A Sudanese Refugee Finds God in His Arabic Bible

“I heard about this book - that it is lies. Now that I read … I am excited.”

On most Saturdays, the parks in Tel Aviv are full of refugees — some of the 37,000 people who fled to Israel to escape the violence in their home countries. Some live in the parks. Most go there to relax.

On a recent Saturday, Abdo*, a Sudanese refugee, was in the park when he saw a table full of books. The books belonged to the Bible Society in Israel, which gives them to refugees of all faiths.

Abdo came over to the table, looked at the Bibles, New Testaments, and Audio Scriptures, and shook his head.

“I cannot take any of the books you have,” he said, “especially not the Arabic Bible because I am Muslim and Mohammad is the only God.”

The staff was not deterred by Abdo’s statement. They talked with him, explaining who Jesus is — that he is someone more than the prophet acknowledged by followers of Islam. Abdo eventually accepted an Arabic Bible, and under the shade of a tree, he opened the pages and began to read God’s Word for the first time.

After an hour, Abdo came back to the Bible Society table, anxious to tell them about his revelation: “I heard about this book — that it is lies — and now that I read this for the first time in my life, I am excited, and would like as much information as possible.”

God spoke to Abdo through his Word in just one hour. Thanks to the support of our financial partners, Abdo and other refugees have the opportunity to learn the life-changing truth about the Bible.

*Name changed for privacy.

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