Yousef, 32, serves as a Bible teacher in the Middle East, where sharing the Gospel is not permitted. He grew up in a Christian family. He faced many hardships in life. His life gradually changed after he accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior. “Now, I’m serving in the youth ministry in my church,” he beams.
Before then, however, Yousef was not very active in Christian ministry. After he finished his Tourism and Hotel Management studies, he worked as an assistant chef in high-end restaurants. There he befriended a pastor, and one of their conversations changed his destiny. After a lengthy discussion, the pastor prayed that God would open the young man’s heart to serve Him.
“After these words, I quit my job, realizing that I was seeking money instead of serving God,” the Bible teacher notes today.
Yousef started serving as a youth minister in a Baptist church. “Since then, God started working in me, and I partnered with Bible League International. I’m now leading a Project Philip Bible study group and looking forward to finishing the curriculum,” he says.
God’s Word played a pivotal role in his life. “One of the people in the Bible who encourages me in ministry is Paul because he is an example of someone who is uncompromising,” he says.
“When I think of the Word of God, I remember the Scripture verse from 1 Samuel 3:1—‘At that time the Lord did not speak directly to people very often.’ I see that Scripture changes hearts, and God speaks to us through His Word,” he says. “People need to realize the need for the Scripture. The easy-to-read Arabic Bible is a simplified version. People can understand this translation; it will encourage them to read regularly.”
Yousef continues, “The Project Philip Bible study is making a difference in people’s lives. I believe that it is one of the most important programs as it helps people to study and understand God’s Word. It changes their thoughts and manners. Since we started the Bible study in our church, I am seeing the result of the power of God’s Word. People are now showing a deeper hunger for the Bible.”
Yousef is overwhelmed with gratitude for Bible League supporters. “Saying thank you would not be enough for what you are doing. The training helped me to train others,” he says.