Thursday, April 12, 2007

Converted Christian locked in cellar for 17 days

In Malabar, India, a convert to Christianity from Islam was beaten and locked up in a cellar by his brother-in-law. Maheen Sathar has been a believer in Christ for 4 years. He had been waiting on his wife to be saved so they could be baptized together. But, she was influenced by her brother. When Maheen decided to go ahead and be baptized by himself, she told her brother. He tried to take him to Saudi Arabia, give him property, etc., trying to force him to convert back to Islam. But, Maheem would not deny God, even if it meant he would be killed. So, his brother-in-law then beat Maheen, put him in the cellar, and wouldn't let his wife see him in the cellar.

Maheem would not convert back to Islam so the brother-in-law and other extremists decided to kill him. This really disturbed his wife, Muneera, so she prayed to God. She had a vision of her husband being in Heaven, but she couldn't get to him. So, she prayed for forgiveness and accepted Jesus as her Savior.

Then she called Rev. Paul Ciniraj Mohamed, the Director of the Salem Voice Ministries by telephone and told him all the details. He reached the place and met the believers first. There were very few Christian believers and all of them were converted. They prayed together and approched a politician. By his help they met a senior police officer and the police forcely released Maheen from the cellar.
Yasin and his gang were going to attack the pastor, but fellow believers got to him and hid him. Maheem and Muneera are living in another place but will have to be moved to another area in order to be safe from the gang.
"Christian persecution is increasing widely thoughout Asian and African countries. Many pastors, believers, evangelists and believers murdered, beaten and jailed. Churches vandalized. Authorities keeping silence or protecting attackers in several places. Hearing all these, many people showing their sympathy and leave it. We need prayers ; continuous prayers from the dedicated prayer warriors", Rev. Paul Ciniraj said.
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Marie said...

So glad to hear he made it out! How wonderful his wife was saved, too!

Pat Kirk said...

Wow!! As an American, I don't realize how good I have it.

Thank the Lord these two Christians got out.

Debbie said...

As Christians we do take our Christian freedom for granted sometimes. All over the world Christians are being persecuted, tortured and killed. I am so thankful that I live in the United States