When I first landed at Blue Grass regional airport outside of Lexington I took a cab downtown and my driver was from Iran. His name was Abdul and I asked him how he ended up in Lexington of all places. We had about a twenty minute conversation on our way into the city and I learned many things. Abdul originally settled in Utah when he moved to America, he stated that his Mormon neighbors had not been very welcoming to him, but he learned he had a friend in Lexington who invited him to visit. Abdul came to the US alone and was isolated from visiting his family back home during Saddam Hussein's rule. Abdul married a girl from Iran here in the states and now has a family of his own, but his family back home was still a part of his heart even though he couldn’t visit. After Saddam’s fall, Abdul can now travel back home every few years and he says his relationship with his parents, brothers and sisters and friends may not be the same as when he lived near, but they remain in contact throughout the year.
While I was with Abdul I asked him about his faith and about how it was to practice Islam in Kentucky, he shared with me about Allah but also about his desire for more Truth and find greater peace. I also got to share, during our time together was able to give Abdul a glimpse at my faith in Jesus and a taste of what Christ wants for us. I hope that soon my sharing is followed up by others who also follow Christ and that Abdul hears from Christian after Christian who love him and others like him.
I spent twenty minutes with this guy from Lexington who was from Iran and I had the chance to impact his world forever with the good news of Jesus, that’s amazing. I pray that he is impacted. And yet, I pray for even more than that. I pray today that Abdul by affected by the Gospel, and that it doesn’t stop there. My prayer is that the good news of Jesus goes from Abdul to his friends and family even as far as his home nation of Iran. This is my prayer, and I hope it’s yours too.
Please pray for Abdul and please share the Truth of Jesus even with the people that seem most likely to reject it.
- Mission Catalyst | NYC