Social Media Throws a Lifeline to Secret Believer in North Africa

Islèm*, in North Africa, was brought up in a Muslim family. As far as her father knows, she is still a Muslim. But this 22-year-old student is courageously following Jesus in secret – and she found out about Him online.

When Islèm was 15, she discovered a Christian Facebook group, who connected her to a pastor. He then arranged for a Bible to be brought to her. Soon after, she attended a Bible study group run by Open Doors partners.

Islèm speaks passionately about her relationship with Jesus now: “Jesus is like oxygen, because without oxygen you cannot breathe. If Jesus were not in my life, I wouldn’t be here today, I would not be alive.”

This form of social media discipleship and outreach is increasingly becoming the way Open Doors partners are reaching seekers and new believers. During the coronavirus crisis, with face-to-face outreach impossible, online projects are more crucial than ever. 

*Name changed for security reasons.