Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church
I also appreciate the idea of staying balanced and content whether through thick or thin. If you can relate to what I am trying to convey one thing that is always exhilarating in doing mission work, is when you put God first, others second and yourself last in service there is an inner joy that one can only experience through participating in doing missions. Also in sharing the good news with our neighbors because in missions you focus on God’s will instead of man’s will and there is a huge difference.
A classic example to illustrate my point can be that missions can be fun: There was a recent fundraiser, organized by Mount Calvary Lutheran church in Milwaukee to raise funds for Poblo toward purchasing a vehicle. This will help transport immigrants to some of the services we offer such as ESL, sewing classes and clothing/food distribution. The fun part was the bake sale! Baked goods were made by the members of the church and it was the church members who bid for the prices. It was done with so much joy you cannot help but appreciate their love for missions. We are blessed because of these who volunteer to assist in the programs we offer to the immigrants. You can tell from their interaction with the immigrants and the laughter that they who really enjoy doing volunteer work.
In everything that the congregation does for missions it is done with joy and we at Poblo are very appreciative and thankful for our partnership with Mount Calvary Church. We are thankful to the Lord for the prayers and support we receive from them. We pray that the Almighty God will continue to bless, grow and sustain the church and use the church mightily as a beacon of light in the neighborhood and the city of Milwaukee.
Finally, I would like to quote the Hebrew Chapter 13 (5-6), The Lord said “never will I leave you never will I forsake you. So, we say with confidence the Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid of what can mere mortals do to me.” Mission at Mount Calvary is serving the Lord with gladness, fun and joy. Also, with hope and assurance of our reward from the Father who is in heaven.
-Missionary Ebou Faye, Wisconcin
For seven years, I asked friends. “Don’t ask,” they would say, God will be angry with you. “Feel afraid” still… I had these questions.
One to two years later, I met someone on Facebook. He tried to talk to me about Jesus. Told me some things about Muhammad, about his life and that he changed things in the Quran. Talked about the Quran some mistakes in area of science, geography and history.
I knew that there is a God but who is He? I felt lost…
I have a question. Three gods? This doesn’t make sense. God can do anything. That’s not difficult for Him. I began to read the Bible with Tony (residing in the USA) over the Internet. He had many answers to my questions. How Jesus was? His personality, message, sacrifice etc. He sent me links to websites and I studied them. Then, I decided I would follow Jesus whether he is God or not as I read the Gospel and his message. This book understands me. I had doubts and I didn’t truly believe that “He” is God but I was curious to research and find out.
I believed that Muhammad was a liar. I talked with Tony still I was afraid. I want to know the truth; God I need you now was my every day prayer. That night I had a dream. I was in a dark forest. I was trying to find my way to safety then I saw a room. Three devils were trying to catch me. They tried to catch me. I Went to the other side. She had power. She pushed me on the ground. Then I saw a light. I saw some people in a circle. There was a Pastor. “There he is”. They were waiting for me. When I came near, I felt a pain in my stomach and I had to vomit. The Pastor prayed and I vomited. I vomited the dirty things out. There and then I felt comfortable. A fire went up to the sky. I saw Pastor Salim with whom I was connected on Facebook. In my dream, I heard a man’s voice. “Sarah, wake up for morning prayer.” I recognized this as the devil’s voice. “You will die as an infidel. He said this many times repeatedly.
I woke up and felt extremely worried as well as excited. I want to be a Christian now. I want to talk with a Pastor. I want to be a Christian now. That was it. I realized that I will be killed if my family knows about my becoming follower of Jesus.
May 2013: I had many problems with my Mom. She was after me, why I was neglecting Islamic prayers. Then, I started doing the family prayers with my family, but I was secretly praying to Jesus. When I questioned about Islam, they were angry and fighting with me. Sometimes my mom would beat me also. My Christian contacts on the Internet were convincing me that I needed to leave Saudi immediately before but I couldn’t leave alone. It could only be my father who could give me the passport and a written permission attested by the ministry of Interior. One day, I felt a pain in my jaw. The doctor said, “You have to have surgery, but we can’t do the surgery in this hospital. There isn’t a doctor here who can do this surgery. Some weeks later, I wasn’t feeling pain, but my Dad still came to my room and said that I would have to go and do the surgery. I went to another hospital, and there they said I didn’t have any problem but my Dad insisted that I go outside the country to have the surgery. “This is my chance”. At first, I felt worried, and sad that I will cause my family shame and grief. Four months passed. My father did the paperwork for me to go to Kuwait. I called the doctor in Kuwait and made appointment. I called the Pastor with whom I was in contact through the internet from Kuwait, then I went with my brother to Kuwait. We arrived at the hospital. My brother waited for me in the waiting room. I went to the bathroom. I changed my appearance. At that time, I felt like changing my mind for the sake of leaving the family. I also felt this great power within me, like I had no fear the Holy Spirt was empowering me. When I came out of the bathroom, my brother didn’t see me. I passed in front of my brother but he didn’t recognize me at all. The Pastor that I had previously contacted was waiting for me outside. I was able to change my flight from Kuwait to Qatar to Lebanon. I waited 4- hours in Qatar.
When I arrived in Lebanon, the Lebanese police came and questioned the Pastor…by that time my family came to know that I had left Islam. The Saudi government was looking for me to take me back to Saudi Arabia. I tried to go to Canada but the U.N. got involved and nothing happened for 12- months, I changed my file and took it to the American Embassy and applied for Asylum.
In one week, I did all the meetings and necessary paper work. There was a woman officer who gave me clearance on urgent bases. The U.N. said that they would send a letter. They sent a lady from the F.B.I. just for me to be interviewed. After one month, I cried and cried in Lebanon prayed to the Lord to open the doors for me. I had been forced to keep moving from house to house in order to be safe. I had lived in six different homes, felt scared and out of place most of the time.
I was writing some scriptures and leaving them at places in the malls. I only tried to talk to my Mom as I missed her. The Lebanese pastor tried to find me but I knew a friend from Canada (Mark), he helped me in Lebanon. Since the Lebanese police was looking for me I did not tell the host about my next destination.
I am blessed to be in safe environment now because I have Lord and my Savior, the real God, Triune God. That is enough for me and I am at peace.
It is my calling to evangelize Muslims now, I pray every day for my family to be saved by Jesus. I thank the Lord for the POBLO Ministry as I have a new home now. It is very hard to leave your religion, culture and family. Lord Jesus has plan for me to share the Gospel with Muslims in the United States. I am glad that the Lord has opened the doors of POBLO Ministry where new converts can come and work.
-Missionary, Sarah Christian
Poblo’s Wish List
We are in need of Arabic Bibles (Old Testament/New Testament) 50 in Arabic, 50 in Bengali
and 20 in Urdu Language
Arabic fellowship in Michigan needs small size Alter and 75 padded Chairs.
Poblo missionaries are always in need of volunteers, please consider volunteering at existing International
Friendship Centers in Metro- Detroit, Michigan, Omaha, NE- Brookfield and Milwaukee, WI,- Rochester, MN.
IFC starting soon in St. Louis, San Diego and Houston!