How a Jamsheed found the Lord
My name is Jamsheed, a Turkish, and Kurdish from Iran. I was born to a Muslim family, lost my father when I was only one year old. As a tradition when a son in the family dies, if there is another son in the family, he will marry the widow to keep the honor in the family, but in my case though my mother was related to my father, my uncle who was my mother’s age refused to marry my mother. At the same time my grandfather was advised by my younger aunt’s husband that if I as an infant die for any reason my mother will take the inheritance away, therefore my grandfather had denied me as his grandson but he told me that I am his son. I was four years old that my uncle sat me on his lap and told me that he is my brother, pointing at grandfather as my father and my grandmother as my mother and my older aunt as my untie but my untie and my uncle called each other brother and sister and I was confused that how can she be my untie while she is his sister and why my parents are much older that my pears parents and when I asked any question, they would distract me. So I was raised by my grandparents and strictly prohibited to see a certain lady (my mother) and if ever she visits me, she will kill me. Therefore, I grew up confused and fearful of my life but my uncle would assure me that he would take care of me. I was six years old that grandpa asked me to stand behind him and learn how to pray Muslim prayer, so as an obedient child I followed him. He started with: Allah O Akbar Allah o Akbar and I asked him the meaning of it, he said that is the prayer, just repeat after me, I asked him why we could not pray in Turkish, he said God speaks in Arabic and we cannot change that. In second grade school started teaching of Koran in Arabic and I was happy to learn Arabic because according to grandpa it was God’s language. By forth grade I could understand the meaning of prayer which was my conversation with God but I never felt or heard anything in return and it was one way conversation. The Bible in Psalms 27:10 says, “Though my father and my mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me”. Even though I was a Muslim I was thirsty after God, I always wanted to talk to Him but I did not know He cared for me more than I ever knew. During my primary school years my two aunties were my classmates and my maternal grandpa was the school janitor and they cared for me daily by bringing goodies from my mother to me in secret. He is father to the fatherless. I finished high school with good grades knowing that grandpa is rich, I decided to go to Germany and become a doctor, so I studied German language and just before I finished my language school the war between Iran and Iraq started and I was summoned to military for two years during which I met a Christian comrade and became good friends while I was a fundamental believer in Islam. He never talked about Christ but his conduct was of honest, truthful, hardworking and very loving man. The Bible in Jeremiah 1:5 says “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart, I appointed you as a prophet to the nations” During my military service I was exposed to chemical gases and I remember my eyes going dark and falling back and the last thing I heard my commanding officer saying, “take him to underground hospital” . Sometimes has passed and I felt that I was cold thinking that I was sleeping in my bunker and tried to reach to blanket but I found myself restricted , struggling to free myself somebody in the morgue noticed and pulled me out and drag me and dropped me on the hospital bed and hooked me to Ivies. Later on, they told me that I was pronounced dead and
left in the morgue to be carried away but I was in coma from which I came out. Now I know that God was not finished me. After my recovery, we were bombed and machine-gunned several time and I survived them all. After my two years of service, I was discharged and on the last day, my Christian friend gave me a new testament as a gift and I accepted it with hesitance. I came home and prepared to follow my dream of becoming doctor, so I went to grandpa and asked for financial help and he revealed the truth that I am not his son and my uncle had taken over his property but he promised me to name me his son on his death bed that I will have share of my inheritance and I asked him when he is going to die and he got angry with me that I wish him to die and sent me to my uncle. When I asked my uncle for money, he simply said there is no money and told me to do whatever I want to do. I got very angry and decided to take revenge and recover my seven million dollars inheritance by betraying my uncle to Islamic authorities for being involved in activities against Khomeini’s regime, so I joined Islamic militia group where I studied Koran deeply and decided to become a muslin judge during which I found many contradictions in Koran and I questioned the Koran, I was silenced with death threats, but to accomplish my mission I kept quiet and took the preliminary test to join the Islamic judicial system. While I was waiting for acceptance from Islamic authorities, I decided to study the new testament given by my good friend and found many contradictions against what I had believed about Christ in Koran in new testament, so I decided to write against new testament and my