September 12 marked the start of Eid al-Adha, an Islamic festival to commemorate the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to follow God's command to sacrifice his son Ishmael (and not Isaac, as the Bible teaches). While thousands of Iranian Muslims travelled to Azerbaijan to observe this event, our team seized the occasion to reach out to them with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Our co-worker wrote: “The celebration makes Muslims more willing to talk about the need of a sacrifice and forgiveness from God, and is a great chance to talk about Jesus Christ and His sacrifice on our behalf. So, while people are giving sacrifices to their god, we pray their hearts will be open to listen to God’s word and receive it.”
During the festival hundreds gift bags with copies of the New Testament, the Jesus Movie on DVD and micro SD-cards with Bible teaching where distributed.
One day our team met two men on the street and invited them for a drink at a tea house. They shared about the love of Jesus and forgiveness. One of the men loudly opposed to them and left the tea house, but the other man asked for a Bible and said he wanted to read God's word.
Our DPM co-worker wrote: “This shows why your prayers are so vital - said one of our DPM workers, We don’t only need financial support to enable us to freely give materials like Bibles and SD-cards with Bible teaching to people who are interested. But we need God to touch people and open their hearts for His truth to redeem them.”