Over 80 Muslim refugees from Iran and Afghanistan have converted to Christianity and been baptized in Hamburg, Germany, according to ChristianToday.com.
Albert Babajan, the pastor who conducted the mass baptism, said that the converts were dissatisfied with Islam and were looking for something more. "The motive for the change of faith is the same for many: they are disappointed with Islam.”
Shima, one Christian convert who was recently baptized, shared about her conversion:
“I've been looking all my life for peace and happiness, but in Islam, I have not found it," she said. “To be a Christian means happiness to me."
Another convert, Somaz, said: "In Islam, we always lived in fear. Fear God, fear of sin, fear of punishment. However, Christ is a God of love."
Babajan conducted the baptism ceremony in Hamburg city park.
Many refugees have converted to Christianity since coming to Germany. Babajan says he is aware that some refugees will convert not out of true conviction, but because Christian converts are generally given added protection since they would face death should they return to their home countries.
In order to determine who the true converts are, Babajan says he asks them how Christ has changed their lives.
"Because the Christian faith changed the way of thinking, the world view. If someone told me that at night he can sleep again or an old enemy could forgive, then I know that in his heart he is a Christian.”
"There are maybe 20 or 30 per cent who really want to hear the gospel. For those who want to have a license, I must face the door... It is very easy, whoever does not believe will not be baptised," he added.
Publication date: May 11, 2016
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