Fish Distribution Center, or Fishing Classes?

The Parable of the Lonely Fisherman

A Seychelles fisherman and his catch of fish (source: wikimedia)

Once there was a successful fisherman in a remote village.  At that time, no one else knew how to fish. Consequently, there was no danger of him losing his job.  He was the only one with “fish stories” to tell.  It didn’t matter how small his catch was.  ITraditional Icelandic Fisherman (source: Wikimedia)t was always the best catch of the week.

He was the hero of the village, because he was the only one.

However, as time went on, the fisherman felt lonely.  He missed his wife, and his kids hardly knew him.  Everyone depended on him to provide fish for the village, so much that he was always out in his boat, no matter how bad the weather.  Whenever he was sick in bed from being out in the boat so long, he would always have to work even harder to catch up afterwards.

Finally, the master fisherman could stand it no longer.  He chose several young men and brought them out on the boat with him.  It was a struggle, but he paid for their fishing rods and nets and other essential equipment.  Then he taught them everything he knew about fishing.  He didn’t hold anything back.

No longer lonely

His students were quickly able to pay him back for the fishing rods and nets from the profits they were able to earn from their new skill.  And from that day on, though newcomers to the village didn’t know his name, the master fisherman was never without friends.  Everyone who could fish, and their relatives, would remember the day that he sat beside them in his boat, teaching them the secrets of the deep.

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Muslims turn to Christ in unprecedented numbers

Muslims are having visions of Christ

God is doing something amazing in our world today.

Syrian refugeesAs I mentioned in an earlier post, Muslims are turning to Christ.  This is especially true of the refugees in Europe.

Although we sometimes forget it, the Good News of salvation through Jesus the Messiah is not only for Christians. He also died on the cross so that Muslims could repent and trust in Him, just as we did.

At last, this Message is getting out of the church building and into the world!  As we did, Muslims are meeting the Messiah through visions and seeking out Christians to find out more about Him.

As His church, we need to be ready to welcome these refugees into our churches, our homes and our hearts.

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Muslim refugees from Iran becoming Christians, in droves

God is drawing Muslims to Christ in Germany!

Given their newfound freedom, Iranian refugees are daring to do what would have been unthinkable in their homeland: they are making a decision to follow Christ, and to trust in Him alone for their salvation.

 

Mohammed Ali Zonoobi bends his head as the priest pours holy water over his black hair. “Will you break away from Satan and his evil deeds?” pastor Gottfried Martens asks the Iranian refugee. “Will you break away from Islam?”

“Yes,” Zonoobi fervently replies. Spreading his hands in blessing, Martens then baptizes the man “in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost.”

Mohammed is now Martin — no longer Muslim, but Christian.

Zonoobi, a carpenter from the Iranian city of Shiraz, arrived in Germany with his wife and two children five months ago. He is one of hundreds of mostly Iranian and Afghan asylum seekers who have converted to Christianity at the evangelical Trinity Church in a leafy Berlin neighborhood.

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