A Story from Azerbaijan – On God’s Goodness

Azerbaijan map

I submit to you an encouraging story from the Muslim context of Azerbaijan, that I have just received from an Azeri friend.

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I met an old gentlemen, a taksi driver the other day.  You know how you are persuaded by the Holy Spirit to share specifically with this or that person? It was one of those moments. I told him that God loves him and cares for his soul. He is an important man for God. I asked Him if he has ever heard about Christ. He gladly replied that he has. In fact when he was a kid in the village where he grew up there was a large stone in the shape of a Cross. Everyone, he says, knew what this stone represented. Its was the place where people got delivered and a place where people, regardless of their religion or believes would come to seek God.

I was astonished. What an amazing story. I imagined scores and scores of Azeries, perhaps in the dark of the night or in early morning, while everyone would still be a sleep, desperate people would come and pray to the living God and He would answer them.

Ramiz, the taksi driver, also told me that when there was a hunger in the land and very little to eat due to the war and desolation of the country in the early 1990s, young people, himself included, would come to this cross and would always find a coin or two in order to buy some bread. Amazing isn’t it? That is our God.

In Jeremiah 23:24 -we read that ‘Gods presence fills the whole earth’. Imagine how far and how deep He reaches to find His people.

Please pray for Azerbaijan!

Author: DanutM

Anglican theologian. Former Director for Faith and Development Middle East and Eastern Europe Region of World Vision International

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