From 10th – 25th January 2012, I was able to be among the Christian believers in 3 towns in Sweden, Norsjo, Boliden and Yorn.
The mission was full of blessing.
The flight to there was so exciting by itself for me since it was my first time in life to fly. A person from Kazakhstan was sitting beside me and we had opportunity to talk all the time. we talked a lot in details about the Christian faith and she was amazed to see an Iranian Christian. She could not understand why a Muslim becomes a christian. She wanted to know the major differences between Islam and Christianity. It was the flight from Borispol to Riga.
From Riga t Stockholm a lady was sitting beside me who was not so interested in conversation.
From Stockholm to Shelefeo , a person from Afghanistan was sitting beside me. We talked all the way. He was so interested to find out facts about the Christian faith. Finally he said if he can become a Christian but still stay Muslims by doing the Islamic law? How do you answer such question?
At the Shelefteo Hamid with some brothers and sisters from the Iranian church welcomed me at the airport and we had Ukrainian Borsh at Hamid’s house which his wife ,Leila had provided. The first day.
hamid, leader of the church in Norsjo
On Tuesday 11th we had a walking around during the day and in the evening we had our first gathering with the Iranian group in Boliden. 12 people were in the group. Among them was a person from Afghanistan. We got to know each other and mostly talked about the first verses of matt chapter 7 and chapter 18. the second day.
On Thursday and Friday 12th and 13th we had our next gathering with the Persian group talk about the redemption and the subjects related to Salvation.
On Saturday we joined with a Swedish church in which the let me to preach the Word of God. After the service two girls from Ethiopia became believers in Jesus Christ as their redeemer and Saviour of their sins. The fifth day.
On Sunday 15th we gathered in another Swedish church with all the Persian Speaking people. the sixth day.
On Monday 16th and Tuesday 16th, I was invited for lunch at the house of Andy who is a British missionary who lives there with his Swedish wife and 2 children. We had time of fellowship together. I saw that both of us were encouraged a lot in our life ministry. I baked a kind of Iranian bread at their house and they liked it very much especially the kids. the ninth day.
Barbari at Andy’s house
In the evening the same day I was invited to our Ethiopian friend Tesfa for dinner. One of his friends who was Muslim was there. We had a long conversation after the dinner which at the end he decided to accept Christ as his Saviour. His name was Mertab which means “glory to father” This was the beginning of our talks.
On Wednesday 18th , I joined the women bible study group where I had the blessing of sharing the Word of God with the Swedish ladies at Andy’s house. the seventh day.
On Thursday 19 we went to the city of Shelefteo during the day to buy some gifts and in the afternoon and we had our another gathering with Iranians at one of the brother’s house. Arash and his wife Bahar welcomed us and we had our bible study gathering till the very midnight. I spent the night at their house. the ninth day.
The following day I spent the day with the couple encouraging them in their marriage and walking with Christ. the tenth day.
Saturday 21 the we joined a church service during the day. We had pizza at a pizzeria whose owner is an Iranian. We had the opportunity to witness Jesus Christ with him.
we were again at Tesfa’s house for his daughter’s birthday in the evening.11th day
Sunday 22nd we were in a church service among Farsi speaking people. some of the believers shared their testimonies and I had the opportunity to share the Gospel. After the service we had fellowship and a big feast. I talked to many people in different times. Many had questions and some came so close to knowing the real God. I had also time to talk a lot with an emigrant from another European country encouraging him in his faith.the 12th day.
Monday 23rd We went to the town and tried to pack for returning back to Kiev. the 14th day.
Tuesday night Hamid invited the dentist of the area who was an Iranian lady for dinner alongside with the owner of pizzeria with his family. It was the last night of me being there. We had a so good food which Hamid cooked and after that we had a great conversation about Jesus Christ with them. the 15th day
On Wednesday morning they drove me to the airport and I head for Kiev. On the flight back I had the opportunity to talk to an Atheist and Ukrainian Orthodox about Jesus Christ and the Creator. The friends( Abbas, Bahram and Amir) came to the airport to pick me. I had dinner at home.
Thanks a lot for your prayer and help that made this mission possible.