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Chased to Mercy

April 6th, 2012

It was New Year’s Eve and someone was knocking frantically on Pastor Juman Rani’s door. It turned out to be Nasim Bhatti, a Muslim man whom Gospel for

Witnessing

Just like this missionary, Pastor Juman made every effort to reach Nasim with the message that God loves him. Nasim received Christ on New Year's Eve.

Asia missionary Juman had invited to a service at his church earlier that night. But Nasim did not show up for the New Year’s Eve service. Instead, he had been drinking alcohol and was now terrified that police were chasing him.

Nasim was well-known as a troublemaker and alcoholic in his village in Kerala, India. Nasim’s wife, Adeena, suffered greatly because of her husband’s drunken rampages. Then she learned about Jesus from Pastor Juman. Her newfound faith brought her much comfort. Both Juman and Adeena shared the Gospel with Nasim, but he was never interested.

When Juman invited him to the New Year’s Eve service, Nasim said he would go. But instead, he starting drinking and broke into someone’s home. The disturbance was reported to the police. That’s when Nasim realized he was in serious trouble. The fear of being caught and thrown in jail sent him to Pastor Juman for help.

That night, Nasim found mercy from a God he had previously ignored. He finally listened to Pastor Juman’s message and was convicted of his sinful lifestyle, repenting of the way he had lived.

House

When Nasim was in trouble, Pastor Juman's church, much like this one, was the only place he knew to go.

When the police found Nasim, he was a new person. Unexpectedly, the police charged Nasim a small fine, then let him go. Nasim knew the Lord had spared him even though he did not deserve it. He had received mercy twice that night, and it deeply touched his heart. Nasim spent three days in fasting and prayer out of thanks to the Lord and a desire to know his new God. Now he faithfully attends church with Adeena.

Pastor Juman asks for prayer for this family to continue growing in the Lord, and that many more in their village will choose to follow Jesus.

 

 

 

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