I praise and thank God for giving me an opportunity to share the Lord’s work in my life through your circulation. Believing it will touch and encourage many for the Kingdom of God.
I come from a very strict Muslim family. Only son in whole family. My Father was with Indian Air Force. I grew up in different parts of the country, as we were on transfers. I did my schooling in Delhi and other parts of north India. From early age I was taught about my religion and I grew with deep love for God. Started keeping fasting for 40 days (Ramzan) when I was in 6th standard. I came down to Kodiakanal (South India) in Tamil Nadu to pursue my Bachelors Degree in Hotel Management. It was here that I had a personal encounter with my Lord and Savior.
It all started one night, as I was alone in my Hostel room, I heard a voice speaking to me,” Abdul, Jesus loves you.” I was in disbelief, as I found none around me. I was gripped with fear. No one would believe me if I told this. And it continued for some days, I was completely in state, where I couldn’t share with anybody, what I was going through. One of my friends had given me Bible sometime back. Within me something inspired to read the bible. I didn’t know how to read or where to start from. I began to read from the Gospel of Matthew and found the teachings very simple and interesting.
Slowly as the time passed by, I began to fall in love with the word of God. From then on, nothing stopped me from reading the bible. I had no one telling me about Jesus or taught me from bible. As I began to read Bible, I realized that I was a sinner and accepted Jesus as my personal Savior. I became hungrier to know the truth.
The new faith that I accepted brought the whole world against me. Persecution began from them. I was beaten, bruised, cut, ragged, tortured, insulted publically, humiliated and disowned by all my friends and whole college. Muslim students wanted to kill me. Christian brothers thought that I was fooling around with their God and warned me, not to touch Bible. Hind folks thought that I had gone psyche. The persecution increased from the room mates of different denominations. I would sneak away to isolated places to read the bible and have fellowship with God. I developed A Father and son relationship with my Jesus. The Holy Spirit was my teacher. I would clearly hear the voice of God speaking to me.
Eventually, I began to fellowship with a spirit filled church and became actively involved in the ministry. I took my immersion baptism in a stream by the valley and that was a tremendous experience of being a born again. He worked, talked and walked with me every day. The song, “I’ve decided to follow Jesus, no turning back….” Was something I knew and loved and wanted it to by my story!
By the grace of God, I was able to minister and bring few souls to the kingdom of God in the same college and brought 12 souls to the lord.
The real challenge was to break this news to my parents. When I disclosed to them, they were shattered and filled with grief. My parent’s hostility and grief made me sad. But that did not deter my faith in Christ because I knew one day they will know and taste the Lord for he is good and merciful. My constant prayer is that my family and all my relatives will come to the knowledge of Christ.
From there on, there has been no looking back and God has opened doors in a way that I cannot imagine. He’s blessed me with a good job and family. I take every opportunity to share the gospel to my colleagues and friends. Many have been touched and are serving the Lord today. May the mighty God lead you and Bless you.
All the glory and honor belongs to my Jesus. Amen!
M Abdul Hakim