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Interest Growing Among Muslim Refugees and Immigrants To Convert to Christianity: For Asylum Sake?

( [email protected] ) May 23, 2016 09:05 PM EDT
Within the thousands of Muslim refugees and migrants in Germany is the increasing interest in becoming Christians either because they are sick with Islam, or have finally found the one true God.
Turkish Prime Minister Davutoglu and German Chancellor Merkel pose for pictures with the refugees. More refugees and immigrants are interested to convert to Christians. Photo: Reuters

Within the thousands of Muslim refugees and migrants in Germany is the increasing interest in becoming Christians either because they are sick with Islam, or have finally found the one true God.

Pastor Michel Youssif of the German-Arab evangelical community in Hannover said the churches in Germany reporting about migrants from war-torn Syria and Iraq interested in converting to Christians are spreading.

"They have lost their homes, but here they have found the one true God," Youssif, who is himself an immigrant from Egypt.

He said in Hannover more and more refugees have sought to be baptized, and these lately seven more became Christian converts.

Stories of conversion are also happening in the nearby town of Winsen with two Palestinians the latest to be baptized on Pentecost Sunday.

Evangelization about Jesus Christ using the modern technology such as telephone and SMS in Arabic and Persian languages has greatly helped Middle Easterners understand the new faith they were going to embrace.

The rush of conversion is not influenced by the growing discrimination against Islam in Europe or the harsh environment they are in. An activist in Germany had even taken the streets demanding that Islam is not compatible with Germany's constitution.

Rainer Kiefer, chairman of the evangelical church board in Hannover, said those interested in becoming Christians have prior insights about the new faith back in their homeland,  and they became more serious about it after receiving a deeper understanding of Jesus Christ teachings of love and compassion.

"It is very important that the decision to convert to Christianity is well thought-out, with the help of pastoral workers," Kiefer explained.

He said getting a bigger chance for asylum was never the motive of the converts, because the church itself would not have accepted them if that was really in their thought.

Pastor Gunther Oborski, on the other hand, said the church in Hannover will continue reaching out to the migrants from the Middle East.

"There are more baptisms, not only in Hannover but also in villages where the refugees are based and make contact with Christian communities there," Oborski said.