Ali’s Baptism

On Sunday the 8 May 2016 I had the privilege, alongside Eddie, of baptising Annelie from Sweden and Ali from Iran.

Ali comes from a very religious family in one of the main Islamic cities in Iran.  His father is very high ranking in the Islamic regime.

While Ali was still at school his father wanted him to attend the Islamic School to study to become an Imam.  Ali did not want to become an Imam and stopped studying altogether.  Ali was approximately 14 years of age at the time and his father was not happy with him.  He felt so alone and discontented, and he started questioning Islam.

Ali started searching on the internet about Christianity. He found the Bible online and started reading it.  As he read the Bible Word of God touched his heart and he started to question Islam more and more.

In order to keep his family happy Ali continued to follow the Islamic traditions by praying and fasting etc.  He asked his father questions, his father was not happy and wanted to know why he was questioning Islam.  Over time Ali realised that his life was in danger and he left Iran in a roundabout and very dangerous way.  He eventually arrived in Dublin.

When Ali arrived in Dublin he was told about me by the other Iranian at the Refugee Centre and he came to see me.  When Ali first met with me he was very eager to know more about Christianity as well as requiring answers to questions that he had been searching for whilst still in Iran.

Ali started attending Sunday Church services, the Monday evening Skype Church as well as group Bible studies with me.  I was so encouraged to see the hunger in this young man to learn the truth.

One day Ali told me that he realised that Jesus was the one true God and he accepted Jesus as his Lord and Saviour.  He felt the love of the Lord.  Although Ali had lost his whole family he now had a new family and he would no longer be alone.

After a few months of attending Church and Bible Studies, he was ready for baptism.

Ali’s baptism was one of the most emotional baptisms for me.  I could see how much God loves Ali and as he came up from the water he was set free from the past and felt the tangible presence of God all around him.  It was beautiful to see this.

Some of the Iranian Ministry supporters were at the baptism and they were so touched and blessed by the day.  We are so grateful for their support and the fact that they showed their love by coming to the baptism.

Please pray for Ali as the Government has now sent him to Tralee where he does not know anyone.  We will keep in daily telephonic contact with him as well as through the weekly Skype Church.  We will continue to look for a good church for him in Tralee.

Posted 10/05/2016

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