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S1E8: Manhunt

21 minutes

After Bishara gets a call warning him that he either needs to stop or disappear, he hides out in a small room while a hundred people are being paid to hunt him down. 

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Show Notes

After Bishara gets a call warning him that he either needs to stop or disappear, he hides out in a small room while a hundred people are being paid to hunt him down. 

Maverick is a podcast that explores the unexpected journeys of spiritual seekers as they buck cultural norms and religious expectations to follow Jesus. This podcast is a production of Pioneers. For more information on Pioneers, visit Pioneers.org.

For more information on how you can help believers like Bishara and missionaries like Dan work together to make disciples in unreached areas, check out Pioneers' Co-Laborers Campaign.

For a deeper dive into Bishara’s story, visit Pioneers.org/Maverick to sign up to receive a soon-to-be-released ebook that covers parts of the story that we weren’t able to include in the podcast.

Credits

Guests

  • Dan (pseudonym for security reasons)
  • Fils Ekanga (voice of Bishara)
  • Ryan (pseudonym for security reasons)
  • James (pseudonym for security reasons)

Music

  • Utah, "Back To You"
  • Ryan Taubert, "Slate"
  • Tangerine, "Waiting Darkness"
  • Steven Gutheinz, "A Little Foresight"
  • Katharine Petkovski, "October"
  • Jordan Critz, "Imbre"
  • Adam Bokesch, "Float"
  • Judah Earl, "Imbere Yanje"

Lyrics for “Imbere Yajne"

Unyishure Mwami wanje
Kuko ari wewe nsenga
N’bariye Uhoraho
Ijwi ryanje uranyuvma

Unyishure Mwami wanje
Kuko ari wewe nsenga
Ntawundi mfise atari wewe Data
Ntamugisha mfise atari wewe

S’mfise ichiza inyuma yawe
Nashize imana imbere yanje
Nashize imana imbere yanje

Ntawundi mfise atari wewe Data
Ntamugisha mfise atar’ wewe
s’mfise ichiza unyuma yawe
Nashize imana imbere yanje

[English Translation]

Answer me my God
For it is to you that I pray
I called to the Lord
He heard my cry

Answer me my Lord
For it is to you that I pray
I have no one else but you Father
I have no one else but you

I have no good apart from you
I have placed the lord ever before me
I have placed the lord ever before me

I have no one else but you Father
I have no blessing apart from you
I have no good apart from you
I have placed the lord ever before me

Bishara’s Exhortation / Prayer

I have one thing I’d like to share with my brothers and sisters in America—the young people there. Let them not be corrupted by the world. If you’ve been corrupted by it, just leave it. Let us return to Jesus. Jesus is coming soon—He’s coming soon. Let those who are living like they’re in the Emirates—who have money, who have cars, who have the world and everything in it—ponder this: return to the path of Christ. We are in the world like passengers. 


We come tomorrow and then go. Let us be ready. If Jesus comes tomorrow, let him not find us dirty. Let him find us ready. There is something that is waiting for us, much, much, much, much more than this. There’s an inheritance—an inheritance without price in eternal life—that is waiting for us. His path is thin, it’s narrow. It’s hard, with suffering and sadness. But there is victory. You find heaven through suffering. 

Let’s think on the disciples of Christ and how they suffered. Heaven is found through suffering. And anything that you’ve found through suffering is very sweet. Let us not return to the things of this world. Satan is against us. And that’s what Satan wants. It’s true, I used to live a really comfortable life. There was no one as comfortable as me. But when I was a Muslim, I wasn’t doing good things. 


I would go with girls, alcohol, cigars, cigarettes. I’d go with girls to concerts. Everything in the world. I had money, I had a car, I had everything. I thought I was a star. I thought there was no one like me. I was in high school, in university, number one—in money, clothing, looking good, in learning, in understanding, I thought I was number one. But from the time I believed in Jesus, God changed my heart. He changed my life. Bishara from back then and Bishara today are different. As one who’s sold himself to God, now I’ve become a servant of God. 
And praise God, I thank God, I have something else to say, not to say, but a prayer. I’m going to pray for everyone:

God, who is over our hearts, let Your good will be done. Lord Jesus Christ, You are our Father, You are our God, You are our Lord, You are our Beloved, You are the King of Kings, You are the Power of Powers, You are the Sovereign of Sovereigns. O Lord, You are the Holy One, may Your high name be hallowed, our Lord Jesus Christ. You died on the cross for us. Your blood was shed on the cross so that we would have eternal life, O Lord. We believe in the things that we don’t see. It’s true, Your path is hard, but it is eternal life. It is the path of salvation.

O Lord, cleanse our hearts. Give us our daily bread. Forgive us our sins. And forgive the sins of everyone in the world, in America, in Africa, in Asia, forgive them their sins. In Europe, forgive them their sins, O Lord. Open their minds let them return to Your way, O Lord. O Lord Jesus Christ, You are our Father, You are our Brother, You won’t leave us again, You are the Alpha and Omega, You are Emmanuel, You are with us always, O Lord. You are with us in hardships, You’re with us in times of joy, You’re with us in everything, O Lord. O Lord, put into our hearts joy and encouragement, and take out of our hearts sadness. O Lord, put in our minds good thoughts.

To the sick, give healing. The sick, heal them. To the hungry, give them food. To the naked, give them clothes to wear. To the thirsty, give them water, O Lord. O Lord, think about us, don’t leave us. Today, Satan is our enemy, our enemy, O Lord. O Lord, today give me strength, joy and encouragement to preach to people with power, and let the Holy Spirit work in us, O Lord.

Those who are in America, who are so lost, O Lord—they lost their lives to the world. But Lord, open their minds. Let them come to You, O Lord. Call them to You, O Lord, they are your children. You are their Father, You don’t want them to stay in temptation from Satan, O Lord. O Lord Jesus Christ, the people who are weak, sick, lying on their beds, heal them and let them get up. Give them joy, and encouragement and wisdom. 

O Lord Jesus Christ, we have believed in You. And we are with You. We will never turn back. Before we were living in darkness, but now we are living in the light. We will not return back again. We don’t have the strength; the strength comes from You. Wisdom and knowledge come from You. But the strength that we have is the Bible, that is our weapon. That’s our defense, O Lord. I don’t have strength, I don’t have a weapon, I don’t have anything, but the words in your Word saved me, O Lord. You keep me night and day from danger, O Lord. And I pray all this in the name of Jesus the Christ, amen.