Belief Beyond All Boundaries

BY BENNETT ROLAN, BSF DIGITAL EDITOR

F aisal doesn’t take a single BSF meeting for granted. For decades, Faisal and his family lived in a country where churches are scarce, prayer is hidden and Bibles are rare. Though they’ve been gone for several years, Faisal is grateful for every opportunity to study God’s Word openly.    

“I can’t imagine how I managed it, but there was a purpose behind all of those years,” he shared. “I don’t see it as a loss of years, I see it as a gain.” 

Faisal’s faith runs deep and he often shared the gospel, risking opposition for himself and his family. His co-workers even called him “the priest” because he steered everyday conversations toward biblical truth. 

But Faisal wasn’t always committed to Christ. Without access to a Bible or a pastor to guide him, Faisal’s focus on financial success distracted him from questions about faith. His family’s background compelled him to value nationalism over religion, causing him to resent the idea of a Jewish Savior. 

But God had plans for Faisal and his family. Just as He met Abram in the wilderness in Genesis 15, God undeniably called Faisal to Himself.

“There was some sort of a call, a voice, that said, ‘Faisal, you must go to church tomorrow.’ I don’t know if it was an audible voice, but it was clear to me. It was very strange. I just knew I had to obey, I couldn’t deny it. I told my wife, and she was very surprised. I just knew we couldn’t be late, as if I had a meeting with someone,” he said. 

“The sermon was from 2 Kings, and I liked the story. It was the first time I had heard anything from the Old Testament. Toward the end, the pastor explained that sin had poisoned the whole world and through the blood of Jesus Christ there will be no more sin. Something I had never heard before crept into my mind. What is sin? Why would I need Jesus when I’m not a sinner?”

Following The Call

During the months that followed, the gospel consumed Faisal’s thoughts. 

“It turned my whole life upside down,” he shared. “Somehow, I became miserable. It was a terrifying year actually. It was like a fight I had never encountered in my whole life. I was struggling with what I heard about Jesus, about sin, starting to ask myself, ‘Am I really a sinner? Do I need this Jesus the pastor was talking about?’ I kept hearing those words, that I am a sinner and only Jesus can purify me from that sin.” 

Faisal remembers “acting like a madman,” trying to understand the gospel in a country where Christians don’t openly profess their faith.

It was like my own Armageddon with God. I kept praying, ‘Leave me alone. I don’t want this happening in my life.’ Then, at the end of about a year and a half, I had another encounter with God. I saw the whole story of my life and it became obvious that the sinner the pastor was talking about was me. I always thought success would cover those things. Without actually knowing who He was, I knelt down and asked for grace. I didn’t own a Bible. It was a direct encounter between God and me.” 

I saw the whole story of my life and it became obvious that the sinner the pastor was talking about was me.

As God said to Abram in Genesis 15:1, “I am your shield, your very great reward,” He faithfully revealed His character to Faisal. In the most unlikely of circumstances, the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Jesus drew Faisal out of the “wilderness” and into eternal hope.

Forsaking All Fear

When Faisal confided in his wife, she was shocked by her husband’s transformation. After years of meeting with Christians in the area, she felt alone in her faith. But the man who had wrestled with God for more than a year came to her with a spirit of worship.   

The couple quickly became an integral part of a church network, often held in homes throughout the area. With limited Christian resources, Faisal and his wife quietly acquired Bibles and commentaries when they visited other countries.

“The Word of God was scarce, but I became deeply attached to it. The Word changed my life. I love the Word and the God of the Word.”

Meeting privately, Faisal’s small community of Christians drew close, bound by the grace that breaks all barriers.

“The only person who was present in our meetings was Jesus Christ,” Faisal shared. “We weren’t distracted by denominational differences or ‘what you believe, and I don’t believe.’ It was one of the most beautiful things.”  

“We met three or four times a week, praying for God’s protection. The hardest choice our Father made, sending His Son to die for sinners, never left my mind. Remembering what Jesus endured on the Cross for me was worth any risk.”

The word of God was scarce, but I became deeply attached to it. The Word changed my life …

Firm In Faith

For Faisal, the faith God forged years ago still compels him to share the gospel at every opportunity. And when he was asked to help start a BSF group, the answer was easy. Looking for a meaningful way to serve the Lord, BSF provided a much-needed opportunity for Faisal to support his brothers in Christ. 

“It’s completely different from a normal church or Bible study, where you sit down on a bench and listen to a pastor telling you what a passage is about,” Faisal said. “You get to dig to find value in the Word, you can talk and discuss and there is always something of value that you weren’t expecting.” 

During this year’s Beginnings study, Faisal feels a deep connection to Abram in Genesis 15:6, who “believed the Lord, and He credited it to him as righteousness.” Just as God commanded Abram to remember, “I am the Lord, who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land to take possession of it” in verse 7, Faisal holds fast to the One who delivered him from sin into the land of eternal salvation. 

“When you look at the world through God’s eyes, you feel obliged to tell everyone about His love and grace, what He has done for sinners like us,” Faisal shared. “We don’t always know God’s purpose, but if we listen and obey, we can trust that there is good in all things. God is all over the place, he will never leave a person. Even in a closed country, there are no boundaries for Him.”  

Editor’s note: For the safety and security of Faisal and his family, names and other details were changed or omitted. 

171 Comments

  1. A powerful and encouraging testimony that brings tears to my eyes. Our God reigns!

  2. The fact that this same message is permeating throughout the whole world at the same time is mesmerizing! Application is so relevant for understanding the world’s conflicts. The Book of Genesis takes us all the way back to the beginning of so much unrest. We know how to pray and overcome personal battles, which is key!

