Stories from Saudi Arabia

In the heart of Saudi Arabia where missionary presence had been scarce, a small team of disciple-makers embarked on a journey filled with challenges and uncertainty. Little did they know, their story would become a testament to the transformative power of faith and perseverance.

Within a mere month of their arrival, the disciple-makers witnessed a remarkable event—a former Muslim chose to be baptized, marking the beginning of a profound spiritual journey. This act of courage sparked a chain reaction, with more individuals from the Muslim background expressing their desire for baptism in the following weeks. In a stronghold city like Saudi Arabia, where risks loomed large, these believers demonstrated unwavering commitment despite the potential consequences—loss of family, job, or even life itself.

As the fledgling community in Saudi Arabia grew, so did their leadership. Four former Muslim leaders emerged, meeting weekly to deepen their understanding of the faith and hone their skills in facilitating Bible studies. Their ultimate goal is to raise up national missionaries dedicated to igniting disciple making movements across the nation.

One of the national leaders even felt called to go to a nearby city for the snake of the gospel, becoming  the country’s first-ever National missionary internal to the country. It was a testament to God’s ongoing work within the epicenter nation.

Stopping for the One

Meanwhile, in the midst of big picture encounters in Saudi Arabia, individual lives are being transformed. A chance meeting between a woman and one of the disciple-makers led to spiritual conversations over coffee—a simple invitation that would eventually lead to profound changes in her life. Despite initial hesitations, the woman’s hunger for truth and God grew, while her marriage began to struggle, prompting her to say yes to meeting regularly with the disciple-maker. Through Bible study, she experienced God’s presence and began sharing her newfound faith with others, inspiring a ripple effect of transformation.

A Life Transformed

Similarly, a young man grappling with heartbreak and disillusionment from a homosexual relationship was approached by a disciple-maker in a hotel lobby. He poured out his heart and story, seeking healing, and they invited him to begin meeting with them regularly. Through the journey of exploring faith, he encountered God’s love for him and repented from his past lifestyle marked by immorality and despair. As he delved into the stories of the Bible, he found hope and purpose, embarking on a journey of renewal and transformation.

Stories of Hope from Saudi Arabia

These stories serve as a reminder of the power of God moving through every day disciple-makers. The world is hungry for the gospel, truth, and transformation. We are all called to rise up as disciple-makers in our cities, regions, and spheres of influence. As we step out in boldness, God will be faithful to continue to draw people to Himself! 

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The ordinance of baptism by immersion is commanded by the Scriptures. All who repent and believe in Christ as Savior and Lord are to be baptized. Thus, they declare to the world that they have died with Christ and that they also have been raised with Him to walk in newness of life. (Matthew 28:19, Mark 16:16, Acts 10:47,48, Romans 6:4)

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