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A Dangerous Conversation

In risky fields, sometimes the best way to share the gospel is by hiding in plain sight.
Justin* wandered the crowded street in despair.

Each morning since his arrival in the Muslim country nine months earlier, Justin would walk the streets to witness to locals—with no success.

“Today will be no different,” Justin thought as he sat down at an outdoor coffeeshop. Local men crowded both sides of the communal table, socializing before the start of the workday.

Justin tried to start a spiritual conversation with a Muslim man seated across from him. Disinterested, the man got up and left. But before Justin could process the rejection, he heard a voice speaking in broken English.

“You said, ‘Sins forgiven?’ How?”

It was another Muslim man who had been sitting beside Justin, listening silently. The man called for two more drinks—signaling that he wanted to talk more.

Justin, knowing the dangers of doing evangelism openly in the country, spoke in hushed tones about Jesus. He and the man stood inches apart, both aware of the risks.

As the conversation progressed, the two leaned closer until they were whispering into each other’s ears—all while scanning their surroundings for danger. When Justin explained the gospel, the man pushed him back and peered into his eyes.

“Many of us want to know [about this message],” said the man in a grave tone, sensing the importance of Justin’s words. “But we are not allowed to ask.”

This man is just one member of a predominantly-Islamic unreached people group totaling 13 million in Justin’s country.

More than 130 ABWE workers like Justin serve on fields where evangelism is risky or even illegal. Yet these difficult places are also the places of greatest gospel need.


*Names changed for security

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