Middle East Christians are going through a lot of changes. Miriam Alster/FLASH90

The Changing Faces of Christianity in the Middle East

As more and more Muslims come to faith in Jesus, Israel’s Knesset is taking notice


“We now have pastors named Mohammed or Ahmed.” Mike points out, however, that real change takes time, patience and commitment.

I remember back in 1982. I was moving with my Israeli tank battalion towards Beirut flushing out Yasser Arafat and the PLO who were hunkered down among the civilian population, when I met Omer. This Southern Baptist from the USA was hip-hopping across Lebanon on a BMW motorcycle, preaching the gospel to Muslims from the Islamic terrorist group Hezbollah.

 One day Omer brought a friend, Eli Hizbani, who was a Hezbollah jihadist in South Lebanon until he stepped on a mine that blew off both of his legs.

A Muslim jihadist comes to Jesus

“As the blood drained from my body, I lost consciousness,” Hizbani told me with a twinkle in his eyes. “That’s when I saw Jesus, and he told me to come to Him. I don’t remember everything that happened, but I found myself in a field hospital telling other Hezbollah…