Our Treasure in Jesus
God, we love you! As your Church, help us do what it takes to let the Bosniak people grasp the Good News that Jesus knowingly took one step after another toward Jerusalem knowing He would be condemned to death, mocked, flogged, crucified, and then be raised on the third day! (Matthew 20:19)
Testimonies from Around the World
This year, we are highlighting real stories from around the Muslim world. Pray that God’s kingdom comes in Bosnia and all around the globe!
Hamza is a 27 year-old man who lives in Punjab. He has always lived his life following Islamic rules closely but never felt satisfied as a follower. He spent a lot of time looking at videos on YouTube and Facebook so he could learn to do better, but the more he looked, the more he felt restless. One day he was looking at Facebook and came across content about Jesus’ sacrifice. He had never had an encounter with a Christian before and didn’t know much about Christian faith.
He decided to send a message and connected with a believer. He told the believer that he tries to follow all the rules in Islam, but he always feels restless because he doesn’t have any hope he will go to heaven. The Quran doesn’t tell him anything about having assurance that if he keeps all the rules he will go to heaven.
He asked many questions about sacrifice, sacrificing animals, and why Christians don’t perform any sacrifices and came to the realization that Jesus is the only sacrifice he needed. Hamza talked to the believer for about a week and decided his only way to heaven is through Jesus. He put his faith in Jesus alone.
“So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.” (John 16:22 ESV).
Lord Jesus, write the promise of your return and the power of your spirit upon the hearts of your followers in Bosnia, that they would be filled with the joy of salvation and expectation that no one can take away from them. Even in the darkness of persecution and doubt and fear, may their joy be unshakable.
Bosnia’s history runs deep, with evidence of civilization dating back hundreds and hundreds of years. The landscape is dotted with the evidence of this storied past, like this fortress in Travnik.
As you look at this image, how does God lead you to pray over the historical landmarks in Bosnia?
Jesus promised his disciples three things: they would be completely fearless, absurdly happy, and in constant trouble. –G.K. Chesterton
How does this quote inspire you to pray for Bosniaks? For yourself?