Julia Fisher records interviews with some extraordinarily brave people engaged in sometimes suprising ways with Father's purpose for his people.
Here in the West we have little idea of what it means to be a believer in a place where it may be hard and dangerous.
Every week she broadcasts one of these short but informative, moving, challenging and encouraging interviews. Here's what she wrote about one of them a few weeks ago.
It may surprise you to hear that in the Arab neighbourhoods of East Jerusalem and in the West Bank there are a growing number of Palestinians who were born into Muslim families coming to faith in Jesus – these people are called Muslim Background Believers or MBB’s for short.
It is very dangerous for them to openly declare they are Christians. Equally for Christian Arabs to witness to Muslim people is very dangerous. My guest today is such a person. To disguise his identity let’s call him “J”. I met J in Jerusalem recently – he lives there. He spends a great deal of his time encouraging MBBs in the West Bank. I put it to him that not many people realise these people exist.
There's a full list of these broadcasts on The Olive Tree Reconciliation Fund website. You can listen to them online or download them (click the 'Radio' link at the top of the Home page). They are all worth hearing but the interview she refers to in the quote above is week 115. Listen to week 116 as well where the story continues.
These followers of Isa (Jesus) have truly difficult and dangerous lives, probably much like those of the early church persecuted by (among others) Saul of Tarsus (Acts 7:54-8:3). They need our help and support in prayer, and perhaps in other ways too.
A suggestion - Download the recordings for weeks 115 and 116 and listen to them with your friends. You could do this with any small group of twenty or fewer. Perhaps you are part of a cell group, a Christian Union, or a prayer group. After listening you could discuss what you have heard, pray for the people you heard about, pray for Julia Fisher and her work as an interviewer and broadcaster.
- Do you think it would be easier or harder to grow as a believer if you had no access to the Bible? Why? Did the early church have Bibles?
- What does it mean to you to store up the word in your heart?
- Apart from the Bible, what other aspects of our lives do you think Western believers take most for granted?
- How can you help these people? How should you pray? What else might you do?
- Compass Direct - Journeys of heart and mind
- Israel - Wikipedia
- Israel and the need for reconciliation - Journeys of heart and mind
- Jesus in the prison cell - Journeys of heart and mind
- Miracles on the border - Baptist Press
- Olive Tree Radio Programme - The Olive Tree Reconciliation Fund
- Olive Tree Reconciliation Fund
- Palestine - Wikipedia
- Planting churches - Journeys of heart and mind
- Release International