Hundreds of Muslim Refugees are Giving Their Lives to Christ in Finland
Veronica NeffingerReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2017 Jul 31
The Christian Post reported on the conversions taking place, which are mainly happening within the Evangelical Lutheran Church, one of Finland’s national churches.
Hundreds of Muslim asylum-seekers from Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, and other countries in the Middle East are responding to the Holy Spirit’s call upon their lives.
So many former Muslims have expressed interest in Christian faith that the Finnish church has created special confirmation classes to serve these refugees and help them learn more about the Christian faith.
One Christian convert, 32-year-old Johannes, explained why he decided to make a profession of faith: "I found that the history of Islam was completely different from what we were taught at school. Maybe, I thought, it was a religion that began with violence. A religion that began with violence cannot lead people to freedom and love. Jesus Christ said 'those who use the sword will die by the sword.' This really changed my mind."
Although many of the converts cited disillusionment with Islam as the reason for their conversion, there is speculation that fear of deportation may be driving the conversions of others.
Christians are less likely to be deported to the Middle East since they would likely face persecution.
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Publication date: July7 31, 2017