Have you reached the point where you’re afraid to turn on the nightly news or pull up your favorite news app on your phone?
Who could blame you? With every new headline, you risk being confronted with yet another report about an ISIS-led/inspired terrorist attack. Some days you may even hang your head low and wonder if the Lord’s light really is able to pierce through the darkness and change the hearts of people so committed to hatred and evil.
In some ways, it’s a test of faith for us as Christians. Do we truly believe that everyone is within God’s reach?
You won’t hear this in the secular news media, but millions of Muslims in recent years have converted to Christianity, and the Good News of Jesus Christ continues to stir the hearts of Muslims all over the world.
On today’s and tomorrow’s “Focus on the Family” broadcast, you’ll hear the incredible story of Tass Saada, a former Muslim who was once a sniper for Yasser Arafat. Tass grew up in the Middle East with a deep hatred for Jews and Christians. He even rubbed shoulders with Osama Bin Laden at one point in his younger days.
Tass grew up in Saudi Arabia and Qatar as a Palestinian refugee. His frustration and anger grew daily, feeling out of place, misunderstood, and condemned by other ethnicities.
Then came the Six-Day War – a military conflict between Israel and the Arab nations of Egypt, Jordan, and Syria. Israel won a convincing and decisive victory over its enemies in six short days.
But the war only deepened tensions in the Middle East, and 17-year-old Tass was determined to take the fight to the Jews and Christians. He ran away from home and joined Yasser Arafat’s group, the Fatah.
Why Christians? Because Tass and his fellow Palestinians believed Christians – especially Christian Arabs – were spies for Israel and favored Israel over Arab nations.
But even while he was in the depths of his sin, Tass was still within reach of God’s grace. In fact, he even used Tass’ evil choices as a way to draw Tass to Himself.
Despite his hatred for America, Tass came here to further his education to honor a request by his father that he fight with his brains instead of with weapons and explosives.
But while he pursued his education in order to target Christians, a believer named Charlie befriended him, loved him, and talked to him about the love of Jesus.
Tass’ journey is stunning and amazing. It’s an inspirational story that powerfully demonstrates none of us are beyond God’s reach. He loves each and every person made in the image of God – even those who don’t see the world the same way as we do. Even radical Muslim terrorists.
Tass says, “I was not really looking for Christ or Christianity, but His grace found me, and I’m so grateful for His grace.”
This program, “My Dramatic Conversion from Islam,” received a huge response from listeners, making it one of our top programs of the year. You won’t want to miss a moment of this story.