Farooq (name has been changed to protect identity), a doctor by profession was born in a devout Muslim family in Kolkota, India. He was a practicing Muslim until cancer devastated his body. He was left with no hope.
His life changed when Jesus healed him and he accepted Jesus as his saviour.
Farooq’s journey to faith started when he was in hospital in Kolkata, India, having chemotherapy.
“I was crying, and the one name that I did not want to believe in came back to me again and again – the name of Jesus,” he says. “I was so weak and so sick. So I prayed to the Lord Jesus and said, ‘will you heal me?'”
Slowly, Farooq began to feel better. Knowing that something had changed, he returned to the hospital for tests and discovered the cancer was gone. He was healed. “I saw that only Jesus can save my life,” he says, “nobody else can.” Realising that it was Jesus who restored his health, Farooq gave his life to Christ and got baptised.
After Farooq accepted Jesus, he started preaching in his Muslim village. The action was not welcomed.
“My family threw me out. They said, ‘we want nothing to do with you. Since you have Jesus you can just go away.'” Other people began plotting against him. “They decided to break into my doctor’s office where patients used to come and see me,” he says.
For years, Farooq has been persecuted by many in his community for sharing the gospel. But he just won’t stop. As well as working as a doctor, Farooq has dedicated his life to serve as an evangelist and a church planter, supported in his ministry by UK charity BMS World Mission.
He has found a way to forgive those who persecuted him, as God forgave him. And now, miraculously, those who once attacked him come to him for medical care.
“People who persecuted me for many years got tired. They said, ‘the more we tell him not to speak, the more he goes out and preaches’,” says Farooq. “People who wanted to throw me out, now they bring their patients to me and say, ‘we’re so sorry’.”
Farooq has planted 50 churches for Christians from Muslim backgrounds and continues to do so without the fear of persecution.
“Apart from Jesus there is no life,” he says. “I am even more excited to tell others what Jesus has done. Every day I want to live for my Lord and keep on doing what I’m doing. Please pray that I can do more in the days to come.”