There will be many memories that participants in ICOM 2012 take away from Indianapolis this November. However, I'm sure that few if any will be more vivid than that of having heard the testimony of Mosab Hassan Yousef. He was born the son of one of the founders of Hamas, the Palestinian terrorist organization. From the time he was a young boy he had an inside view of this group as he assisted his father, Sheikh Hassan Yousef, in his political activities even while he was being groomed to follow in his father's footsteps.
However, the whole trajectory of his life would change when he was 21 and a man from Great Britain invited him to a Bible study at the Jerusalem YMCA. There he would be given a New Testament in English and Arabic, a New Testament that he began to read in secret. In his book, Son of Hamas he writes: "Every verse seemed to touch a deep wound in my life. It was a very simple message, but somehow it had the power to heal my soul and give me hope." He writes, "Everything Jesus said on the pages of this book made perfect sense to me. Overwhelemed, I started to cry."
I'm not going to tell the rest of his story here. However, his conversion and the way God used him to save thousands of lives are both very dramatic, and he's coming to share that story in Indianapolis. Mosab will be the speaker for the Saturday morning session, "A Radical Foe: The Spirit of Anti-Christ." You'll hear about the world's most dangerous terrorist organization, Mosab's agonizing separation form his family and homeland as he became a follower of Jesus, and his belief that the mandate to "love your enemies" is the only way to peace in the Middle East.
Following his testimony Mosab will be joined on stage by Fouad Masri, the founder and president of Crescent Project, an Indianapolis based ministry to reach Muslims all over the world. Fouad's interview of Mosab will focus on how we can effectively reach out to Muslims, including those who live just down the street.
Spread the word. There are many people who would want to hear Mosab and Fouad if they only knew about this powerful event. Don't miss out on this opportunity to hear an extraordinary story of God's providence, power, and grace.
It has been a great week of travel and ministry. Jan was able to go with me on two ICOM trips. Earlier last week I represented ICOM at a gathering of campus ministers from all over the United States. It was held at McCormick's Creek State Park here in Indiana and we took advantage of that event to hike those beautiful trails. Over the weekend we traveled to Wabash, Indiana where I spoke for the Bachelor Creek Church of Christ. This is a great, rural congregation that draws from several surrounding counties and has a wonderful focus on missions.
Just today I traveled to Louisville with ICOM Executive Director Dave Empson. We were there for meetings with the Director of Missions at Southeast Christian Church as well as with Doug Lucas of Team Expansion. I am continually encouraged by the interest and enthusiasm being expressed for this year's ICOM wherever we go.