Majed Shafie grew up in a prominent Muslim family in Egypt. But even at a young age he struggled with Islamic beliefs and practices.
“There was a lot of violent, there was no place for forgiveness, there was no sacrifice. There was no woman rights, there was no minority rights.”
He started making Christian friends in college.
Majed says, “I saw how peaceful they are. I saw how forgiving they are. I saw the principles and the values that they have.”
To get answers, Majed went to his Christian friend Tamer, who in turn gave him a Bible.
“And the more that I read, the more that I saw this amazing Lord that came on earth to die for us for our pain and sins and disease. And I saw all of His sacrifice, all His love that’s when I came to the conclusion, that’s when I came to the revelation that that’s the God that we should worship, that’s the God that I want to follow.”
Majed committed his life to Jesus Christ.
“This feeling of freedom, this feeling of liberation, there is nothing like when you know that you’re a child of God and you’re not a slave,” says Majed.
Shortly after, Majed and Tamer formed an underground organisation. They used caves to hide their church services and other activities.
“We build one Bible school, one medical clinic and we established, you know, a newspaper asking from the Egyptian government to give us our rights.”
The government responded by targeting the organisation. One day, Egyptian soldiers discovered one of their caves and opened fire. Majed and Tamer were there.
“One of the Egyptian officers ai-aimed at me. I didn’t see, Tamer did. So the officer shot and that’s when Tamer pushed me on the ground and he took a bullet and he died for me. And his last word for me was uh, ‘continue the fight, never give up.’”
Majed escaped, and continued his work.
Three months later, Egyptian police forced their way into his home and arrested him.
Trying to get information, interrogators began systematically torturing Majed.
“Lying down in a pool of my own blood this was my prayer. I told Him, Lord, I want to thank you for your gift on the cross. I don’t regret believing in you. You died for me and I will live and I will die for you.” says Majed.
The next day, his captors brought in dogs. Majed braced himself for the attack.
To his surprise the dogs sat there and did not try to attack him even once. The next day, three more dogs arrived who acted the same way as the first ones. Majed then realized that he was alone but he was not lonely. There was somebody with him.
The next day the interrogator offered to make a deal with Majed. He offered to give him anything in return for
Majed’s cooperation in telling them the names of his fellows. Majed accepted the offer and told them, “We are a big group. Thousands of us. I will not remember all of us. But I can give you the name of our leader. He told me, okay, give me the name of your leader. I told him the name of our leader is Jesus Christ. If you can catch Him, catch Him.”
Retaliation was severe. Majed remembers enduring two more days of torture before losing consciousness, and later, waking up in a hospital.
It took him months to recover, only to face charges of treason in Egypt’s military court.
“And I will tell you what I told the judge in this day. If loving Christ. And if worshipping Him is a crime, I’m guilty as charged, your Honor. They give me the death penalty.”
Placed under house arrest, Majed waited for his execution. He was unaware that his organisation had planned a rescue.
To avoid capture, he made his way east to the port city of Taba. there he took a jet ski and navigated his way past border patrol boats to make it safely to Israel.
“And I surrendered to the Israeli police. And through Amnesty International and United Nation, I was accepted as a landed political refugee.”
Eventually Majed made his way to Canada where today, he leads One Free world International, a human rights organization committed to helping persecuted people worldwide.
Majed says, “He’s my Lord and my Savior, my best friend. And He walks with me. Wherever I go, He just walks with me. Once you know that you found Him. There is nothing else matter after that. Nothing else.”