Reports reveal that thousands of people are converting to Christianity in Middle East. Reports claim that people view Christianity as “religion of freedom” in the thick of ongoing bloodshed in the region. Churches expect to receive millions of people. Despite mass exodus of Christians, thousands upon thousands are coming to Christ.
In this regard Voice Of the Martyrs Canada, stated that despite mass exodus of Christians from Iraq and Syria; region is witnessing scores of Muslims are embracing Christianity. “There are thousands upon thousands coming to Christ. We are in regular contact with our FM stations in Iraq and have talked with many people who have family in the Middle East,” VOMC states while adding, “Some of our Middle Eastern broadcasters have shared testimonies [about many turning to Christ] with us, which they hear directly from listeners when visiting there …”
The report further revealed the situation in Iran saying that house churches are being frequently targeted while the regime tries to put a lid on the spread of Christianity. There have been orchestrated efforts to shut down house churches. Elam Ministries, a mission group reports that Christianity is growing, it has been estimated that there are 360,000 Christian believers in Iran.
“Church leaders believe that millions can be added to the church in the next few years — such is the spiritual hunger that exists and the disillusionment with the Islamic regime,” Elam Ministries stated while adding, “If we remain faithful to our calling, our conviction is that it is possible to see the nation transformed within our lifetime. Because Iran is a strategic gateway nation, the growing church in Iran will impact Muslim nations across the Islamic world.”
On the other hand, there are reports that Muslim refugees who have sneaked into Europe are embracing Christianity. In keeping with a statement from the Trinity church in the Berlin, its congregation rose from 150 to 700 due to converts. Austrian Catholic Church reported that it has received at least 70 percent more applications for baptisms in the first three months of 2016.
An Iranian convert was quoted as saying: “I found that the history of Islam was completely different from what we were taught at school. Maybe, I thought, it was a religion that began with violence. A religion that began with violence cannot lead people to freedom and love. Jesus Christ said ‘those who use the sword will die by the sword.’ This really changed my mind.”
In December 2016, more churches across Germany reported receiving greater number of converts. These churches claim that Muslims, mostly Iranians are coming to Christ. “A lot of them come to Germany and think, here I can choose my religion and I want to choose a religion of freedom. For many Iranians that I’ve baptized, Christianity is the religion of freedom,” priest based in Berlin stated.