By Mark Ellis
In the warm clear waters of the Arabian Sea, 18 former Muslims were baptized recently at an early morning service conducted by Bibles for Mideast.
The new believers had personally approached the ministry leaders and requested baptism. “They wanted to be purified in the Spirit and the Water to get ready to meet Jesus Christ – the Bridegroom, who is coming in the clouds soon to take His Bride,” says Pastor Paul. “Our Lord’s return is imminent, they all believe.”
After the baptism service the group worshiped together and celebrated the Lord’s Supper.
“During the worship service two women and a man from among the believers together prophesied in the Spirit to vacate the present shelter soon and move away to another place,” Pastor Paul reports.
Not knowing where the Holy Spirit was leading them, they obeyed the Lord and left the house where they stayed on July 17th and reached a new location a significant distance away from there.
In his farewell to them, Pastor Paul instructed the new believers and the voluntary ministers to conduct regular services and launch further ministries in their new location. “We promised that by God’s grace we would go there to do follow up ministries often and whenever they need our help.”
Little did Pastor Paul realize how God was protecting them in the move.
The following day Pastor Paul “heard the shocking news that some fanatics under a religious leader came to that house with bombs and guns late at night (before dawn July 18th), broke the door by gun shot and entered inside to kill everybody at the house,” he reports.
But praise be to God, they found nobody inside! The new believers had left less than 24 hours before the malevolent visit.
Frustrated beyond measure, the Islamic militants proceeded to destroy the house “with great anger and violence.”
“We praise and thank our Lord Jesus Christ that He cares for His servants as a hen protecting chicks with its wings. We praise and thank our Lord for His unspeakable gifts and mighty protection (2 Cor 9:15).
“We are in a new area. Pray for us and the people of this place and surrounding places to experience the salvation of Jesus Christ by God’s grace and God’s protection.”
“Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless His Holy Name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits; Who forgiveth all thine iniquities, who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with loving kindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagles” (Ps 103: 1-5).
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