Australia is becoming a popular destination for Muslims leaving Asia and the Middle East, which is troubling to some Australians. But, the country’s Christians are using this as an opportunity for the Gospel.
Forty years ago, residents would rarely see Muslims on the streets of Sydney or Melbourne. Now, as many as 500,000 Muslims reside in Australia. And when they immigrate to the island nation, they settle into neighbourhoods that are fast becoming Islamic ghettos.
Al Hayat Television, also known as Life TV, is working to make sure these Muslims have an opportunity to hear the Gospel. The Arabic television channel was launched in Australia by Michael el Masry, a former Muslim. El Masry started the channel with his own limited finances and persevered despite fierce opposition from the Islamic community. He says, “He died for them. They deserve the message of salvation. Who is going to give them the message?” He told CBN News Al Hayat TV Australia airs Christian programmes in a way that Muslims understand.
Former Muslims recently attended a Christian worship in Arabic at a church in Sydney. Ali Bazzi has pastored the Al-Obour Church for nearly two years. Al-Obour means “crossover” in Arabic. Most members are Muslims who have converted to Christianity. Some come to the church secretly because they fear being discovered by
Muslim family members. Several attendees have received death threats for leaving Islam. Ali Bazzi spent his youthful years as a radical Muslim in Lebanon. A Muslim friend who converted to Christianity introduced him to the Bible and to Jesus.
“I liked the personality of Jesus Christ,” Bazzi said.
Source: Cedar News.
Note by the editor: It reminds me of a pamphlet published by Christian Missionaries in Ghana ‘How to invite a Muslim to convert to Christianity”. The first point was: “Do not speak to him about trinity, he will never understand it”. “Speak instead about the love of Jesus”.
Well, why are many, many more Christians converting to Islam than the other way round? See for an answer and find information in our site, Islam for the West.