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Baptized in the Arab Gulf

It could have been a night like any other. The strong smell of salt hung in the warm breeze as we walked towards the water.


I could hardly believe what was happening. Joy fluttered about wildly in my heart.


Steps away from the water, our group of six men sat down in the sand. One of the men spoke up. “Ali, why don't you tell us how you made your decision?”


Ali is from the Gulf region—which includes the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Saudi Arabia, and other countries in the Arabian Peninsula. It's a region with some of the hardest spiritual soil in the world.


Ali was afraid of being baptized at home, where turning to Jesus is rewarded with death.


One night, Ali had a dream about Jesus. That dream led to conversations with Ahmed, a Muslim-background believer. When Ahmed shared the Gospel with Ali, it cut through his thoughts about religion. He found Jesus, and his life was changed.


I listened to Ali share his whole story. I had just met him that day. Earlier that morning, Ahmed and Ali had traveled from their nearby home country to meet with our team. He feared being baptized at home, where turning to Jesus is often rewarded with death.


After hearing Ali’s story, we all waded out into the warm, calm water. My team and I stood a few feet away while Ahmed, himself having been baptized only one week before, nervously tried to figure out how best to baptize his friend. But soon, his fear gave way to excitement: he thrust Ali down with a splash and pulled him up again.


Ali emerged from the water and could hardly contain his excitement. He had truly found Jesus.


Stories like this thrill us. They show us that God is not silent. He is drawing Muslims to Jesus in the Gulf region.

Will you pray for more stories like this in the Gulf region?

- Praise God for Ali's baptism!

- Ask the Lord to help Ali grow in faith and obedience to Jesus Christ.

- Pray that his testimony would draw many Muslims to the truth in God's Word.

- Ask God to draw even more Muslim men and women to Jesus in the Gulf region.

**This account comes from a long-term worker. Names have been changed for security.**