Holy Land Missions (HLM), which recently opened a youth
center in a Muslim-dominated neighborhood of the West Bank, reports that more
than 25 local children from a variety of religious backgrounds have accepted
Christ. West Bank Christians are praying that God will use the youth center to
change Muslims’ lives forever, according to HLM Vice President Steven Khoury.
The day the center opened, youth leaders welcomed more than
60 children to the new center, where they spent the day singing songs, playing
games and listening to Bible stories.
As Khoury and two youth leaders left the building at the end
of the day, a woman in a veil ran toward Khoury, screaming, “You don’t belong
here; go somewhere else.” Khoury later learned that the woman’s three sons were
waiting in a nearby car.
“They were waiting for me to scream back at her, fight back,
or do something that would make it justified according to their religion to
attack me and do what they want with me,” Khoury said.
Khoury said the Holy Spirit gave him peace and wisdom. The
woman ran and shouted at him, but Khoury responded with respect. “Ha-Jah, a
lady your age shouldn’t be screaming and shouting. It is not good for your
health. You can harm yourself. Please go and talk to the landlords we rent from
with all the problems you have with us. We want to have peace, nothing more.”
The woman suddenly became calm, but her oldest son stepped
out of his car and screamed, “What are you doing to my mom?” Khoury got in his
own car and drove off as the woman grabbed her oldest son, preventing him from
“Thank you all VOM readers and prayer warriors for covering
us with protection,” Khoury said. Khoury’s car tires have been slashed, and flowers
and plants have been vandalized at the youth center’s front entrance. However,
the youth center has successfully held four classes, ministering to 78 youth.
“Would you please continue praying,” Khoury asked. “We are
going to be doing much more at the youth center. We are not stopping, and we
will not falter from sharing the message of Christ.”
Sources: VOM contacts
Posted: September 12, 2011