A woman who attended a previous conference in Central Asia invited her friend, Julie* to the next upcoming conference. Julies’ husband, Greg, was a former bank manager who was involved in a bank scandal. This situation stripped their family wealth and caused their friends to turn their backs on them. Julie, Greg, and their 18-year-old daughter became lonely from the isolation. It was during this period of loneliness that Julie was led to the Lord by her friend.
The woman asked the conference host if Julie and her daughter could attend. She agreed, but Greg didn’t want his daughter to attend and wouldn’t let his wife attend alone. The host then suggested that the family could all attend together.
Greg wanted to make his wife happy, so he agreed for them all to go but was a devoted Muslim and not happy about attending. He thought it would be impossible for them to attend, as they needed passports and there wasn’t enough time to get them. They applied anyway and received their passports well in advance. When they tried to buy bus tickets, there were none available. However, the travel agent later called back and said he had three tickets available. What seemed impossible, God made a reality.
When they arrived at the conference, Greg refused even to shake the conference host’s hand. He was not happy to be there. But a few days into the conference, Greg approached the host and asked if they could talk. He said, “I’ve been listening to what you have been saying here, and I want to become a Christian.” His daughter also stated that she wanted to become a Christian. They prayed together, and the first thing Greg did was shave off his traditional Muslim beard.
At the end of the conference, he approached the conference host again and hugged him. He said, “I came here as a Muslim, but I am leaving as a Christian. Please pray for me.”
What a miraculous story of God bringing someone to faith in what seemed like an impossible situation! Join us in praising God for his extraordinary works and in praying for this new family of believers.