Droves of Middle East Muslims are converting to Christianity

Droves of Middle East Muslims are converting to Christianity
Twenty five year old Mohammed Ahmed Higazi (L), and his pregnant wife Zeinab, 23, pose with a poster of Jesus Christ 02 August 2007 in their home in a Cairo. Higazi who converted from Islam to Christianity has launched a bid to have the change recognised officially in what is believed to be the first such case, he told AFP today. In Egypt, identity cards say whether the bearer is Christian or Muslim, but those who convert to Christianity complain that administrative hurdles prevent them being able to change their official papers. Photo credit: CRIS BOURONCLE/AFP/Getty Images

A group supporting Christian broadcasters in the Middle East says that they’re hearing reports of thousands of Muslims converting to Christianity.

The Voice For Martyrs Canada made this statement on the welcome movement:

Despite the mass exodus of many Christians, the church is far from empty in Syria, Iraq, Jordan and other parts of the Middle East. God has been very faithful. There are strong Christian believers remaining, and tremendous growth is taking place in the lives of new believers who were Muslims. The presence of the church is vitally important. People are desperate and see very little hope, but the fact that there still is a church gives them encouragement and hope.

VOMC says that they are hearing from broadcasters they support in Iraq of families all over the Middle East reporting conversions from Islam. “They are sharing exciting news of what God is doing in the Middle East” they happily announced. “There are thousands upon thousands coming to Christ.”

The Christian Broadcasting Network says that there are an estimated 360,000 Christian believers in the Muslim country of Iran, where there were only 500 in 1979.

While thousands may not appear to be many given the more than billion estimated Muslim adherents in the world, Christians are oftentimes persecuted in the Muslim world, so conversions are especially dangerous. In December, Muslim refugees in England said they encountered Jesus Christ in their dreams and thereby converted to Christianity, adding to the many such conversion stories from the Middle East.

[Ed. note: this article has been corrected for errors after publication]

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