Salma (part 1 of 2): Win Radicals to Christ

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.


“When the film ended, I went to the front of the room and prayed silently, ‘Lord, you are in control. I can’t do this.’ He gave me boldness: ‘I know you have lost your homes, all your possessions, some of you, your husbands and sons. I know you are hurting. But God has brought you here. You have seen the God who loves you so much that He sent His Son to die for you. You have a choice to make this day.’
“Then this came out of my mouth, by the Holy Spirit: I lifted my left arm and pointed to my left. ‘You can either follow the dead founder of your religion and go to hell, or,’ pointing to my right with my other arm outstretched, ‘you can receive Jesus, the living God who died for you and was raised to life. You can receive Him and have eternal life. Would you pray with me if you want to follow Jesus?’
“I couldn’t believe it. As I prayed the sinner’s prayer there was weeping among them and many tears. They were saying ‘Yeshua, Jesus, Isa is the true way, the true God.’ I then asked those who wanted to follow Jesus to raise their hands, if they had just received Jesus. Not one, not 20, but ALL OF THEMraised their hands! They all decided to follow Jesus!
“They began to take off their head coverings. Their angry, hopeless eyes were gone. Released from shame, they were beaming with joy, smiling. They began to hug one another, and me, saying ‘Thank you, thank you…for the first time in our lives we know we are loved!’
“Many spoke up, ‘We want to show this DVD to our families, our friends in our refugee neighborhoods. Can we have our own DVDs?’ We had brought only 60 extra DVDs. But there was such demand that we sent one of our team back to the warehouse to get more. We gave them all we had in store, 2,500 DVDs of ‘JESUS’! The Lord did this!”
Since that historic showing, Salma and Misbah have been helping to place these women into secret Bible studies and fellowship groups so they will grow in their faith and become witnesses to their own families. How glorious is our God!
Note: You too can share “Magdalena: Released From Shame” – Middle Eastern Languages (W1L) with Middle Eastern women near you.