plan was to kill to birds with one stone that after I become a Judge I will betray my uncle and recover my inheritance and publish my book against Christians that they have changed the Bible. The day came and I was accepted to go to university and study Islamic laws and become a Muslim judge. I packed my bags and my gun and started toward the door of a warehouse where I was living, just before I got to the door I heard three words “COME TO ME” I turned around there was no one in the room, I thought may be the effects of chemical gas are coming back so I checked my vital signs and I was all right and I ignored the voice. For the second time before I got to the door I heard the words” COME TO ME”, this time I traced my thoughts and I found myself reading Matthew 11:28 where Jesus says, Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest” but I did not believe it . In my confusion and out of desperation I called my friend who had given me the new testament, for answer. When I told him about the voice, immediately he said that God is calling me, but I was not convinced, so I traveled from north west Iran to south west where he lived to clarify my mind. We argued for five hours and just before sunset, I decided to pray my Muslim prayer. When I came back, my friend asked about my conversation with God whether God said anything to me and I said no, God did not say anything. He put me on the spot that if a great God of universe does not communicate with His creation, he must be either deaf, mute or dead in which case my prayers are in vain and I had no answer to that and all I said what should I do now and he led me through prayer of salvation. It was 12 midnight, April 17, 1987 that I became a born again Christian. A few minutes later, I felt hot and drunk and I asked my friend if he had mixed any alcohol in my drink and he said it was only tap water and continued that I was drunk but not from alcohol but by Holy spirit. In the morning when I was sobered up I wrote a letter to my uncle that I have forgiven him , that I have no need
for my inheritance, that I have a new life in God and I will not kill him. The Bible in 2Cor 5:17 says, Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come. I was born again, had a new heart, the hatreds had left me and I did not feel that I should kill anyone, but Satan did not want to loose me because I was a big asset for him so I had my fears. Fear of not having a job, home and security and I told my friend that this new God has three days to prove Himself to me by providing a job a shelter and peace of mind because I had only three days to join Islamic school to become a judge. On the third day I was hired by Islamic government as an administrator of big workshop building a military hospital with housing and transportation provided. The Bible in Isa 43:1-3 says, Fear not I have redeemed you: I have summoned you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord, your God. The Lord gave me peace and provided my needs and protected me from harm as I shared my faith with Muslims. One and half year later I left Iran to United Arab Emirates where I received a refugee status and the Lord brought American missionaries into my path and they found sponsor in America and I arrived to Tulsa Oklahoma in June 10, 1992 with three single dollars in my pocket. At Tulsa Airport I questioned the Lord and asked the reason for bringing me to this country and He said that He will send me house to house and I asked Him , what am I supposed to do and He said keep talking. The Bible says in Jeremiah 33:3 which I call God’s cell phone number says, Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you don’t know. In 1994, I found myself trained as a Heating and Air Conditioning technician and going from house to house making service calls and because of my accent and different looks all my customers would want to know my story and I get to share God’s mighty works in my life with my customers and in many cases I pray for them before I leave and yes I get paid to share my testimony with my customers. As of today the Lord has healed me of gastritis and colitis and has given me a business called Faith heating and Air Conditioning through which He sends me house to house and speaks though me. He has prospered me and protected me from many dangers. I am His son, His ambassador the apple of His eye and I put my hope In Him. He has brought me out of the darkness to his light and set on the rock of Jesus and set me free. The Bible in John 8:36 say, if the son sets you free, you will be free indeed. I have been homeless, jobless, passed through many fires and hardships but I never begged anyone for anything, for the Lord never left me alone, as he promised in Matthew 28: 20 to be with me always to the very end of the age. I did not become Christian because I hated Islam or Muslims, no I love Muslims and I pray that every Muslim
have what I have received from God through Christ Jesus by grace that Jesus came and died for my sins and He rose from the dead on the third day and He is alive and well today and interceding for me before God the father. The prophet David in psalms 30:11 says, you turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing to you and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever.
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