When he learned this, he started talking to her about what is happening in the Middle East. Alyaa shared that she has been very affected, since she knows multiple people who have died there as a result of the violence. Karim could hear the pain in her voice when she was telling him this, and he began to share with her that the people who are causing violence and harm in the Middle East have so much hate and revenge in their heart, which is why they are doing these things. Karim explained to her that what she sees happening there is what Islam truly is.
She asked Karim what he thinks the solution is, and he told her that the only solution is through Jesus Christ. There is no way to solve this problem other than for those who are committing acts of violence and terror to come to Jesus. Only Jesus can take their hard hearts and replace them with His peace and love. Karim explained how Jesus saved the whole world through His death on the cross and that, through His sacrifice, all sin, pain, and death have been redeemed. Karim shared: Whoever has Jesus in their heart will have peace and will no longer want to do harmful things to others. Everyone needs to have Jesus so they can live in peace.
Alyaa seemed to be accepting what Karim was saying. She asked to hear more, so he started sharing about the Bible. Then, he asked if she would be willing to have him pray for her, and she agreed. Karim explained to Alyaa that, as Christians, we pray in Jesus’ name because only He has the power to answer our prayers. Karim prayed for Alyaa and asked Jesus to help her with the difficulties in her life and to be with her. She told him that she felt at peace while he was praying for her and thanked him for taking the time to talk.
Karim was at the gas station for an hour and a half sharing the hope of Jesus with Alyaa. Because she is open to hearing more, Karim and Missionary Salma will visit her again and bring along an Iraqi Christian woman to talk with her. Please pray that a good relationship will be established and that Alyaa will continue to be open to hearing the Gospel message.