How one young refugee encountered Christ

By Mohammed |

My father’s urgent nudging woke me from a deep sleep: “Get up! Get up!” he said.

“Why father?”

“We’ve got to go,” he said and, with that, we set off in our truck in the blackest night. Somewhere in the middle of nowhere, he told me to get out. Then he turned me over to a people-smuggler, explaining I had to go...it was better for me.

“But why, father? Why?” I asked. “You must go, it’s better for you,” he said and I was on my way.

After a horrendous trip, I found myself on the Greek island of Lesvos. There I met a young man — one of the helpers — leaving the camp for the night and I hurried to catch up with him to find out why he was there. His name was Nikos and he was with a group of students from the Greek Bible College. Fortunately, we both spoke English and he was able to explain why they were there. I spent the next few days with the students as they cleaned the camp and offered us clothes and food.

The students were fun to be around and they were very kind but Nikos got sick while he was there, so I didn’t get to say goodbye when they left. He sent another student to find me and give me a copy of God’s word on an MP3 player in my own language and also sent me his address.

I listened to the MP3 player over and over. In time, I got to Athens where I am now staying with my uncle. It’s hard and I need work.

Nikos found me and I told him my mother was sick and I desperately wanted to help her. Nikos told me to cry out to God through Jesus Christ. “But I don’t know this Jesus!” I said. “How can I do that?”

He told me to simply speak to Jesus, so I went into a church and called to Jesus to please heal my mother — and he did! I still don’t have work, but Nikos meets with me and talks to me of the love of God. He tells me of a Saviour. He explains God’s word to me. Slowly I’m starting to understand… something.

Please pray Mohammed continues to understand the gospel and that the Holy Spirit strengthens Nikos. Pray also for the many, many refugees like Mohammed who need hope in Jesus Christ, and for the Nikos who share His love through ministry.

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