Thursday, September 10, 2009

A Muslim in Prison Studies the Bible & Gets Baptized

*before I get back to the posts about the Governing Body members, Bethel branch facilities, and expansion, etc...I wanted to post this awesome experience I came across while looking up info after reading that baptism experience about the 100 year old sister from Côte d’Ivoire (which I referred to incorrectly in my previous post, by-the-way, since it's no longer called Ivory Coast anymore)

This experience is from the 1986 Yearbook, (pg 11)

Côte d’Ivoire: Some who now praise Jehovah were first located when they were in prison. A young Muslim on vacation abroad got into a heated argument over money and killed a man. As a result, he was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Seeing no way out, he contemplated suicide, by starvation if necessary. But then he was contacted by two Witnesses who were preaching in the prison. Gradually Berté’s thinking changed. For the first time in his life he began to experience real joy. Finally, he was baptized in a large barrel in the prison courtyard, with some 50 prisoners and guards as observers. His territory is the prison. For a time he had a prison population of some 6,000 to whom to preach. Now he is in a prison that has about 1,000 inmates. Here he has been an auxiliary pioneer, conducts 23 Bible studies, and shares in meetings that are regularly attended by about 40 persons.

(and here's a humorous one from India, on pg 17)...

To care for the needs of theocratic expansion here, it was most timely that the new branch building and Kingdom Hall were completed in Lonavla; and in January these were dedicated.
"A Hindu woman became interested in the truth as a result of sitting in on a study in a neighbor’s house. In time she came to realize that Jehovah is the true God, but she was afraid that her husband might find out about her interest in this “new” religion. In the meantime he became interested in the Bible’s message when visiting the hut of a friend who was studying with the Witnesses. He, too, came to realize that what he was learning was the truth. But he was afraid to mention it to his wife, because she was very religious and had many religious pictures and idols in their home. Then one day he saw on the bed in his home the booklet Is There a God Who Cares? Recognizing what it was, he excitedly asked his wife: “Where did you get this?” She timidly explained, and her husband was overjoyed. Soon a study was being conducted in their own home with them, their three children, and the grandmother."