Out of Every Kindred, and Tongue, and People, and Nation: Iraq

Convicted by the Law 

This is my salvation story and how God saved me. I lived in Baghdad as a Catholic. During the war with the U.S.A., I escaped from my country and went to Turkey by illegal means. I lived in Istanbul for two years. While in Turkey, I started reading the Bible because my dad had told me a lot of stories from the Bible, and I just wanted to know more about the people in the Word of God.

I read the New Testament four times, and, because I enjoyed the Bible so much, I started to tell people about it. Some families asked me to read the Bible to them every day, and I loved to do that. But if you had asked me then if I knew any thing about being saved I would have had to answer, “No.”

After two years, I came to Canada, to London, ON. I lived in London for three years, and then moved to Sarnia because I found a job there. A week later, I met brother William Moshe. Because using the name of the Lord in vain was so normal in Arabic dialogue, I frequently committed this sin. Brother Moshe told me that this was a sin, and he showed me from my Bible where it said, “Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.”

That verse stunned me because I realized that if I died I would go to hell because of my sins. I was not born again; I did not have the Lord Jesus in my life because I had never accepted Him as Savior and Lord in my life.

That night, I couldn’t sleep. I entered my room and, for the first time in my life, bowed my knees and asked God to forgive my sins. I realized that was the reason Jesus died: it was for my sins. Since that night, I have known I am going to heaven because Jesus died for me. He saved me by giving His life on the cross. If you trust Him, as I did, He will save you, for “whosoever believeth in Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life.”