

In the Muslim societies, people classify sins into major and minor sin, that carry different weights against their souls in judgement. If someone lies in the Muslim society, it is reduced in their mindset as “just a lie”. However, a woman's behavior, whether it be in appearance or action, will reflect shame or honor on the entire community. When I converted to Christianity, my mother as well my entire Muslim community were utterly heart broken as I had brought them under the perception of a “shame”.

In the East a woman’s honor is her value. She is nothing without it. She, as Proverbs puts it, is “clothed in honor and strength”. It is what holds her up, hides her from shame and brings her the ability to have a family of her own. It is little wonder that the customs of the ancient East remain lingering to this day, as women who have lost their honor in the eyes of their family are buried alive, stoned or just simply disappear. The only way to shed the stain of a dishonor is death. The highest praise that can be given at one’s grave is that they lived in honor.

What a surprise Mary is then, that she sets hers aside in her obedience. She knew that her community would not honor her, no amount of talking to angels would change how she would be seen. The shunning would begin and it would be hard. She knew the real meaning of honor had nothing to do with what the community thought of her, but what her Lord thought of her. Her honor was not wrapped in fame seeking, or desire to be upright in the eyes of the community. While her community frowned on her then, the world now reveres her and honors her.

Muslims today face similar shunning, rejection and pressures when they choose to convert to Christianity. For as a Muslim converts the entire community’s honor is called in to question. The labor is hard! We then, should be as Mary, willing and obedient, ready to bear the Light into the dark world. Only Jesus can bring about that honor, and we are delighted to be working in His Great Commission to us with you this Christmas. Very blessed Christmas to you all.

Because Christ is Victor,

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