Underground Christian ministry witnesses Mideast 'miracle'
An underground Christian ministry is claiming a “miracle” saved its some 50 people from an attack today by Islamic militants following the secret baptism of 24 Muslim converts near the Arabian Sea.
Bibles for Mideast, a non-denominational house church-based ministry under the direction of Pastor Paul Ciniraj, was working with the new converts in an undisclosed location near the Arabian Sea – praying and fasting – for three days, followed by a baptism ceremony for the new believers.
“About 50 people including baptism candidates attended the service,” said Rizwan, one of the participants and an eyewitness to what followed. “We all went by a bus. After the baptism service and prayers, we all entered the bus to return back to our house church for the worship service and the Lord’s Supper. The bus was moved. Suddenly some militants reached behind us by three or more cars and started shooting with guns towards us.”
With the convoy of three vehicles carrying armed Islamic militants firing at the bus and fearing for their lives, Rizwan said the busload of believers began “praying to the Lord for His mighty protection.”
“The people thought we would all be murdered,” said Rizwan.
Suddenly, with the attackers in hot pursuit, a giant dust storm formed just behind the bus.