  3. A very great testimony! I’m so glad I too found BSF. It makes such a difference in my life. It is always great to talk to other believers.

  4. Powerful testimony 🙌🏻🙌🏻Praise the Lord
    More of His glory in your life

  5. What an inspiring encounter with God who continues to draw people to Himself.As we yield to His by faith He reveals more of His love, grace and power to us.All we need is to trust and depend on Him completely.

  6. Oh how great to see how when you’re anchored in God’s word your Faith strengthens. A wonderful testimony Faisal and your character of obedience. Thank God for always working to save us from our sinful nature..

  7. “You get to dig to find value in the Word, you can talk and discuss and there is always something of value that you weren’t expecting.” I think this may be another motto for BSF studies. I myself find it excitint to dive into the Scripture and look for the jewels I haven’t seen before.

  8. How great is our God,who showed the beautiful, challenging, and hopeful way to Faisal and family glorifying his name. God loves them and bless their gospel witnessing to everyone they meet.

  9. I love this! God pursued Faisal; God kept running after him until Faisal responded to what God had to offer him – life changing, everlasting life. He makes the invitation to all.
    For so long I went through the motions and God kept pursuing me and now I sense His presence & transformation that will be ongoing.

  10. Beautiful account of God in Faisal’s life!

  11. No matter the country or oppression HIS truth is the same. Thank you brother.

  12. Thank you for your encouraging message I know many have been touched by it we need this more than ever now .

  13. We praise about God for that testimony. There are no boundaries with God.

  14. BEAUTIFUL

  15. Very inspiring. God is with us all the time.

  16. Absolutely beautiful! Thanking God how HE approaches each one of us in an intimate way drawing us to Himself! Beautiful Beautiful

  17. It’s great to hear other Christians testimony and how they came to Christ .

  18. Very inspiring.

  19. We’re Never feel alone God is working In our behalf and the holy sprint In is our guidance believer have time also he’s trying to change the world one person at a time and only takes one good person to change instead ,
    And power of prayers, And changes us inside out

  20. What an encouragement not to take our religious freedom for granted and also to know God is pursuing us everyday.
    May we never forget what Jesus did for us on the cross.

  21. God at work in our very midst! Glory to God in the highest!

  22. This is a great example of God’s love for us all. He woos us and He works through others to cause us to think about Him first, then to trust Him. What a mighty God we serve. There is no limits to what He can and will do for His creation. Very inspiring story.

  23. Praise be to the Lord that His Word can not thwarted. This testimony of Faisal is just one example of how God works in drawing one to Himself.
    Today despite a world wide pandemic BSF with God’s direction has opened wide the opportunity for His Word to travel far and wide throughout the world.
    Thank you for obedient servants and the indepth love of Jesus being accepted and growing in hearts now preparing for being in the eternal presence of God.

  24. Thank you for this amazing testimony. Praise God for the wonder of His love and personal calling. May God continue to bless you in your faith.

  25. I praise God for this wonderful testimony. I learn that God’s purpose and in our called is so powerful that nothing can stop it. I pray that He may hold and keep me in his ways for eternity
    Amen.

    • It is my desire that the Lord may reign in my life and family that we may be a chosen family of priesthood, fully ordained for His work.

  26. We wish Faisal and group God’s blessings in their challenges

  27. Thank You for sharing this encouraging testimony.
    In HIS Grip,
    -Lois Jean

  28. This story is the confirmation of God’s faithfulness to those who believe in Him. When God acts on me I cannot sit idle but tell His love to others. May His name be glorified. Amen

  29. Faisal’s story is the confirmation of God’s faithfulness to those who believe in Him. When God acts on me I cannot sit idle but tell His love to others. May His name be glorified. Amen

  30. Powerful testimony. It challenges me to re-examine my own walk with the Lord and to use privileges I have to do His work.

  31. Praise the Lord for Faisal’s testimony. Thanks for sharing the need to go deep (or like my sister always remind me to immense) into the Words of Lord and have firm faith that our sovereign Lord God will guide and direct our way. Thanks for another wonderful testimony and God bless you and your family.

  32. Thank you for sharing a miracle of God work in countries where the faith in jesus involves high risks and faith in a true and mighty God.Iam encouraged by this.Thats God works in may countries where the sharing of gospel publicly is forbidden except in secret. Iam also amazed that this happens in singapore and in EEC where migrants come to embrace the gospel through believers ministering to them though the church’s social work..

  33. I feel challenged by this story because I have had freedom of worship since I was born, and now I am 58 years old. I have had access to church and scriptures since I can remember. May the Lord help me to maximize what I’m have by sharing His Word with others.

    • I love where Faisal says that “there is always something of value you weren’t expecting.” This is so true! Even when reading a passage that I’ve read many times before, I come away with something new. Sometimes it feels like the Holy Spirit has taken a highlighter to a particular word or phrase! And very often I get new insight from my group’s discussion or from the lecture or the notes.

    • Praise be to the Lord that His Word can not thwarted. This testimony of Faisal is just one example of how God works in drawing one to Himself.
      Today despite a world wide pandemic BSF with God’s direction has opened wide the opportunity for His Word to travel far and wide throughout the world.
      Thank you for obedient servants and the indepth love of Jesus being accepted and growing in hearts now preparing for being in the eternal presence of God.

  34. God Bless this man & his family, what a beautiful testimony. Here we often take our freedom to worship for granted. BSF is different, it is such a blessing, an opportunity to study, to listen, to discuss & learn like no other.

  35. Thanks – I’m in awe of our God when I hear of stories like yours. From every tribe and nation He calls!

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