Ahmed was encouraged early on to tell five trustworthy people about his new-found, liberating faith in Christ. As well as sharing his testimony with other believers he also bravely told his wider family about his choice of leaving Islam to follow Jesus. His father was very angry and responded harshly publicly denouncing his son. His brothers threatened to kill him for apostasy.
The backlash from loved ones is not altogether surprising as Ahmed is the first known follower of Christ from his people group. He is a true pioneer and has persevered in his walk with God despite hardships, even leading one of his friends to trust in Jesus. He continues to share his passion for the Lord with those around him with his words and actions despite needing to flee from his family home.
Earlier this year, Ahmed and a few other new believers were baptised together. They continue to study God’s Word with the church-planting team and draw strength from their friendship and support. Ahmed’s story is a living example how God is changing lives in the Arab world today.