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Reaching Muslims Through the Internet?

Yusef, a former Shiite Muslim turned evangelist, had a vision to reach Muslims through media—and it’s working.
“We know of multiple Muslims who have accepted Christ because of these videos.”

Since coming to faith, Yusef*, a former Shiite Muslim turned evangelist, had been using radio, satellite television, and social media platforms like YouTube and Facebook Live to broadcast the message of truth into hard-to-reach, majority-Muslim areas.

Then God planted a dream in his heart to go to Israel and harness the power of technology to bring the Muslim population along with him.

“He wanted to film [sermons] at the historical biblical locations,” said Phil Flowers, ABWE missionary to Bulgaria and a long-time friend of Yusef. “It’s not really something that’s been done in some of the [14] languages he speaks.”

Because Phil had previously lived in Israel and knew the area well, he could help organize the film project and scout the locations. Phil called on ABWE missionary to Romania, Chris Guess, to help with the media and technology.

Phil and Chris’s sending churches—Denbigh Baptist Church, Va., and Shadow Mountain Community Church, Ca.—funded the project and paid to fly the two men and Phil’s father out to meet Yusef in Israel.

Over the next eight days, the team filmed a total of 43 evangelistic sermons, ranging from 15 minutes to an hour, at several famous biblical sites.

Yusef has been editing and airing the videos on his hour-long satellite TV show, which focuses on ministry to Muslims. He began uploading the videos to YouTube and Facebook in March. By May, nearly 70 Muslims had reported coming to saving faith through the videos, and the calls were still coming in.

Most of the videos were filmed in Dari and Urdu, the main languages of Afghanistan and Pakistan. Yusef also plans to dub the videos in Pashto (Iran), Hindu, and other languages.

Lord-willing, Phil said, the team will be taking the project to Greece next year to film more sermons in cities like Philippi, Thessaloníki, Corinth, and Athens.

Phil’s hope is that as word of the project spreads, the team will continue to bring more national partners on board who can teach sermons in their own languages for future videos.

Phil and his Bulgarian pastor are already planning to start a similar ministry, filming videos from Israel in Bulgarian.

“So spread the word,” Phil said. “We have a unique opportunity to reach people in places that we had no way of reaching 20 years ago.”

Editor’s Note: We encourage you to pray for Yusef and support this ministry.

About the Author

Naomi Harward is an alumnus of Cedarville University and served as a communication specialist with ABWE and managing editor for Message Magazine.


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