Abdul is a Christian pastor at an underground church in Kenya who is dedicated to discipling those who leave Islam.
And due to his success in leading Muslims to Christ, he almost lost his life for it.
Although Abdul tried to keep his movement a secret to protect recent converts, a group of Muslim extremists found him and sought to kill him.
They found Abdul and beat him viciously to the point of unconsciousness leaving him for dead and given the severity of his physical injuries, he should have been dead.
But God had other plans.
Abdul’s underground church is in Kenya right on the border of Somalia and his church holds various Bible Studies and worship services throughout the week.
However due to the sensitive nature of his work and the hostility towards Christians, he worked to keep his movement a secret to protect those who left Islam.
But as it turns out a group of Somali Muslims knew about Abdul, and they wanted him dead.
They were outraged at the fact that Muslims were leaving Islam and instead choosing to follow Christ.
And after searching, they found Abdul and sought to kill him.
Pastor Abdul recalled the moment when Somali Muslims found him and discovered his identity.
Morning Star News reported:
“Immediately several assailants began hitting me with wooden clubs, and I became unconscious,” Pastor Abdul said. “I woke up and found myself surrounded by neighbors. I was rescued by the neighbors who found me in a pool of blood.”
Pastor Abdul also told Morning Star News one of the Somali Muslims said to him, “We have been following your movements and your evil plans of changing Muslims to Christianity.”
By the grace of God, the Somali Muslims might have thought they killed Pastor Abdul, but he survived the attack and lived!
He ended up being hospitalized and treated for his attacks, but the war is far from over.
Pastor Abdul is a young guy, he’s only 30 years old and he is the father of three small children.
Naturally, he fears for the safety of his family once the Somali Muslims find out he survived the attack.
The Christian Post reported:
“I’m almost unable to bear the pain. My family is in great fear, and Christians have located us to another place,” he was quoted as saying. “Our prayer, for now, is to get a safe place for my family. My life and that of my family is at stake.”
Please take a moment and say a prayer for Pastor Abdul, that he will have continued physical healing and protection. He is on the front lines risking his life to bring the Gospel to Muslims and he needs our fervent prayers! As Christians, he is our brother and we must not forget to pray for our brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering (and even willing to die) for our faith.
Each year Open Doors compiles the World Watch List, highlighting the most dangerous countries for Christians and while Kenya is ranked #40, Somalia comes in at #3, which means there are no safe places for Christians.
When Christians decide to work in hostile communities to preach the word of Christ, they know they are at risk of losing their life.
Some Christians think the risk isn’t worth it, and we should just “let Muslims be.”
But the truth is, we are commanded to show the love of Christ and share His everlasting truth to everyone we meet – whether Hindu, Buddhist, or Muslim.
The power of God can transform even the hardest of hearts.
Let us remember our Christian brothers in Kenya, Somalia, and all of those who are suffering persecution for preaching the name of Christ.
Do you agree we should continue to reach out to Muslims with the Gospel of Christ? If you could ever meet Pastor Abdul, what words of encouragement would you want to tell him?
Tell us your thoughts in the comments below and be sure to share this article with your friends and family to enlist their help in praying for our Pastor Abdul and our persecuted brothers and sisters around the world!
And be sure to check out this prayer video from Open Doors which encourages continued prayer for our Christian brothers and sisters in Somalia.