Late last month, The Voice of the Martyrs’ new half-hour weekly radio show told the story of an ISIS fighter meeting Jesus. Since then, the story has rapidly spread to multiple national and international media outlets, creating a media sensation.
The story was told during a VOM Radio interview with two Youth With A Mission (YWAM) leaders on May 29. It was then picked up by multiple national and international news organizations, including The Christian Post, CBN News, The Blaze, and World Net Daily.
“We all see the headlines,” remarked VOM Radio Host Todd Nettleton. “We see the violence and the oppression of the Islamic State. It’s easy to write radical Muslim fighters off as beyond redemption. But, Jesus Christ can reach anyone. And He is! What a privilege for us to be able to share this amazing story with the world through VOM Radio.”
The YWAM leaders, Gina Fadely and Kevin Sutter, help lead the Frontier Missions program within YWAM. During their conversation with Nettleton on VOM Radio, Fadely shared the story of one of their Gospel workers in the Middle East who came face to face with an ISIS fighter. The fighter, who had killed many Christians, began having dreams of a man in white who said, “You are killing my people.”
“In another dream Jesus asked him to follow Him,” Fadely said in the interview. “He (the ISIS fighter) was now asking to become a follower of Christ and to be discipled. So who knows, perhaps this man will be like Saul in the Bible who persecuted Christians and he turned from that persecution of the early church to become the Apostle Paul who led it.”
The Voice of the Martyrs, in its work with Christians facing persecution for their faith, regularly witnesses such stories of God’s dramatic work, even stories of God reaching the persecutors themselves. The ministry shares these stories weekly on VOM Radio (www.VOMRadio.net) and monthly through its free newsletter.
Previous guests on VOM Radio have included Gracia Burnham, who was held hostage in the Philippines by an extremist group linked to al-Qaida; Tom Doyle, author of the book Killing Christians; Pastor “John” from Syria; Bob Fu, former prisoner for Christ in China; Gilbert Hovsepian, whose pastor father was murdered in Iran; and “Brother Matthew,” whose life is regularly threatened as he coordinates VOM’s work in Nepal.
By NRB Staff
Published: June 18, 2015