Image: A Muslim Mosque in South Asia
“We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.”（2 Corinthians 4:8-10）
For many of us living in countries where there is freedom of religion, the act of going to church and meeting other believers is a given. Such is not the case for believers in a closed Muslim country where the law denies that basic right to Christians. A team of Open Doors trainers and a writer visited a house church which has been meeting secretly despite great prohibitions.
God At Work
Even though the church is banned in this country, it still exists inside the hearts of believers. But without proper organizational structure and discipleship efforts, the faith of these believers has been severely weakened by persecution. Believers share their difficulties:
- “I could not talk about Jesus to the people here. If they report me, I will lose my job.”
- “I knew a friend who was caught sharing the gospel. Before they deported him, they kept him in prison for a year.”
- “Sometimes my friends will ask me where I am going. I cannot say that I am going to church. I always struggle with what to say.”
- “We have always seen Muslims as the enemy. They are just tools of Satan. We need to pray against Satan but love the people.”
- “We also have difficulty communicating and fellowshipping with other believers. We cannot pray out loud either.”
- God’s protection as they continue to meet and fellowship with one another in secret house groups; and
- That they will continue to grow in their faith through our projects and trainings.