The following letter is from The Jesus Film Project.
Our mission: “Showing God’s Love to the World”
“For I proclaim the name of the Lord: Ascribe greatness to our God.” Deuteronomy 32:3
God is at work––even among wives married to radical fighters! I was in awe as Salma spoke. She gave testimony to the incredible power of God.
Salma (names changed for security) and her husband, Misbah, are from the Middle East. I’ve known this remarkable couple for many years. They have been helping to give humanitarian aid to Syrian refugees. After winning the trust of many, Salma and Misbah arranged for a showing of “Magdalena” for the women, in a church, expecting perhaps 25 to come—AT THE MOST.
Salma: “When we arrived at the church I was in complete shock. There was a sea of black in the sanctuary, women in their traditional dress, covered from head to toe. They were sitting shoulder to shoulder, packed in tightly. There wasn’t a seat left. I estimated about 200 women, fully covered. I was afraid. They were nearly all wives of radical men. I feared that when they realized I was about to show them a Christian film, they might kill me. ‘Lord, this is in your hands.’
“I went to the front before them. And their eyes! They were filled with hate.
“‘Lord,’ I prayed, ‘only you can do this. This is your problem to own and solve.’ Misbah inserted the DVD into the player and started projecting the film on the screen. I fully expected some to bolt, to leave the building angrily, perhaps many of them. But no one moved, not an inch.
“’Magdalena’ came to the Crucifixion scene. I couldn’t believe it. They were transfixed, eyes focused, ears hearing. Then came the resurrection of Jesus, another offensive concept. Everyone stayed—not one woman left—they were taking it all in.