From the start it was a Christian education fraught with challenges but Sami Nagib is now in a place where he can use the abilities the Lord has provided.
Sami Nagib’s life focus is to share the transforming love of Jesus. His own conversion from Islam to Christianity nine years ago lead to the threat of him being killed. Sami was forced to flee his home. He ended up studying theology and eventually was led by the Lord to help the persecuted church in Latin America.
Recently, the 50-year-old was sent by his parish in Brazil, where he now lives, to serve in Parana state which has a large refugee community.
One of Sami’s gifts is being able to communicate with persecuted Christian refugees as he is blessed with the ability to speak several different languages. But his area of speciality is in training the church in evangelism, and about Arab and Muslim culture and beliefs.
The seed was first planted in this Arab man when he was studying at university in Nigeria. Sami gave his life to God 14 years later.
“The Spirit of the Lord started steering my heart,” he said.
In one example, the Lord opened Sami’s eyes to the reaction of Muslim leaders to acts of terrorism - their justifying rhetoric. “That made me start looking for the truth and after a year, in 2010, I gave my life to Christ,” he said.
He escaped death by fleeing his home which was in a hard-line Muslim state and went to Egypt. But in doing so he left behind all that he had – his wife, three children and his business. And he has done it all with a paralysed right leg. “Despite all this, and my disability, I have Christ,” he said. “I have his peace and joy, and know where I am going eternally.”
Anglican Aid was there with Sami when he commenced studies at the Alexandra School of Theology, in Egypt. Security issues forced him to depart Egypt for Uganda but the student was assisted by friends in Cairo, as well as by Anglican Aid.
He was able to further his studies at Uganda Christian University (UCU) and graduated in October 2015 with a Bachelor of Divinity. He began a Masters in Theology at UCU but in 2016, as his passport was expiring, the Lord opened a way for him to go to Latin America as a religious refugee. Throughout this time, Anglican Aid has assisted Sami with living costs and provided support for his needs in regards to his disability.
In Latin America, he was able to connect with the local Anglican Diocese of Recife. Now, as well as training the church, he plans to establish an Arabic and English service for Arabic and African refugees in his adopted country.
You can support Sami's work by making an online donation. Cheques can be posted to PO Box Q190, QVB Post Office NSW 1230.
Donations to Overseas Ministry projects are not tax deductible.
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- Praise the Lord that I have graduated from my Master of Art in Theology.
- Thank God that I am still able to help teach basic English to young missionaries hoping to be sent from Brazil by their churches.
- Pray for God’s guidance, wisdom and strength as I serve.
- Pray that more believers will stay so that I can disciple them and eventually a church in Arabic and English will be planted.
- My refugee status is still under consideration. Please keep praying.