Radicalism to Salvation

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Now, let me tell you what happened in a most difficult area. There is a region on the African continent known for breeding radicalism, violence and terror. The people are 100 percent committed to a religion from the Middle East, hostile to the gospel and to Jesus. The resistance is so steadfast that Christian leaders say it has been 1,000 years since they have truly heard the gospel.

A national Christian leader had a heart to reach them. He trained and mobilized a group of college students, who volunteered to carry them the gospel. They knew they could die in the effort. The students prayed and fasted, loaded up a supply of DVDs of “JESUS” in the people’s language, and began the journey.

On arrival they were immediately confronted. Hostile religious leaders demanded: “Who are you? why are you here? What are you doing?” The students answered, “We are here to tell you the good news!”

“What good news?” a leader scoffed. he students: “The good news of Jesus, his power to heal and save.”

Religious leader: “OK, then. I have a challenge for you. We have a man here who has been insane for many years. (He was apparently demon possessed.) If your Jesus can heal this man, we will follow Him. But if your Jesus fails,you must convert and follow our religion.” Full of faith and courage, the students agreed, saying, “Give us this man.”

All night the students prayed over him, read the Word and praised their Lord, commanding the demons to release him. One by one, the demons yielded. By morning, there were none left. He was completely delivered.

The students cleaned him up, shaved and showered him, cut his nails. They returned to town and presented him to the leader who had issued the challenge. The impact of the transformation— a man now sane— proved too much for them to accept.

They went back on their word, beat the students and drive them out if the town. They locked the man in a small room, commanding him to say nothing. But he could not stay silent. As people would walk by his “cell,” he kept glorifying God, shouting out, “Jesus healed me! Jesus healed me!”

The whole town came to know what had happened, of the power of Jesus. News made it back to the students weeks after they have been driven out. Still recovering from the beatings, the original four returned, this time with four more students.

They went to the center of town, to the large market, where they openly and loudly proclaimed the gospel and gave out DVDs of “JESUS.” Thousands heard: “It is Jesus who healed this man, whom we proclaim to you today. Believe and be healed. Receive Him snd be forgiven.”

Those same, hostile religious leaders again stepped in. They had the students arrested and beaten, and this time, thrown into jail where they spent the night with six suspects of an internationally known terrorist group! The group’s leader was crying out all night from back pain. So from their cell the students reached out to him: “We have powerful medicine. Jesus can heal you. But you need to believe, repent and give your life to Christ.”

He believed and the Lord healed him— becoming a powerful witness to all. The radical leader and his five suspected terrorists all gave their lives to the Lord! Even the police officer who heard their testimony during the night believed.

The result: an underground church was born— where there had not been a single known believer for 1,000 years! The church members included a police officer who had beaten them, the man delivered by demons, six former terrorists, and their families! 

A Christian leader who works with the students visited this underground church. He said it was flourishing, having grown to 40 members. They are giving out DVDs of “JESUS” to people in their homes.They asked for more DVDs, and are talking of planting a church!

This ministry director said “The DVDs of ‘JESUS’ are so powerful, and in people’s language, all we have to do is place a DVD in a home that has a player. God is doing some amazing things.”

~ A story from The JESUS Film Project

Note: We have multi-language DVDs in many languages for outreach!