Charlene was reaching out online into nations like Libya, Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Qatar. From within Libya, Hala had now read the book of John twice — in two days. Meanwhile, in Iran, Bijan started to read the book of John as well. Although he'd never met her —or even heard of her— this was, in part, because of Hala.
You see, when Hala started to read the holy book, she asked her sister to read with her. Her sister said no. But as Hala began to share with her sister, Charlene began to pray. . . and she asked others to join her in that. Several of those who prayed felt compelled to not only intercede, but to reach out as well. Soon, they were connecting with Bijan.
Like dominoes falling in multiple directions at once, Hala's thirst for the Word of God was having an effect on others — ultimately reaching over two thousand miles away, in Iran.
When Bijan finished reading the book of John, he accepted Jesus as his Savior. The couple who lead him to Christ wrote, "He wants to proclaim Christ to everyone he knows."
Jesus said that we do "greater things" than he had done (John 14:12) — a statement that feels unfathomable. But I wonder if it's simple… if he was speaking of the day that his mercy would be unleashed beyond the lost sheep of Israel — a day his heart beat for.
A coming act of grace, glory, and rescue that "even angels long to look into" (1 Peter 1:11-12, Ephesians 3:5-6).
Bijan won't be reaching out within Iran using the Internet, speaking in someone's second language: he'll be reaching out in Farsi, face to face…a former Muslim speaking this same hope that Charlene first spoke into Libya. Shared words that go beyond what either could have imagined: "'What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived' — the things God has prepared for those who love him —" (1 Corinthians 2:9.)
God laid in our hearts the dream of Embassy for moments like this. For Hala, for Bijan, for those who will hear through them.
Pray with us for grace on top of grace: May this movement continue.