I have written several articles on Muslims converting to Christianity in unprecedented numbers. Stories tell of Muslims turning to Christ after Jesus appeared to them in dreams, a fulfillment of Joel 2:28.
In Iran, thousands are becoming Christians despite the fear of persecution when they make that decision.
And now with the recent influx of hundreds of thousands of Muslims into Europe, several secular media report that thousands of Muslims — many fed up with the violence of the extremists — are becoming Christians across Europe.
Now we can add England to this list.
A prominent English newspaper, The Guardian wrote a curious article on what is happening at Church of St. Mark in Stoke-on-Trent, England.
The story stated that one recent Saturday morning, 15 Muslim refugees were baptized in the church. Rev Sally Smith who serves as the church’s vicar, says that three to four Muslims turn to Christianity weekly.
According to the article, part of the reason for the growth is that the church is supplying the refugees assistance in the form of food, clothes, shoes and even bus passes. Many of the refugees said that when they turned to Mosques for help they were rejected.
The Guardian acknowledges that what is happening in Stoke-on-Trent, is part of a pattern happening across Europe.
“It is far from an isolated case,” Nazia Parveen writes. “In fact, Smith’s story is a microcosm of what is happening across churches in Europe where a growing number of Muslim refugees are converting to Christianity.”
Though some are undoubtedly coming to St. Mark’s because of its willingness to physically assist them, it it is obvious that many Muslims have a genuine hunger for Christianity.
The Guardian interviewed Abbas Massih, 27, who was one of those recently baptized at St. Mark’s.
Originally from Iran, he has been in England for about six moths. Though born a Muslim, for several years he had a deep yearning to become a Christians. Massih even held secret Bible studies in his home in Iran.
He said when Iranian officials found out about Massih’s interest in Christianity, they beat his pregnant wife. Now that he is out of the country, he can safely express his Christian faith. But also because of this, Massih says his family has broken off all contact with him.
This move of God among the Muslims fulfills a Biblical prophecy that predicted Muslims turning to Christ. Though the Bible did not specifically cite Muslims, it did say a remnant of Edom would become part of the Kingdom of God.
The descendants of the ancient tribe of Edom make up many of those living in the Middle East, who today are primarily Muslim.
“In that day I will raise up the fallen booth of David,
And wall up its breaches;
I will also raise up its ruins
And rebuild it as in the days of old;
12 That they may possess the remnant of Edom
And all the nations who are called by My name,”
Declares the Lord who does this. (Amos 9:11-12 NASV)